Leanda Cave of Great Britain and Etienne Diemunsch of France won the elite divisions of the 3rd annual Cannes International Triathlon.
Four time world champion Cave gained a 4:57 lead on Alexandra Tondeur with a 31:11 swim, gave back 3:03 on the bike leg and 12 more seconds on the run while finishing the race in 4:06:17 with a 1:25 margin of victory over her Belgian rival and 4:33 over 3rd-place Celine Bousrez of France.
Cave thus defended her 2015 Cannes title.
Diemunsch combined a 5th-best 29:50 swim, a 4th-best 2:06:51 bike split and a race-best 52:32 run to finish in 3:30:08 with a 29 seconds margin over runner-up Giulio Molinari of Italy and 1:44 ahead of 3rd-place finisher Andreas Raelert of Germany. Diemunsch fell behind Molinari by 1:03 on the swim and another 2:30 to Molinari’s 2nd-best 2:04:21 bike split before charging from behind on the run.
Cannes International Triathlon
April 17, 2016
S 2k / B 80k / R 16k.
1. Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:06:17
2. Alexandra Tondeur (BEL) 4:07:42
3. Céline Bousrez (FRA) 4:10:50
4. Marta Bernardi (ITA) 4:14:40
5. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 4:21:54
1. Etienne Diemunsch (FRA) 3:30:08
2. Giulio Molinari (ITA) 3:30:37
3. Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:31:52
4. Patrick Lange (GER) 3:33:25
5. Thomas Steger (AUT) 3:34:40