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The cannon fired promptly at 7 AM Mountain time, and the men charged into the water.
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The question for many leading into the 70.3 World Championships: how far back would Sam Long be coming out of the swim? The answer: a little more than 2 minutes.
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Coming up and out of the one loop swim. Temperatures above 78 degrees meant no wetsuits for professionals and age-groupers alike.
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Shimano neutral support was out and about. And it was very much needed -- Kristian Blummenfelt wound up being dropped out of the front men's bike pack due to a front wheel issue.
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Skye Moench onboard her Trek Speed Concept.
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However, the Trek Factory Racing squad was on board the long-rumored disc-brake Speed Concept.
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Usually, when Daniela Ryf is onboard her bike, she is storming toward the front. Early on the bike she closed up to second place Taylor Knibb, and then faded.
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Charles-Barclay dominated across all three disciplines. She led from the opening cannon and never let go.
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Iden, meanwhile, waited to make his decisive move at Snow Canyon. He went to the front, earned a lead, and never let it go.
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Knibb ground out a run, only getting clipped by Jeanni Metzler with three miles to go. She led the second group in the swim, then rode by herself, never making inroads to Charles-Barclay's lead.
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Ben Kanute had a strong, balanced day: sticking out in the front group of the bike until Iden made his decisive move, and stayed in the Top 10 during the run.
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Metzler on her charge to second place.
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Big smiles out on the difficult run course help make the time go by.