Holland wins gold at Mooloolaba World Cup

Holland wins gold at Mooloolaba World Cup

14 March 2020 / 15:27
Triathlete Vicky Holland admitted she surprised herself when she broke away from fellow Brit Georgia Taylor-Brown to win the Mooloolaba World Cup.

The British pair were alongside each other for much of the final 5km run before Holland pulled away on the final lap.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, finished 15 seconds ahead of her compatriot to secure her first gold of the season.

Taylor-Brown collected the silver in a British one-two, while Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle took bronze.

“I’m really happy to win here in Mooloolaba,” Holland said.

“It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I was determined to stand on the start line and enjoy the race.

“I wanted to put into practice the work I’ve done over the winter specifically to do with the swim and the bike.

“The run is a bit unknown for me at the moment as I’ve not done lots of running.

“As it turned out I swam well. I was pleased with how I did. The first few minutes on the bike I struggled to find my legs but then I found my groove and felt ok throughout the rest of the bike.

"Georgia and I created a gap quite early and I tried to really push it on in the second lap knowing it would mean we would break away from the chase pack. Then once we were clear, it was between me and Georgia.

“I was able to use the downhill on the last lap to breakaway to surprise myself to win.”

Meanwhile, GB’s Ben Dijkstra finished fourth in the men’s race which was won by New Zealand’s Ryan Sissons.

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