Battling Performance From Wylie at European Champs

Laura Wylie T2 Glasgow 2018

A brave performance in a top quality field saw Ireland’s Laura Wylie finish 33rd at the European Championships in Glasgow.

The 28 year old was stepping up to the pinnacle of European triathlon following a number of injury interrupted seasons and with little international experience.

But a strong swim, followed by a gritty performance on the bike and run saw her dig to complete a race which witnessed more than a quarter of the field drop out.

Swim Start Glasgow 2018

Spirig Wins

Olympic silver and gold medalist Nicola Spirig won the standard distance triathlon, coming from behind during the 40km bike to join forces with early leader Jessica Learmonth who won the silver medal. Bronze went to pre race favourite Cassandre Beaugrand.

Wylie started strong, emerging from the water with a 1,500m swim time of 19mins 52secs.

On the bike she found herself in a pack of 10 athletes who worked hard to bridge across to the main chase pack during the hilly 40km route. Contact was never made however, leaving Wylie to run solo for the entirety of the 10km final stretch. She finished with a time of 2hrs 17mins and said afterwards that she was happy with her performance.

Laura Wylie Finish Line Glasgow 2018

Survival

“I got a bit battered on the swim and the bike was a lot tougher than normal, the group really worked well together, I probably did a bit too much work on the front and didn’t drink enough then my legs cramped on the run.”

Following the rigours of the bike, Wylie explained that for her, the run was ‘just about survival’:

“The run was brutal, it just felt like you were going backwards the while time so you just get to the end,” she said.

Wylie will now begin her recovery regime ahead of the Mixed Team Relay which is pencilled in for Saturday.

Full Results from the Women’s European Championships: https://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2018_glasgow_etu_triathlon_european_championships/322155

White, Shaw and Dunne in Men’s Race

Next up in Glasgow, Russell White, Ben Shaw and Darren Dunne race in the Elite Men’s race, which takes place tomorrow - Friday - at 16:00.

You can watch the entire race live on RTE 2 television.