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The Social Story - #WTSAuckland Elite Men

It ultimately came to another chapter in the Gomez v Brownlee book, but the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series season-opener in Auckland was a page-turner for plenty more than just those two. Here is the social report.

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  1. Javier Gomez might have lost his all-time New Zealand undefeated record in New Plymouth, but he kept his Auckland one intact on Sunday - making it a hat-trick of wins in Auckland and his 7th career WTS win. Gomez collected his third world title last year, this year he's chasing history - only Simon Lessing has ever collected four ITU championships. Auckland was a perfect start.
  2. While Jonathan Brownlee kicked off his season with a silver, and paid full credit to Gomez stating "to be honest he destroyed me today."
  3. The tough bike split the field in Auckland which opened it up for a first-time podium place. It was Australia's Aaron Royle who took it, recording yet another career best in Auckland. After capturing the Under23 World Championship title here in 2012, @ARoyle90 ousted fellow Australians Ryan Bailie and Dan Wilson for bronze - his first career medal.
  4. Stoked to get my first WTS podium in Auckland. Thanks everyone for the kind words, you rock! @… http://t.co/cRiOXd25T4
    Stoked to get my first WTS podium in Auckland. Thanks everyone for the kind words, you rock! @…  http://instagram.com/p/mcQDbuvVbX/ 
  5. But it was also career best results for @Dan_Wilson_ and @OfficialBailie, which quite excited the Aussies...
  6. Behind that Australian trio, New Zealand's Ryan Sissons stamped his Commonwealth Games ticket with sixth - but he couldn't have done it without an incredible effort on the bike from Tom Davison. @tom_davison_nz left the water in the last pack but sliced through the bike pack to catch the leaders (showing the form he did to win the 2014 New Zealand road cycling champs), pulling Sissons and Australia's Declan Wilson with him.
  7. While @mariomola didn't have the day he wanted after winning the opening two World Cups of the season, falling behind the leaders by two minutes from transition, he still managed to run through half the lead group to finish in the top-10.
  8. Catch all the highlights on our YouTube channel after the jump, or watch full race replays with your season pass on triathlonlive.tv. Full race recaps, results and a photo gallery is available on triathlon.org. While the Threadneedle rankings are available here.
  9. 2014 ITU World Triathlon Auckland - Elite Men's Highlights
  10. Next stop - #WTSCapeTown!
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