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WTCS Montreal: Start time, preview and watch live

WTCS Montreal is the next top tier short course race of the season.

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This is a preview of the event – click on the names to read how Beth Potter and Matt Hauser both kicked late on the run to notch impressive victories.

Top tier short course racing returns this weekend with World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal, which will feature both an individual event and a mixed team relay race, which boasts a field of 19 teams.

In our preview piece below, you can find start times, streaming information and a full guide to the professional men and women’s fields for the fourth fixture of the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Series.

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Start times and how to watch live

Racing in Quebec will take place over the full weekend, with individual races on Saturday June 24 and the mixed team relay taking place on Sunday June 25.

On Saturday, the women will kick things off at 11:36 local time, which corresponds to 16:36 UK Time and 17:36 CET. For the men, the action will start at 13:36 local time, which is 18:36 UK Time and 19:36 CET. For the mixed relay, racing will begin at 10:06 local time, 15:06 UK Time and 16:06 CET.

The race will be broadcast live on the World Triathlon subscription service, TriathlonLive, and also available free for UK viewers via BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website, the BBC Sport App and the BBC Red Button.

Pro Men

In the men’s field, Portuguese star Vasco Vilaca leads the way, with the WTCS Abu Dhabi podium finisher wearing the #1 bib in the absence of series leader Dorian Coninx of France. As well as the Frenchman, Alex Yee and Hayden Wilde are other notable omissions in Canada, along with defending world champion Leo Bergere.

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Photo Credit – World Triathlon

Elsewhere in the field, Norwegians Gustav Iden and Kristian Blummenfelt will hope they can perform well, after a lacklustre return to short course racing after dominating long distance triathlon last year. The pair, but especially Iden, need things to start going well as they build to the Olympic Test Event in Paris.

Jonathan Brownlee and Jack Willis make the trip over the Atlantic for Great Britain, with Brownlee coming off the back of a strong showing at the European Championships in Madrid, where he rallied late in the run to take it down to the wire, just missing out on the win as he finished in second.

The man who beat Brownlee in Madrid, David Castro Fajardo of Spain, makes the trip to Canada after winning the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco last weekend, with compatriots Roberto Sanchez Mantecon, Genis Grau and Antonio Serrat Seoane joining him in the Great White North.

Of the home athletes, Tyler Mislawchuk of Manitoba offers the best chance of home success, as the 29 year old chases more success following second in Mexico last weekend behind Castro Fajardo. Having finished third here before, Mislawchuk knows what it takes to get on the podium.

For the full men’s start list, click here.

Pro Women

In the women’s race, all three winners in the WTCS so far this season race against each other, with Beth Potter facing off against compatriots Sophie Coldwell and defending champion Georgia Taylor-Brown, as World U23 Champion Kate Waugh also makes the trip over to Quebec.

Georgia Taylor-Brown / WTCS Montreal 2022

Wearing number one in Montreal, however, will be American Taylor Spivey, who despite being one of the most consistent athletes in short course racing, has never won. Could this be the weekend that this all changes? After two podiums so far in 2023, it could be a very real possibility.

Alongside Spivey, four other American women will be racing, including IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Taylor Knibb, who having announced this week she is joining professional cycling outfit Trek-Segafredo, will make the trip directly up from the USA Time Trial Championships in Tennessee to Canada.

Finally, European Champion and WTCS Cagliari fifth place finisher Jeanne Lehair of Luxembourg will look to continue to progress in Montreal and as the in-form athlete at the moment, could feature as a dark horse and make her way on to her first ever WTCS podium.

For the full women’s start list, click here.

WTCS Prize Money

In terms of prize money, it is distributed equally across all WTCS events with the exception of the WTCS Grand Final. Throughout the season, regular WTCS events will pay out prize money all the way down to the 20th athlete. 

  1. $18,000
  2. $12,000
  3. $8,000
  4. $6,000
  5. $4,900
  6. $4,100
  7. $3,400
  8. $2,800
  9. $2,300
  10. $1,900
  11. $1,600
  12. $1,400
  13. $1,300
  14. $1,200
  15. $1,100
  16. $1,000
  17. $1,000
  18. $1,000
  19. $1,000
  20. $1,000

At the end of the season, the WTCS Bonus Pool will also pay out bonus prize money to the Top 50 ranked athletes in the world, based on their performances at the WTCS Grand Final, WTCS and Continental Championships.

Tomos Land
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Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.
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