Cannes International Triathlon
Tim Don was in France for his second triathlon of 2019 and put the disappointment of race ending mechanical behind him with a strong second place over the middle distance (S 2km / B 107km / R 16km) Cannes International Triathlon.
Emerging from the water just over a minute behind early leader Sam Laidlow, Tim and Laidlow were overhauled by Cameron Wurf around one quarter of the way through the bike leg and as they emerged from T2, the Australian held a 36 second lead over the Boulder based Brit. The duo ran together during the early stages of the run, but Don wasn't able to match a surge from Wurf but safely defended his runners-up spot in a time of 4:26:45.
Amstel Gold Race
Bigla's Cecilie Uttrup Lugwig opened her Ardennes Classics week with a fine 6th place finish at Amstel Gold after a demanding 127km race between Maastricht and Berg-en-Terblijt. The final stages of the hilly Classic saw attack after attack being launched and reeled in before Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon–SRAM) was finally able to make a move stick and successfully time trialled to the finish. Cecilie was able to take sixth spot in the bunch kick and her performance bodes well for this week's La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig:
Today’s race was not easy. In the beginning, there was a leading group which was able to build up an advantage of more than five minutes. However, we knew that this was the calm before the storm. There were so many attacks and counter attacks today, and I didn’t have any teammates in the first group. I tried to follow the attacks, but it was hard to counter all of these moves. But I think that we can be very satisfied with a top ten finish. The team is still young and my teammates have such great potential. We’re getting stronger from day to day, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming races in Belgium.
iXS Downhill Cup
With the opening round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Maribor just a week away, there was a huge entry for the first iXS Downhill Cup of 2019 over the same track. Atherton Racing’s Gee Atherton, Charlie Hatton and Mille Johnset headed to dry and trails of Slovenia for their final World Cup warm-up. Mille pulled out the result of the weekend for Atherton Racing with a podium finish in the junior women, whilst Charlie and Gee hit the top 20 in 11th and 18th respectively.