Mario Mola makes it two from two with New Plymouth win

By Merryn Sherwood on 23/03/14 at 2:42 am

Spain’s Mario Mola re-affirmed himself as the one to beat in the season-opening World Triathlon Series race in New Zealand on Sunday, claiming back to back World Cup victories with a win in New Plymouth.

After taking the opening title of the season in Mooloolaba just last weekend, Mola pulled out another stellar performance, this time even more impressive as he beat compatriot and friend Javier Gomez across the line in a time of 52 minutes and 30 seconds. Portugal’s Joao Silva collected bronze.

Photo Credit: ITU / Triathlon.org
Photo Credit: ITU / Triathlon.org

The men started under blue skies and humid temperatures and the USA’s Tommy Zaferes led a huge 75-strong field out of the swim. The 750m sprint distance failed to do much to split the pack and at the end of the first lap on the bike, there were 35 men in the lead group.

While Silva positioned himself well from the start, Gomez and Mola had to work their way through the pack ahead of transition. They managed to maneuver their way there on the third of four laps, and were among a group that included Laurent Vidal, Fernando Alarza and Vincent Luis who were first out on the run.

Like so many ITU races though, it was Gomez who went to the front. This time however Mola went with him and further, taking the lead for the majority of the 5km. With the finish line in sight he found yet another gear and rocketed to his second consecutive World Cup title.

“It was perfect for me, I felt good on the swim and then I knew I had to be careful on the bike because there are a lot of guys racing here and the course was a bit tricky and a lot of corners,” Mola said. “But I did what I was supposed to do, what I had in my mind before the race. Then on the 5kms of the run, I was lucky to have the win. Congratulations to Javi and Joao for the race, I have a lot of respect for Javi so I feel very happy to been able to have this race. I’m also really happy to have raced with or against Javi, that’s always great.”

Gomez collected silver in his first ITU race of the season, but the result ended his perfect record in New Zealand, having previously won in New Plymouth, Queenstown and twice in Auckland. While Silva continued his strong run of form in New Zealand to claim bronze. Another quick Spainard in Alarza finished just off the podium in fourth, while Australia’s Brendan Sexton claimed fifth.

 

Pos Athlete Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Mario Mola ESP 00:52:30 00:08:53 00:28:39 00:14:06
2 Javier Gomez ESP 00:52:33 00:08:49 00:28:45 00:14:14
3 Joao Silva POR 00:52:56 00:08:42 00:28:52 00:14:37
4 Fernando Alarza ESP 00:53:03 00:08:57 00:28:33 00:14:38
5 Brendan Sexton AUS 00:53:08 00:09:04 00:28:24 00:14:43
6 Ryan Sissons NZL 00:53:10 00:09:16 00:28:17 00:14:44
7 David Hauss FRA 00:53:11 00:09:05 00:28:26 00:14:46
8 Kyle Jones CAN 00:53:13 00:08:58 00:28:38 00:14:44
9 Dan Wilson AUS 00:53:22 00:08:57 00:28:07 00:15:27
10 Laurent Vidal FRA 00:53:26 00:09:10 00:28:15 00:15:07
11 Sven Riederer SUI 00:53:27 00:09:07 00:28:22 00:10:16
12 Matthew Sharp GBR 00:53:28 00:09:06 00:28:25 00:15:05
13 Richard Varga SVK 00:53:31 00:08:44 00:28:42 00:15:09
14 Vincent Luis FRA 00:53:34 00:09:04 00:28:26 00:15:11
15 Grant Sheldon GBR 00:53:34 00:09:03 00:28:27 00:15:07
16 Benjamin Shaw IRL 00:53:35 00:09:04 00:27:53 00:15:40
17 Cameron Good AUS 00:53:40 00:09:01 00:28:29 00:15:14
18 Jason Pedersen USA 00:53:41 00:09:27 00:28:04 00:15:12
19 Andrea Salvisberg SUI 00:53:44 00:09:14 00:28:11 00:15:24
20 Irving Perez MEX 00:53:46 00:09:08 00:28:35 00:15:08
21 Simon Viain FRA 00:53:51 00:09:10 00:28:25 00:15:24
22 Tommy Zaferes USA 00:53:51 00:08:37 00:29:02 00:15:19
23 Jesse Featonby AUS 00:53:55 00:09:18 00:28:25 00:10:26
24 Ben Kanute USA 00:53:57 00:08:48 00:28:42 00:15:37
25 Marten Van Riel BEL 00:53:57 00:09:02 00:28:26 00:15:29
26 Martin Van Barneveld NZL 00:53:59 00:09:11 00:28:13 00:15:39
27 Thomas Bishop GBR 00:54:00 00:09:16 00:28:07 00:15:36
28 Akos Vanek HUN 00:54:01 00:09:00 00:28:31 00:15:36
29 Marco Van Der Stel NED 00:54:04 00:08:56 00:28:32 00:15:41
30 Kenji Nener AUS 00:54:05 00:08:56 00:28:43 00:15:36
31 Ron Darmon ISR 00:54:08 00:09:28 00:28:05 00:15:39
32 Sergio Sarmiento MEX 00:54:12 00:09:20 00:28:13 00:15:34
33 Grégory Rouault ITU 00:54:15 00:09:07 00:28:28 00:15:51
34 Sam Ward NZL 00:54:17 00:09:33 00:28:03 00:15:50
35 Conor Murphy IRL 00:54:19 00:09:29 00:28:10 00:15:49
36 Ivan Kalashnikov RUS 00:54:24 00:09:13 00:28:29 00:15:45
37 Gabor Faldum HUN 00:54:28 00:09:32 00:28:04 00:16:03
38 James Chronis ITU 00:54:34 00:09:08 00:28:23 00:16:04
39 Andrew Mccartney CAN 00:54:42 00:08:42 00:28:54 00:16:13
40 Rodrigo Gonzalez MEX 00:54:46 00:09:20 00:28:19 00:16:10
41 Tamas Toth HUN 00:54:55 00:09:18 00:00:00 00:00:00
42 Kaleb Vanort USA 00:54:59 00:09:15 00:29:29 00:15:20
43 Gaspar Riveros CHI 00:55:04 00:09:17 00:00:00 00:00:00
44 Yegor Martynenko UKR 00:55:08 00:09:23 00:28:14 00:16:36
45 Mateusz Kazmierczak POL 00:55:14 00:09:37 00:28:06 00:16:36
46 Stefan Zachaeus ITU 00:55:24 00:08:50 00:28:45 00:16:57
47 Declan Wilson AUS 00:55:30 00:09:36 00:27:58 00:16:58
48 Bryce Mcmaster NZL 00:55:33 00:09:04 00:29:34 00:16:01
49 Vicente Hernandez ESP 00:55:42 00:09:04 00:29:07 00:16:33
50 William Huffman USA 00:55:46 00:09:08 00:29:40 00:16:07
51 Adam Bowden GBR 00:55:48 00:09:04 00:30:07 00:15:36
52 Christophe De Keyser BEL 00:55:58 00:09:19 00:29:24 00:16:21
53 Ivan Ivanov UKR 00:56:02 00:09:00 00:29:38 00:16:20
54 Andrew Ranford NZL 00:56:06 00:09:35 00:27:56 00:17:42
55 Vladimir Turbayevskiy RUS 00:56:17 00:09:03 00:29:36 00:16:35
56 Premysl Svarc CZE 00:56:19 00:09:09 00:29:35 00:16:34
57 Francesc Godoy ESP 00:56:30 00:08:59 00:29:43 00:16:50
58 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 00:56:36 00:09:18 00:30:23 00:15:54
59 Ivan Lo Ching Hin HKG 00:58:22 00:09:30 00:31:21 00:16:40
60 Mauro Cavanha Conceicao BRA 00:58:22 00:10:03 00:30:48 00:16:36
61 Lukas Siska SVK 00:59:20 00:09:29 00:31:10 00:17:35
62 Leong Tim Law HKG 00:59:57 00:09:32 00:31:17 00:18:07
63 Vasco Pessoa POR 01:00:15 00:09:34 00:33:25 00:16:19
64 Shen-yen Hsieh TPE 01:00:18 00:09:36 00:31:17 00:18:32
65 Simon Brunovsky SVK 01:03:51 00:09:59 00:33:01 00:19:56
DSQ Thomas Springer AUT 00:00:00 00:09:27 00:30:24 00:16:15
DNF Matthew Sharpe CAN 00:00:00 00:08:54 00:28:39 00:00:00
DNF Tony Dodds NZL 00:00:00 00:08:55 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Tyler Mislawchuk CAN 00:00:00 00:08:57 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Jan Celustka CZE 00:00:00 00:09:13 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Csaba Rendes HUN 00:00:00 00:09:19 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Jesus Gomar ESP 00:00:00 00:09:21 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Thomas André FRA 00:00:00 00:09:32 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Bruno Matheus BRA 00:00:00 00:09:33 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Jumpei Furuya JPN 00:00:00 00:09:38 00:00:00 00:00:00

 

 

Shawn Smith

A cyclist and tech geek at heart with a passion for new shiny things and a huge appetite for triathlon. I spend most of my time between managing two of Australia's best triathletes and a traditional corporate life.