World Title To Be Decided In Cozumel Rob Sheeley September 15, 2016 Race Previews Cozumel will provide the backdrop for the final WTS race of the season this weekend when it hosts the 2016 World Triathlon Grand Final. Text By Rob Sheeley | Images By ITU and Witsup The race looms as a mouth-watering contest with the battle for the world title likely to come down to a matter of seconds. In the red corner is the challenger Flora Duffy. The uber biker from Bermuda has had a career best season and sits at the top of the rankings. Finishing first or second here will guarantee her a maiden world title. In the blue corner is the reigning world champion, Gwen Jorgensen. The American recently added the Olympic gold medal to her near perfect short course CV. She is looking to become the first woman to win three consecutive world titles. Should she do that, she would also join Emma Snowsill as the only athletes to have won three world titles and an Olympic gold medal. Jorgensen will be looking to win the race and hoping that Duffy finishes at least two places behind her so that she can etch her name into the history books. A lot is likely to hinge on how the race transpires. Duffy is a regular lead pack swimmer and likes to capitalise on that with her outstanding ability on the bike. We can expect her to be joined up front in the water by the likes of Carolina Routier, who led the Olympic field at the same stage. Brits Jess Learmonth and Lucy Hall are always prominent on the swim along with Americans Sarah True and Katie Zaferes. Jorgensen is never too far away and should be in the front part of the field, looking to be well positioned going onto the bike. Andrea Hewitt Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins and Vicky Holland should be in a similar position and could form a strong chase pack if they are not out front. The key part of the race for Duffy is undoubtedly the bike. Her best results of 2016 have been when she has led a breakaway and pushed the pace. A lot will depend on if she has any allies in this quest. The Gold Coast saw one of the more memorable races this season where Duffy worked together with Helen Jenkins and Andrea Hewitt to build up a lead that proved too big for Jorgensen to gun down. That sort of attack looks to be the best hope for Duffy again in Cozumel. Her fate may be in the hands of other athletes and whether or not they choose to go with her. Jorgensen has a penchant for riding smart and will be doing what she needs to in order to be within striking distance on the run. This is where we will see the best of Jorgensen. She possesses the most devastating run in world triathlon and is sure to be putting pressure on anyone in front of her. Should Duffy be in front, Jorgensen making the pass is almost a fait accompli. The real danger for her is holding the rest of the field at bay. Holland and Stanford will be two of the main candidates pushing for a podium spot, along with Jenkins and Hewitt. However there is a host of others who could also threaten with Aussies Ashleigh Gentle and Emma Moffatt two of the most likely. Rest assured, this race is going to be an engrossing affair and likely to be decided very late in proceedings. Jorgensen is the consummate professional and loves to perform on the big stage. She is likely to execute her race with precision; the world title really rests in the hands of Duffy and what she can produce when it counts. WTS Grand Final Cozumel 2016 Startlist 1 Flora Duffy BER 2 Gwen Jorgensen USA 3 Katie Zaferes USA 4 Andrea Hewitt NZL 5 Ai Ueda JPN 6 Helen Jenkins GBR 7 Vicky Holland GBR 8 Rachel Klamer NED 9 Ashleigh Gentle AUS 10 Kirsten Kasper USA 11 Sarah True USA 12 Charlotte McShane AUS 14 Non Stanford GBR 15 Vendula Frintova CZE 16 Summer Cook USA 17 Emma Moffatt AUS 18 Mari Rabie RSA 19 Emma Jackson AUS 20 Renee Tomlin USA 21 Anastasia Abrosimova RUS 22 Jolanda Annen SUI 23 Lisa Norden SWE 24 Nicky Samuels NZL 25 Sara Vilic AUT 26 Yuka Sato JPN 27 Hanna Philippin GER 28 Carolina Routier ESP 29 Yurie Kato JPN 30 Lindsey Jerdonek USA 31 Rebecca Spence NZL 32 Yuko Takahashi JPN 33 Gillian Sanders RSA 34 Miriam Casillas García ESP 35 Mariya Shorets RUS 36 Alexandra Razarenova RUS 37 Juri Ide JPN 38 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 39 Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 40 Gillian Backhouse AUS 41 Claire Michel BEL 42 Simone Ackermann NZL 43 Sarah-Anne Brault CAN 44 Aileen Reid IRL 45 Valentina Zapatrina RUS 46 Charlotte Bonin ITA 47 Pamella Oliveira BRA 48 Jessica Learmonth GBR 49 Claudia Rivas MEX 50 Lucy Hall GBR 51 Zsófia Kovács HUN 52 Cecilia Gabriela Perez Flores MEX 53 Anja Knapp GER 54 Erin Jones USA 55 Natalie Van Coevorden AUS 56 Dominika Jamnicky CAN 57 Aoi Kuramoto JPN 58 Long Hoi MAC Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.