Flora Duffy races again this Saturday 5th August.
Flora will be looking to build on her astonishing ITU World Series performances as she goes for her 5th win in a row in the old city of Montreal. Flora has been so dominant in her four races that it is hard to see anyone beating her in Montreal.
After two sprint distance races in Hamburg and Edmonton, the elite athletes will race over 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. The longer distance format will favor Flora as, working with other top swimmers, it will give her an opportunity to perhaps distance a large part of the field on the swim, something that was difficult to do in the sprint distance races (even though that did not stop Flora from getting away on the bike in Hamburg and Edmonton).
With none of the UK swim / bike specialists in the field Flora may again be in a position to team up with the USA’s youngster Taylor Knibb with whom she road away from the field in Edmonton. If that happens then expect Flora to ride with Taylor for the first part of the bike and then try and distance her, and any others in the group, in the last 10km or so.
The bike course lap is short (9 laps) and technical with one good hill and a rolling profile which will suit Flora and if she gets away as expected it will give her the advantage over a larger chasing pack going into the three technical corners.
Should Flora win it will mean that she will extend her lead in the series which now stands at just 8 points over the 2nd placed Katie Zaferes, who is not shown on the start list for Montreal. Third placed Kirsten Kasper is racing but with 2677 points to Flora’s 3200. A win for Flora might mean she opts out of racing in Stockholm on August 26th so that she can prepare for the Grand Final of the Series ( which has double points and is the unofficial World Championship race) in Rotterdam on Saturday 16th September.
Flora’s race gets underway at 1.36PM Montreal time ( 2.36PM Bermuda time) and results will be at http://www.triathlon.org or you can watch the race live by going to triathlonlive.tv and subscribing ( if you haven’t done so already).