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July 12, 2023

World’s Best To Take Start Line for Men’s PTO US Open in Milwaukee

PTO US Open 2023 Men's Start List

London: The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has announced another stellar field, this time for the PTO US Open men’s race in Milwaukee on Friday 4 August, led by PTO World #1 Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) and #3 Magnus Ditlev (DEN).

In total, the line-up for the second PTO Tour race of the season includes 12 of the top 20 men from PTO World Rankings as well as PTO World #21 and double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee. 

Sam Long and Ben Kanute lead a five-strong contingent of American athletes – also featuring Jason West, Trevor Foley and Chris Leiferman – who will be looking to win the PTO US Open title on home soil.  

Following a podium finish at Challenge Roth on his first visit to the race, Kanute is in great form and hopes the support of a US crowd will help him climb further up the podium in Milwaukee: 

“I was buzzing coming off my podium finish at Challenge Roth, which I feel puts me in a great position for this PTO US Open race in Milwaukee. It’s another stacked field, which is what we’ve come to expect from these PTO Tour races. So it won’t be easy, but with a home crowd behind us and a bunch of support from the athletes competing in the USAT National and Youth Championships that will be happening at the same time, I’ll be hoping to take that next step up.”

The PTO US Open men’s confirmed automatic qualifiers start list can be found here and includes the following:

  1. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 
  2. Magnus Ditlev (DEN)
  3. Sam Long (USA) 
  4. Ben Kanute (USA) 
  5. Daniel Baekkegard (DEN) 
  6. Aaron Royle (AUS) 
  7. Frederic Funk (GER) 
  8. Clement Mignon (FRA) 
  9. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 
  10. Florian Angert (GER) 
  11. Jason West (USA) 
  12. Kristian Hogenhaug (DEN) 
  13. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 
  14. Bradley Weiss (SA) 
  15. Miki Moerck Taagholt (DEN) 
  16. Mathis Margirier (FRA) 
  17. Jackson Laundry (CAN) 
  18. Thomas Bishop (GBR) 
  19. Gregory Barnaby (ITA)
  20. Trevor Foley (USA) 
  21. Braden Currie (NZL) 
  22. Chris Leiferman (USA) 
  23. David McNamee (GBR) 
  24. Thor Bendix Madsen (DEN) 

*Auto qualifiers based on 29 May rankings (ranked #1-10) and 26 June rankings (ranked #11-26). 


Both the men’s and women’s 100km races in Milwaukee will take place on a specially designed course, which is adjacent to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Henry Maier Festival Park and Discovery World along the shore of Lake Michigan. For further course details, please visit: https://protriathletes.org/events/pto-tour/us-open/pro/

The men’s race takes place on Friday 4 August, starting at 1615 local time (2315 CET), and will be broadcast live around the world to 195+ territories, courtesy of the PTO Tour’s partnerships with Warner Bros. Discovery. It will live on Eurosport 1 from 2300 CET as well as featured on a range of other international, regional and local broadcasters including CNBC in the US, DAZN, beIN Sports and SPOTV. The prize fund for the PTO Opens in 2023 is $600,000 USD per event – with $100,000 for the winner, $50,000 for second and $35,000 for third – making each event the most lucrative in the sport over this distance. 

This year, the PTO US Open is being staged alongside USA Triathlon’s National Championships, which are in partnership with Sports Milwaukee. With the USAT Age Group National Championships and Youth & Junior Nationals being staged together for the first time, it promises to be the biggest weekend of triathlon racing in the US, with more than 7,000 participants and 20,000 spectators expected to attend.  

The 2023 PTO US Open women’s start list is here. The wildcards for each of the races will be announced on Thursday (13 July).


For Further Information

Anthony Scammell E: [email protected]

About the Professional Triathletes Organisation

The PTO is a new body, co-owned by the professional athletes, seeking to elevate and grow the sport of Triathlon and take it to the next level. Each PTO Open is raced over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run). The PTO European Open on 6 May kicked off the 2023 PTO Tour and is followed by the PTO US Open in Milwaukee on 4-5 August and then the PTO Asian Open in Singapore on 19-20 August. The season is underpinned by the new PTO World Rankings, helping to create a compelling season-long narrative in the sport for the first time.

About 2023 PTO Tour Qualification 


For PTO US Open:

  • The top 10 Automatic Qualifying positions were confirmed on Monday 29 May
  • The remaining 16 Automatic Qualifying positions were confirmed on Monday 26 June
  • Automatic Qualifiers were required to confirm their attendance no later than 5- days after the AQ Confirmation Date (Friday).
  • Roll-downs will continue to athletes ranked within the Top-50 in the PTO World Rankings.
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