Taylor up with the best in triathlon
LENNOX Head's Pip Taylor has finished a strong fifth in the first race of the World's richest Triathlon series, yesterday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In one of the most powerful fields in the sport of triathlon, Pip exited the swim at the front of the lead group beside World Number 1 Vanessa Fernandes (POR), three time World Champion Emma Snowsill (AUS), triple World Championship Medalist and recent winner of the Hy-Vee World Cup Laura Bennett (USA), British Triathlon Champ Julie Dibens (GBR), US powerhouse Becky Lavelle and Australian Olympian Rina Hill. This group was 1.30 up on a chase group containing World 70.3 Champion Samantha McGlone (CAN) and World 70.3 Bronze Medalist Miranda Carfrae.
On the bike it was Dibens who attacked off the front, with Pip, Becky Lavelle, Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandez coming into transition within 20 seconds of each other after riding a further two minutes into most of the rest of the field.
It was clear after this that the podium positions would only be decided from this group.
Next weekend is the New York Triathlon before Pip heads to the UK.