Top contenders preview race expectations leading into Tongyeong World Cup

by Courtney Akrigg on 18 Oct, 2019 02:54 • Español
Top contenders preview race expectations leading into Tongyeong World Cup

A striking field of elite women and men, stacked with Olympic experience and talent, will line up to race for World Cup success and valuable points in Tongyeong.

Jelle Geens (BEL)
“If you train with Vincent Luis, Mario Mola and others like Jake Birtwhistle and you can follow them on the run you know you’re in very good shape. It’s been a good year, I just need to get a bit more consistent and fight for those podium spots every time.”

“I think it’s my first time having a number one in an international race and I have to choose my own spit on the pontoon which will be a bit stressful as the swim is my weakest discipline. It says that I have had a good season. I hope I can finish on the same spot as my number is.”

Claire Michel (BEL)
“I’ve been struggling with injury all year and this is the first training block where it hasn’t been an issue. I guess I would say it was a building season and I am looking forward an excited to race.”

Eli Hemming (USA)
“I’ve had an up and down season this year, I have had a lot of bad luck with races but with the lows come the highs and had my first World Cup win and now I am just trying to get some more points with these races.”
“I love the training around here, it’s really nice. I love this course, it’s got some hills on it. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Brandon Copeland (AUS)
“The start of the year was just awesome with Mooloolaba, that’s been a goal of mine for so long. Finally cracking the World Cup podium was just amazing, especially to do it at home in front of family and friends was just awesome.”
“I am looking forward to stepping up here and staking it out with some of the elites.”

“Anything can happen on the World Cup circuit and I will try and set myself up to be on the front.”

Miriam Casillas Garcia (ESP)
“I always go to a race with confidence and it’s always a goal to make the podium. I don’t feel like it’s the end of the season. I am really motivated and happy to race.”

“This course is really interesting with the hills on the bike. It’s a course where you can never stop. Especially the run, it has the special thing with the crazy run.”

With the field we have in this field, it’s going to be really hard. I will try and put myself in a good position to fight for the race.”

Matthew McElroy (USA)
“Overall I am growing as an athlete. I think there’s a lot more experience I have a lot to learn and hopefully it’s all coming together at the end of the season

I just want to have fun. I have been here before and I got second. What I learnt this year is focussing too much on the outcome really affected the race so I just want to have fun and express myself.”

Vittoria Lopes (BRA)
“This year I have trained consistently and the results have come because of this.”

“My coach tells me I have to believe in myself. The big secret is to be happy and have fun and my team helps me with this.”

Vendula Frintova (CZE)
“I haven’t been here for a few years but it was one of my favourite World Cups. It was my second World Cup podium so I really like to come back to Tongyeong.”

Race start will be at 9.30am (local time) for the elite women and 11.45am (local time) for the elite men on Saturday, 19 October on
Elite women’s start list
Elite men’s start list

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Related Event: 2019 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup
19 Oct, 2019 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Matthew McElroy USA 00:51:25
2. David Castro Fajardo ESP 00:51:33
3. Kevin McDowell USA 00:51:35
4. Max Studer SUI 00:51:41
5. Eli Hemming USA 00:51:41
Results: Elite Women
1. Sandra Dodet FRA 00:57:10
2. Ai Ueda JPN 00:57:13
3. Claire Michel BEL 00:57:18
4. Sophie Watts USA 00:57:32
5. Nicola Spirig SUI 00:57:37
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