FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21st December 2021
LONDON, ENGLAND: The Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced the year-end PTO World Rankings with Gustav Iden and Lucy Charles-Barclay being crowned as PTO World No.1 after a stellar year, delivering them each an equal annual PTO year-end bonus of $100,000.
Iden’s victory in Florida earlier this year at his first long-distance race, scored him 107.23 PTO World Ranking Points, and was the second highest score for a full-distance race in 2021. Combined with 110.18 points scored at the IM 70.3 World Championship® and 111.34 points scored at The Collins Cup, this gave Iden an average of 109.62 PTO World Ranking Points and the PTO World No.1 title. In addition to scooping $100,000 of the $2,000,000 PTO World Rankings Bonus pool, combined with his PTO Championship win at Daytona and his earnings at The Collins Cup, this means the Norwegian young gun has earned $280,000 in prize money from the PTO.
Charles-Barclay had the highest single race points total this year, scoring 123.98 PTO World Ranking Points at IM 70.3 World Championship®, where she had the fastest swim, bike and run by a healthy margin. Charles-Barclay already had 101.76 points in the bank from a strong race at The Collins Cup and 97.21 points earned at IM 70.3 Elsinore sealed the deal making Charles-Barclay impossible to catch with an average of 107.65 points for the year.
For the men, rounding out the top five are Germany’s Jan Frodeno at PTO World No. 2, Canadian Lionel Sanders at PTO World No. 3, USA’s Sam Long at PTO World No. 4, and Germany’s Patrick Lange at PTO World No. 5. Lionel Sanders was the biggest mover in the last few months of 2021 moving from PTO World No. 6 to PTO World No. 3, increasing his year-end bonus by $30,000.
On the women’s side, Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf ends 2021 as PTO World No. 2, German Laura Philipp PTO World No. 3, newcomer American Taylor Knibb at PTO World No. 4, and Germany’s Anne Haug is at PTO World No. 5.
The PTO World Ranking System is based on the average number of PTO World Ranking Points that athletes have earned for their three best races in 2021. Full details here. The PTO Annual bonuses of $2,000,000, will be paid equally to men and women PTO Professionals based on the PTO World Rankings as calculated as of December 31st.
Charles Adamo, Executive Chairman of the PTO, commented, “The PTO World Ranking system is designed to provide a mechanism to properly compensate PTO Professionals based on their achievements throughout the year, as opposed to having a structure where economics hinge predominately on one or two specific races. PTO Professionals race hard all year, and we want to try to mitigate the situation where if they have one bad race, they lose a significant amount of their earning capacity. The PTO Annual Bonus Plan payments, together with the payments at the PTO 2020 Championship and The Collins Cup, means that the PTO has equally paid 200 men and women professional triathletes more than $5,000,000. We believe that this demonstrates the value and benefits of professionals being unified in their own organisation and one of the many ways the PTO and PTO Professionals can bring not only a voice but a meaningful contribution to our sport.”
Lucy Charles-Barclay, PTO World No.1 stated, “Since the PTO launched, Professional Triathletes, both male and female, have been given equal opportunity to raise their profile and win meaningful prize money. The PTO has shown that by having Professional Triathletes uniting and having an interest in their future, the sport can continue to thrive and reach a wider and more mainstream audience”.
About The Professional Triathletes Organisation
The Professional Triathletes Organisation is a not-for-profit entity consisting of both men and women professional triathletes who have come together to form a representative body which not only gives them a meaningful voice in the way the sport operates but a means to contribute to its growth for the benefit of the entire triathlon community. The PTO seeks to equally showcase the passion, talents, determination, struggles and achievements of its dedicated men and women professionals through iconic events, reimagined broadcast and compelling storytelling, inspiring global sports fans to watch, engage and participate in Triathlon.
Head of Communications
Professional Triathletes Organisation