12 July 2021
This years’ Tokyo Olympics are set to be extra special for athletes and fans alike following the long wait since Rio de Janeiro 2016. Here’s a run through of the Hutchinson athletes featuring from around the world that you can expect to see Ride Their Own Story on the biggest stage of all.
– Great Britain
Alex is one of the rising stars of World Triathlon and will be featuring in his debut Olympics fresh from his maiden WTCS victory in Leeds last month. He will be riding the new Hutchinson Fusion 5 Gridskin Limited Edition Tubeless Ready tyres and following his selection against a strong pool of British competition as well as his recent great results Alex will be a firm favourite for a medal in Tokyo.
The first of two Spanish athletes representing Hutchinson during their hunt for an Olympic medal and the second of our athletes choosing the Fusion 5 Gridskin, Mario is a seasoned Olympian with a top 20 finish at London 2012 and 8th place at Rio 2016. With three consecutive World Championship titles (2016/17/18) and a raft of World Series victories Mario is no stranger to the top step of the podium. We caught up with Mario during his winter training camp in Tenerife where it was clear he has left nothing to chance in his preparation. Combine this with his experience and he is sure to be going toe to toe with the best come July 26th.
Another athlete that is familiar with the spectacle of competing on the worlds’ biggest stage, Fernando will be riding Fusion 5’s (Which model?) and hoping to improve on the top 20 position he achieved in 2016 at Rio De Janeiro. With strong recent performances including a top 5 in June at WTCS Leeds, Fernando is peaking at just the right time and is definitely one to watch.
The first of our home athletes that we’ll be featuring, Dorian has previously won both the Junior European and World Championships as well as the Under 23 World title. A former French national champion at the sprint distance, he won his first World Triathlon Series race in Bermuda in 2019. Expect a strong showing in the Mixed Relay event following his contribution to the French victory at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series also held in Tokyo. Keep an eye out for Dorian riding his tyre of choice, the classic Hutchinson Pro Tour Tubular.
Reigning national champion, it is only natural that Léonie will be stepping up to represent France in Tokyo. A firm favourite for a medal in the Mixed Relay that France have dominated in both the European and World Championships in recent years, Léonie has also been putting in solid performances achieving strong results in her individual events. We can’t wait to see her rolling out on her Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance Tubeless tyres come race day with the goal of securing an Olympic medal to compliment her impressive haul of victories.
This will be Cassandre’s second Olympiad having been selected for Rio 2016 when she was still only a Junior. In the five years since, she has established herself as one of world triathlon’s elite performers, with a solo victory at World Triathlon Hamburg in 2018 and a collection of podium places at the European Championships and the Under 23 Worlds. Recently she has been a crucial element of France’s World Championship winning Mixed Relay team as well as winning the individual 2021 Europe Triathlon Cup event in Melilla. Choosing to race on Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance tyres, Cassandre has the experience and the equipment to return from Tokyo with an Olympic medal.
Nadir is one of Italy’s top XC and Cyclocross talents and has previously proven himself against the world’s best having secured an 8th place at the 2020 XC World Championships in Leogang. Appearing to be in fine form following some great results at recent World Cup XC events in both the short track and Olympic length events this has culminated in a top 10 position last weekend at Les Gets just in time for his appearance in Tokyo. Choosing to ride the 29” Hutchinson Skeleton tyres it will be great to see if Nadir can build on his recent results to challenge for the podium come July 26th.
A standout member of the growing number of young Mexican XC athletes that are developing on the international circuit, Gerardo was the first ever Mexican to win gold in XC Mountain Biking at the Pan American games in 2019. Following several solid results in the XCO and XCC World Cup series he recently claimed his first World Cup victory at the 2020 Nove Mesto short track race. Having proven that he is capable of beating the world’s best this season he’ll be piloting his Hutchinson Skeleton tyres in Tokyo ready to take them on again in the hunt for another medal for Mexico.