Jonathan Brownlee takes his first WTS win of the season while Flora Duffy takes yet another (her fifth) at the ITU World Triathlon Stockholm.
August 26, 2017 | NEWS|
WTS Stockholm Recap
It was a return to the top of the podium for Flora Duffy today in Stockholm as the Bermudan star dominated the race on the bike and stayed well clear through the run, enjoying an 81-second win.
After coming out of the water in third place behind GBR athletes Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall, with Katie Zaferes on her heels, Duffy initially joined up with Learmonth and Zaferes on the bike, dropping Hall and another Brit, Jodie Stimpson, who appeared to be ready to ride with the lead group but had to serve a 15-second penalty for leaving the pontoon to early at the start.
Zaferes crashed out of the race on the third lap of the race, leaving Learmonth and Duffy alone in front. Behind them was a chase group of 10 that included Stimpson, Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Kirsten Kasper (USA), Joanna Brown (CAN), Alice Betto (ITA) and Leonie Periault (FRA).
Once out on the run course Duffy easily pulled away from Learmonth and cruised to the win. Learmonth hung on for second, her first WTS podium finish, while Ashleigh Gentle separated herself from the rest of the chasers to take the bronze.
Brownlee earns first WTS win of 2017
Jonathan Brownlee managed to be part of a breakaway on the bike to "redeem himself" after two fourth-place finishes in his last two WTS events.
Surprise of all surprises, Richard Varga (SLO) was first out of the water, followed by Brownlee, Aaron Royle (AUS) and Andrea Salvisberg (SUI). Those four were joined early on the bike by Dorian Coninx (FRA), Jonas Schomburg and Justin Nieschlag (GER). Varga was dropped on the first climb and would eventually drop out, leaving the remaining six to work together to hold off the chase pack.
By T2 the gap was one minute and Brownlee stamped his claim on the race thanks to a solid run. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) would take a sprint to the line over Pierre Lecorre (FRA) to round out the podium.