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Lucy Charles, Javier Gomez win Polar Cannes International Triathlon

They were the headline names of the race, so it was no surprise that Lucy Charles and Javier Gomez won the Polar Cannes Triathlon. Not before a puncture for Lucy though...

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Flat tyre can’t stop Lucy Charles taking the win at Cannes International Triathlon

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Javier Gomez cruises to 12 minutes winning margin on the French Riviera

In the weekend preview, I did say, of the headline entry names of Gomez and Charles, “I’m not 100% sure who else is racing –  but that’s not going to stop me making them the race favourites too!” That proved to be correct – but not without a little drama along the way.

First out of the swim for the women – as if it was ever going to be anything else – Charles’ day started to get a little more complex around the 8km mark with a puncture. Here is the full story from Lucy herself…

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Lucy Charles Polar Cannes International Triathlon 2018

For the reigning IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion – in preparations for his full distance debut at IRONMAN Cairns – he came out of the opening 2km swim a few seconds behind Robin Pasteur (FRA), but with a swift transition he was soon into the lead.

Javier Gomez Polar Cannes International Triathlon 2018

He was caught on the bike by Sam Laidlaw (FRA), but the young Frenchman would suffer a broken chain. Remarkably, he picked up his bike and ran with it. If the results are to be believed, he must have run a long way… as it would appear that he still finished!

No pressure on Javier then – and if there was, a 51:23 run split for the closing 16km run would have eliminated it anyway. He was in a different league today, reflected in a 12 minute winning margin.

Javier Gomez Polar Cannes International Triathlon 2018

Polar Canners International Triathlon – Sunday 29th April 2018
2km / 107km / 16km

MEN

1st – Javier Gomez (ESP) – 4:27:12
2nd – Kevin Maurel (FRA) – 4:39:22
3rd – Malte Plappert (GER) – 4:40:24

Javier Gomez Polar Cannes International Triathlon 2018

WOMEN

1st – Lucy Charles (GBR) – 5:14:06
2nd – Johanna Duamas (FRA) – 5:16:56
3rd – Marion Gay-Pagion (FRA) – 5:24:14

Lucy Charles Polar Cannes International Triathlon 2018

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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