Tutukin on Top in Holten

Tutukin on Top in Holten

By Brad Culp on 10/07/10 at 4:42 pm

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Tutukin heads a Russian one two

While Russians Alexander Brukhankov and Dmitry Polyansky are in the driver’s seat of ITU World Championship Rankings, the rest of the Russian team isn’t taking a back seat. Ivan Tutukin and Yulian Malyshev finished first and second at Saturday’s Holten ITU World Cup to continue a story book season for the Russian team. Tutkin won with a thrilling sprint to the line over Malyshev and Portugal’s Joao Pereira.

After a quick swim the men were led out of the first transition by Frenchman Aurelien Raphael, who won the Brasschaat Premium European Cup in Belgium two weeks ago. Onto the bike, Australian Brendan Sexton forced a break on the third lap, and was eventually joined by teammate Joshua Amberger on the fifth and final lap.

I feel great and I’m very happy about this win,” Tutukin said at the finish. “I was not too happy with the way my season started, but I put in some good training since then and I was really focused on this race. It really helped that I spent the last two weeks training in very hot conditions because it was very hot out there today.
Ivan Tutukin

The Aussies set out onto the run course through downtown Holten with a 23-second advantage on the main group, but they could not hold off the hard-running Russians. In the end it came down to a four-man sprint to the finish, with Tutukin holding off teammate Malyshev by only two seconds to take the win in 1:54:21. Pereira of Portugal finished one second back of Malyshev, with Brice Daubord of France rounding out the sprint in fourth, another three seconds back.

Elite Men

1. Ivan Tutukin RUS RU 01:54:21
2. Yulian Malyshev RUS RU 01:54:23
3. Joao Pereira POR PT 01:54:24
4. Brice Daubord FRA FR 01:54:27
5. Danylo Sapunov UKR UA 01:54:38
6. James Seear AUS AU 01:54:43
7. Aurelien Raphael FRA FR 01:54:57
8. Tony Dodds NZL NZ 01:55:08
9. Oleksiy Syutkin UKR UA 01:55:26
10. Reinaldo Colucci BRA BR 01:55:34

Find more details about this event - 2010 Holten ITU Triathlon World Cup