26 July, 2022
London: The Professional Triathletes Organisation today confirmed the Collins Cup automatic qualification places for Team Europe, Team USA and Team Internationals, ahead of the second edition of the event on 20 August at the extraordinary x-bionic® sphere in Bratislava.
For Team Europe the four qualified women are: Daniela Ryf (SWI), Anne Haug (GER), Laura Philipp (GER) and Kat Matthews (GBR). The four men are: Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), Gustav Iden (NOR), Patrick Lange (GER) and Magnus Ditlev (DEN).
For Team USA the top four women are: Taylor Knibb, Skye Moench, Chelsea Sodaro and Jackie Hering. The four men are: Matt Hanson, Sam Long, Rudy Von Berg and Chris Leiferman.
For Team Internationals the four women are: Paula Findlay (CAN), Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Tamara Jewett (CAN) and Ellie Salthouse (AUS). The four men are: Lionel Sanders (CAN), Braden Currie (NZL), Max Neumann (AUS) and Jackson Laundry (CAN).
The automatic qualifications were finalised after this weekend’s PTO Canadian Open, the first-ever PTO Tour event.
Commenting on the selections, Team Europe captains Natascha Badmann and Normann Stadler said:
“We are hugely excited to have the first part of our team inked in. This is the moment things start to feel real and our job as captains begins to heat up. We’re looking forward to getting our heads together and discussing who our captain’s choices should be.”
Team USA captains Dave Scott and Julie Moss said:
“It’s great to get Taylor, Skye, Chelsea, Jackie, Matt, Sam, Rudy and Chris all on board. They give us an awesome spine to the team. Now the hard part is who to pick to complete the line up.”
Finally, Team Internationals captains Erin Baker and Craig Alexander said:
“This is the nucleus of a team we’re confident will surprise people come 20 August at the Collins Cup. We’ll announce our selects next week and then we’re ready to go.”
About the Collins Cup
The Collins Cup was introduced by the PTO in 2021 as part of its mission to take the sport of triathlon to the next level. Modeled after golf’s Ryder Cup, it saw teams of European, Internationals and USA athletes pitted against one another and put on a display the excitement, rivalry, drama and personalities of the sport for the world to see.
Thirty-six of the world’s top professional triathletes battled it out over the 100km course in twelve individual race matches, each staggered ten minutes apart, with three athletes going head-to-head, one from Team Europe, Internationals and the USA, to decide which region rules triathlon. With $1.5 million on the line again this year, the largest purse in the sport, the racing promises to be even faster and more furious and will be broadcast to a global audience in more than 170 territories. After a courageous battle from both Team USA and Team Internationals in 2021, Team Europe finally reigned victorious.
For further information:
Professional Triathletes Organisation
Anthony Scammell, Communications Director [email protected]
About the Professional Triathletes Organisation
The PTO is a new body co-owned by the professional athletes, seeking to take the sport to the next level and see it grow and thrive. The inaugural PTO Tour race schedule for 2022 includes: the first-ever PTO Canadian Open (July 23-24); the second edition of $1.5M Ryder Cup-style Collins Cup (August 20), which sees Team Europe take on Team USA and Team International; and the first PTO US Open (September 17-18). Each Open carries a minimum prize money of $1M and will be raced over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run). In 2023 and 2024, the PTO Tour plans to expand with the PTO European Open and the PTO Asian Open, alongside their US and Canadian equivalents and the Collins Cup.