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Strong 3rd place for Riederer in Sydney

11. April 2011

After finishing in seventh place in the World Cup in Mooloolaba (AUS) two weeks ago, Riederer turned in a top performance in the first race of the World Championship Series in Sydney, Australia. He came in third behind the reigning World Champion Javier Gomez and shooting star Jonathan Brownlee.

After putting in a good performance in the swim leg, Riederer comfortably kept up with the leading group, which gradually swelled in numbers over the bike split. There were countless spills on the wet roads over the 40-kilometer road stretch, which Riederer was fortunately able to avoid. Riederer was consequently able to go into the final 10-kilometer run with the leading group. In the course of the run a leading pack took shape, comprising Riederer, the Brownlee brothers (GB), Don (GB), Hauss (FRA) and the reigning World Champion Gomez (ESP), who put in an amazing effort to work his way back up to the leaders after coming off his bike. Once he had caught them up, Gomez proved to be the strongest runner and gave his fellow contenders no chance in the final phase. In the drawn-out finish Riederer had to cede to the Briton Brownlee, but could be more than satisfied with his performance in a world-class field.