Life Time Fitness Triathlon Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis's: The first race of the World's richest Triathlon series kicked off today in Minneapolis (with a prize purse of $250,000 split evenly between the men's and women's events) with Pip Taylor finishing in a strong 5th place. In one of the most powerful fields in the sport of triathlon, Pip exited the swim at the front of the lead group beside World Number 1 Vanessa Fernandes (POR), three time World Champion Emma Snowsill (AUS), triple World Championship medallist and recent winner of the Hy-Vee World Cup Laura Bennett (USA), British Triathlon Champ Julie Dibens (GBR), US powerhouse Becky Lavelle and Australian Olympian Rina Hill. This group was 1.30 up on a chase group containing World 70.3 Champion Samantha McGlone (CAN) and World 70.3 Bronze Medalist Miranda Carfrae.
On the bike it was Julie Dibens who attacked off the front, with Pip, Becky Lavelle, Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandez coming in to transition within 20 seconds of each other after riding a further two minutes into most of the rest of the field. It was clear after this that the podium positions would only be decided from this group
On the run, Fernandez quickly moved to the front of the field and to victory with Emma Snowsill finishing in 2nd. Julie Dibens held on to 3rd place after her fast bike with Becky and Pip crossing in 4th and 5th respectively.
1 Vanessa Fernandes Perosinho, , POR ($60,000)
2 Emma Snowsill Gold Coast, QLD, AUS ($25,000)
3 Julie Dibens Bath, GBR ($15,000)
4 Becky Lavelle Los Gatos, CA, USA ($7,000)
5 Pip Taylor Lennox Head, NSW, AUS ($6,000)
6 Laura Bennett North Palm Beach, FL, USA ($4,000)
7 Mirinda Carfrae Boulder, CO, USA ($3,000)
8 Samantha McGlone Colorado Springs, CO, Can ($2,500)
9 Rina Hill Brisbane, QLD, Aus ($1,500_
10 Margaret Shapiro Herndon, VA, USA (1,000)