Setting the pace through the opening 750m swim and then simply riding away from the entire field over the 20km bike leg, the British duo had established a lead of well over a minute and a half before hitting the run course, leaving the large chase pack with no chance to catch them. It was then a sprint finish to decide the victor with Lucy Hall just getting the better of Jessica Learmonth.
It has been a successful year for Hall and this title adds to her winning the ETU World Cup race in Spain last month
Bronze medallist Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) was still 43 seconds behind Learmonth at the finish.
In the elite men’s race followed home favourite and Rio-bound Vincent Luis (FRA) took gold, while Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) took silver, and GB’s Grant Sheldon won bronze very tight battle for the final podium position and the Bronze medal.
Châteauroux ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships
750m / 20km / 5km
1st – Lucy Hall (GBR) – 57:48
2nd – Jessica Learmonth (GBR) – 57:49
3rd – Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) – 58:32