World Cup in Lausanne: Nicola Spirig wins in Vaud
To run a perfect race in Lausanne: Nicola Spirig wanted to do this since she first started as a junior in the metropolis on Lake Geneva at the age of 16. It never wanted to work out before, but now she has done it - and in an impressive manner. Nine days after winning the European gold medal in Glasgow, Nicola Spirig celebrated an impressive home victory at the World Cup in Lausanne against a beautiful backdrop. The record European champion and Olympic champion of 2012 showed a demonstration of power in the race over the Olympic distance and outclassed the competitors. Nicola was considered to be the clear favourite in the run-up. But the 36-year-old herself was surprised by her dominance in the race: "It was an absolutely ingenious atmosphere and wonderful to win here. To cross the finish line with all my friends, my family and the Swiss flag here was absolutely fantastic," Spirig said.
After 1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running, Nicola won the demanding course 51 seconds ahead of double junior world champion Taylor Knibb from the USA. Italian Verena Steinhauser came third with a 1'14" gap. Spirig laid the foundation for the victory on the running course, where she clearly distanced her competitors. She came out of the water in eighth place, then successively caught up on the bike: "Interestingly, there were a lot of changes on the bike ride. We were able to take a four-man lead, but the seven laps with their hills were muscularly very hard. I fought with cramps in my legs and hands."
Spirig took some risk in running. "I ran off to see who was coming with me. I had a bigger lead every lap and was able to control the race. I enjoyed the last round very much with this fantastic audience", Spirig is pleased.
Now it's time to pack the bags: Next week, the Olympic champion will fly to Canada for the ITU World Triathlon Series in Montreal.