Germany has been spoilt for choice when it comes to triathlon in the last seven days. Challenge Roth, the Ironman European Championship and this week, WTS Hamburg.
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Hamburg is the longest running location on the WTS and will be contested over the sprint distance, a factor which I likely to provide some very tight racing.
Heading the start list is current world champion Flora Duffy. After missing some early season events, Duffy has been victorious in her last two outings at Yokohama and Leeds.
The ultra-versatile athlete from Bermuda has quickly established herself as the new benchmark in the WTS. Whoever wants to win this weekend in Hamburg, is going to have to beat Duffy.
Andrea Hewitt has already made 2017 a season to remember. The ever-consistent Kiwi took out the opening to races of the season in Abu Dhabi and on the Gold Coast. She currently sits fourth on the WTS rankings and will see herself as a genuine chance at becoming World Champion if she can remain consistent.
2016 winner, Katie Zaferes, will have pleasant memories of the German venue for this week’s race after claiming her maiden WTS win here. The American also comes into the race in good form after finishing second at WTS Yokohama and fourth on the Gold Coast along with a World Cup win in New Plymouth. She thrives over the sprint distance and it will be no surprise to see her laying a claim for victory in this race.
Another American is a surprise rankings leader at the midway point of the year. Kirsten Kasper has raced regularly and consistently and will look to continue that theme in Hamburg. So far in 2017 she has finished fourth at Leeds, third at Yokohama, seventh at the Gold Coast and 17th at Abu Dhabi, along with two World Cup podiums. Another solid result here will see her maintain her place atop the rankings leader board.
Some of the Brits who are likely to lead the battle from the front are Lucy Hall and Jess Learmonth. The pair are super-swimmers and don’t mind taking the race up the road on the bike. The sprint distance suits and either could be in the hunt for a step on the podium.
Aussie Ashleigh Gentle kicked off 2017 with a podium on the Gold Coast and has also fought hard in two top-10 finishes at Yokohama and Leeds. Should things fall her way, she could be sporting a medal post-race in Hamburg.
WTS Hamburg 2017 Start List
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