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Murray races to first French Grand Prix win
- Updated: June 10, 2013
London Olympian Richard Murray won the past weekend’s French Grand Prix Sprint Triathlon in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, his first French Grand Prix win.
Spain’s Javier Gomez finished second followed by Aur├®lien Lebrun.
The conditions were quite challenging with some rain falling and newly painted white lines. ÔÇ£I’m really glad I didn’t crash. I did feel my rear tyre slip out on more than one occasion,ÔÇØ said Murray. ÔÇ£The swim was very cold and the bike leg very slippery. It was a contest of the skilled and those who survived.ÔÇØ
Coming out of the swim leg Murray dropped his swimming cap and goggles on entry to transition and had to turn around to avoid a time penalty. ÔÇ£I was just 28 seconds behind Javier out the water but with the wet conditions we only caught the lead group in the second transition heading out for the run. The run suited me perfectly. Half of it was off-road which I loved.
“The race reminded me a bit of Hamburg last yearÔÇª Javi and me running 5km at our max speeds. We maxed out, but the pain was worth it. I pushed really hard to get away from Javi.ÔÇØ
Murray next heads to Barcelona where he will be based for the next few weeks. His next race is an ITU World Triathlon Series event on 6 July in Kitzbuhl, Austria.