At 35, Flora Duffy continues to enrich her prize list. This Friday, under nearly 40 degrees in Abu Dhabi, the triathlete from Bermuda won her fourth world title – a record – by winning the Grand Final of the World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS). She is more than a minute ahead of her number 1 competitor for the world title, the Briton Georgia Taylor-Brown (at 1’04”) and the German Lena Meißner (at 2’35”).
A trio who took the lead from the start of the bike part in a group of 9, without any French, while Cassandre Beaugrand was in the Top 10 at the exit of the water. Then, Taylor Knibb, a real rolling machine, hardened the race to melt this group to six units during the 40 km of cycling, before crashing in a slippery corner and letting go Duffy, Taylor-Brown, the Brazilian Vittoria Lopes and Germany’s Lena Meißner.
From the start of the run, Taylor-Brown tried his luck by accelerating. But Duffy came back after 2.5 km before making the difference to easily win ahead of the Briton and Meißner, who signed the best result of her career.
Set back throughout the race, Léonie Périault, in difficulty this season due to health problems, managed a great comeback on foot to take fifth place in this Grand Final (3’27”) just ahead of her compatriots Emma Lombardie (8th at 4’26”) and Cassandre Beaugrand (10th at 4’49”).
Sixth before this race in the world rankings (4 best results in WTCS + the Grand Final), Cassandre Beaugrand gains a place to finish the season in fifth place, behind Duffy, Taylor-Brown, Taylor Knibb (4th this Friday in Abu Dhabi) and Taylor Spivey (7th this Friday).