Belgium’s Rob Woestenborghs of Peperoncino Team
won the men’s elite ITU Duathlon World Championships,
which took place as a part of the Cali World Games.

The win for Woestenborghs was his first world title
since 2008 and marked his return to the World Championship
podium after three years.
Defending champion Emilio Martin (ESP) took silver,
while France’s Benoit Nicolas scored bronze with a speedy final run.

Early in the race, a large group formed together on
the four-lap 10km run course. Martin and Antoine Duvivier (BEL)
led the pack at the start of the third run lap, but it was Nicolas
who made it on his bike with a slight advantage.
Despite such a sizable school of men running together,
Woestenborghs was not one of them. However,
he quickly made up a 30-second deficit on the first lap
of the bike to lead the six-lap course.

Spanish athletes Martin, Roger Roca Dalmau and
Sergio Lorenzo Prieto answered his pace, as did France’s
Nicolas and Benjamin Choquert. A host of other men
rode with them, including Duvivier, Thomas Bruins (NED),
Sergio Silva (POR) and Philip Wylie (GBR).

But all of that changed when the experienced Woestenborghs,
Martin and Roca Dalmau broke away for a 50-second
advantage midway through the cycling course. The trio
worked together to increase that lead to a minute on the next lap.

Then a determined Woestenborghs decided to make a risky break,
leaving the pair of Spaniards in an attempt to return to the podium
for the first time since 2010. With a minute advantage off the bike,
the Belgian bulldozed for the podium through the 5km run.

The early move proved to be a smart decision for him,
with the time gap too great for the field to overtake on the final
two-lap run circuit. Woestenborghs reclaimed his spot at the top
of the Duathlon empire in 1:43:39.

With the gold, he now owns five World Championship medals,
including a silver in long distance.

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