The second round of the ITU World Cup season returns to Ishigaki for the 17th straight year in 2012. The small island southwest of Japan’s mainland has been on the World Cup circuit since 1996, and has become a favorite with athletes around the world.
This year, a strong Japanese women’s team including Kiyomi Niwata, Ai Ueda and Yuka Sato will be tested by an international contingent that includes Melanie Annaheim (SUI), Zurine Rodriguez (ESP), Aileen Morrison (IRL), Kathy Tremblay (CAN), Pamela Oliveira (BRA), and Gillian Sanders (RSA). While in the men’s elite race, France’s David Hauss will wear the No.1 for the second World Cup event this year and is the favourite to record his first major ITU win, but will have to get past Canada’s Kyle Jones and Brent McMahon.
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