Germany’s Kona champion Sebastian Kienle has joined the new Bahrain Endurance 13 triathlon squad, completing a very strong lineup that also includes reigning ITU world champion Javier Gomez and 70.3 world champ Daniela Ryf.
Team manager Chris McCormack says, “We tried to keep it a surprise to the end, but there’s no one else who could be a perfect fit on a team of superstars. He’s the current Ironman World Champion, two times Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Ironman Europe Champion, and the most lethal bike rider in the history of the sport.”
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Kienle believes the Bahrain Endurance 13 is the strongest triathlon team ever, and wants to take part in making it the most successful as well. He states, “It is an honour to be part of this great group of athletes.
“I believe that the members of the team are great role models for others to start to have a more active lifestyle. I think there is great potential in the Middle East. I like the vision behind the team, and sport can do a lot of good things in the world.”
Kienle joins a team that has racked up great results this weekend to support the official launch. Sam Appleton won the Byron Bay Triathlon, while at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca Daniela Ryf scored an overall win and His Highness Shaikh Nasser finished 13th in his age category; both have qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held in Austria.
At the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Vietnam, James Cunnama and Caroline Steffen stood atop the podium, while Terenzo Bozzone went three-for-three with another podium finish from three consecutive weekends of racing.
The Bahrain Endurance 13 Team
Javier Gomez Noya (ESP)
Sam Appleton (AUS)
Jodie Swallow (GBR)
Brent McMahon (CAN)
Luke Bell (AUS)
Caroline Steffen (SUI)
Joe Gambles (AUS)
Jan Frodeno (GER)
Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)
Daniela Ryf (SUI)
Ben Hoffman (USA)
Sebastian Kienle (GER)
James Cunnama (RSA)
For further information on the team, visit – www.bahrainendurance13.com