The 2013 World Cup season continues in Alicante this weekend, with big fields turning out for the second event in Spain this year. It’s the first World Cup event in the coastal city and the course will take in a two-lap 1.5km swim in the Port of Alicante, followed by a hilly and technical six-lap 43km bike course and finishes with a four-lap flat 10km run.
Just two weeks after claiming fourth in the 2013 World Triathlon Grand Final London and the overall 2013 ITU World Championship silver medal, Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson will line up in Alicante wearing the No.1. While Stimpson will be favorite to another World Cup title to the one she claimed in Guatape last year, especially on a bike course that has a tough hill, she will be tested by a deep field.
Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy finished just off the podium in the elite men’s final in London, which was enough to put him in the top-10 in the season for the second year in a row and he comes to Alicante as the top ranked man. Helping his case for another career podium is that Polyankskiy has also already had good form in Spain this year, finishing second in the Palamos World Cup. But Switzerland’s Sven Riederer and Germany’s Steffen Justus also put forward an argument to be considered favorites as they aim to finish their 2013 seasons on a high.