It’s been too long guys!
The World Triathlon Series just hasn’t been the same without Olympic Champion, Alistair Brownlee, and double ITU World Champion, Helen Jenkins but they are back from injury for this weekend’s ITU Cape Town event.
Brownlee suffered a late injury blow as the Series got underway in Abu Dhabi in early March. The ankle injury also left him on the side lines as younger brother, Jonathan, achieved dominant wins in Auckland and on the Gold Coast.
Jonathan Brownlee now sits in the world number one ranking position, but has chosen to miss this round.
Alistair Brownlee said: “I am a bit later starting my season than originally planned even though it is still only April. The key races for me are in August in September, so I’ll be aiming to be in my best shape for then, but I’d like a good start on Sunday and I’m looking forward to racing in Cape Town for the first time.”
He’s likely to face tough competition from home favourite, Richard Murray, who starts as the number four ranked athlete.
The women’s race sees three Americans occupy the top four ranked positions on the start pontoon on Sunday. However, Gwen Jorgensen, who has not been beaten in her last eight Series starts, is not taking part.
Helen Jenkins starts her first race since injury ended her season early in Hamburg last July, less than two weeks before the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Jenkins said: “It’s my first race in a relatively long time so my focus is on getting everything right on the day and seeing how my performance goes. I’m looking ahead to the test event in Rio, and this is an important stepping stone to getting there in good shape ready to race all of the best athletes in the world.”
Women’s race LIVE on BBC Red Button from 2pm on Saturday 25 April, and highlights on Sunday 26 April from 1pm on BBC2.
Men’s race LIVE on BBC Red Button from 2pm on Sunday 26 April, and highlights on Monday 27 April from 11am on BBC2.