INDIA LEE IS CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPION
Lee’s Lisbon victory is hot on the heels of her ITU Triathlon World Cup win in Cagliari
UNSURPRISINGLY LEE was thrilled with her ETU victory, fresh from her hard fought gold medal at the ITU in Cagliari earlier this month. She said: “It feels amazing to be European Champion although I am not sure it’s sunk in yet. I came out the swim behind the main group and worked really hard on the bike to get back to the lead group before pushing hard on the run for the win. On the third lap, I really began to feel the effort I had made on the bike! “It was great racing here in Lisbon, there were so many British age-groupers around the course, the support was amazing. There is a great atmosphere around all the athletes and support staff here, a really strong team spirit.” Just how well took even her – and her supporters – by surprise.
But it was her stellar performance in Cagliari that really caught Lee by surprise.
“Obviously I was really happy with my race in Cagliari,” she told Triathlon Plus, en route to the European Championships.
“It wasn’t necessarily an entirely expected outcome. However, as soon as my coach, Nick Anderson, and I saw the bike course we knew I had the potential to do quite well.
“My swim (coached by Richard Stannard) has improved a lot over the winter and I feel like it’s starting to show in races this year. I came out the water mid pack, so that put me in a good position.
“The bike course was essentially just up and down a very long hill. I ride a lot of hills in training due to living on the edge of the South Downs so I’ve always been strong on hills.
“The weather was horrendous on the morning of the race, with really heavy rain. I’m used to riding in those conditions on the bike, so I don’t think it phased me as much as others.
Lee celebrates her win in Cagliari