Gavin Noble was forced to pull out of the first ITU World Cup of the season in Mooloolaba, Australia after suffering from a cold.
Noble’s next race is the ITU World Triathlon Series in Sydney on the 14th & 15th of April which gives him a number of weeks to prepare for the start of the Series which features the best triathletes in the world and offers some major Olympic Qualification points.
20 year old Ben Shaw did however make the start line and showed promise exiting the choppy 1500m open water swim in 4th place in a time of 22:03. Shaw remained with the lead pack which swelled to 40 athletes towards the end of the 40km bike as a number of chasers made contact with the leaders. The pace at the head of the field was too hot to handle once on the run and Shaw slipped back to 44th out of 61 starters.
The race was eventually won by Frenchman Laurent Vidal who claimed his first ITU World Cup win with an electrifying sprint finish, just piping reigning champion Brad Kahlefeldt and another Frenchman, David Hauss, on the line.
“I’ve been racing Mooloolaba a couple of times so I know you have to be a little bit conservative on the course so I gave it all on the last 400 meters because I knew Brad was a pretty strong finisher,” Vidal said. “I went all in for four-hundred metres.”