Paviza was victorious in the men’s PTWC, finishing 32 seconds ahead of compatriot Ahmed Andaloussi in a French one-two. After pulling away on the bike, Paviza’s advantage was cut by Andaloussi during the 5km run, but Paviza held off his compatriot to secure the victory. Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz completed the podium in a time of 1:12:53.
Great Britain’s Andy Lewis returned to winning ways in a very close battle with France’s Jules Ribstein in the men’s PTS2. Ribstein got the better of the Paralympic champion at the Milan World Paratriathlon Series in April, but this time it was Lewis celebrating, passing Ribstein on the run to win by six seconds. Bronze went to Russia’s Vasilii Egorov. The men’s PTS2 was one of two gold medals decided by less than 10 seconds.
Just seven seconds separated Great Britain’s Melissa Reid and Italy’s Anna Barbaro at the finish line with the British triathlete securing another gold for Great Britain. A super quick run by Reid – the quickest in the field by two minutes – secured her first victory since returning to triathlon following a year-out in 2018. Barbaro held off the challenge of France’s Annouck Curzillat, who claimed bronze.
The men’s PTS4 was one of the most competitive events in Besancon; not only because of the number of triathletes competing (12), but also the race itself.
Just over two minutes separated the top five athletes, including 38 seconds between gold medallist Mikhail Kolmakov of Russia and silver medallist Joe Kurt of Luxembourg. Austria’s Oliver Dreier was only 22 seconds behind Kurt in third.
Popular home podiums
With qualification beginning for Tokyo 2020 at the end of June, the USA’s Kendall Gretsch certainly showed good form in Besancon. The three-time world champion finished six minutes ahead of the Netherlands’ Margret Ijdema in the women’s PTWC with France’s Mona Francis securing a popular home podium in third.
Another former world champion to shine in France was Germany’s Martin Schulz who followed-up his victory from April’s Milan World Paratriathlon Series with gold in the men’s PTS5. The Paralympic and three-time world champion finished nearly a minute and a half ahead of Devonport World Cup winner David Bryant of Australia.
Yannick Bourseaux secured another home medal, claiming bronze despite racing with an Achilles injury. The women’s equivalent was won by Ukraine’s Alisa Kolpakchy, who finished ahead of Australian teenager Molly Wallace and France’s Sandra Chaleteix, respectively.
Nico Van Der Burgt of the Netherlands continued his rookie season with another win in the men’s PTS3. The Dutch triathlete repeated his victory from last month’s World Series event in Yokohama, crossing the line over six minutes ahead of Germany’s Max Gelhaar and France’s Michael Herter.
|Results: PTWC Men|
|1.||Alexandre Paviza H1||FRA||01:08:47|
|2.||Ahmed Andaloussi H1||FRA||01:09:19|
|3.||Benjamin Lenatz H1||GER||01:12:53|
|4.||Pier Alberto Buccoliero H2||ITA||01:15:26|
|5.||Joshua Landmann H2||GBR||01:22:28|
|Results: PTS2 Men|
|Results: PTS3 Men|
|1.||Nico Van Der Burgt||NED||01:17:36|
|Results: PTS5 Women|