Alistair Brownlee (GBR) said he was relieved afterwards to be back to his “old self”‘ as the most successful man in World Triathlon Series history finally captured his first win in 2014.
Read the recap from the ITU below:
In an event rare in World Triathlon Series history, both Brownlee brothers had failed to record podium places in their past two races, but they righted that record in Hamburg as Alistair sprinted away to the win with 500m to go, and Jonathan Brownlee collected bronze, with Vincent Luis (FRA) in silver. Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) finished fourth but retained his top ranking.
In a characteristically strong swim, Henri Schoeman (RSA) schooled the men’s field, popping out onto the ramp after the one-lap 750m swim first with a body length lead over France’s Aurelien Raphael. Gomez ran up the ramp right behind the leaders, and joined a small breakaway alongside Dmitry Polyanskiy, Aaron Royle (AUS) and three others.
Surprisingly, Jonathan and Alistair temporarily missed the lead group onto the six-lap bike course. Determined not to miss another podium, Alistair quickly shut down any opportunity the seven leaders had to get away, bridging up in the first lap and pulling the rest of his group with him.
Behind them, Mario Mola (ESP) and Richard Murray (RSA) were not so fortunate, as they were relegated to a chase that fell 25 seconds behind by lap two. While Murray, Bryan Keane and Dan Wilson (AUS) worked furiously to trim the gap, it grew ever so slightly each lap.
Tucked tightly into the lead pack also sat the dangerous Joao Pereira (POR) and Joao Silva (POR). Jonathan and Alistair attempted attack after attack, but each one was answered by the talented Gomez meaning all the men would come into the second transition together, along with local favourite Steffen Justus.
The Brownlees blew through T2 and out onto transition leaving Gomez to fight his way back up, which he did with intention. Together with Luis, the four gapped the rest of the men early in the first lap.
In the final two kilometeres, Gomez started to fall back and the race for the podium was left to three. Knowing his sprint wasn’t as powerful as either his brother or Luis, Alistair made his move with 600m to go and did enough to stay ahead, despite a last minute surge from Luis. The Frenchman claimed silver, his second World Triathlon Series medal in a sprint race, after collecting bronze in Stockholm in 2012.
2014 World Triathlon Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany – July 12, 2013
750m swim – 20km bike – 5km run
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 51:43
2. Vincent Luis FRA 51:45
3. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 51:48
4. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 52:00
5. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 52:12
6. Joao Pereira POR 52:13
7. Dorian Coninx FRA 52:14
8. Steffen Justus GER 52:21
9. Mario Mola ESP 52:23
10. Aurelien Raphael FRA 52:26
No American male placed in the top eight, leaving all spots on the U.S. Olympic team up for grabs.
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