WTCS – Hamburg: 7th place for the French mixed relay

The French mixed relay 7th in the WTCS stage in Hamburg – Photo credit: @World Triathlon

The French mixed relay accustomed to honours, medals or titles as with the new world title obtained two weeks ago in Montreal (Canada) had to bow this time.

The aligned tricolor quartet certainly included Valentin Morlec et Paul Georgenthum world champions in the mixed relay among the juniors-U23 but difficult all the same to compete this Sunday with the great nations of the world.

Valentin Morlec, 19th on Saturday in individual, launches the French relay in a good way. Le Messin finished his stint in 10th position, 21 seconds behind New Zealander Hayden Wilde, the new leader of the world championship.

Twenty seconds is the gap that maintains Mathilde Gautier on the head of the race when transmitting the baton to Paul Georgenthum.

The more struggling former European junior champion is losing ground. When taking over the last stint at Emma Lombardi, France is 1’45 behind. A gap too big to fill, the U23 world champion gains a rank to finally allow the French team to finish 7th in this mixed relay.

Victory went to Great Britain ahead of Australia and Germany. In the last stint, Kate Waugh, who was neck and neck with Laura Lindemann, took advantage of a 20-second stoppage by the German at the penalty box to win the race. She was snatched 2nd place by Australia with Nathalie Van Coeverden in conclusion.

Valentin Morlec : “It’s been a long time since I had two races. Yesterday (individually), I did a very nice swim coming out of the water in 2nd position, just behind Vincent Luis. Unfortunately, I couldn’t relay it by bike. Then, after the regrouping, I made sure to stay ahead of the race to suffer fewer reminders. I come in first position at T2. I then left a bit quickly on foot. I demoted past 20th place. Fortunately, I recovered in the last kilometer to finish just in the Top 20 (19th). This place satisfies me. It had to be done today. In swimming, my opponents did not give me a gift. On a bike, it wasn’t easy to follow the pace set by Hayden Wilde, but I held on. On foot, I knew I couldn’t compete with the best. I limited the damage by only conceding about twenty seconds. In the end, the result of the relay is a little disappointing but the main thing is to have learned a lot during this weekend. »

The next major meeting for the French team will be the European short distance triathlon championship (individual and mixed relay), from August 12 to 14 in Munich.

4 years ago in Glasgow, the French triathletes shone with gold for Pierre Le Corre and for the mixed relay, a bronze medal for Cassandre Beaugrand.