Gustav Iden led a Norwegian 1-2 ahead of Kristian Blummenfelt at the Canadian Open on Sunday, while Alistair Brownlee valiantly finished 24th despite evidently struggling during the run of the inaugural PTO Tour event.
World and Olympic champion Blummenfelt was initially joined by IRONMAN 70.3 champion Iden in the chasing pack when Henri Schoeman’s led the 2km swim, with GB’s Brownlee close behind.
Brownlee then shared the lead with France’s Sam Laidlow during the 80km cycle, and the pair held a 1:07 advantage going into the 18km run.
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That was Iden and Blummenfelt’s time to shine, however, with the pair pushing one another to comfortably overtake Brownlee and Laidlow.
Eventually, Iden broke clear, and though Blummenfelt was eating into that 56-second lead, the former crossed the finish line 27 seconds ahead of his compatriot.
More than three minutes back, Aaron Royle finished third ahead of Laidlow.
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Meanwhile, Brownlee eventually crossed the line in 24th. The two-time Olympic champion was a late addition to the event, and said he had “no expectations” going into the PTO Tour race.
Brownlee had predicted the run would be a “struggle”, and so it proved, with the Briton almost stopping when holding his chest and looking visibly in pain two hours and 17 minutes into the race.
PTO Canadian Open 2022
2km / 80km / 18km – Edmonton
- 1. Gustav Iden (NOR) – 3:10:48
- 2. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) – 3:11:15
- 3. Aaron Royle (AUS) – 3:14:26
- 4. Sam Laidlow (FRA) – 3:14:47
- 5. Frederic Funk (GER) – 3:14:56
- 6. Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) – 3:15:23
- 7. Lionel Sanders (CAN) – 3:15:49
- 8. Max Neumann (AUS) – 3:16:39
- 9. Kyle Smith (NZL) – 3:17:02
- 10. Miki Taagholt (DEN) – 3:17:14
- 17. David McNamee (GBR) – 3:19:07
- 24. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) – 3:23:15
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