IN­DIA LEE IS CROWNED EURO­PEAN CHAM­PION

Lee’s Lis­bon vic­tory is hot on the heels of her ITU Triathlon World Cup win in Cagliari

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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

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