5 August, 2022
London: Team International Captains Erin Baker and Craig Alexander today revealed their Captains’ Picks for the PTO’s flagship event The Collins Cup on 20 August.
Commenting on the women’s selections, Erin Baker, first-time Team International Captain, said: “Having Flora Duffy on Team International will no doubt put some fear in the other Teams. The reigning Olympic and Commonwealth Gold Medal winner is a force to be reckoned with and we look forward to seeing her proudly wear the International’s green and yellow. Vittoria Lopes will be the first Brazilian athlete to be in the Collins Cup. Her tremendous performance at the PTO Canadian Open as well as her record in the World Triathlon series will make her perfectly suited for the fast and furious race pace we see at the Collins Cup.”
On the men’s side, Captain Craig Alexander, noted: “Like our women’s selections, we looked to load up with speed. An in-form Hayden Wilde has been on fire on the World Triathlon circuit and with his versatility, this will transfer well into middle distance. Aaron Royle did not let his last-minute entry into the PTO Canadian Open go to waste. His classy performance in a stacked field showed Erin and me that he is in great form and deserves a shot.”
Baker and Alexander concluded their thoughts by commenting: “With our Captains’ Picks joining an already solid team of Automatic Qualifiers, Team International will be arriving at Samorin prepared for the battle.”
The teams for this year’s Collins Cup are now complete which you can see in full here.
The Collins Cup will take place on 20 August at the x-bionic® sphere in Bratislava.
For full listings of how to watch The Collins Cup live on 20 August go to https://protriathletes.org/events/how-to-watch. For viewers in Europe and Indian Sub-Continent, The Collins Cup will be broadcast live exclusively on Eurosport. For the rest of the world, fans can watch either via desktop or app on PTO+. Highlights and full race replay as well as Collins Cup build-up content can be watched globally via desktop or app on PTO+.
For pictures, video and other assets to cover the races, visit the Media Portal.
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 US 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.
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. Modelled after golf’s Ryder Cup, it saw teams of European, International and USA athletes pitted against one another and put on display the excitement, rivalry, drama and personalities of the sport for the world to see.
36 of the world’s top professional triathletes battled it out over the 100km course in 12 individual race matches, each staggered 10 minutes apart, with three athletes going head-to-head, one each from Team Europe, Team International and Team US, 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 US and Team International in 2021, Team Europe finally reigned victorious – but can they defend the crown in 2022?