Diemunsch returns to podium and Spirig springs back into ITU form in Cozumel

Elite Men Wrap

With rising temperatures and a full slate of competitors in Sunday’s Cozumel World Cup, no obstacle appeared to be too much for Etienne Diemunsch (FRA), who won his first world cup title since 2011. Diemunsch sprinted across the line to capture the win after trailing through the first part of the race, finishing just seconds ahead of Americans Jarrod Shoemaker and Joe Maloy.

“I am very happy,” Diemunsch said. “It was hard because of the heat. I was not confident about my swim. We biked very hard, all the guys in the chase group, thanks to Fernandes (BRA), and we caught the first pack right before the run.”
Diemunsch missed a podium spot earlier this year in Huatulco and had not finished on the podium in a World Cup since Guatape in 2011. Along with eventual podium finishers Shoemaker and Maloy, Diemunsch came out of the water in the middle of the pack, which was led by Richard Varga (SVK). The trio was part of a chase group that had to work to gain time on the leaders over the course of four laps, merging the packs in the last lap.
It didn’t take long for Diemunsch to move to the front of the pack after the second transition, with Shoemaker and Maloy hot on his heels at the end of the first run lap. Shoemaker improved on his fourth-place photo finish from 2013 to lock up his second World Cup podium finish of the season.

“You’ve got to be very steady. You can’t go to the front as fast as you want,” Shoemaker said. “This is a great crowd here in Cozumel. They know triathlon and they love it. I’ve raced in Mexico a lot through my career and a lot of the Mexicans know me too, and cheer for me. It’s hot, but everybody has to deal with the same conditions.”
Maloy had never finished on the podium at a World Cup prior to today, with his best finish a fifth place in Tongyeong in 2013.

“I didn’t come here for an easy race,” Maloy said. “The conditions here are no secret - it’s hot, it’s hard, it’s a sprint distance so everything is a little bit faster. I was kind of just prepared to adjust to wherever I was and make the most of the opportunity.”

Elite Men Results

1. Etienne Diemunsch FRA FR 00:51:55
2. Jarrod Shoemaker USA US 00:51:59
3. Joe Maloy USA US 00:52:00
4. Crisanto Grajales MEX MX 00:52:09
5. Ron Darmon ISR IL 00:52:10
6. Pierre Le Corre FRA FR 00:52:12
7. Alexander Bryukhankov RUS RU 00:52:13
8. Sergio Sarmiento MEX MX 00:52:14
9. Miguel Arraiolos POR PT 00:52:16
10. Irving Perez MEX MX 00:52:21


Elite Women Wrap

It was only Nicola Spirig’s (SUI) third ITU race since winning gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but she made it three-for-three with the top finishing time on Sunday at the Cozumel World Cup. Lisa Perterer (AUT) improved on her third-place finish from last year to take the silver, and Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) finished third for her second-straight World Cup podium finish.

“I’m here with my family, and we’ve been here for more than two weeks,” said Spirig, who has a soft spot for Cozumel after winning last year and using the island as a training base from time to time. “The conditions were perfect and the crowds are amazing. It’s just the whole package here.”

Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS), Erin Jones (USA) and Carolina Routier (ESP) led the field out of the water, but after one lap of the bike 34 women were part of the lead group including the three podium finishers. Though there were just over 60 women on the start list, only 20 seconds separated the top 55 in the field as they left the second transition to start the run.

With a number of fast runners in the group and the heat starting to rise, the field broke apart a bit on the first lap of the run, which worked well for Spirig.

“When we go to the run I wanted to increase the pace,” she said. “I thought I could win the lead without having to sprint at the end.”

Clocking in first, Spirig grabbed her second consecutive World Cup title in Cozumel. Perterer was not far behind for silver.
“I’m so happy with this result,” Perterer said. “The hardest part of the race was the last kilometer because Nicola pushed hard. I couldn’t follow her, but I got second, so I am really happy. To finish better than last year was very surprising to me. I like hot races and these conditions are nice for me.”
Yelistratova echoed those sentiments after earning bronze, adding to the bronze she won last weekend at the Alanya World Cup.

“I really like it here in Cozumel. I love racing in the heat, so it gives me some advantages,” Yelistratova said. “It was so nice to swim in the clear water, and I like the ocean. On the run, we didn’t go out as fast as possible because of the heat – everyone felt it. I tried to stay with Nicola as long as I could to have a gap to the girls behind.”

Elite Women Results

1. Nicola Spirig SUI CH 00:58:47
2. Lisa Perterer AUT AT 00:58:54
3. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR UA 00:58:57
4. Paula Findlay CAN CA 00:59:04
5. Alexandra Razarenova RUS RU 00:59:06
6. Tamara Gomez Garrido ESP ES 00:59:08
7. Emma Pallant GBR GB 00:59:15
8. Amelie Kretz CAN CA 00:59:19
9. Hanna Philippin GER DE 00:59:20
10. Julia Hauser AUT AT 00:59:21

Full Results

Text and pictures courtesy ITU.