Lucy Charles-Barclay, Emma Pallant-Browne and Katrina Matthews secured vital wins in the women’s races, accounting for half of Team Europe’s victories. But those first-place finishes came among upsets that included middle-distance newcomer Taylor Knibb (USA) beating number one ranked Daniela Ryf (EUR) and Jackie Hering (INT) springing a surprise by beating current Ironman world champion Anne Haug (EUR).
Wins for Jan Frodeno, Gustav Iden and Daniel Baekkegard helped clinch victory for Team Europe, while Lionel Sanders, Braden Currie and Jackson Laundry’s first-place finishes failed to be enough to pull Team International into second overall.
Aside from the upsets, the weather played its part in the day too, with heavy rain showers causing slick roads and multiple crashes. These included the Internationals’ Lionel Sanders and Sam Appleton, a bloodied and bruised Holly Lawrence, and New Zealand’s Kyle Smith, who saw one of his time-trial handlebars snap off and his bike get stuck in a 58-11 gear.
Relive the day’s action through the gallery below.