* NEXT RACE IS 9-10 APRIL GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA.
In emotional scenes athletes remembered the late French triathlete and coach Laurent Vidal who died unexpectedly last November.
The International Triathlon Union set aside the number 1 spot in both the men and women’s start list in honour of Vidal who died of a heart condition. Athletes laid white flowers at the number 1 transition spot and also wore his initials on their trisuits, while technical officials wore black arm ribbons.
Vidal’s fiance Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand, who finished second in last year’s World Series and will be competing at the Olympics this summer, has yet to return to racing.