Richard Murray finished the ITU World Triathlon Series in fifth place overall after Sunday’s grand finale of the World Series in London where his fellow Specialized athlete Spain’s Javier Gomez was crowned World Series Champion.
The London race was the last of the World Triathlon Series and after a very hard and fast bike leg Murray finished in 14th place. Gomez won the series and the race, followed by Jonathan Brownlee and Mario Mola in second and third place respectively. This was also the final placings overall. Gomez cumulated 4220 points during the World Triathlon Series followed by Jonathan Brownlee (4195), Mola (3726), Alastair Brownlee (3140) and Murray (2937).
Murray got out of the water in the second group, but with a lot of riders just hanging on in the first group that included Gomez and the Brownlee-brothers, Murray set a blinding pace up front in the chase group in an effort to bring it all together for the run. “I decided to work like an animal on the bike leg this weekend to see if we could close the gap on the leaders. I knew this was a risk with the run coming up, but I needed to do something or else the result will remain the same – one minute or more behind the leaders off the bike. My legs were feeling amazing and very responsive and I enjoyed working hard with a few others to keep the gap the same and even down to around 25 seconds at the end of the bike.”
The bike-effort caught up with Murray in the final lap of the run when he lost his placing in the top 10 for only the second time this season. “My legs cramped like crazy and I was battling with the pain throughout the run.”
Murray has been setting some of the fastest times this season over 10km, but frustratingly for Murray he did not get much help from the rest in the chase bunch and the other strong runners in the bike leg. “Many of the good runners that were in our group did very little work on the bike. It is sad for me that people with such good bike power become soft and do not share the work load. This is rather selfish and I think people need to man up more to put themselves out there.”
It was a tough decision to make, but Murray has no regrets. “I am glad that I could show that I can bike with some of the best in the sport. In the end I am happy with how things worked out this season. I am more than pleased with my fifth place overall. This season I have made some amazing strides in the water. I have some more work to do, but I will get there.”
Murray will end his European season on 30 September with a French Grand Prix League race in Nice. Then it is off to the Maui, Hawaii for the Xterra World Championships on 27 October.
Source: Outsider Communications