There was no stopping the defending Super League and world champions in Malta this weekend as American Katie Zaferes moved back to the top of the Super League Standings after a runner-up finish in Jersey, while France’s Vincent Luis continued his dominance with another win.
Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk made it through to the men’s Equalizer final, which included a 3.5 km bike time trial followed five minutes later by two continuous 300 m swim/ 4 km bike/ 1.6 km run efforts. The athletes were sent off for the triathlon segment in a staggered format based on the time trial standings.
Two other Canadians competing, Aiden Longcroft-Harris and Claudie Simard, didn’t make it out of Saturday’s semi-finals.
Mechanical derails Beaugrand
Japan’s Yuko Takahashi was out in front after the first swim of Sunday’s Equalizer final, but it didn’t take long for Zaferes to join her at the front. Super League Jersey champ Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) was making her way towards the front when her front derailleur came off on the climb in the second bike loop and she had to pull out of the race. That left Takahashi, Zaferes and the Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer to fight for the podium positions, with Zaferes taking the win after a big sprint up the final climb, Klamer coming across the line 11-seconds later and Takahashi rounding out the podium.
Luis sprints to the win
After trailing in the initial time trial, defending men’s Super League champ Vincent Luis quickly swam his way to the front to lead a pack of four including Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel. On the final run Blummenfelt tried to push ahead, but Luis marked the move and sprinted clear on the last climb to easily take another Super League win. Wilde was able to out-sprint Van Riel for the final spot on the podium. Mislawchuk would end up just under a minute behind the Frenchman in ninth.