Brownlee’s alpine challenge

Al Brownlee heads to Austria for WCS round 6

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The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series moves to Kitzbühel, Austria, for the penultimate event of the Series this weekend. Britain’s top athletes will relish the challenging alpine bike course, and Alistair Brownlee will look to put his 10th place in Hyde Park well and truly behind him.

Brownlee staggered across the line exhausted and was rushed to the medical tent as his younger brother, Jonathan, celebrated a breakthrough performance in second place overall. Jonathan Brownlee will not race here, but Alistair will particularly look forward to the opportunity to race the world’s best, including world number one Jan Frodeno of Germany and number two Javier Gomez of Spain.

Tim Don will start as Britain’s top ranked male triathlete in the world this year (11th place) alongside all of the serious contenders for the top spot, ensuring that the Kitzbuhel race is a dramatic prelude to the Grand Final in Budapest next month.

Alistair Brownlee will look to repeat his 2009 victory, where he won in 1:43.13 – just eight seconds ahead of Javier Gomez. He said: “The course in Kitzbuhel suits me and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know I am in good form and I expect it to be another close battle with Gomez and Frodeno. There are plenty of other fast runners in there as well, like Tim Don, to make it exciting!”

Will Clarke, who was seventh last year, Stuart Hayes and Olly Freeman also line up as the race starts on Saturday (August 14) at 12:00pm GMT.

Helen Jenkins goes into the women’s race on Sunday currently ranked number six in the world. She was fifth in Kitzbühel last year (1:55:27) and will look to pick up places ahead of the Grand Final having finished third in Hyde Park.

Vicky Holland is currently ranked tenth in the world and will look to consolidate her excellent season. Vanessa Raw, Jodie Stimpson, Kerry Lang, Hollie Avil and Non Stanford will all race, ensuring a strong presence from British athletes.

They will all face Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig, who won round three of the Series in Madrid. The reigning European champion took second in Kitzbühel last season, and will look to use her power on the bike to move up one spot this year. To do that, Spirig will have to top Aussie Emma Moffatt, who won here last year. Sweden’s Lisa Norden, who won in Hamburg, also enjoys challenging bike courses. 21-year-old Canadian Paula Findlay, who won three weeks ago in London and Emma Snowsill of Australia, will also start.

RACE SCHEDULE
Elite men start – Saturday, August 14 – 12:00pm GMT
Elite women start – Sunday August 15 – 12:00pm GMT

LIVE COVERAGE
Live video, text and timing updates will be available during both Elite races at www.triathlon.org/tv

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