Brendan Sexton breaks through with first ITU World Cup triathlon win

Brendan Sexton ran away from the field late in the run to snatch his first career World Cup title in Monterrey, punctuating his impressive start to the 2011 season. Earlier this year, Australia's rising star was second and fourth against tough fields in Mooloolaba and Sydney respectively. Pete

Brendan Sexton (AUS) ran away from the field late in the run to snatch his first career World Cup title in Monterrey, punctuating his impressive start to the 2011 season. Earlier this
year, Australia’s rising star was second and fourth against tough fields in Mooloolaba and Sydney respectively.

Three-time European Champion Frederic Belaubre (FRA) took the silver, finishing nine seconds behind Sexton, for his World Cup medal since 2007. Hunter Kemper (USA) was third to claim back-to-back podiums after his victory at the Ishigaki World Cup three weeks ago.

For Sexton, the victory is a huge statement for his Olympic selection aspirations.

“The selectors know that I’ve got talent and that I’ve got the ambition to do well but they want to see athletes that could win races rather than do well so hopefully I’ve proved a point that when it comes to the crunch that I can actually cross the line first,” said Sexton at
the finish area.

With a full field of 76 men, a big battle in the water was unavoidable as the men had to navigate a unique 1.5km canal swim course. A French trio that included Raphael Aurelien, Pierre Le Corre and Vincent Luis worked together well and got on the bikes first. There were, however, no significant gaps between athletes. A group of approximately 60 athletes came together in the big lead pack on the first lap of the 40km bike course.

A significant group of 66 athletes rolled into the second transition. It didn’t take long for the contenders vying for the podium were gradually narrowed down with a heat wave sapping the athletes’ energy. Sexton, Kemper, Belaubre, Luis, Matt Chrabot (USA), Ruedi Wild (SUI), Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) stayed together until the halfway point of the 10km run.

On the third lap of four, Sexton finally made his move and broke away, building a lead with Belaubre and Wild chasing after him. In the final lap, Sexton was strong enough to enjoy the final stretch, taking in the cheers from local crowds. While Belaubre secured second place, Kemper caught Wild in the last 400m for the final spot on the podium.

“It’s a unique swim. It was definitely something I won’t want to do in a hurry again. I’m not good with a rough swim so I got knocked around a bit. It wasn’t too bad but I could have gotten a better
start,” said Sexton.

The race is sure to serve as a big confidence booster for Sexton and the veterans Belaubre and Kemper as the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series shifts to Europe in four weeks.

“I’m happy. Today I know I am really back. I make three second (place) races this year,” said Belaubre, his seventh career World Cup medal. “Right now, I need to go to the first place. Next race is in Madrid. I’m so happy to be back on ITU Family to see everyone and to have all the support. It’s a great day for me today after two years.”

“It feels good. It was a hot day out here today and I was strong in all three disciplines,” said Kemper. “I had a pretty decent swim. The bike ride I was in front the whole time, just trying to be smart position-wise and it was good. And then in the run I was plugging away, leading the first 5k and I just got tired with the heat. I’m training in Colorado, not used it. The last couple of laps, it was survival.”

Ruedi Wild just missed the podium in fourth place while French youngster Vincent Luis rounded out the top five. Shoemaker finished sixth, Danyl Sapunov took seventh while Chrabot capped off a great day for the U.S. as the third American in the top-8 of the men’s race.

The next round of the 2011 ITU Triathlon World Cup series will be July 10 in Edmonton, Canada. The next Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series event will be in Madrid on June 4-5.

CountryTimeSwim Bike Run 
1Brendan SextonAUS1:46:560:18:130:55:530:31:39
2Frederic BelaubreFRA1:47:060:17:460:56:190:31:46
3Hunter KemperUSA1:47:110:17:500:56:160:31:55
4Ruedi WildSUI1:47:200:18:080:55:590:31:59
5Vincent LuisFRA1:47:270:17:480:56:220:32:03
6Jarrod ShoemakerUSA1:47:370:18:080:56:060:32:04
7Danylo SapunovUKR1:47:390:18:020:56:180:32:04
8Matt ChrabotUSA1:47:500:18:000:56:060:32:30
9Carlos Javier Quinchara ForeroCOL1:47:510:18:140:56:060:32:16
10Tony DoddsNZL1:47:520:00:000:00:000:00:00
11Joao PereiraPOR1:47:540:18:290:55:450:32:27
12Ivan RanaESP1:48:040:18:060:56:020:32:48
13Bruno PaisPOR1:48:110:18:420:55:270:32:54
14Daniel UngerGER1:48:170:17:520:56:150:32:57
15Manuel HuertaUSA1:48:180:18:150:55:550:32:55
16Brent McMahonCAN1:48:180:17:560:56:140:33:01
17Arturo GarzaMEX1:48:240:18:060:55:570:33:09
18Leonardo SaucedoMEX1:48:380:18:080:56:050:33:15
19David McNameeGBR1:48:400:18:100:56:060:33:10
20Mario MolaESP1:48:440:18:160:56:020:33:11
21Peter Kerr AUS1:48:510:18:000:56:100:33:28
22Crisanto GrajalesMEX1:48:550:18:140:55:590:33:31
23Aurélien RaphaelFRA1:49:000:17:330:56:280:33:40
24Gavin NobleIRL1:49:070:18:400:55:380:33:30
25Leonardo ChaconCRC1:49:130:18:400:55:290:33:52
26Alberto AlessandroniITA1:49:190:18:100:55:590:33:53
27Pierre Le CorreFRA1:49:230:17:440:56:200:34:06
28Harunobu SatoJPN1:49:230:18:350:55:380:33:50
29Martin KrnavekCZE1:49:240:18:100:56:010:33:57
30Francisco SerranoMEX1:49:270:18:240:55:460:34:06
31Ramon Ejeda MedinaESP1:49:330:18:110:56:050:34:03
32Steven SextonUSA1:49:360:18:030:56:160:33:58
33Jan Van BerkelNED1:49:380:18:180:55:520:34:15
34Juraci MoreiraBRA1:49:410:18:330:55:360:34:11
35Marc JenkinsGBR1:49:440:18:440:55:320:34:12
36Balazs PocsaiHUN1:49:490:18:010:56:070:34:23
37Marc-Yvan De KaenelSUI1:49:530:17:540:56:150:34:30
38Duarte Silva MarquesPOR1:49:550:18:300:55:460:34:25
39Mark FrettaUSA1:50:000:18:040:56:120:34:27
40Premysl SvarcCZE1:50:050:18:170:55:510:34:35
41Andrew RussellCAN1:50:160:18:390:55:380:34:42
42Gabor FaldumHUN1:50:310:18:410:55:310:35:06
43Miguel ArraiolosPOR1:50:360:18:470:55:290:35:07
44Kyle JonesCAN1:50:410:17:580:56:120:35:17
45Attila FecskovicsHUN1:50:460:18:420:55:380:35:10
46Franz HoferAUT1:51:020:18:520:55:230:35:34
47Fabio CarvalhoBRA1:51:140:18:460:55:180:35:54
48Csaba RendesHUN1:51:170:17:560:56:130:35:54
49Yuichi HosodaJPN1:51:230:18:210:55:440:36:03
50Luciano FariasARG1:51:250:17:490:56:330:35:53
51Medhi EssadiqMAR1:51:340:18:020:56:070:36:03
52Oleksiy SyutkinUKR1:52:030:18:440:55:310:36:33
53Reinaldo ColucciBRA1:52:030:18:390:55:280:36:45
54Peter BajaiHUN1:52:280:18:060:56:050:37:01
55Hiroki SugimotoJPN1:52:390:17:560:56:200:37:06
56Matthew SharpGBR1:52:480:18:290:55:480:37:13
57Gonzalo Raul TellecheaARG1:52:520:19:550:58:130:33:26
58Yohann VincentFRA1:52:560:18:070:56:030:37:35
59Diogo SclebinBRA1:53:080:18:150:55:550:37:41
60Harry WiltshireGBR1:53:370:17:580:56:060:38:09
61Marek JaskolkaPOL1:54:010:18:260:55:390:38:37
62Mauro Cavanha ConceicaoBRA1:54:280:18:490:55:270:38:56
63Patrick RhynerSUI1:56:070:18:450:55:210:40:42
64Oscar VicenteESP1:56:230:19:520:58:150:36:55
65Danilo PimentelBRA1:57:010:18:310:57:270:39:44
DNFJorge AriasCOL0:00:000:18:480:00:000:00:00
DNFDrew BoxAUS0:00:000:18:380:57:430:00:00
DNFSimon De CuyperBEL0:00:000:18:460:00:000:00:00
DNFBevan DochertyNZL0:00:000:18:130:55:550:00:00
DNFJames ElveryNZL0:00:000:18:130:55:520:00:00
DNFCameron GoodAUS0:00:000:18:370:55:380:00:00
DNFTodd LeckieGBR0:00:000:18:410:55:300:00:00
DNFEder MejiaMEX0:00:000:17:470:00:000:00:00
DNFGrégory RouaultFRA0:00:000:18:550:55:190:00:00
DNFFelipe Van de WyngardCHI0:00:000:18:470:00:000:00:00