This weekend at the ITU Holten World Cup in Holland, on a course that hosted the ETU European Championship last season, 69 elite women and 77 elite men will be on the start pontoon.
The women will go off at 11:30 am local time (CET – 6 hours ahead of EST) on Saturday July 10. Lisa Mensink will be the top Dutchwoman competing. Mensink finished tenth at the European Championships in Holten last year, and has been steady through the start of 2010, finishing 14th at the Hy-Vee Elite Cup. Looking to keep Mensink off the podium in her home country will be Ecuador’s Elizabeth Bravo, who is competing in her ninth event of the season, and Aussie Erin Densham, who has won Continental Cups in Asia, Africa and Europe already this year. Other top names in the women’s contest include South African Marie Rabie, Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen and Ukraine’s Yuliya Sapunova.
The men’s race takes place after the women at is 1:45 pm local time. Australia’s James Seear is the favourite. Seear is having his best season to date in 2010, finishing third at the World Cup opener in Mooloolaba and 12th at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Sydney. A strong Russian contingent of Yulian Malyshev, Ivan Vasiliev and Ivan Tutukin are sure to be in the mix as well. Malyshev is coming off of the best season of his career in 2009, in which he won two Premium European Cup titles. Others possible podium contenders include Ruedi Wild of Switzerland, Joshua Amberger and Jamie Huggett of Australia and Reinaldo Colucci of Brazil.
Live text and timing updates from Holten will be available at triathlon.org/live. Free live video of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Hamburg will be available at triathlon.org/tv.