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Canada’s ITU Swing

even­tu­ally loped into the line in 36th. Alexi Lepage was also with the lead group off the bike and hung in for 31st.

While Ed­mon­ton served as con­tin­u­a­tion of the 2017 WTS sta­tus quo – both Duffy and Mola took their fourth WTS races of the year – Mon­treal saw a change in the dom­i­nance the two WTS se­ries lead­ers have en­joyed so far this year. The women’s race saw a large group stay to­gether on the bike as all of the women seemed de­ter­mined that Duffy would not get clear this time around. That turned the women’s race into a 10 km road race, which was won by Aus­tralia’s Ash­leigh Gen­tle, who claimed her first WTS vic­tory af­ter five run­ner-up fin­ishes. Duffy took sec­ond af­ter a strong run while New Zealand’s An­drea He­witt rounded out the podium.

In the race of her life, Joanna Brown was one of the driv­ing forces on the bike and helped keep the group to­gether and then had an in­cred­i­ble run to take fourth, a break­through day for the woman from Carp, Ont. Find­lay wasn’t able to make the lead group on the bike and would strug­gle home in 21st.

The men’s race saw a group of seven that in­cluded Bri­tain’s Olympic sil­ver medal­ist Jonathan Brown­lee, last year’s win­ner Kris­tian Blum­men­felt of Nor­way and Spa­niard Javier Gomez ride to a lead of al­most a minute over a huge chase group. In the end, Gomez would run away from Blum­men­felt and Brown­lee to take the win and be­come the old­est man (at 34) to ever win a WTS race. Blum­men­felt hung in for sec­ond, but Brown­lee strug­gled on the run and would be passed by South African Richard Mur­ray, who rounded out the podium.

Once again Mis­lawchuk strug­gled on the run af­ter com­ing off the bike (along with Lepage) in the chase group. Lepage took 29th to fin­ish as the top Cana­dian, while Mis­lawchuk was left to deal with cramp­ing is­sues that would see him fade to 33RD.—TMC

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