Huatulco, Mexico (May 6, 2012) While the high temperatures for the women were punishing, the men battled through even more intense conditions in Huatulco. With a start time close to high noon, the men dove into 28.6 degree Celsius water and ran under the sun at its strongest. Like the ebbing water at the swim start, the full moon also seemed to have a tidal effect on the men's race, as each leg brought in a new wave of leaders. In the end, Simon De Cuyper (BEL), Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Danylo Sapunov (UKR) stood atop the podium.
In the beginning, Aurelien Raphael (FRA) exited the water in front with Richard Varga (SVK), to blaze through the first lap of the bike, which gained him a 31-second lead. However, his pace decreased over the next two laps, allowing Joshua Amberger (AUS), Ryan Bailie (AUS) and Andrew Yorke (CAN) to join him. Meanwhile, Sapunov followed a minute behind at the front of the first chase pack. De Cuyper and Sissons were even further behind, sitting in a second chase group nearly two minutes behind the leaders.
"In the first lap I felt very bad," De Cuyper said of his run. "I thought, 'Lets get water and cool down.' Once I was fresh, I had some good feeling in my legs. I thought I could push and catch some of the athletes. I came back and suddenly I was in first position."
Led by a monstrous break away from Tyler Butterfield (BER) midway through the bike, the two chase groups united to tackle the treacherous course together. Up ahead, the four leading men, steadily maintained their distance of more than 45 seconds into the final transition. Similar to the women's race, the second transition was a pivotal point in the leader board for the men. Yorke bolted out in front of the lead group, but a hungry chase pack was out for vengeance by the time they rolled in to store their bikes. Led by Spain's Ivan Rana, the men wasted no time hammering out a speedy pace.
Yorke, who had previously never placed in the top 20 at a World Cup, blazed through the first two laps seemingly unaffected by the dehydrating temperatures. Sapunov was also quickly covering ground, pulling within 35 seconds and two places of Yorke on just the first run lap. Trailing another 20 seconds behind were De Cuyper and Sissons, patiently waiting to make their move.
Their chance came in the third lap when De Cuyper surged to the front, surpassing 13 men including Yorke and Sapunov. Sissons, who had De Cuyper in sight, didn't miss a beat. He quickened his pace to follow the Belgian over the finish line.
Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup - 6 May 2012
Final Results - Elite Men - 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
1. Simon De Cuyper BEL 02:02:34
2. Ryan Sissons NZL 02:02:50
3. Danylo Sapunov UKR 02:02:54
4. Tyler Butterfield BER 02:03:04
5. Carlos Javier Quinchará Forero COL 02:03:07
6. Andrew Yorke CAN 02:03:13
7. Davide Uccellari ITA 02:03:20
8. Alessandro Fabian ITA 02:03:27
9. Ruedi Wild SUI 02:03:41
10. Ryan Bailie AUS 02:03:48