6. Javier Gomez
If anyone’s primed to give the Brownlee brothers a run for their money, it’s Gomez. The 28-year-old Spaniard outpaced Jonathan for a win at the ITU World Championship Series race in Sydney in April, handily won a European Cup in July, and was just four seconds away from topping the podium at the ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon World Championships in August. He also proved he can race well in non-drafting race by winning October’s U.S. Open Triathlon in Dallas, Texas.