The win in Besancon was Martin Schulz's second since returning from an ankle injury ©Getty Images

Germany's Martin Schulz put in a dominant performance to win at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Paratriathlon World Cup event in Besancon in France today.

The 28-year-old was in good form going into the race in the PTS5 catagory, having won last month's World Cup event in Eton Dorney.

However, despite his recent good performance, prior to today's race Schulz himself said he did not know what to expect having only recently suffered an ankle injury.

"I don't know how this weekend's race will go, but I will do my best and this time I will be much more offensive than in Eton Dorney, especially on the bike and while running," he said.

Today's result left no doubt that his aggressive tactic paid off, as he dominated the 70-man field to finish in first place, almost four minutes in front of his closest rival. 

Despite Schulz's dominance the home crowd still had something to cheer, with Frenchman Yannick Bourseaux claiming the silver medal in a time of one hour, five minutes and 42 seconds. 

Gwladys Lemoussu gave the home crowd something to cheer, finishing first in the PTS5 class ©Getty Images
Gwladys Lemoussu gave the home crowd something to cheer, finishing first in the PTS5 class ©Getty Images

Russian Alexandr Ialchik finished third to take the bronze medal. 

His time of 1:07.15 brought him over the line two-and-a-half minutes in front of another Frenchman, Antoine Besse in fourth.

The French did have a home winner in the women's PTS5 event.

Gwladys Lemoussu claimed the title in that event with a time of 1:16.54. 

In the men's PTWC catagory, Australia's Bill Chaffey managed a fourth place finish, in what was his first race since claiming bronze at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

His compatriot Lauren Parker finished first in the women's equivalent. 

Elsewhere, Russian Vasily Egorov won the men's PTS2 race, while Saskia Van Den Ouden from The Netherlands won the women's event.

Max Gelhaar and Elise Marc for Germany and France respectively won the PTS3 events.

The men's PTS4 race was won by Oliver Dreier from Austria and Anna Plotnikova won the women's race.

In the PTVI catagory Lazar Filipovic won the men's event while another Frenchwoman, Annouck Curzillat, took the women's title.