Romain Guillaume wins Long Distance Triathlon Guadeloupe7. March 2016 — Janosch Wintermantel — Triathlon Team
Romain Guillaume took the first victory of the season for the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace over the weekend. In the half ironman distance triathlon Guadeloupe, the Frenchman dominated from start to finish and even set a new course record with a time of 4:07:00.
Early in the swim Guillaume took the lead and was the first to exit the water. On the bike he was once again in his element and quickly established a lead of two minutes over the rest. Guillaume kept this high pace up until the end of the bike leg, extending his lead over the field to seven minutes. When the Frenchman saw that his lead was comfortable, he started to save some energy for the upcoming season but still bettered his course record time from last year by five minutes.
According to Guillaume "It’s always nice to win, but to win with a new bike and course record feels even more satisfying. I felt great on my Timemachine and didn’t doubt that I could break away (from the group) when I saw that I had a small gap after 5k. Smashing the bike record by 5 minutes shows the work I’ve been putting in on my bike this winter is paying off. So I’m really happy I took the win today, but the way I did it makes me even happier. This race gives me a great feeling building up towards IM70.3 Puerto Rico in two weeks."
Sofie Goos takes 5th place at IM 70.3 Buenos Aires
Sofie Goos started off her season in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having felt good during training over the past few weeks, she was eager to test this in a race situation. Sofie came out of the water in 6th place, three minutes behind the leading quartet. With a solid ride on the flat 90km bike course, she moved up to fourth place and had top three still in her sight. Although finishing off the race with a strong half marathon, she dropped down to fifth place in the end.
Sofie looked back at her first race of the season rather disappointedly: “Not my best day, and for sure not good enough. All three disciplines were average, and that's obviously not the way to make it to the podium. Sadly I did not have the legs I felt during training over the past few weeks. I prepared really well coming into the race and felt confident that I was going to perform well. Unfortunately, it did not come out on race day. But I’m still eager and even more motivated to train hard to get the best out of myself in the upcoming races!”