Hauss claims Mooloolaba World Cup Win
Frenchman David Hauss claimed his first World Cup Triathlon win since 2012 at the Mooloolaba World Cup Triathlon this weekend. Hauss exited the second transition 15 seconds down on British triathlete Tomas Bishop and Argentina’s Luciano Taccone who formed a breakaway during the latter stages of the 20 kilometre bike leg.
Hauss’s 14 minute 35 second 5 kilometre run split saw him overtake the pair by the halfway mark on the run and finish well under the hour in 55:22.
The Irish challenge started strongly as 23 year old Ben Shaw made short work of the choppy 750 meter swim to exit in 3rd place in a time of 9:03. His excellent swim saw him well positioned to take advantage of a bike breakaway containing eight athletes, however it only latest until the 10 kilometre mark as the large chase pack was not letting up.
Follow Irish competitor, Bryan Keane had a strong swim to emerge from the water in 9:26 putting him in contention in the main chase pack which swelled to almost 50 by the end of the bike section.
Ben Shaw went on to clock 15:42 for the 5 kilometre run to finish 27th with Bryan Keane 2 seconds back in 28th.
Both Keane and Shaw have a packed schedule ahead of them as the race for Olympic Qualification heats up, with Shaw competing at the New Plymouth World Cup on March 21st and both Keane and Shaw racing at the top tier Auckland World Triathlon Series on March 28th.