Texas: Canadian Sanders proves that the same level is required in non-drafting races as in ITU if you want to win


The ITU circuit will no longer be the only ‘Formula 1’ of the triathlon.

Until now, I had a certain pass. There were a lot of talks that triathletes who weren’t good at sprinting and Olympic races – which require a high swimming pace and an undeniable walking pedigree – could scratch something in RH or RH if they improved their bike.

It’s not like that. Not only with the Sanders Machado (which by the way is not so bad anymore) but because we have bugs like Sam Long that fly at 45 km / h with the “worst headwind I’ve ever suffered” moving more than 330w and then they run a half marathon at 3:21 / km.

For a few, the game of lengthening the volume on the bike will be worth it to prepare for a medium-distance race, since the average level is rising a lot, and there are already growing athletes who specialize in this type of race.

A profile of triathletes who are capable of accumulating atrocities in their legs at lower rates, but on D-day allows them to be much more consistent in a racing format than years before, they ran in the expectation of “surviving the rhythm”.

Sanders would get his triplet in Galveston (2015, 2016 and 2021) after leaving ‘only’ 1’37 “in the water with Ben Kanute – in Miami he left 2’10” with Frodeno – and taking advantage of the strong wind so that nobody moved from a first group where he kept control at all times.

Long would work alone to link his head on the bike, after giving up 3’27 ”in the water, something he recognizes as unacceptable after the work done in the pool.

Despite being very solid on foot during the first 10km, the American would be overwhelmed by the push of Sanders, who would fly at 3: 17 / km to take the victory ahead of Kanute, who would pass Long in the last kilometer, both entering more than a minute from Canyon.


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