Luis and Van Riel highlight WTCS Montreal men’s field

Vincent Luis. (Photo: Tommy Zaferes, ITU Media)

This weekend’s World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal race will feature a new “eliminator” format that will see athletes compete in qualification races and a repechage (for those who don’t make it through the final in their first qualification race), then compete in a three-stage final that will see the field of 30 whittled down to 20 after the first race, then down to 10 after the second, with the final 10 athletes going for the medals.

The racing will be done over a super-sprint course that includes a 300 m swim, a three-lap, 7.2 km bike and a 2 lap, 2 km run. You can watch all the racing on TriathlonLive starting at 11:15 local time (EST), 17:15 (CEST).

The first qualification race will feature defending world champion Vincent Luis (FRA) and Marten Van Riel (BEL), the top-ranked athlete in the field as neither Kristian Blummenfelt or Alex Yee are racing in Montreal. Others to keep an eye on are Kevin McDowell (USA), who is coming off an excellent Olympics where he earned a silver medal in the mixed team relay.

The second qualifying race will feature Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Hayden Wilde (NZL), Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS), French duo Leo Bergere and Dorian Coninx and Jelle Geens (BEL), who won in Montreal two years ago.

You can find the full start lists here.