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New race, new continent, but the stars at the top of the podium stayed the same. Wins to Jodie Stimpson and Javier Gomez see them hold onto the No.1 spot in the Threadneedle rankings, and look to be the ones to beat in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series.


  1. In the women's race, a lead pack of 12 worked together to split the field on the bike, with Jodie Stimpson, Helen Jenkins, Sarah Groff and others drilling the pace. While initially it looked like Stimpson had the race covered as she rocketed to the front, she was caught at the halfway mark by Jenkins. But after a tense few kilometres and multiple lead changes, Stimpson proved too strong in the final 500m as she went on to her second consecutive WTS win.
  2. Behind them though one Gwen Jorgensen was threatening to steal the show in one of the most impressive run performances we've ever seen on the WTS circuit. Starting the run just over two minutes down on Stimpson & co, Jorgensen had commentator Barrie Shepley eating his words, as she methodically reeled in athlete after athlete and clinched her place on the podium with a jaw-dopping 32:46 run split.
  3. Catch the video highlights after the jump.
  4. 2014 Cape Town ITU World Triathlon Series - Elite Women
  5. In the men's race, a similar story unfolded. A lightning fast swim from Richard Varga split the field and 14 men came together in the first lap, and left T2 just over a minute on the rest of the field. From there yet another Brownlee and Gomez classic emerged, but just like in Auckland - Gomez decided to make a move at 6km and made it stick. It's now the third time in a row that Gomez has beaten Brownlee on the biggest stage, and his tilt at a history-making fourth ITU World Championship is looking strong.
  6. Behind that pair, Russia's Dmitry Polyanskiy regained the form that has delivered him multiple WTS and World Cup podium places, claiming bronze.
  7. 2014 Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town - Elite Men
  8. Overall it was a historic weekend in Cape Town, as the first time the ITU World Triathlon Series came to Africa and it was particularly sweet for those athletes racing at home.
  9. Words can not explain . 1st African Triathlon event in history @worldtriathlon #wtscapetown
    Words can not explain . 1st African Triathlon event in history @worldtriathlon #wtscapetown
  10. But the best news of the weekend? THIS. Get well soon @laurentvidal. Sending many positive thoughts & prayers his way.
  11. We'll be back in just a few weeks with #WTSYokohama. Until then, you can find full race replays on