Super League Mallorca: Women’s Triple Mix – Can Anyone Challenge Zaferes?

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The women’s Triple Mix on day one of Super League Triathlon (SLT) Mallorca is complete and what a race it was!

Stage 1 (swim-bike-run) saw Taylor Spivey take the bull by the horns leading home series leader Katie Zaferes, with Rachel Klamer rounding off the top three. Spivey attacked on the bike, and led the field home, but ominously Zaferes made up some serious ground on the run.

After a ten minute break it was time for Stage 2 (run-bike-swim), and time for Zaferes to begin her assault on the race. A role reversal for Spivey and Zaferes gave Zaferes the advantage going into the final Stage, where the athletes are set off using their time deficits from Stage 1 and 2.

Another ten minutes later it was time for the final show down with Stage 3 of the Triple Mix (bike-swim-run), the athletes set off depending on the time deficit they had built up on the previous stages. Zaferes was off first leaving the rest of the field work to do to overturn her advantage. Showing the class she has maintained throughout the series so far, Zaferes held off the rest, and took the tape. Spivey came home in second, and Kirsten Kasper rounded off the podium going into the second day.

Zaferes was her usual self post race, playing down the gaps she’d created in the field, but remaining optimistic for tomorrow.

“Yea it was hard, I definitely tried to be strategic with how I went with the rounds, and it was interesting because I wouldn’t have thought going into the last one I’d have a gap like that. I just kept trying to push knowing Taylor was a really strong swimmer, and I didn’t want her to swim up to me. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Tomorrow sees two early morning heats to decide who gets through to the main Sprint Enduro Stage 2 in the afternoon. So tonight is all about recovery for these world class athletes, who can take the weekend spoils and crown themselves the winner in Mallorca? Tomorrow will answer all questions!

Stage 1

  1. Taylor Spivey
  2. Katie Zaferes
  3. Rachel Klamer

Stage 2

  1. Katie Zaferes
  2. Taylor Spivey
  3. Kirsten Kasper

Overall Standings

  1. Katie Zaferes
  2. Taylor Spivey
  3. Kirsten Kasper
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