His win at the World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) Bermuda was an emotional comeback – Vincent Luis’ first WTCS podium in two years. The two-time world champion has surged back to his winning ways this fall, though, taking Clash Daytona last Friday (pictured above), then backing that up with another big win at Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship, today.
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As he typically does at any triathlon he’s in, Luis led out of the water, 25 seconds up on a pack of four that included fellow draft-legal specialists Samuel Dickinson (GBR), Maximilian Sperl (GER), Andrea Salvisberg (SUI) and Alessandro Fabian (ITA). That group would join the Frenchman on the bike, and by the end of the ride they were joined by Sweden’s Gabriel Sandor. The lead group of five were a minute up on Spain’s Antonio Benito Lopez and over three minutes up on Belgium’s Pieter Heemeryck heading into the run.
Out on the run course there was no stopping Luis, who was 40 seconds up on the rest of the group through 5 km, and a minute up on Dickinson, Sandor and Sperl through 10 km. Thanks to a 1:09:57 run split, by the end of the run Luis (3:38:02) was almost two minutes up on Dickinson (3:40:01), as Sperl rounded out the podium in 3:40:35.