Stars head to Stockholm this weekend
This weekend's WTS race to feature nearly every triathlete still within reach of the title
As the 2013 World Triathlon Series nears its closing stages, this weekend’s race in Stockholm will see some of the sport’s very biggest names race hard over the Olympic-distance course.
The elite women’s race on 24 August will feature Germany’s Anne Haug looking to defend her slender points lead from the likes of Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Gwen Jorgensen (USA) and Non Stanford (GBR).
The men’s race takes place on 25 August, with last year’s winner Jonny Brownlee hoping to fend off challengers including Javier Gomez (ESP), Richard Murray (RSA) and Sven Riederer (SUI) – in addition to his older brother Alistair.
The Brownlee brothers currently sit in fifth and sixth, with almost 600 points needed to overtake current leader Gomez – a big ask, but not impossible given the extra points on offer in next month’s London Grand Final.
Both sets of elites will have a pontoon start before swimming 1.5km around Stockholm’s harbour. T1 will occur in front of Stockholm Palace, leading into a nine-lap bike leg totalling 40km through the city’s Old Town, followed by a four-lap run covering 10km.
UK fans can catch live televised coverage of the women’s race from 12:10pm on BBC Red Button, and the men’s race will be available from 2.50pm on BBC Two (according to the BBC’s sport listings here). Twitter users can follow the action via the official hashtag #WTSSTOCKHOLM.