Pressure To Perform? Not For Vincent Luis!

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Vincent Luis is the man to beat heading into the 2019/20 Super League Triathlon Championship Series – but the title holder insists he isn’t feeling the pressure.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has been the dominant force in men’s triathlon over the past couple of years, adding the WTS title to his Super League crown.

Luis is back and raring to go for RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019 and we caught up with him for a chat about the upcoming season.

It’s time for Super League to start again and the defence of your title, how are you feeling?

I feel good. It’s good to be back here and I have good memories from last year. It was my first ever Super League here last year and I am really happy to be back. I was looking forward all season to racing in Jersey and racing Super League and I am here and ready to race.

It’s been an amazing couple of years for you. How do you feel about it all?

That’s true. Since June 2018 I have kept having good races. I was second in the world last year and then winning the World Series this year, being crowned world champion having become Super League champion – it was the perfect season. I hope it will keep going for the next few years and it starts this weekend by trying to start the Super League Series with a win.

How important is Super League to you in the context of the season?

Super League is key. It’s very important. I get to work on my speed, my transitions and those things are going to be a big game changer in the Olympics and for every single WTS race. I can feel it when I’m racing now that I’m really more confident in my run speeds and transitions so I think it’s a big advantage to be racing Super League and also for when you race internationally whether it’s the WTS or the Olympics. It’s a big thing to race Super League and it’s really good for me.

You are the man with the target on his back now. It seems an extra pressure. Do you feel that?

No. Not really. I just enjoy racing and I don’t really feel the pressure or when people are looking at me, or trying to beat me, or whatever. I just try to race with 30 or 50 other guys and I just want to be the first to cross the line. It doesn’t matter who is racing against me, I just want to be the first one to cross the line. I don’t feel any pressure.

What is it about this race and being in Jersey that you particularly seem to enjoy?

I really like the course. It’s a flat course and I’m kind of a big guy so I don’t really like it when there’s a hill like Malta. That isn’t really a race that suits me but Jersey is perfect for me. It’s technical on the bike and it’s fast and the crowd is really close to you and that’s something I really like here in Jersey.

Find out more about Championship Series and how the weekend’s format of racing will go here.

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