With just three ITU World Cup races left in the 2014 season, action speeds up in hot and humid Cozumel, Mexico this weekend with a splash and dash sprint race. The race will see the return of Olympic gold and bronze medalists Nicola Spirig (SUI) and Erin Densham (AUS) on the women’s side, while breakout star Joao Pereira (POR) headline’s the men’s event.
Elite Women’s Race
Spirig and Densham make a return to ITU racing, but will face off with rising star Katie Hursey (USA) and the massively improved Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Carolina Routier (ESP). In a battle of veterans vs newbies, Ainhoa Murua (ESP) joins Spirig and Densham with experience while Lindsey Jerdonek lines up next to Hursey as a name to watch.
Elite Men’s Race
This year’s breakout star Pereira will put his powerful sprint skills on display yet again this weekend in Cozumel. Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) will want to redeem himself this weekend after a disappointing result in Turkey last weekend. Sven Riederer (SUI) will be on a high after his win in Turkey & will challenge Pereira with his run speed. Wildcards include Brazil’s Reinaldo Colucci, who impressed in Edmonton in a three-man break on the bike, and France’s Aurélien Lescure, who led a four-man French press around the 10km run course in Alanya. David Hauss (FRA) also returns after a year derailed by an early season race crash.