Nicola Spirig leads at ITU Cozumel 2013 - Photo by Larry Rosa/ITU
Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig, the London Olympic gold medalist, ran away from the rest of the field during the last lap of the run to take the ITU Cozumel World Cup victory. Canada’s Joanna Brown battled to a fifth place finish in the sprint distance race.
“It was very hard, but it was amazing. The crowd was amazing, not just for the Mexicans but for me and the other athletes. It was a great experience,” said Spirig, to the ITU, who went seemingly unaffected by the scorching temperatures. “I trained here a little bit before, so I think I was a little bit used to it (the heat).”
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Spain’s Javier Gomez notched his 14th World Cup title win with another sprint finish to stay ahead of France’s Aurelien Lescure. Canada’s Andrew Bysice finished 30th.
“It was a very tough race. It was extremely hot out there,” said Gomez. “I was dead on the run. The last 1km I tried to hang on and give my all the last 100m. I was sick for a few days this week, so I wasn’t really sure, but I’m happy to win.”
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