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Noble and Keane hit stride for Edmonton

Elite Irish triathletes Gavin Noble and Bryan Keane are on the move again. Canada is the destination this time for the Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup.

The men's race gets under way on Sunday at 1.45 local time.

Noble will have high hopes after cruising to victory in the Irish Sprint Distance Championships in Athlone last weekend -- part of the Vodafone National Series.

"I got a time check after 3km of the run to say I was moving the fastest, and so I just held that pace with Edmonton in the back of my mind," Noble said.

"Athlone was a nice hard hit-out before next weekend's World Cup. It was perfect timing."

Noble is also producing good results in highly competitive World Cup events, taking second in Japan and China over the past few weeks.

He goes into this weekend's race seeded in the top 10.

Meanwhile, Keane is continuing his return to form and took third in Athlone. This is his first World Cup event of 2011.

The 1.5km swim takes place in the calm waters of Hawrelak Park Lake, before exiting onto the bike where competitors will be greeted by a steep 400m climb up the Emily Murphy Hill.

This hill could prove to be a deciding factor on the course where ex-professional cyclist Keane or in-form Noble may look to take advantage.

More information on this weekend's event is available at www.triathlonireland.com

Irish Independent