Oakley's Javier Gomez Claims Decisive Win In Pontevedra
Oakley’s European champion Javier Gomez of Spain won the first round of the ETU Premium European Cup Series in Pontevedra last Sunday.
Under sunny skies, Gomez finished the swim 45 seconds ahead of the chase group. Deciding not to wait, the 2008 World Champion then powered ahead alone.
Gomez explained, “When we left the water I realized I had taken an important advantage, so I decided to pull forward and not look back.”
His Spanish teammates in the peloton did their part of the work by slowing down the group, and Gomez extended his lead to over two minutes at the end of the bike.A huge crowd lined the streets to see the run leading through the historic city center of Pontevedra and welcomed Gomez and all other athletes to a fanfare of noise and applause. The local favorite made no mistakes and cruised home for victory. 2009 Junior World Champion Mario Mola outran Thomas Springer of Germany for the silver medal with the German settling for third.
Gomez stated, “"I dedicate this victory to all the fans because without their support it would be impossible to win this race.”
ETU Premium European Cup, Pontevedra, Spain Results
Top 5 Men 1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 01:46:22 2. Mario Mola (ESP) 01:49:20 3. Thomas Springer (ITU) 01:49:31 4. Jonathan Zipf (GER) 01:49:43 5. Franz Loeschke (GER) 01:49:51