GERMANY'S Anne Haug says she had to find a gear she did not know she had to take out yesterday's Mooloolaba Triathlon.
In steamy conditions the 30-year-old beat home Britain's Jodie Stimpson and crowd favourite, Australia's Emma Moffatt to win the race in 2 hours 4 minutes 32 seconds.
Haug made her break at the base of the hill at Alexandra Headland on the bell lap, peeling away from training partner Stimpson and powering her way to victory.
It was a clinical display from the World No.2 who was in the lead pack for the entire race before showing she had that little bit extra in the tank zt the end.
For Haug it was a case of picking up where she left off with the win in the ITU World Cup season opener coming just shy of five months after she took out the 2012 World Championship grand final in Auckland.
HAUG took an extended break following an Olympic year and went into Mooloolaba not knowing what to expect.
She said she felt comfortable on the run, as one by one, competitors fell off the pack until it was just her and Stimpson.
"I was feeling quite well, I mean I didn't need to push really hard," she said.
"I thought 'let's see how far it goes' and on the last hill I went all in. And yeah, here we are."
She credited Canberra-based coach Darren Smith with the win and said she was now eyeing the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Moffatt said she was happy with the effort just four weeks after making her half ironman debut in Geelong.
She led the group out of the water and was a part of the eight-strong pack which dominated the course for most of the race.
She looked strong on the run but fell off the pace on the penultimate run lap.
"I guess I felt pretty comfortable swimming and riding," she said.
"The run, the first part I felt comfortable, but I just couldn't keep going with them in the last bit but I haven't done any speed work yet so hopefully that will be the next block that we do in training.
"Hopefully come (the World Championship round in) San Diego, I'll have a little bit more speed and I'll be able to go with them."
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