Clayton was flat out
By STEVE SPINKS
LENNOX Head triathlete Joseph Lampe took full toll of training mate Clayton Fettell's puncture to claim the Woolgoolga Community Triathlon last Sunday.
Lampe, 18, won the 1000m swim, 30km cycle, 8km run event from Brisbane's Dane Robinson and Fettell.
Fettell, who could be a selection bolter for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, was the hot favourite going into the event but a puncture on the cycle leg put paid to his chances.
"I got a flat and had to run the bike back to transition to get a new wheel," Fettell said yesterday.
"Normally it's pretty pointless trying to change the tyre (because it takes too long) but it was a training run and I raced back into third."
Fettell led the race out of the swim before the puncture and he also recorded the fastest run leg.
Lampe's win was still a fine effort because he had to fend off two-time defending champion Robinson.
Fettell was using the Woolgoolga event as a lead-up to either the Noosa Triathlon in November or some World Cup races in Central America.
The 21-year-old will make a decision during the next week on which races he will contest in coming weeks.
Two of the three places on the Australian Triathlon team have already been filled by Courtney Atkinson and Brad Kahlefeldt.
Greg Bennett, Peter Robinson and Simon Thompson are all other hopefuls.
Fettell believes his best chance of qualifying would be as a 'domestique'.
A 'domestique' is basically a worker for the triathlete with the best chance of claiming a gold medal, like the team riders in the Tour de France in cycling.