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Super League Triathlon: Taylor-Brown and Wilde dominate in Toulouse

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Hayden Wilde (Foto Super League Triathlon/superleaguetriathlon.com)

British triathlon star Georgia Taylor-Brown and New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde dominated in front of huge crowds at Super League Triathlon’s Championship Series debut in Toulouse, France.

Taylor-Brown, 28, would prove victorious on both Stage 1 and 3 of the unique Triple Mix race to take the overall win ahead of Taylor Spivey and her fellow Brit Sophie Coldwell. Taylor-Brown had plenty of work to do after a bike crash put paid to her chances at the last Championship Series race in Malibu, California, in September, but the Brit showed few nerves from the get-go.

Taylor-Brown’s victory on the tight, technical and thrilling city centre course sees her pull level with Spivey at the top of the Overall Leaderboard ahead of the Grand Finale in NEOM on October 29 in what will be a Taylor vs Taylor showdown for Championship Series glory.

“It hurt a lot today and I really wasn’t sure what my body would do today,” said Taylor-Brown at the finish. “I’m so happy with this performance. This is one of the toughest courses of the Series, but it was super fun and Toulouse is already one of my favourite Super League Triathlon courses.”

Already way ahead at the top of the Overall Leaderboard after wins in London and Malibu, the men’s race saw SLT Sharks star Hayden Wilde, 25, reinforce his grip on the title, and even have the chance to celebrate across the line with an inflatable shark thrown on from the crowd.

Wilde even came close to winning the Series outright with a race to spare, but was denied by a late surge from Antipodean Aussie rival Matt Hauser late on the run, who was unfortunate to get caught up in a crash just in front of him on the bike having also served a five second penalty for failing to put his trainers in his transition box.

“It was super close out there today, which made for some good racing,” said a triumphant Wilde at the finish. “I had some good swims today and waited for the last round to put my head down and go for it on the bike. That gave me a good buffer and it was great to run away with it.”

French racer Dorian Coninx would score a statement second place in front of a vociferous home support of thousands of fans who lined the course, with Japan’s Kenji Nener taking third in what the Japanese athlete would label the race of his life.

If Wilde looked serene at the finale, Hauser was putting in the day’s most remarkable run leg to move into fourth overall in the race and keep himself in the hunt for the Championship Series podium with a three point advantage over Tayler Reid come NEOM on October 29.

The SLT Sharks head the Teams Leaderboard with Bahrain Victorious Scorpions in pursuit, while the SLT Eagles took the most points on the day to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

The format in Toulouse saw the Triple Mix in play, as well as Super League Triathlon’s eliminator rule that sees athletes pulled from the race if they drop 90secs behind the leader.

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