Breakaways, wind, and fast finishes as Whitfield and Ertel win the 2007 Cancun BG ITU World Cup

In the women's race, perennial swim leader Sarah McLarty (USA) led out the swim and helped drive the pace on the bike before dropping out of the race in T2 due to a foot injury. McLarty's hard work paid off for several of her US teammates, who came off the bike with over four minutes over the chase group. After McLarty dropped out, the Americans had five athletes in the lead group of nine heading out onto the run. Laura Bennett made an early charge before fading in the second half. 2007 PanAm Gold medalist Julie Ertel (Swail) used a fast second 5k to run away with the race, after letting the early pace-setters break the wind. Carole Peon of France broke up the American party, running her way into second. No one in the group of nine was caught, giving the US five finishers in the top ten, and two of three podium spots, as Sarah Haskins held off Jodie Swallow (GBR) for third.

In the men's race, Canadian swim stud Colin Jenkins led out the swim for the first time in his ITU career. Jenkins drove the pace early on the bike, setting up a breakway of 15 athletes, that included three other Canadians. The breakaway group worked well together into a steadily increasing crosswind that punished the less organized chase gap. Coming into T2, the lead men had over three minutes on a chase group that saw many of the pre-race favorites, including Kiwis Bevan Docherty and Kris Gemmel, far behind. Former Cancun World Cup winner Volodymyr Polikarpenko (UKR) and Simon Whitfield (CAN) were the favorites among a group of strong runners including Canadians Brent McMahon and Paul Tichelaar, as well as Russians Yulian Malyshev, Alexander Brukhankov, and Dmitry Polyansky. Reinaldo Collucci (BRA) led the pace early on the run, before eventually falling to sixth. Malyshev took top honors for the Russians with a strong fifth, but the day belonged to the Canadians with Brent McMahon recording his best ever WC finish with a fourth, capping off an impressive season that also included a silver medal performance at the PanAm games. Polikarpenko wasn't able to match the finishing kick of Canadians Tichelaar and Whitfield and had to settle for third. Whitfield used his famous sixth gear to outkick Tichelaar at the line. It was the first World Cup Podium for Tichelaar, a fine end to a season that included a trip to the PanAm Games. Whitfield cemented his 2nd overall position in the World Cup Rankings, putting an exclamation point on Whitfield's most successful and complete season of World Cup racing.

Complete results courtesy of the ITU.

Women:

Gold Julie Ertel (USA) 2:03:22
Silver Carole Peon (FRA) 2:03:33
Bronze Sarah Haskins (USA) 2:03:33
4 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 2:03:37
5 Laura Bennett (USA) 2:04:14
6 Sarah Groff (USA) 2:04:18
7 Anja Dittmer (GER) 2:04:41
8 Kerry Lang (GBR) 2:04:42
9 Jasmine Oeinck (USA) 2:07:18
10 Juri Ide (JPN) 2:07:56

Men:

Gold Simon Whitfield CAN 1:52:05
Silver Paul Tichelaar CAN 1:52:06
Bronze Volodymyr Polikarpenko UKR 1:52:08
4 Brent McMahon CAN 1:52:15
5 Yulian Malyshev RUS 1:52:16
6 Samuel Pierreclaud FRA 1:52:47
7 Reinaldo Colucci BRA 1:53:20
8 Stuart Hayes GBR 1:53:26
9 Alexander Brukhankov RUS 1:53:45
10 Dmitry Polyansky RUS 1:53:59