Tasmanian triathlete Cam Wurf has warmed up for another world title shot by winning the Ironman Italy title.
The 36-year-old referenced his pro cycling days when asked about the wisdom of setting a new personal best time and course record of 7:46:54 with Kona looming on the horizon.
"If you want to win the Tour de France you've got to be capable of winning the Dauphine and that's three weeks before," he said.
"My coach [also] coaches [Tour winners] Geraint [Thomas] and Froomey [Chris Froome] so he's got a bit of experience. We had a plan and the plan was to come here and not just make up the numbers but have a good hitout and finish the preparation with this race.
"Obviously that went a little better than expected."
The Hobart athlete swam 3.8 kilometres in 46.39 in Emilia-Romagna, rode 180km in 4:09.03 and then ran a marathon in 2:45.02 to finish 16.17 ahead of Slovenian Jaroslav Kovacic.
"Now I've got a week to get to the US, adjust to the time zone, freshen up a little, get to Kona and do another good block to sharpen up and see how we are on October 12," Wurf added.
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