Van Riel dives to European triathlon title

    Belgium's Marten Van Riel held off Germany's Justus Nieschlag with a frantic dive across the finishing tape to secure the European Cup sprint triathlon in Funchal Van Riel's victory came as no surprise, starting the race as the highest ranked athlete, and with top ten at the Rio Olympics on his resume.

The top group made up of Van Riel, Nieschlag, Anthony Pujades of France, Mark Devay of Hungary, and Ricardo Batista of Portugal dominated the event from the start.

These five athletes were first out of the water, before then putting a solid 40 seconds into the second group on the bike, with Devay leading much of the run.


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