Reigning Olympic Triathlon Champion Jan Frodeno won the seventh round of the Dextro Energy World Championship Series in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday. The German made an aggressive attack on his Felt AR on the bike leg, and then surged late in the run to win by 18 seconds over Kris Gemmell of New Zealand and Javier Gomez, the current World Champion from Spain, in the run.
It was Frodeno’s first victory of the 2009 World Championship Series and his biggest win since he took the Olympic gold in Beijing last summer.
“After Hamburg I was really disappointed and I went back to the drawing board to refocus," Frodeno said. “I went to the gym and did some weight sessions and had a few check ups, I’m just really glad it came together. Today was awesome. Having just one win can make a season, so I can go home a happy man.”
The key moment of the race came on the bike leg, when Frodeno, fellow German Maik Petzold and Australian Courtney Atkinson attacked and took a 42-second lead over a pack of 21 riders at T2.
Frodeno was the strongest of that trio on the run, putting in a time of 31:01 to hold off the chasers and finish in 1:44:31.
ITU World Championship Series – Round Seven
August 22, 2009
S 1.5k/ B 40k/ R 10k
1. Jan Frodeno (GER) 1:44:31
2. Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:44:49
3. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:44:52
4. Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1:45:03
5. Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:45:39