10 Aug 2018

World Champions France in hunt for Triathlon mixed relay gold

Confidence levels within the French team have risen after Pierre Le Corre dominated the men's event.

World Champions France are ready to challenge for European gold when the 18-team Triathlon mixed relay gets under way 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 also have a squad 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 and we're in the mix for the podium. It will all come down to little details." The Belgium squad also includes Jelle Genns, 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 grabbed gold in the women's event for the sixth time on Thursday. 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 Norway have withdrawn from the competition after losing Lotte Miller to injury after she crashed early in the bike leg of the women's event.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, Strathclyde Country Park will host the first Age Group Sprint Distance European Championships for non-elite athletes ranging from 16-84 years old.