The 2023 PTO Tour ends this weekend as Singapore becomes the focus for the Asian Open with some awesome matches in prospect.
The season started in Ibiza with the European Open, which he won Max Neumann and Anne Haug who both became first-time 100km winners.
Then it was off to Milwaukee a fortnight ago, where Taylor Knibb won at home on the PTO Tour US Open and legend Gian Fronteno beat the best in the business for a maiden PTO win. That’s four separate winners on tour so far in 2023, with all playing this weekend.
There are two mouth-watering Pro matches on the schedule, and we’ve got all the bases covered for your viewing pleasure.
Start time and how to watch live
We get the Pro Women first, with the action starting Saturday, August 19. The match will take place at 15:15 local time, which corresponds to 08:15 in the UK and 09:15 CET. In America, triathlon fans will have to be up and early to catch the action, with the race starting at 12:15 a.m. on the West Coast, corresponding to 12:15 a.m. on the East Coast.
The Pro Men race continues Sunday, August 20 with the action resuming at 15:15 local time.
In Europe, the match will be broadcast live on Eurosport, with global coverage also available via the new PTO+ app and a range of global broadcast partners and streaming services. If you’re outside Europe and the Indian Subcontinent, you can watch the action completely free, either on the PTO+ app, YouTube or your local broadcaster.
We’ll embed the YouTube stream here for fans watching outside of Europe.
Which Pro Women are competing?
PTO veteran Ashleigh Gentle, who has reached the podium in each of the last four races in two seasons, is one of the main favourites. She has finished runner-up twice already this season and will be hoping to taste victory again after winning last year at the PTO Canadian Open and PTO US Open.
Opposing the Australian will be her Ibiza conqueror Anne Haug, the German rocket who has not lost a middle distance race this year and is by all accounts preparing hard for this race and after the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona in October. .
After running away with victory in Ibiza, the race looks like Haug’s to lose, with her only loss this season coming to Daniela Ryf during her record-breaking performance at Challenge Roth. At the 100km mark, it will be a real challenge for anyone to build up enough stock to stay away from Haug in the 18km run.
Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay, a five-time IRONMAN World Championship podium finisher and third at the European Open, will be ready to compete after recovering from a fractured metatarsal suffered at the IRONMAN 70.3 Kraichgau in May.
LCB has only competed twice so far in 2023 and is expected to once again set an impressive pace starting with its dominance in swimming.
Finally, IRONMAN World Champion American Chelsea Sodaro is looking to revive her season in Singapore. After a late withdrawal from Milwaukee and DNFs at Challenge Roth and the PTO European Open, Sodaro has a lot of work to do to prove she’s still the one to beat ahead of Kona in October.
Which Pro Men are competing?
It’s another Australian, this time Max Neumann, who is the odds-on favorite, having won the PTO Tour European Open ahead of superstar Kristian Blummenfelt in May. It was a result that came at a time when the Queensland native was seriously overlooked in favor of more established names.
This time, however, all eyes will be on Neumann, who has not raced since Ibiza and will come to Singapore on the back of a long training session under the watchful eye of his coach and brother Mitch. The duo, who go against the modern scientific way of training in their approach to triathlon, will be hoping to show the world what triathlon is really all about once again on Sunday.
Blummenfelt, who prior to this season was considered by many to be untouchable, will continue his quest for that elusive PTO Tour victory he so longs for. With Neumann, Frodeno and American Jason West to the sword at the 100km distance already this season, will “Big Blu” face more disappointment in Asia?
Blummenfelt’s compatriot Gustav Iden is another athlete who has the ability to win the race on Sunday, but if his recent form in the world of small races is anything to go by, he is up against it.
Finally, the American trio of Sam Long, Ben Kanute and the aforementioned West, all of whom competed at the PTO Tour US Open in Milwaukee, will hit the starting line in Singapore, each believing they have what it takes to make it to the pedestal. . Second in Milwaukee, West has the form to do it, but Long and Kanute have the ability and class to do well.
Cash prizes – What’s on offer?
No one will go home empty-handed from Singapore, with the $600,000 purse paying up to 30 athletes.
The winner of the race will collect a $100,000 bumper check, with a top-10 finish rewarded with at least $5,500 and 20th still earning $2,500. The full prize breakdown is as follows:
- 1. $100,000
- 2. $50,000
- 3. $35,000
- 4. $15,000
- 5. $10,000
- 6. $8,000
- 7. $7,000
- 8. $6,500
- 9. $6,000
- 10. $5,500
- 11. $5,000
- 12. $4,500
- 13. $4,000
- 14, $3,500
- 15, $3,000
- 16. $3,000
- 17. $3,000
- 18. $3,000
- 19. $3,000
- 20. $2,500
- 21. $2,500
- 22. $2,500
- 23. $2,500
- 24. $2,500
- 25. $2,500
- 26. $2,000
- 27. $2,000
- 28. $2,000
- 29. $2,000
- 30. $2,000
As we have consistently emphasized, thanks to the formation of the Professional Triathletes Organization, the financial rewards from performance do not come solely from the day’s performances.
The 2022 PTO World Rankings were awarded a total of $2 million, based on the final ranking on these scoreboards. The rewards there can be substantial, with a move up or down the ranking system earning you more than any single event.
In 2023, the distribution of the year-end bonus has yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed that the money will be shared among the top 50, rather than the top 100 as it was in 2022.
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