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Spirig Sprints To Win In Kitzbühel

Sarah Groff was the top American in seventh.

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Swiss star Nicola Spirig showed off her brilliant finishing kick again as she powered to her second straight victory in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series today in Kitzbühel, Austria and continued her torrid winning streak after recording wins at the European Championships and Madrid.

“It was almost a perfect race for me,” said Spirig. “I had a really good swim, I was really happy with it. The bike was good, we were a small group and people were working so we had quite a comfortable lead in the end and after that I felt really comfortable on the run.”

In a ferocious running battle with five other women, Spirig edged out Sweden’s Lisa Norden who successfully returned from injury to take her place on the Kitzbühel podium once again.  Andrea Hewitt out-dueled Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz for the bronze, yet another podium for the Kiwi superstar.

American Sarah Groff was in the lead pack throughout the day and ultimately finished seventh. Last weekend’s ITU World Cup Banyoles winner Gwen Jorgensen of the U.S. finished 11th.

Read more: Triathlon.org