With all the buzz around the Ironman 70.3 World Championship race in Lahti, Finland this weekend, the opening race of the 2023 Super League Triathlon series slipped under the radar. In the end, Great Britain’s Alex Yee continued his winning ways after a dominant performance at the Paris Test Event with a big win in front of his home country, while Luxembourg’s Jeanne Lehair managed to beat Brit Sophie Coldwell for the women’s win.
Lehair’s big finish
Lehair recently switched citizenship from France to Luxembourg, so her win doesn’t give France a two-year streak (Cassandre Beaugrand took last year’s title). Lehair managed to stay in touch through the closing stages of the Enduro race (three back-to-back 300 m swim/ 4 km bike/ 1.6 km run triathlons in a row), out sprinting Coldwell and American Taylor Spivey for the win, with Great Britain’s Beth Potter and Kate Waugh taking fourth and fifth.
There was no touching the British star as he pulled clear of the rest of the field at the start of the final run of the Enduro event. Initially New Zealand’s Tayler Reid and Yee’s countryman Jonathan Brownlee tried to hang with the Olympic silver medalist, but Yee’s pace was simply too much. Reid was first to drop back, then Brownlee. Yee crossed the line well ahead, followed by the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, Brownlee, then Reid.
The Super League Series heads to Toulouse, France this weekend for a “Triple Mix” event that “shuffles the disciplines over 3 stages.”