Prior to the 10th anniversary of an ITU race in Madrid, Andrea Hewitt and Jonathan Brownlee joined Spain’s Ainhoa Murua and Mario Mola to answer media inquiries. While Olympic qualification will be top priority for a number of competitors, these four are looking forward to a challenging race course at the scenic Casa de Campo park with relaxed attitudes.
Andrea Hewitt (NZL)
On her race history racing in Madrid
“I’ve had some great races here. I’ve been here five times. Back in 2009 was one of the closest races. I saw the photos and it was pretty much just my hair that was in front. Looking back to then, it was great. Coming back here, I just want to have another good race.”
Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)
On his expectations for the competition
“Madrid does tend to split into a small group in the front. This year there are some very, very good swimmers. There are lots of people who want the race this year to qualify for the Olympics. On the other hand, there are a lot of people missing. There’s obviously Alistair not here and Javier is not here. Last year, they were two people that worked very hard on the bike. So it could go either way. But, I’d quite like (the field) to split into a small group of ten.”
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