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Sissons surges to Madrid triathlon win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/05/2017

New Zealander Ryan Sissons has won his first world triathlon series event, edging Frenchman Rafael Montoya in a late surge to the line in Madrid.

Sissons combined a strong swim with a composed bike leg, then shook off Montoya with a late surge in the 10km run to win by eight seconds in one hour 53 minutes flat.

Sissons and Montoya left the water with the first group of swimmers, both clocking 18min 35sec, then formed part of a large group which pushed the early pace on the 40km cycle.

The 28-year-old Kiwi finished the bike leg with a narrow 18-second lead over Montoya, and although the Frenchman battled back in the run, Sissons edged clear with less than 500m of the run remaining.

He continues a strong start to the season after a third-place finish in the New Plymouth World Cup race last month.

Sissons said he was happy with his consistency across all three disciplines.

"I swam well, then managed to be in front of the big group at front for the bike course," he said afterwards.

"Then I was just concentrated on keeping myself well-hydrated and calm during the run.

"The first lap of the run was really hard, but then I started feeling better, and I saved a bit of energy for the final push."

The next event in the triathlon world series is in Leeds on June 10-11.

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