Post Olympic Diversion
With the Rio Olympics less than a year away, the triathlon world is no doubt concentrating on the controversial test event in the Brazilian city this weekend. With no prize money on offer, qualification points is the proverbial carrot dangling for those willing to travel half-way around the world to get to know the course for 2016.
Back on the European mainland, another event has begun, albeit with little fanfare outside the borders of the host country. The Tour of Portugal is a lesser known cycling stage race held around the backwater of the two-wheeled profession that is the Portuguese cycling scene.
What do an ITU World Series race and a two week stage race have in common, one might ask?
Ivan Rana is the answer.
A former ITU World Champion, fifth-placed finisher in Beijing 2008 and now one of the world's premier long distance triathletes, Rana joins Briton Spencer Smith as one of only two triathletes who can lay claim to a World Championship title as well as having been a registered professional cyclist on the Continent.