Strong performance, podium just missed: Nicola Spirig takes 5th place at the World Championship Series in Montreal
Another great result for Nicola Spirig at the World Championship Series race in Montreal over the Olympic distance: Towards the end of the race the Olympic champion of 2012 and runner-up of 2016 was part of the leading group with 13 athletes - in the end the 36-year-old finished in 5th place. The victory went to Vicky Holland (GB), second was the American Katie Zaferes and third her countrywoman Georgia Taylor-Brown.
After swimming in the old port of Montreal, Spirig came out of the water one minute behind the leaders. Afterwards, she launched her race to catch up on the bike track in a familiar manner and introduced the pursuers to the escape trio. "Swimming was a rough affair with many fights and not ideal for me, especially in the first half of the race," says Nicola Spirig about the start of the race. "On the bike I was able to do a lot of leadership work and make up time, especially at the beginning. Even though I didn't have to drive in front all the time after the merger, it was a very tough race. In the end, therefore, I lacked the substance to be able to keep up with the absolute top of the world."
This is no wonder as for Nicola, the competition in Montreal was the fifth in less than three weeks. The result is extremely successful: The 36-year-old from Zurich won a sprint duathlon in St. Moritz, won her sixth individual European Championship title and mixed team European Championship silver in Glasgow and won the home World Cup in Lausanne over the Olympic distance in Lausanne. Now the grand finale in Australia in mid-September is still pending in the World Cup Series, but Spirig will not take part in it.