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Six Americans Head to Africa for ITU World Triathlon Cape Town
Predict podium finishers with TRIFECTA fantasy triathlon game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Six U.S. elite triathletes, led by the world’s fifth-ranked Sarah Groff, are on the start list for the ITU World Triathlon Cape Town, held April 26-27 as the second stop of the eight-race ITU World Triathlon Series.
ITU World Triathlon Cape Town is the first ITU World Triathlon Series event to be held in Africa, and features a two-lap, 1,500-meter swim, an eight-lap 40-kilometer bike, and a four-lap 10-kilometer run. The elite women will compete on Saturday, April 26, at 9:06 a.m. ET, and the elite men are scheduled to race at 9:06 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 27. A live webcast of the event will be available on triathlonlive.tv.
Additionally, multisport fans can predict the elite podium finishers in the new fantasy triathlon TRIFECTA game, launched earlier this month by USA Triathlon and ITU. Podium picks must be submitted at trifecta.usatriathlon.org before the first race begins.
Groff (Hanover, N.H.) is No. 5 in the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings following a fifth-place finish at the season opener in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 6. Groff is joined by Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), who ran her way through most of the field after she was held up by another athlete’s bike crash to finish 12th in Auckland, as well as Katie Hursey (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Lindsey Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio).
The American quartet will face off against a field including Jodie Stimpson from Great Britain and Anne Haug of Germany, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings. A full preview of the women’s race is available from ITU here, and the complete start list can be found at triathlon.org.
Lukas Verzbicas (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Eric Lagerstrom (Gresham, Ore.) will represent the U.S. in the men’s race. Verzbicas makes his return to the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit, competing in his first series race since a major out-of-competition bike crash in 2012. This will be Verzbicas’ third WTS start, having raced in Hamburg and Kitzbuehel in 2012 prior to his accident. He recently earned two top-10 finishes at early-season Pan American Cup events in Florida. Lagerstrom is making his ITU World Triathlon Series debut in Cape Town, following a sixth-place finish at the Sarasota PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Championships in March.
The men’s race also includes 2013 ITU World Champion Javier Gomez from Spain and 2013 runner-up Jonathan Brownlee. Gomez and Brownlee also earned medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. An ITU preview of the men’s race is available here, and the start list is available at triathlon.org.
The next stop on the ITU World Triathlon Series after Cape Town will be Yokohama on May 17-18. ITU World Triathlon Yokohama will be the first event in which ITU World Triathlon Series points will count toward Olympic team selections. More information on the ITU 2016 Olympic Games qualification system is available here.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).