The social story at #WTSMadrid
Since the start of the WTS series in 2009, two brothers called Brownlee have dominated Madrid. For the first three years in was Alistair, last year and this weekend, it was Jonathan. But it was double British trouble in 2013, with Non Stanford breaking through in the women's race. Here's the wrap.
- And it proved that was on the money, as the 2012 ITU U23 World Champion cruised to her first series win in Madrid. After exiting the water just behind the top 10, Stanford worked her way through the field on the bike - as part of a chase that caught a Sarah Groff & Nicky Samuels breakaway on the final lap of the 40km bike.
Stanford then sprinted away from the field across the 10km run, to win by 26 seconds. She became the first British woman to win a series event in Madrid.
- Behind Stanford though there was still plenty to race for and most eyes were on Gwen Jorgensen and Anne Haug, and whether or not the two other women who have collected WTS wins this season were about to continue their habit of reeling those in front of them in. Haug's effort started early after she was last out of the water, but that ability to bridge up solo on the bike came to the forefront again and she was with the leaders leaving T2. While Stanford went off the front in the run early, it then became a battle between training partners Haug & Jodie Stimpson for the podium places, ending up with silver and bronze respectively. This time Jorgensen had to settle for fourth, but kept her overall lead in the series rankings with a slim 60 point margin over Haug.
- Then on to the men's race. After Jonathan's superb performance in Yokohama, where he revealed he thought his 2013 season was over before it begun due to ankle injury, all eyes were on the younger Brownlee. He didn't disappoint again, he was in the top five out of the swim, helped a breakaway of five athletes - including Javier Gomez, Aaron Royle, Alessandro Fabian and Ivan Vasiliev - put two minutes into the next best group on the bike and then flew off the front on the 10km run. He ended-up with a huge 50 second winning margin and kept the Madrid race in the family.
Since the ITU World Triathlon Series started in in 2009, only the Brownlee brothers have won the men's race, Alistair in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Jonathan in 2012 and now 2013.
- The second place was enough for Javier Gomez to take over the rankings lead from Joao Silva, who sat out Madrid with a slight injury, and has an impressive 700 point buffer at the halfway point of the season.
- Behind Gomez there was some reward for one of the sport's consistent performers, Ivan Vasiliev. The London Olympian has always been one to ride hard off the front, but hadn't yet cracked a series podium. In Madrid he stayed strong and held off a fast finishing Mario Mola to claim bronze.
Mola put down a 30:12 10km split to run himself into fourth, while Alessandro Fabian finished 5th for the second consecutive year in Madrid. Richard Murray equalled Brownlee's split to finish sixth, followed by Laurent Vidal in seventh. Royle, who was part of that bike breakaway, held on for eighth.
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