June 13.2016

alistairb 2016

 

Alistair Brownlee produced a dominant display to win his first World Series race of the year and prove his unparalleled racing pedigree with the Olympics less than two months away.

With younger brother Jonny in second it was the result that the huge crowds in their home city of Leeds had wanted. Reigning world champion Javier Gomez was well back in fourth.

The brothers, Olympic gold and bronze medallists four summers ago, had been part of a small lead pack that also included Gomez as they exited the 1500m swim in Roundhay Park.

Alistair then accelerated away up the hill on to the bike course, with Jonny bridging across from the chase group to form a pack of four with France's Aurelien Raphael and Australian Aaron Royle. Working together well round the tight, technical course the four had a two-minute lead coming off the bikes.

Alistair then hit the front on the run, going out hard to build a 19-second lap after two of the four laps as Jonny pulled clear of Royle and Raphael.

Roared on by crowds four-deep around the city centre course, he had extended that to half a minute as he came back on to the blue carpet for the final time, and was able to high-five his way down the finishing straight as the grandstands in Millennium Square rose to him.

"I had a good day," said Alistair. "My form is nowhere near that good and I think I was carried around by the fact it was in Leeds. At the start of the run I would have put my money on Jonny. I was fortunate to have a good day. The crowd was just phenomenal - it can lift you and it did today."

Jonny added: "It was a tough day, but a great day and no-one is going to beat Alistair on that kind of day."

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