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From a starting line-up packed with seriously powerful podium potential, it was France’s Cassandre Beaugrand who left the field in her wake to earn a first-ever WTS gold at Saturday’s WTS Hamburg. An excellent swim saw the French national champion in contention early on and she held firm in the six-strong lead bike pack, before taking the race by the scruff of the neck and flying through the 5km run in a time of 15:48. Germany’s Laura Lindemann out-sprinted USA’s Katie Zaferes to take the runner-up spot.
“I am so, so happy, I can’t believe,” said the delighted 21-year-old after the race. “I had a crash here last year, and to be able to win one year later is just amazing. I have improved a lot on the bike, and I pushed a lot today to be in the front group.”
2018 ITU WTS Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany – July 14, 2018
1. Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 58:06
2. Laura Lindemann (GER) 58:36
3. Katie Zaferes (USA) 58:37
4. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 58:42
5. Kirsten Kasper (USA) 58:44