World champions France in hunt for mixed relay triathlon gold
GLASGOW - World champions France are ready to challenge for European gold when the 18-team triathlon mixed relay gets underway at Strathclyde Country Park on Saturday.
"I hope to bring home another medal," women's bronze medallist Cassandre BEAUGRAND (FRA) said.
"We have good cohesion and all understand each other very well. We're looking for a European title as we have the world title," the 21-year-old added.
Confidence levels within the team have risen after Pierre LE CORRE dominated the men's event on Friday. He will join the French squad and look to add another European gold.
Great Britain will be pushed by the home crowd to improve on their fourth place at the world championships in Hamburg in July.
Belgium is also capable of springing a surprise after beating France in the final mixed relay event of the World Triathlon Series in Edmonton two weeks ago.
Claire MICHEL (BEL), fifth in the women's event, said: "We have a good team, we're in the mix for the podium. It will all come down to little details."
The Belgium squad also includes Jelle GEENS (BEL), who finished fifth in the men's event.
The mixed relay offers Switzerland the opportunity to take advantage of the experience and bike strength of Nicola SPIRIG, who on Thursday grabbed gold in the women's event for the sixth time.
Spain cannot be ruled out, either, with men's silver medallist Fernando ALARZA taking on the second leg of the race.
The Netherlands, fifth in the 2018 world rankings, will try to make up for a poor performance in the individual events despite not entering their best team.
Norway have withdrawn from the competition after losing Lotte MILLER (NOR) to injury after she crashed early in the bike leg of the women's event.
Teams can change the order of their athletes, or call up their two reserve athletes, up to two hours before the race start time of 17:35.
On Saturday, starting at 07:00, Strathclyde Country Park will host the first Age Group Sprint Distance European Championships for non-elite athletes from 16-84 years old.
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