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For a season that has had it all, the men’s WTS Grand Final delivered the ultimate final chapter on Saturday. Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt earned the race victory, but it was an even bigger day for France’s Vincent Luis who earned his first world title thanks to a fifth-place finish.
“That was a really tough race, I can’t believe it. The final 3km seemed like 10km for me, but the crowd was amazing, my parents were here and I just dug in really deep for them,” said an emotional Luis. “I just knew I needed to follow Mario as close as I could, but I got dropped so just did my best to stay in touch and do what I needed to. You can’t buy a world title… beating guys like Mario and Javi… it is great to have my name with theirs.” Read the complete race recap Triathlon.org.
2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne
1. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 1:50:47
2. Mario Mola (ESP) 1:51:03
3. Fernando Alarza (ESP) 1:51:18
4. Gustav Iden (NOR) 1:51:34
5. Vincent Luis (FRA) 1:51:53
2019 Final ITU World Triathlon Series Standings
1. Vincent Luis (FRA)
2. Mario Mola (ESP)
3. Javier Gomez Noya (ESP)
4. Fernando Alarza (ESP)
5. Marten Van Riel (BEL)