Lessing warms up nicely for Manchester
In what was one of the biggest world cup races of the triathlon season prior to the Commonwealth Games, Simon Lessing, one of Team Englandís biggest medal hopes managed a creditable fourth.
In what was one of the biggest World Cup races of the triathlon season prior to the Commonwealth Games, Simon Lessing, one of Team Englandís biggest medal hopes managed a creditable fourth.
In the Edmonton race Lessing finished behind two fellow contenders for podium places at the Commonwealth Games triathlon due to take place in Salford in three weeks time.
With over 70 of the worldís elite triathletes taking to the start pontoon, lashed by rain and howling wind, the race was lead by strong French swimmers Franck Bignet and Carl Blansco. This strong lead was held out of the swim and through transition, with the first 50 competitors all out of the water within seconds of the leaders.
Lessing maintained his position within the lead pack containing all the other contenders for Commonwealth glory including Olympic Champion Canadian Simon Whitfield, Australian Peter Robertson, who is hotly tipped as Commonwealth favourite and Hamish Carter of New Zealand.
With Robertsonís Australian team mate Chris McCormack pulling the second pack up from behind to merge with the lead pack, totalling 60 cyclists on the fourth lap of this six lap course. A daring break by Paul Amey (Great Britain), Vassilis Krommidas (Greece) and Luc van Lierde (Belgium) gained them an 18-second lead but this was chased down by the pack, led by Kiwi Bevan Docherty.
Out of the run course, Simon Whitfield and Greg Bennet battled for first place, whilst Lessing held off Hamish Carter for 9.5k of the 10k race before Carter passed him in the final stages. Paul Amey also of Great Britain came in fifth. This bodes well for Lessing as only Whitfield and Carter are fellow contenders for Commonwealth Places as Bennet did not qualify, amongst strong competition, for the Australian team.