Nicola Spirig is back
Nicola Spirig has decided: She wants to support the Swiss team at the international triathlon race in Hamburg from July 6th to 7th and will compete in her first competition a good twelve weeks after the birth of her son Alexis. «We want to compete as a team in Tokyo. That's why we have to keep collecting points so that we can be there in Japan on August 1, 2020,» says the Olympic champion, explaining her start in Hamburg. The team qualification period will last until May 2020. Switzerland is currently in sixth place. Ranks one to seven of this ranking are eligible to start in Tokyo.
Individual start on 6 July
Nicola Spirig will not only participate in the Mixed Team Relay in Hamburg but also in the singles. In a top-class field, the Olympic silver medalist from Rio 2016 will have to draw her first conclusions. «I've been able to train very well since Alexis was born. Also, thanks to the altitude training camp with the training group around coach Brett Sutton in St. Moritz in the last weeks I am in very good shape for this time after the birth. But, of course, there are still a few things missing up to the level of the world's best. After the first competition I will know better how big the gap to the best still is.» It is also important for Nicola Spirig to complete a few competitions before the first major highlight of the season is scheduled for the weekend of 31 August/1 September: The World Championships in Lausanne.
The six-time European champion is currently focusing entirely on the race in Hamburg. «Of course, my start comes at a very early stage. But I'm happy to be back after almost a year of not competing. I also know the track and the atmosphere. And: «The mood and the atmosphere in the Hanseatic city are simply brilliant.» The woman from Zurich has other good memories of Hamburg. A year ago, it was her first World Cup series race after the birth of her daughter Malea. Back then she finished fourth in the individual race and eighth with the team.
With new wheels to Hamburg
Spirig will start in Hamburg with a new bike. Already at the beginning of the millennium Spirig was supported by the American wheel manufacturer Specialized. Now she relies again on Specialized bicycles - and the products of the successful brand.
In addition to the sporting goals with a focus on Spirig’s fifth participation in the Olympic Games, Specialized also attaches great importance to the promotion of young talents initiated by Nicola: After Tokyo 2020, the focus of sponsorship will be on the Kids Cup by Nicola Spirig. «We are pleased to support Nicola on her way to Tokyo», says Martina Sirowatka, responsible for sports marketing at Specialized. And Nicola Spirig also looks forward to the «new old» cooperation with enthusiasm: «Specialized convinces again and again with great innovations. In addition, working with young talents is just as important to the brand as it is to me. I look forward to working with them.»