A classic day of racing in Edmonton: The World Triathlon Championships Final in photos

Kristian Blummenfelt nails the WTCS title with a win at the Grand Final in Edmonton. Now he has his sights set on the Ironman World Championship in 2022. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Four exciting races in one day – on Saturday Edmonton hosted the World Triathlon Championships Final. The day’s racing included women’s and men’s U23 and Elite races. We relive the day in these photos by Kevin Mackinnon:

Women’s U23:

A group of five managed to ride clear in the women’s U23 race including France’s Emma Lombardi
Alberte Kjaer Pedersen and Annika Koch managed to run from the first chase group up to the front of the race.
Emma Lombardi takes the U23 world title. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
Barbara de Koning was the youngest woman in the field – she placed 11th.

Men’s U23

After a big group came off the bike together, the men’s U23 race became a footrace between Matthew Hauser, Tim Hellwig and Csongor Lehmann.
Csongor Lehmann moves up one spot from second in 2019 to take the title in 2021.

Women’s Elite

They’re off – the elite women hit the lake.
From her first pedal stroke on the bike Taylor Knibb stayed at the front of the women’s elite race.
Normally one of the dominant cyclists in any race, Flora Duffy found herself in the chase group in Edmonton.
As she did on the bike, Knibb led the way on the run.
The battle for the world championship podium – just a few points separated Taylor Spivey and Maya Kingma going into the final.
Katie Zaferes would sprint her way from seemingly out of the top 8 to a fourth-place finish.
An incredible bike run combo gives Taylor Knibb the win.
Leonie Periault had a huge day to take second.
In the end Spivey finished fifth, Kingma sixth.

Men’s Elite

Vincent Luis led the way through the halfway point of the swim and was still in front at the end.
Then there were three. Luis, Mark Devay and Marten Van Riel were in a three-man breakaway that stayed clear until the very end of the bike.
Then there were seven … the lead group out on the run course.
The athletes were working too hard to enjoy the scenery.
Then there were three … Kristian Blummenfelt, Marten Van Riel and Leo Bergere sprint for the line.
Kristian Blummenfelt takes the Olympic/ worlds double.