HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR ‘RIO WARM-UP’ IN LEEDS

ITU World Triathlon YokohamaFive of Britain’s six Olympic triathletes are in action on the streets of Leeds this Sunday as the ITU World Triathlon Series comes to Yorkshire for the first time.

The world’s best triathletes, including Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee, will feature in the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds.

Olympic champion, Alistair Brownlee lines up with London 2012 silver medallist Javier Gomez (ESP) and his bronze medal winning bother, Jonathan, as they go head-to-head for the first time in more than a year. The Brownlee Brothers have been involved with designing the course, which promises to be fast, technical and exciting for thousands of spectators who will be able to enjoy the race free of charge.

THE RACES WILL BE LIVE ON BBC 2 FROM 12:45-18:00. Women race at 13:00, Men at 15:45.

The women’s field is extremely strong with ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen (USA) up against Leeds-based Non Stanford and Vicky Holland, who finished second and third to her at the Rio Test Event and at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final last year.

Commonwealth Champion, Jodie Stimpson, adds even more depth having won the opening round of the Series in Abu Dhabi in March.

Britain’s Lucy Hall and Jess Learmonth complete the British line up, and should ensure that the home-based athletes are up front as they navigate the city-centre laps in front of huge crowds.

 

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