Flora Duffy Crashes Out of the World Triathlon Series Opener in Abu Dhabi, however Rachel Klamer from the Netherlands starting off the year making the history books, becoming the 21st woman to ever win an ITU World Triathlon Series race after her season-opening victory at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi.
The short 750m Swim was led by Learmonth, making it the ninth time she has been the WTS swim leader. Returning World Champion Duffy and USA’s Summer Cook were trailing right behind.
Once onto the bike, a group of 11 women formed, which included Duffy, Klamer, Jessica Learmonth, Kirsten Kasper, Sophie Coldwell, Melanie Santos, Katie Zaferes and Lotte Miller.
However, due to the slippery conditions from the rain, saw some athlete’s crash on the bike that resulted in them needing to pull out of the race, such as was the case with Duffy, Zaferes and Joanna Brown.
Duffy said, “I crashed out, but I’m fine, it was a super slick course.”