The opener for the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series was won by Bevan Docherty of New Zealand. With a time of 1:51:27, this is the second time he began the world championship season by winning.
Docherty shares that he didn’t expect it to be that difficult although way into the final lap, he pushed himself to win in front of the Sydney Opera house.
“I always enjoy the sprint finishes, but it was nice to have a little room to be able to celebrate the win a bit,” said Docherty.
Following Docherty’s victorious finish was Alexander Brukhankov of Russia (second) and David Hauss of France (third).
The triathlon began at Farm Cove, Sydney Harbor. Leading the fifty-seven men was Brukhankov and Frederic Belaubre but they didn’t make the break on the first 750 meters. Dmitry Polyansky was first to the water with the rest not far behind him.
James Seear who finished third at Mooloolaba World Cup led the first lap on the bike. Docherty and Greg Bennett followed Seear’s steady lead until Bennett overtook him and kept the peloton going within 10 seconds of the others in the first two laps.
Halfway in the race Peter Croes took over. Anton Chuchko and Ivan Rana followed with Laurent Vidal leading another group only 8 seconds away. In Vidal’s group, Jan Frodeno, Hunter Kemper and Docherty rode to keep up with the rest.
A hard charge from Docherty propelled him to close his loss time on the third lap by 15 seconds. Running beside him were Brukhankov, Polyansky, Hauss and Simon Whitfield of Canada.
On the final hill of the bell lap, Docherty showed that he is by far the strongest among the rest. He sprinted towards the finish line at time of 1:51:27.
“I always enjoy the sprint finishes, but it was nice to have a little room to be able to celebrate the win a bit,” Docherty said at the finish.