Monday, June 20, 2011

Britain's Alistair Brownlee earns second Kitzbuhel win

(Courtesy of the BBC)

Alistair Brownlee led from start to finish to win the Kitzbuhel triathlon for the second time and move clear of Javier Gomez in the World Championship Series.

With his brother Jonathan and Gomez both absent, Brownlee, 23, was fastest in the swim and the run, and joint-fastest in the cycling.

Russia's Alexander Brukhankov was second and Swiss Sven Riederer third.

Brownlee was in dominant form following his win in Madrid two weeks ago.

He was first out of the water and tied for the lead at the end of the cycling leg after breaking away from the pack with compatriot Stuart Hayes, winner in Kitzbuhel in 2010, and Brazil's Reinaldo Colucci.

The trio were 30 seconds in front of the chasing pack at the start of the run, but Brownlee had forged ahead by the end of the first lap and stayed there to win in Kitzbuhel for the second time in his career.

Brukhankov split from the trailing bunch with five kilometres to run and hung on for silver.

Riederer left it until the final lap to make his bid for bronze, his second of the Series after coming third in Sydney.

In what is Olympic selection year, Brownlee leads the Championship with 1,690 points. Brukhankov is second on 1,663 points, with Gomez third (1,485) and Jonathan Brownlee (1480) fourth.


JohnP said...

I really hope Macca makes something of himself, but its a long shot. It would do wonders for the world of Tri.

Simon said...

Yeah I'd love to see it too but I reckon he'll be lucky just to get in the team.