Lucy Gossage claims silver at ITU Powerman Zofingen Long Distance Duathlon World Championships

powerman zofingen podium

Lucy Gossage added another title and trophy to the cabinet yesterday in Zofingen. Already the European Long Course Duathlon Champion, Lucy claimed silver on the World stage and cemented her place at the top table of long course racing.

Regular readers will know by now that I’m a big fan of the long course talent Lucy Gossage and have covered her season extensively, but this still is a stand out result in a remarkable year for a second year pro. Congratulations Lucy and below is a more in-depth report!

Lucy Gossage of Team GB, this afternoon was awarded the silver medal at 2012 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. Starting the year, Lucy had outlined an Ironman race as her A prority but was persuaded that a year focused on duathlon might be in her best interests after claiming the British and European duathlon championship titles.

Before reading the report you might like to check out the preview I wrote up last week, or if not, crack on with the below!

Lucy started strong with a solid 10k run and entered T1 in first place with only a few seconds in front of Susanne  Svendsen of Denmark. A smooth transition had Gossage out on the bike course first with a small group of 4 not far behind her.

The bike course is known to be quite brutal of 3 laps and 150km and after 13km Lucy had extended her lead out of transition to a slim 40 seconds over Eva Nystrom and Svendsen, with another 3 girls just over a minute behind. Only 10km later, Nystrom had started to fight back and had halved the gap to Lucy and was sitting strong only 21 seconds behind.

By the 74km mark, Nystrom had over taken Gossage who was now 2.42min behind but sitting strongly in second place. A close battle was going on behind Nystrom and Gossaeg with 3rd place May Kerstans, Svendsen 4th and defending champion Melanie Burke all within 34 seconds of one another but over 6minutes behind the leader.

At 124km’s Nystrom had further extended her lead over Lucy Gossage to almost 5:30, but Gossage had also kept herself in a commanding position over the field, with her gap to third increased to 7minutes. Eva Nystrom came into T2 in first place and with a 7 minute lead over Lucy.

Lucy put in a fast transition, looking very strong running out of T2 and the big question was could she run Nystrom down? I tweeted at the time to ‘keep the faith’. I knew it was going to be tough but that Lucy has a great talent and anything was possible over a 7 hour race.

After the first turn around point of the second run of the day, Lucy had pulled it back 15 seconds but Nystrom was running strongly and it was going to take a massive effort by Gossage to bridge this gap. Nystrom looked to be struggling during the final 10km but her lead off the bike seemed enough and at the 22km mark, although Lucy had got the gap down to just over 5 minutes had this World Title.

In brilliantly candid style, Gossage took to Twitter to comment on the race:

F**K me that was hard… Brutal does not sum it up…. Very very very pleased with 2nd. Eva Nyström thoroughly deserved the win!

In the men’s race, one of my favourite multi-sport athletes was taking his 5th world title. Joerie Vansteelant showed his experience to hold of the challenge from Rob Woestenborghs and just had more speed towards the end of the run. British and Irish interest came in the form of David Vaughan and Matt Moorehouse. I’m not sure what happened to Moorehouse, who finshed outside of the top-25 (which is unusual – I think this indicates a big problem or a DNF) whilst David Vaughan picked up a DNF – the first of his career.  Top British male finisher was Nikalas Cook who came 25th overall.

The race finished:

Pos Men Women
1st Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 6:07:58 Eva Nyström (SWE) 7:05:48
2nd Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 6:12:34 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 7:10:09
3rd Soren Bystrup (DEN) 6:21:38 May Kerstens (NED) 7:25:25

The ITU seem delighted with this association with Powerman, with Brian Hinton, member of the ITU Multi Sport committee, commenting:

The changes, which were made compared to last year, resulted to a perfectly presented race. The teamwork between the ITU and the organization committee of the Powerman Zofingen helped to make this possible.

So another race, another podium and another title for Lucy Gossage. Check out the below table to remind yourself what a fabulous season Lucy has had in 2012 and remind yourself that she is only a 2nd year pro. I’m sure there is still time for another race or 2 this year but frankly I’m already looking forward to 2013 and wondering what she might be achieving over the 3 discipline race format!

2012 high points 2012 low points
Supported by Compress Sport UK Injured in bike crash prior to Ironman 70.3 UK
British Duathlon Champion 6th at Ironman 70.3 UK racing injured
2nd at Challenge Fuerteventura Prize money withdrawn ahead of Tristar Milton Keynes
European Long Distance Duathlon Champion  
Signs sponsorship deal with Chain Reaction Cycles  
2nd at Challenge Barcelona (middle)  
5th at Ironman 70.3 European Championships  
Silver at ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships  

 

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