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Last ITU race for 2011. When you factor in that pts are cut to 1/3 in new year I find it really hard to reason why you would travel to Mauritius to race, other than for a holiday. Nevertheless every point counts.
A lagoon swim will produce calm and bouyant waters which should yield a fast swim. Expect Ji (KOR) to lead things out with Toft (DEN) on his feet.
Whether the swim breaks up or not there should be a group of 8ish formed early on in the bike. With warm/humid temperatures and a even matched field I don't really see things shaking up too much on the bike unless Toft and Bai (CHN) can pump the pace and reduce the group a bit. This will ultimately come down to the 10k.
Bai (CHN) with experience and results running in humid conditions will take the win here. Hollaus should take silver unless he fails to make the group out of the water and Naude (RSA) who has looked more impressive as of late and will take bronze.
Darkhorse: Anyone else