The Emergence of Anne Haug
Germany’s Anne Haug finished a quiet 11th at the 2012 London Olympics, but has become an ITU star in the months since August. She finished fourth at ITU WTS Stockholm, second at ITU WTS Yokohama and then closed out the season with the win at the 2012 WTS Grand Final in Auckland. She then opened up 2013 with a win at ITU World Cup Mooloolaba before returning to Auckland for the first 2013 race. After missing the front group to start the bike, she made the brave move of bridging the gap on her own. Upon reaching the front pack she stayed there, turned in a patient run and then outkicked the competition to earn another Auckland victory. It’s safe to say the other women will keep an eye on her positioning throughout the race on Friday. She will face tough competition from Olympic bronze medalist Erin Densham (AUS), Auckland podium finisher Felicity Abram (AUS), Andrew Hewitt (NZL), Barbara Rivers Diaz (CHI), Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Sarah Groff (USA) and more.