Leeds Triathlon: World Series


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Live coverage from Leeds of the fourth leg of the Triathlon World Series. Jonny Brownlee hopes to get his world title challenge back on track after a dramatic race in Japan.


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# Did you ever wanted? # Did you want it bad?

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# In my heart, in this cold heart # I believe if I'd just try

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# You believe in you. Good afternoon, everybody, and

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welcome to round four of the World Triathlon Series, or, as it is

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officially called, the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds.

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We are set for what is going to be an epic day of racing. The city has

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been buzzing all weekend. It's only the second time it has hosted a

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World Series race. Just like in 2016, hordes of spectators have been

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making their way onto the streets of Leeds. We are expecting around

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80,000 people for the men's and women's races. You can expect every

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single one of them to make their voices heard. And you can expect the

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local fans to bring the noise as well. Certainly off the back of an

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England under 20s World Cup win. Incredible stuff just here on BBC

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Two. We have a line-up of athletes all hoping to impress here in Leeds

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this afternoon, including, say it quietly, the Brownlee brothers. They

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will be here for the first and only time in 2017. We also have a very

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impressive women's race coming up, including the world champion Flora

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Duffy. Down at the start, about five kilometres that way, is Louise

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Mitchell. Good morning to you. This is the pontoon they will be diving

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off shortly. With me here is Mark Jenkins, former Team GB triathlete.

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This is a really nervy moment. They are just arriving behind us. What is

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it like for them? This women can be the most important part of the race

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for many athletes. They are really nervous for the swim. The water is

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about 16.5 degrees, so our girls are used to the cold, so that's a good

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thing for them. Fingers crossed for them. You are here throughout the

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afternoon. Thank you. We will be hearing from Mrs Jenkins a little

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bit later in the programme in the commentary box. Leading the line for

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Great Britain in the women's race will be Non Stanford, who had a 2016

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Olympics to remember, but possibly for the wrong reasons. She was

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beaten to bronze by her then housemate and Team GB team-mate,

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Vicky Holland. She will be keen to be back on the podium here in Leeds.

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She spoke to Louise Mitchell. It is lovely to be here in your hometown.

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Where are we going? A few little hills. We ride around here quite a

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lot. This is part of our Monday leap. Let's go. I'm coming. This is

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a full-time job, isn't it? Yeah, it really is. The life of the

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triathlete is very quiet. If it isn't, you probably are not training

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enough. Do you ever question why you are doing this? Yes. Most races,

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there is a part that isn't fun. Aaron Royle, your boyfriend or

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partner? Boyfriend. Partner sounds a bit old. Initially he was a bit

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shocked at how wet it was here. He is very disappointed that his Aussie

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tan has faded. Vicky has moved away. Do you miss her a little bit? Miss

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her loads. The first few months especially. Hopefully she misses me.

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I'm sure she does! What are your aims for Leeds? To smash it? Always.

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You want to deliver in front of your home crowd and give the British man

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is a win. Non, thank you so much. Thank you for coming. Was very glad

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to show you around. Thank you. No doubt Non is going to go for it here

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in Leeds today. Somebody who knows exactly how and why is her former

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housemate and Team GB colleague, Vicky Holland. She is going to go

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blazing for this race. Absolutely. Leeds is her adopted city. She was

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disappointed with her race here last year, and she has had a little

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injury struggle and some illness recently, but I really feel she has

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the shape, form and class to pull something off today. And without

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Gwen Jorgensen, the biggest name in triathlon out of action, pregnant

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and expecting her first baby. This could be a chance. Yes, Non has been

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doing great. She has become very known for this swim- bike breakaway,

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and it has gone so well for her today in every race she does. I

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think she will do nothing different today. In the commentary box, Helen

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Jenkins, Andy Anderson and Matt Shilton.

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COMMENTATOR: Good afternoon everybody. The athletes are lined

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up, diving and swimming in Waterloo lake in Roundhay Park. They will

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complete 1500 metres. The bike stage is just short of 40 K and we will

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complete the race with a run. The water is a little cool, so it is a

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wet suit race, but conditions are pretty good, as we say good

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afternoon to former world duathlete on champion, any Anderson. Good

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afternoon. The field is a little smaller than we see usually. Just

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over 30 athletes. Cold water, but it doesn't look like it is affecting

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the athletes at the moment. They are used to racing in all conditions.

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Flora Duffy and Non Stanford, my two picks for the day, were very close

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on the pontoon. Non had a great swim in Yokohama, and she will be happy

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to be close to flora. A good choice for her. That is the voice of Helen

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Jenkins, the 2008 world triathlon champion, joining us in the

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commentary box in Leeds this weekend. They are on their way. A

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pretty decent pace. I think that is Jess leading there on the side. Key

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in the early stages of this race, particularly for Non Stanford, who

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didn't have a good swim here last year, is to make sure she gets

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herself on some fast feet. She had a great swim in Yokohama. One of the

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best we have seen. Unfortunately, crashed there, and put her chances

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of being on the podium behind her. She did finish in a strong sixth

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place at the end of the race. Really important for her to have a good

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swim. It is really important in Leeds, and this is a small field.

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Positives and negatives to having a small field. The negatives, there

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are a lot more gaps in a swim like this. The positives, if you struggle

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with the swim, there is more space. A 1500 metre swim, two clockwise

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gaps in Roundhay Park. The athletes head to the first transition area,

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known as T1, to collect their bikes to begin uphill, stage two. A ride

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of 38.6 kilometres, slightly shorter than the official Olympic distance

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of 40 kilometres. These are just taking us up to the total of 38.6

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kilometres, and not representative of the mileage covered. The first

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part of the bike leg takes them south-west, taking in the sights and

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sounds of the suburbs of Moortown, Headingley and Burnley, and into the

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historic city centre. Then through the centre of Leeds, through Park

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Square, Millennium Square, and then up and down the hedgerow. Part three

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begins in the second transition area, or T2. Situated in Millennium

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Square, where the triathletes will leave their bikes and begin the

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10,000 metre run, over four laps of 2.5 kilometres each. Expect total

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times of around one hour 50 minutes for the men and two hours for the

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women. 1.2 kilometres left in the water, so they are still in the

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opening lap. Jessica Learmonth leading the way for Great Britain.

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Following the injury suffered by Georgia Taylor-Brown, who we believe

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turned an ankle in training, the British women's contingent is down

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to three. Non Stanford, India Lee, and Jess Lee a month. Others to look

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out for our Kirsten Kasper. Flora Duffy, the reigning world champion,

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has number nine. 33 athletes in total making the turn here. You

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mentioned Georgia Taylor-Brown there. She was really ready to race.

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She was incredibly excited yesterday, and apparently she went

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over on her ankle on a little jog out last night, and it was the ankle

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she had surgery. Coming into this race on the back of a great win in

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Spain, so we were all very disappointed not to see her today.

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It's really disappointing that Georgia is not getting race today. A

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real talent for the future. She lives in Leeds and she loves it, but

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I have every faith that she will come back stronger than ever. This

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swim is interesting because a few big names are missing today. Of

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course, yourself, Helen, but also Vicky Holland, Gwen Jorgensen,

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pregnant as well, and Andrea Hewitt has decided not to come. Was that a

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tactical decision on her part? Probably. She will miss Edmonton and

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Leeds this year, and those are known as the colder races in the cold

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water, and Andrea struggles in them. You have to make tactical decisions

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when there's nine races in the year. 33 acres, a former quarry here. It

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was constructed by soldiers who had returned from the Napoleonic Wars,

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hence the name Waterloo Lake. There is a dam at the south end that used

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to be alive though. It is 18 metres deep in places, this late in the

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centre of Roundhay Park, which is 700 acres, one of the biggest public

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parks in Europe. The swim looks really strung out. Everyone is in a

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long line. What is interesting is this is a small field, but we are

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also missing some of the big swimmers, such as Carolyn rude today

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from Spain, who is often at the front of the swim. We are looking at

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a couple of strong swimmers, Flora Duffy and Jessica as well, and

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Kirsten Kasper from the USA. Are there any other swimmers we should

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be looking out for? One of the Japanese swimmers, Taca Sharkey,

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Takahashi -- Takahashi from Spain. Jess Lee a month pushing the pace

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here. This is a very local race for her. She comes from tad Caster,

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around 30 minutes from Leeds. She had a crash in Yokohama, Jess Lee a

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month. But she got back on hope bike and carried on. 890 metres to go.

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Being shadowed all the way here by the boats and the kayaks. There has

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been a bit of talk in recent weeks about swim behaviour. Not too much

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of an issue with a small field, but we talked about it with British

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triathlon last night. It has been an issue with people getting ducked and

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having their goggles removed, shenanigans at the turn. Well but

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happened today? Probably not with a smaller field. With a lot of that

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kind of thing, it's not intentional. There's a lot of roughness and

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physicality in the swim, and you just have to deal with it. But

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sometimes there is intent, and it is quite noticeable, so it's good they

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are going to start policing it more strongly. The idea is that they are

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going to have more eyes at these stages in the swim, when they turn

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around the boys. In the men's race, when the pace is fast and you might

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have 30 or 40 guys arriving at the turn at the same time, you do need

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eyes on the scene, making sure that nobody is playing dirty. So, the end

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of lap one, halfway through the swim. We should get a check on the

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runners and riders at this stage. Jess Learmonth from Great Britain is

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the first to emerge. Non Stanford, 18 seconds off the

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pace. We talked last night, we were sure Non needed a good swim to set

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up for a chance today. 18 seconds halfway, is that good, bad,

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indifferent? I noticed as they were coming out of the swim, there was

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one loner swimmer and it was Non. There's a big gap between her and

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the second pack but she is finding it hard to get back on now. It's

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going to be tough for Non, but she has clear water to her advantage and

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she's a strong swimmer. She has great endurance and has got to get

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her head down and focus on her feet and if she is in contact towards the

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end of the swim, she has good chance of staying in that front pack. 18

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seconds off the pace, Non Stanford. Jess Learmouth forcing the pace. As

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she takes out on the early stages of lap two, we can go to the pontoon.

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Absolutely. Fascinating to see them come out of here. I know they are

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trying to police the swimmer that more. They are trying to look at

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things. Yes, 60 athletes on the start line, a similar standard,

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every athlete wants to get to that first boy first and it's only 250

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metres away. 60 athletes coming together, it gets very physical and

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you don't want to impede someone's progress so they want to make sure

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there's no unfair play in that area. How would they police it? A video

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camera, look at the footage after it happened and make sure nobody has

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impeded anybody else's progress, punched another athlete. It is for

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everyone's safety and you want a fair race. It's difficult to do that

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because half of it is underwater. It's very difficult and sometimes

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athletes get held under and that's what you want to prevent. If they

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see something go wrong, they can penalised later, can they? Yes, if

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they see something happen, they could penalised the athlete in T1 or

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T2. It's good about going to police the swim. Thank you very much for

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the moment. We have got an arrowhead formed at the front, the front group

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and then there is a loner swimmer, maybe two together, it's difficult

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to tell from this angle. We think Non Stanford could be in that second

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small-group. That could be Non off the back and we are not going to

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know until they get out on the front and we can see exactly, but I'm

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hoping she has made the front. Eight minutes and 50 seconds, 750 metres,

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that's a pretty fast pace and it looks like Jess is pushing on the

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pace. That is not going to help Non, is it? Probably not but she doesn't

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have the information. She will just be swimming is faster she can. When

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she gets out of the water, she can assess and sea watches to do them.

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The last 440 metres in the swim. Just to remind you, stage two is the

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bike. Normally the Olympic distance is 40 kilometres but we are short of

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that in Leeds, 38.6, and we have a transition area, one in the Park,

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the athlete will collect their bikes, and one down in Millennium

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Square, where they will leave their bicycles before commencing the run.

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It is a split transition here in Leeds. The other feature of this

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course in Leeds that we are about to see is the stiff climb coming out of

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transition. Assumes they get on their bikes, they have to go

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straight uphill and that's unusual. It be very tough for the athletes.

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If you are pushing as hard as you can to come out of transition and go

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up a hill really tough. If you have been able to conserve energy, you

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could hit it with pressure but everybody will be hurting on that

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bike for the first two: it is. The athletes, I wonder if they've had a

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chance to have a session where they've taken on the climb after a

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swim because that could help prepare you ahead of this race? Mentally it

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would definitely help prepare you because you know what to expect, how

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hard it's going to be. If you prepare for it, it helps in the race

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but any kind of session where you have done swim to bike work to

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prepare for this event is going to help. A lot of athletes do the bike

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to run session but don't often train the swim to bike and, in this case

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in Leeds, it's quite important you have got your best game going out

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onto the bike. Yes, they are logistically harder but the girls

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were prepared for this the best they can and I sure they have been

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practising. Champion Flora Duffy from Bermuda, there will be a race

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in Bermuda in 2018, she is up with the leaders, Jess Learmouth. I'm not

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sure if Duffy has taken a position at the front of this race but the

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key thing is we have a decent working group of maybe a dozen

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athletes on the bike and it will be interesting to see if Duffy, one of

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the best bike is out there, tries to break away on that hill. Is that a

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tactic she could employ? I can expect her to go forward on the bike

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and it's going to be hard for these girls to hang with her on that first

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pillar. Flora's strength in the climbing and bike skills, we haven't

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seen anyone as strong as there for a long time so these girls have got to

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be repaired if they want to make the front group, they have got to stay

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with her on that part of the course. In the last 12 months, she has

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really mastered the art of swim to bike. The same as the Brownlee

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brothers, they work so hard into the first few calamitous and that is

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where the real damage is done in the race, isn't it? Yes, she's not

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scared of it and has ridden races and one races on her own so she's

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not scared of going for it whereas there is uncertainty if you've never

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done it before but Flora knows she can do it from a lot of different

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positions. Just looking at the swim now, it is totally strung out, not

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something we see very often in World Triathlon Series races. We often see

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a big group, a gap and a big group but here we have 11 athletes, a gap

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to Non, and then dribs and drabs, which will make it very hard for the

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second pack to come together. We don't see this in the women's race

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but more often in the men's, with the superfast swimmers. It's

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exciting to see the women are pushing the swim as well. It will be

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a tough day today starting off with such a fast swim. 120 metres to go.

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They are approaching the end of lap to now. The way the bike works,

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because they will be cycling down towards the city, beginning with

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that stiff climb out of the park, at 12.3 kilometre ride to the city

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centre, just over 12 K to get them from here in the north of the city

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from Roundhay Park into the city centre and following that, 3.76 laps

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in the centre of Leeds. It'll be quite intimate and loud when they

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make the sevens circuit in the city, but they have this long, looping

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right which sends them on the climb out of the park and then down to

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Headingley, Headingley Stadium, into the city to go first, so this trial

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form brings a lot of variety -- triathlon on and that's why the

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athletes like it so much. It looks like we've got a couple of breakaway

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swimmers. That is Jess Learmouth breaking away in the final moments

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of the swim, and nine swimmers on their feet as they head for the exit

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now. Just over 17.5 minutes so far. Jess Learmouth has held it together

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and will be one of the first out of the water for Great Britain. All the

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races involved will see their names and their times come up.

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Creston has made a bit of time. Hit team-mate has helped along with Juri

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Ide from Japan. We hope that Non Stanford might be one of the next

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out of the water. In fact, that wasn't Non. She is a little further

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back now. So, unfortunately for Non Stanford, she appears to have

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dropped backwards during the second lap and hopefully she will be with

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this group here. Gillian Backhouse. Still no sign of Non Stanford, the

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former world champion. Jess Learmouth in transition, has to get

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things right. Her wet suit has to go in the box. Helmet clipped up. Flora

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Duffy goes through the motions. This is all a well rehearsed routine.

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Duffy, the world champion. Non Stanford, just out of the water

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nearly a minute down. It's a shame for Maya Kingma and Non, they've

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lost time. She has to get herself back towards the front end of this

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race. Now they climb. Jess Learmouth is taking it on for Great Britain.

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Jess is a strong cyclist and if she can go for this, she could take the

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Flora Duffy route and go it alone. I think we'll find Barack Obama won't

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be to the Dutch athletes as well, we can

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see her coming out of the water, Non Stanford. Her time is pretty quick.

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They have had a really fast swim. It's not often we see Flora five

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seconds down. Jess Learmouth out on her own. She is taking this on and

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the crowds around in this part of the park are seeing the British

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cyclist coming through and they are delighted. Let's go to hear from

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Louise. It is so intense right here. We saw Non coming out. It is tough

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up there. It is a tough hill. Some of them are falling off their bikes

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because they are in the wrong gear so Non has got to chase hard to make

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the front part of the park. Gillian Backhouse is behind her. People are

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not being able to get their shoes on. What is going on here

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physically? Some of them are in a compromise position, not in the

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front part. They have got to work as hard as they can know to get

:26:52.:26:55.

themselves in the best position they can. It is so intense. You get that

:26:56.:26:59.

feeling they got to get this thing right and there's so much pressure.

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This is the make and break part of the race now. They could spend the

:27:05.:27:08.

whole race chasing Fulford if that front pack forms early, it could be

:27:09.:27:15.

race over. OK, thank you. What a start to the cycle for Jess

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Learmouth, powering up that hill. We were expecting Duffy to lead the

:27:22.:27:27.

charge but Jess Learmouth has established quite elite. There's

:27:28.:27:33.

another group of five who are nine or ten seconds behind. In fact, I

:27:34.:27:37.

think there are six athletes in that second group. I saw Jess get a good

:27:38.:27:43.

time check from one of our British coaches so it'll be interesting

:27:44.:27:46.

because the outcome for the race was we wanted a British woman on top of

:27:47.:27:51.

the podium and we know Non is the best chance of that so it'll be

:27:52.:27:54.

interesting to see now whether Jess Learmouth will try to get Non into

:27:55.:27:59.

the race or she will sit in the front group and not take any terms

:28:00.:28:04.

and contribute. Looking at the front pack, it's an interesting one. Quite

:28:05.:28:07.

a few new athletes in there, certainly be having seen a lot of

:28:08.:28:14.

Maya Kingma who was out of the water, Junior athlete and

:28:15.:28:18.

inexperienced at this level. Flora Duffy is a strong cyclist, on the

:28:19.:28:26.

tall may be, so has she got anyone to work with her today? It will be

:28:27.:28:31.

tough for Flora. No one is coming through with her. This is normal

:28:32.:28:37.

practice with Flora, she is used to riding as hard as she can,

:28:38.:28:41.

monitoring her wattage, her power, and she knows what she can run off

:28:42.:28:45.

certain power and we have seen Jess go backwards so I'm pretty sure

:28:46.:28:49.

she's going to be maybe holding on and trying to get Non to the front

:28:50.:28:54.

of the race. That will be good to see. She need a bit of help. Along

:28:55.:29:01.

with Ashleigh Gentle from Australia, they are the strongest in the pack.

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She came out of the water ahead of Ashleigh Gentle and she wants to

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stay there and stay away from Ashleigh Gentle because she was

:29:10.:29:16.

faster in Yokohama. I think that's true, she's been running really well

:29:17.:29:19.

and has been in great shape to Commonwealth Games, to get into the

:29:20.:29:28.

Commonwealth Games. Non also had a crash in that race. Yes, that's

:29:29.:29:35.

absolutely true. She managed to pick yourself back up. And then she ran

:29:36.:29:39.

through to finish in sixth position. A strong race, even though she fell

:29:40.:29:43.

off. Flora Duffy at the front, no surprise. Kirsten Kasper, a

:29:44.:29:49.

newcomer, she wears number one today, she's only been around for

:29:50.:29:53.

the last year so, great start of the season, finishing third in Yokohama

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and she got seventh as well. It's given her that number one spot

:30:00.:30:00.

today, so what she can do today? Kirsten is an improving athlete, and

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this season, she's had her best start to the season. Abu Dhabi

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wasn't as good, but she had some mechanical problems. I would say she

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would be more of a strong runner. Her bike strength might not be quite

:30:23.:30:26.

there yet, but it will be interesting to see what she can do.

:30:27.:30:34.

Working as a pack, this group will aim to close down Learmonth quite

:30:35.:30:40.

quickly. I think she has gone behind them now. I beg your pardon, she

:30:41.:30:46.

has. We haven't got Kirsten Kasper in that group. I think that Taylor

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Spivey and Betto. Those girls are strong athletes but not entirely

:30:53.:31:02.

well known on the world level,. It might be as much as they can do just

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to stay where they are. Going to be a frustrating day for Flora Duffy if

:31:09.:31:14.

she is on the front the entire way. Those seven loops of 3.76

:31:15.:31:20.

kilometres. By times it gets to the end of it, it will be tough for

:31:21.:31:26.

those at the front. Once they get into the town it is very technical.

:31:27.:31:32.

Seven laps of 3.76 kilometres with a lot of corners. You have to be very

:31:33.:31:37.

technical, and Flora is one of the best. It's going to be hard for

:31:38.:31:43.

these girls to stay with them. So a group of four, including the world

:31:44.:31:48.

champion. They have widened the gap significantly over the chasing

:31:49.:31:51.

group. We haven't seen anybody from the chasing group yet. This working

:31:52.:31:56.

group of four will head down through the various suburbs that take them

:31:57.:32:00.

to where the crowds are gathering in the city centre. People will be

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seven or eight deep on certain stretches, around Millennium Square.

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They will come through the transition area half a dozen times.

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The grandstands are packed down here now. The atmosphere is terrific. The

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sun has become the dominant weather factor, though we are expecting a

:32:20.:32:25.

shower or two. Hopefully, the roads will stay dry, because when they are

:32:26.:32:30.

on the tricky turns of the city centre, the last thing they will

:32:31.:32:34.

want is a wet road surface. After the weather in Yokohama and all the

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crashes, they will be very glad it is dry today. Fingers crossed. We

:32:40.:32:43.

had a lot of British athletes go down. Conditions in Yokohama were

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absolutely dreadful. The crowds here are great for the athletes. I was

:32:50.:32:54.

here spectating last year, and the atmosphere was incredible when they

:32:55.:32:58.

came through transition, especially for the home athletes. It really

:32:59.:33:02.

does make a difference. It does lift queue. Back with the front four.

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Flora Duffy on the front, looks like Alice Betto from Italy at the back

:33:10.:33:14.

of the pack. We haven't seen an awful lot from Alice Betto over the

:33:15.:33:19.

last few years. She had a not too bad season in 2015, but she has been

:33:20.:33:28.

very quiet the last couple of years. She had a nasty Achilles injury, so

:33:29.:33:34.

she had to miss Rio. She is on her way back up, and trying to make

:33:35.:33:38.

inroads into her running. She has always been a strong swimmer and

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relatively strong on the bikes, so probably more to come over the next

:33:44.:33:49.

two years or so. A good day for the other two athletes there, that is

:33:50.:33:55.

Maya Kingma from the Netherlands and Taylor Spivey from the US. They

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would not normally find themselves broken away from a World Triathlon

:34:00.:34:03.

Series race this early on the bike. It must be very exciting for these

:34:04.:34:08.

girls. It's not often you get to be in a small group at the head of a

:34:09.:34:12.

race. They will be buzzing and wanting to push on, and commit as

:34:13.:34:16.

much as they can. They will really be pushing it. The weather

:34:17.:34:21.

conditions are allowing the helicopter to fly to bring us these

:34:22.:34:26.

overhead shots. We didn't have any of that in Yokohama because the

:34:27.:34:29.

weather was so awful, the helicopter didn't get off the ground. 33

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kilometres left to right. They are still on the suburban stretch of

:34:36.:34:40.

this bike leg, which takes them 12 kilometres down to the city centre,

:34:41.:34:54.

and then seven laps of 3.76. We will hear shortly from Vicky Holland, who

:34:55.:35:00.

is down in the city centre at transition area. The Olympic runs

:35:01.:35:06.

medallist from Rio 2016. We will get her perspective on the way this race

:35:07.:35:11.

is unfolding, as the leading group of four have opened up an enormous

:35:12.:35:16.

lead. There is no one else on that shot. They have opened up a massive

:35:17.:35:21.

lead. It's interesting, because there were quite a few people near

:35:22.:35:27.

them on the swim. These four are working together. It will be really

:35:28.:35:31.

interesting to see who is forming into different groups behind when we

:35:32.:35:35.

get into the city centre. Hopefully when they do come into town, we will

:35:36.:35:42.

then get some time references and find out where that second pack is

:35:43.:35:47.

and what is going on behind this front four. Let's go down to the

:35:48.:35:54.

city centre to join or a Duboeuf. A really interesting race. Flora Duffy

:35:55.:36:03.

leading just like she did in 2016. A year ago, despite that commanding

:36:04.:36:07.

lead, she had to settle for silver. Can she put that right today? Flora,

:36:08.:36:15.

you had a fantastic 2016, becoming world champion. Does this you feel

:36:16.:36:22.

different? It does. Expectation attached to you, always getting

:36:23.:36:25.

introduced as the world champion. But I've had to get used to that and

:36:26.:36:30.

get used to be extra pressure. I'm really enjoying it. It's a special

:36:31.:36:37.

moment. A year ago in Leeds, you had that the brake on the bike with Jess

:36:38.:36:41.

and Lucy. How do you think the race might transpire this time? I have no

:36:42.:36:47.

idea. Last year was a big surprise, because of the team tactics. The

:36:48.:36:56.

British team thought the race would play out, but they didn't realise it

:36:57.:37:01.

would do in such a way. At the end of the race everyone was like, that

:37:02.:37:06.

was a bit awkward. But this year, a couple of the top British girls are

:37:07.:37:11.

not racing. Helen is pregnant and Vicki and Jodie are injured. But for

:37:12.:37:18.

me, my plan is the same. I am going to swim and by card. If I have

:37:19.:37:21.

people on the break, that's good, but if not, I have the confidence to

:37:22.:37:28.

just go for it. Why not? COMMENTATOR:, so the leading group,

:37:29.:37:39.

Flora Duffy, Maya Kingma, Alice Betto. We thought that Jess

:37:40.:37:43.

Learmonth might be in this pack. The first to come out of the swim and

:37:44.:37:46.

then she vanished. What happened there? We saw one of our coaches.

:37:47.:37:52.

She would have seen the time check back down to Non Stanford, and she

:37:53.:37:57.

probably decided to wait for Non and get her back into the race. This is

:37:58.:38:03.

a home race, so the aim is to get a British woman to the top of the

:38:04.:38:07.

podium. The girls decided between them that Non was the best transfer

:38:08.:38:13.

that, so they will be working to get Non back into the race. Non

:38:14.:38:17.

Stanford, the best run of the three. We were hoping for four, but with

:38:18.:38:22.

Taylor-Brown's withdrawal, we were left with three British athletes.

:38:23.:38:30.

Non Stanford now has company in the shape of Jess Learmonth, who will be

:38:31.:38:34.

working together to plug this gap. It is a big ask, because these four

:38:35.:38:38.

have steamed away from the chasing group. They also have India Lee back

:38:39.:38:44.

there, who is a really strong cyclist. I'm not sure where she

:38:45.:38:48.

finished coming out of the swim, but they have that positive of having

:38:49.:38:52.

her with them as well. I think she was around 20 seconds behind Non

:38:53.:38:58.

Stanford coming out of the water. It will be interesting to see what

:38:59.:39:02.

happens when these four, the leaders, get into town, because it

:39:03.:39:07.

gets a lot more technical there. I wonder if Flora will be better off

:39:08.:39:12.

on her own. How much these younger and less experienced athletes will

:39:13.:39:15.

be able to help when they get into town I don't know. The technical

:39:16.:39:21.

aspect of our sport is getting more important. There are more city

:39:22.:39:25.

centre races and small circuits, so it has to be part of the training

:39:26.:39:30.

now. You cannot just get away with being strong. Headingley Stadium,

:39:31.:39:34.

home of Yorkshire County Council Cricket club, Leeds Rhinos. A

:39:35.:39:42.

magnificent stadium, seen plenty of action over the years. And we'll see

:39:43.:39:50.

more this summer. The noise level is beginning to rise. Every Columbus

:39:51.:39:58.

that they put into this race, more and more spectators appear, as they

:39:59.:40:04.

get closer to the city centre. There is more noise building there. When

:40:05.:40:09.

they ride into the centre of Leeds for the first time, we expect the

:40:10.:40:13.

noise to be deafening. The crowds are being encouraged by the various

:40:14.:40:17.

announcers on the site. When they get past a Civic Hall, the

:40:18.:40:22.

grandstands are completely packed. Most are here to enjoy seeing the

:40:23.:40:27.

Brownlee brothers in their one and only appearance together on the

:40:28.:40:30.

World Triathlon Series, that they will be encouraging each of the

:40:31.:40:36.

triathletes today in the World Triathlon Series, which is round

:40:37.:40:41.

four of the series. Abu Dhabi in March, then the Gold Coast on

:40:42.:40:45.

Australia in early April, and then may in the rain-soaked event in

:40:46.:40:51.

Yokohama in Japan. Today marks the start of the European swing of the

:40:52.:40:57.

World Triathlon Series. We talked about the fact there is quite a

:40:58.:41:01.

small field in this race, particularly in the women's field.

:41:02.:41:05.

It could be because the athletes have raced quite hard. Some might

:41:06.:41:09.

have chosen just to have a bit of a break before the other European

:41:10.:41:15.

races begin. There is not a natural break in the season, so before the

:41:16.:41:19.

European races start, it is a chance for people to take that time and get

:41:20.:41:24.

some extra training in. We have a few people doing a few different

:41:25.:41:28.

races round the world. It's just a chance for a little pause in the

:41:29.:41:32.

season, which can be so refreshing to try and push on for the rest of

:41:33.:41:39.

the season. I wonder if some of the athletes were worried about the

:41:40.:41:42.

weather here in Leeds. But it's nice today. Around 22 degrees, and the

:41:43.:41:47.

sun is shining, so perfect conditions for racing. I think some

:41:48.:41:52.

were worried about the cold swim. The cold swim will affect some

:41:53.:41:57.

people, like Andrea Hewitt may have been worried about that. But the

:41:58.:42:03.

temperature is fine. Andrea Hewitt, the New Zealander, who had a

:42:04.:42:07.

fantastic start to the season, winning the first two races in Abu

:42:08.:42:11.

Dhabi and on the Gold Coast. But she is very affected by the cold, so no

:42:12.:42:15.

doubt she decided to sit this one out for that very reason. It's

:42:16.:42:21.

interesting that Flora is not taking all the terms here. She is letting

:42:22.:42:26.

the others take their turn and conserving that bit of energy, and

:42:27.:42:30.

making sure she is not going to get to the run having led the whole 38

:42:31.:42:35.

kilometres on the bike. It's a different style of biking. The first

:42:36.:42:41.

section is quite fast, almost like a time trial course. Fast, straight,

:42:42.:42:48.

wide roads. Then you hit the town, and the race completely changes. It

:42:49.:42:53.

does, so you need that Max Power out of the corners there, you need to be

:42:54.:42:57.

technically sound and sprinting out of the corners to put pressure in

:42:58.:43:03.

the others in your group. You have to train for both parts of the

:43:04.:43:07.

course. You need to train for the strong bit, the first 12 kilometres,

:43:08.:43:15.

and then the Max Power bit, the sort of criterium circuit. Seven laps of

:43:16.:43:20.

the city centre, three and three quarters kilometres for each lap.

:43:21.:43:28.

You can see the crowd beginning to grow. The numbers beginning to swell

:43:29.:43:32.

as they anticipate the arrival in the city centre. Looking down at

:43:33.:43:37.

Leeds town Hall, top right, and then they will go past the Leeds Civic

:43:38.:43:42.

Hall, just behind the main grandstand in Millennium Square.

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Flora Duffy of Bermuda, Alice Betto of Italy, Taylor Spire V of the

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United States of America, Maya Kingma of the Netherlands. -- Taylor

:43:59.:44:03.

Spivey. Now they hit the town centre for the first time. Here they will

:44:04.:44:09.

stay until the end of the race. They have seven laps to conclude on their

:44:10.:44:16.

bikes, and then the loops of the run to bring the full Olympic distance.

:44:17.:44:22.

It is the world champion, Flora Duffy of Bermuda, who leads the pack

:44:23.:44:26.

through to a rapturous welcome. They have come through the park to the

:44:27.:44:32.

city, and now the battle continues in downtown Leeds. Duffy, Spivey,

:44:33.:44:38.

Betto and Kingma. It will be interesting to see if these girls

:44:39.:44:42.

can stay with Flora through the technical section. The roads are

:44:43.:44:47.

dry, so that will help. I wonder if, before the start of this race, Flora

:44:48.:44:52.

Duffy played out a lot of different scenarios in her head of what could

:44:53.:44:56.

happen. She knows she is up there on the swim. She had an incredible

:44:57.:45:02.

bike. We can see her attacking. She said she wasn't sure what the

:45:03.:45:06.

British athletes would be out too. I do think she expected to find

:45:07.:45:10.

herself with three other relatively unknown athletes.

:45:11.:45:14.

It's properly not one of the scenario she went through. We are

:45:15.:45:20.

going to see the time check. That is Jessica at the front of a time group

:45:21.:45:25.

trying to minimise the gap. That is Non on her wheels, so that's great

:45:26.:45:30.

news. Pretty similar to what it was out of the swim. 65 seconds between

:45:31.:45:37.

the leaders and the chasers and the chasers include the former world

:45:38.:45:42.

champion Non Stanford and Jess Learmonth who was first out of the

:45:43.:45:45.

water and decided to help her team-mate and they will now go to

:45:46.:45:48.

work to try to reduce the lead that the Duffy group have. The athlete

:45:49.:45:55.

that's missing in that second chase pack for me is the Australian

:45:56.:45:58.

athlete Ashleigh Gentle to look to be just behind Non Stanford. She is

:45:59.:46:04.

the biggest threat on the run to Non but no sighting of Ashleigh Gentle

:46:05.:46:10.

who we saw coming out of the swim but is 30 seconds down on Non

:46:11.:46:13.

Stanford and we have yet to see her come through. That's pretty good.

:46:14.:46:19.

1.12 down. Definitely room to pull it down. I can't imagine they would

:46:20.:46:25.

get help from anybody else but they will try to close the gap. We saw

:46:26.:46:30.

Jess Learmonth one out of the water and spoke to her earlier in the

:46:31.:46:32.

week. What's it like for you racing in

:46:33.:46:41.

Leeds? Unbelievable. Last year was amazing. Best atmosphere you've ever

:46:42.:46:46.

variance? Of course, Leeds, definitely. I thought, if I don't

:46:47.:46:52.

ever race again, that's the biggest thing I'll ever do. So to be here

:46:53.:46:56.

again this year, I'm pretty sure the crowds are going to be bigger,

:46:57.:47:02.

hopefully and, yeah, it was just phenomenal. You change of Non

:47:03.:47:05.

Stanford. Has there been a discussion with her about helping

:47:06.:47:10.

her out on the bike? I train with Non. We're always to help each other

:47:11.:47:16.

out any race that we do. All of the World Series at the same so we try

:47:17.:47:19.

to communicate and make sure we do the best for one another so, yeah,

:47:20.:47:24.

all the British athletes are in it together. If I am with her I will

:47:25.:47:32.

definitely work with her. The key word there were "If I am with her"

:47:33.:47:37.

but you wasn't anywhere near. She did the generous thing and waited to

:47:38.:47:42.

help her along. We've had a lot of discussions within the richest team

:47:43.:47:47.

about these races and not everyone is going to be a race where we work

:47:48.:47:53.

together for the same goal because you don't want to stifle anybody's

:47:54.:47:57.

individual progression. But these big races, the home races, the

:47:58.:48:01.

championship races, it's worth communicating in working together as

:48:02.:48:04.

much as possible to get as many Brits on the podium. Great teamwork

:48:05.:48:13.

really from Jess to sit back and make sure Non was all right. She

:48:14.:48:16.

knows she is the strongest British runner in the so really important

:48:17.:48:22.

the whole team tried to get a British athlete on top of the

:48:23.:48:27.

podium. Jess has gone back to Non and she now finds herself one-minute

:48:28.:48:30.

down which, it's not looking too bad for her at the moment. It is not but

:48:31.:48:35.

they have to work hard to keep that gap the same or close it down a

:48:36.:48:38.

little bit but there are two there who know the city, they know each

:48:39.:48:44.

other, and it helps when you train with someone. They have a good shot

:48:45.:48:49.

at it, even if they minimise the gap it could help. You can see the

:48:50.:48:52.

numbers of terms they need to negotiate a. They will be doubly

:48:53.:48:57.

grateful it is dry because they have to do zigzag their way through the

:48:58.:49:03.

inner workings of Leeds city centre. Versus the chase group, which

:49:04.:49:10.

contains Non Stanford and Jess Learmonth including number one at

:49:11.:49:16.

the start, Kirsten Kasper, but they are more than one minute behind the

:49:17.:49:21.

leading quartet. It's as much fitness as it is technical skill now

:49:22.:49:25.

that will help them because actually there's not too many places on this

:49:26.:49:29.

course where they can get great speed, but it's how much time you

:49:30.:49:32.

can make up in a technical parts of the course. I think it's really

:49:33.:49:37.

conserving energy as well, because the better you are technically, you

:49:38.:49:40.

will conserve a bit more and you have someone at the back, Kirsten

:49:41.:49:45.

Kasper, technically not quite as good, but you time to work so much

:49:46.:49:48.

harder around every corner which will take a toll when it gets to the

:49:49.:49:54.

run. I'm quite surprised, we must be a lap into this city centre,

:49:55.:50:01.

criteria, seven loops we have of three kilometres and Flora has not

:50:02.:50:05.

dropped any of those three athletes. I'm slightly surprised by that,

:50:06.:50:10.

Helen? We don't know how she's feeling on the day. She may not be

:50:11.:50:14.

feeling brilliant. She could be thinking, my running is going well,

:50:15.:50:19.

why don't I tried to have the best run possible? She did well in

:50:20.:50:22.

Yokohama and had an injury over the winter, so I imagine she had a lot

:50:23.:50:28.

of confidence in her running. At the end of lap one, within the city

:50:29.:50:32.

itself, no change. We have the leading four. Taylor Spivey, Flora

:50:33.:50:42.

Duffy, Maya Kingma and Alice Betto and there are the Bermudan

:50:43.:50:46.

contingent who have made the journey to chair on the champion, half a

:50:47.:50:51.

dozen who've come from Bermuda to watch Flora Duffy race today. I

:50:52.:50:56.

think you are right about Flora's fun, going back to Stockholm last

:50:57.:51:01.

year, where she had a breakthrough race where she virtually raised from

:51:02.:51:06.

the front, took the lead, and led all the way. I remember you saying,

:51:07.:51:13.

she was 20 seconds up on you, Helen, and that was a breakthrough run, in

:51:14.:51:20.

Stockholm, last year, wasn't it? I think so, yes. It was a really

:51:21.:51:24.

impressive race by Flora to ride on her own and run it as a time trial.

:51:25.:51:30.

The only thing we have not seen her do is run a race. She comes off her

:51:31.:51:37.

bike, but no one has been able to get close enough to her off the bike

:51:38.:51:42.

to do that. Last time the chase group came through the transition

:51:43.:51:49.

area, they wear 1.05 behind the leading group. They are now 1.15

:51:50.:51:56.

behind but we expect those times to narrow as the city centre laps that

:51:57.:52:03.

closer. There was a near collision there as they made that right-hand

:52:04.:52:08.

turn. They've lost five or ten seconds which is a surprise.

:52:09.:52:13.

Sometimes a smaller pack works better at narrow twisty roads like

:52:14.:52:23.

these. Yes, they've also got Taylor there who was world champion last

:52:24.:52:26.

year and has has had a solid start to the season. Really impressive for

:52:27.:52:31.

her to be there. Her second World Series. They have 21.1 kilometres

:52:32.:52:38.

still to write. They climb once again towards the Millennium Square

:52:39.:52:47.

where the majority of the crowds convened to watch these races unfold

:52:48.:52:51.

this afternoon. Often the World Triathlon Series women's race is

:52:52.:52:58.

held on a but plenty of money for your buck with two races on the same

:52:59.:53:03.

day. We have heard that Gillian Sanders has pulled out. From South

:53:04.:53:08.

Africa. She's been forced to retire. We don't know why but we'll let you

:53:09.:53:12.

know as soon as we find out. The third pack coming through, led by

:53:13.:53:20.

India Lee. Trained in Basingstoke and looked after by Richard Stannard

:53:21.:53:28.

in the water. Although she's putting in a lot of work at the front of

:53:29.:53:31.

this third pack, they are two minutes and 30 seconds behind, and

:53:32.:53:37.

also that pack contains Ashleigh Gentle so the threat to Non Stanford

:53:38.:53:43.

gets less and less from the third pack. To put the task that faces

:53:44.:53:53.

Jess Learmonth and Non Stanford into context, only when Jorgensen has

:53:54.:53:55.

traded such a deficit to will travel on series race. At the moment it is

:53:56.:54:04.

and 15 seconds. Jorgensen has done it half a dozen times. It'll be very

:54:05.:54:12.

tough for Jess Learmonth and Non Stanford to replicate that. It will

:54:13.:54:15.

be tough but they have huge motivation to do it in front of

:54:16.:54:20.

their home crowd. They've got to minimise the gap as much as

:54:21.:54:23.

possible. You don't want it to get much bigger than 1.15. One of the

:54:24.:54:28.

front four has put down the hammer and this may be an effort to try and

:54:29.:54:34.

reduce that group of four down to three although nobody is a

:54:35.:54:36.

significant loss as we watch from the helicopter. They are maintaining

:54:37.:54:43.

contact and I think the group will reformat a quartet shortly. Yes,

:54:44.:54:49.

it's a little bit harder in some ways being technically strong, but

:54:50.:54:53.

with the stop start points on the course, it helps the athletes to get

:54:54.:55:00.

back on. We can see Jess Learmonth going back in the race, looking

:55:01.:55:03.

behind, waiting for her team-mate, Non Stanford. She's playing the

:55:04.:55:14.

tactical card. Brendan per cell, the performance director of British

:55:15.:55:16.

triathlon, he spoke about it yesterday, saying our main objective

:55:17.:55:20.

is to get a British triathlete on the podium. That is why Jess

:55:21.:55:28.

Learmonth has taken that course of action to wait for Non Stanford

:55:29.:55:37.

today. You can see Flora pushing it through the technical session. A

:55:38.:55:40.

smart racer. She knows where it will be to hurt the girls who are with

:55:41.:55:45.

her, so she will have analysed the course beforehand, gone through it

:55:46.:55:48.

on the recce, and will know where the best places to put down the

:55:49.:55:52.

power and put in the effort. You can't underestimate the work the

:55:53.:55:56.

athletes are doing behind her. Flora is riding very hard at it with one

:55:57.:56:03.

or two athletes, because there is 3Com they get dropped into a corner,

:56:04.:56:09.

they can go back up to Flora Duffy because she is out riding the girls

:56:10.:56:13.

but they are getting a draft a fact and managing to hang on to the wheel

:56:14.:56:17.

of the current world champion. Just to recap, it is Flora Duffy, from

:56:18.:56:24.

Bermuda, with her Fanclub in the bandstand, whether Alice Betto from

:56:25.:56:32.

Italy, Taylor Spivey from the USA, and Maya Kingma from the Netherlands

:56:33.:56:35.

for company as they complete the next lap. Five to go. Jodie Stimpson

:56:36.:56:40.

cheering them on, unable to race today. And Georgia Taylor-Brown was

:56:41.:56:45.

forced out with injury, as well, both of those reddish members forced

:56:46.:56:53.

to watch it. Everybody is here to see it -- British members. It's a

:56:54.:56:57.

tough thing to do was an athlete when you are injured. You don't want

:56:58.:57:00.

to go out and show your face. You want to stay at home and hide and

:57:01.:57:04.

almost ignore the triathlon for a bit but it's good they have come out

:57:05.:57:09.

and support. It's a real reflection of how strong you guys are that the

:57:10.:57:15.

supporter there is for each team member, the fact Jodie and Vicki are

:57:16.:57:19.

here is brilliant. It's hard sometimes to be in an event like

:57:20.:57:23.

this when you want to be racing and you can't. It's definitely one of

:57:24.:57:29.

the toughest things I've done is to watch races when I am injured. You

:57:30.:57:34.

have to put on a happy face that everything is fine, but inside you

:57:35.:57:37.

want to curl up and not talk about it. It's part of what we do is

:57:38.:57:44.

athletes. We are a professional athletes, and we have to be

:57:45.:57:46.

professional and support your team-mates. Versus the group which

:57:47.:57:54.

contains Jess Learmonth. Last time we checked, they were 1.15. That has

:57:55.:58:00.

gone way out now, closer to 1.45 by the time they stop the clock at the

:58:01.:58:08.

end of this most recent lap. 1.34. 1.35. No damage done to the Duffy

:58:09.:58:17.

group lead. I'm absolutely shocked. They have now put in Flora on her

:58:18.:58:23.

own, 30 seconds in two lapse of seven. That is pretty amazing

:58:24.:58:32.

riding. Yes, that is a big gap to bring back. There's a few runners in

:58:33.:58:35.

this group, who would probably be able to run through and rundown Maya

:58:36.:58:42.

Kingma and probably Alice Betto, but the gap is getting bigger if they

:58:43.:58:47.

want to reach Flora Duffy. The second pack appeared to be working,

:58:48.:58:51.

don't they? Yes, they are pushing it. They are showing the strength of

:58:52.:58:56.

this group who are working together, it's not Flora on her own. In the

:58:57.:59:02.

second group, it looks like it is predominantly the British girls the

:59:03.:59:14.

front. -- at the front. This is the group of India Lee, left of screen,

:59:15.:59:21.

number 21. The third of the British triathlete racing today. Her group

:59:22.:59:28.

is almost three seconds off the pace of the leading four which includes

:59:29.:59:33.

the world champion, Flora Duffy. They have lost a bit of time. I'm

:59:34.:59:38.

surprised to see that they have. They have got Ashleigh Gentle in

:59:39.:59:40.

there, renowned as one of the strongest on the circuit at the

:59:41.:59:45.

moment. It shows what this fastest swim, the hell out of transition has

:59:46.:59:49.

taken out of them. It seems like they've not be able to get their

:59:50.:59:55.

bike going. The men will be racing later. Will they have a chance to

:59:56.:59:59.

check up on this and maybe learn something from what happened in the

:00:00.:00:03.

women's race? It's interesting to raise second because the swimmer is

:00:04.:00:07.

an interesting point, which side of the pontoon went faster, and they

:00:08.:00:12.

will have been around the bike course, but you do end up watching

:00:13.:00:15.

the race before you go down and actually start yours, it's hard not

:00:16.:00:16.

to sometimes. Better to start second, in many

:00:17.:00:28.

ways? I would always rather get it over with first. But there are

:00:29.:00:33.

benefits to going second, definitely. Now they are in the city

:00:34.:00:40.

centre once again. This is the chase group which contains Juri Ide of

:00:41.:00:44.

Japan, and Melanie Santos of Portugal at the back. They are on a

:00:45.:00:49.

climb at the moment. A couple of close calls here in this group. At

:00:50.:00:55.

the front, Non Stanford and Jeff Learmonth. Learmonth is pushing the

:00:56.:01:00.

pace right now, with Stanford on her rear wheel. It can be frustrating if

:01:01.:01:07.

you are in a pack and there are people who just do not work. There

:01:08.:01:11.

are people sat at the back because... Who may not have taken

:01:12.:01:16.

their turn yet. It may be because they are unable, but I think if you

:01:17.:01:21.

are in the pack, you've got to take your turn. A lovely afternoon here

:01:22.:01:26.

in Leeds. Hope only the threat of the shower has gone. But there are

:01:27.:01:32.

some clouds. Maybe they will threaten the men's race rather than

:01:33.:01:36.

the women's. At the moment, bright sunshine. We still have these four

:01:37.:01:43.

athletes out in front. What an amazing job they are doing, because

:01:44.:01:47.

that chase pack finds themselves over one minute 30 seconds down.

:01:48.:01:52.

Flora Duffy will be getting some time references out the cause from

:01:53.:01:55.

the coaches and will know where she's at. She will know that with

:01:56.:02:03.

that one and a half minutes gap, this race is playing into her hands.

:02:04.:02:09.

Flora Duffy, an exceptional start to this season. Second

:02:10.:02:19.

leaves behind Gwen Jorgensen. -- second here in leaves behind Gwen

:02:20.:02:32.

Jorgensen. And sealing the title for 2016, as they approach the end of

:02:33.:02:36.

lap three. Flora Duffy of Bermuda who brings about the roar from the

:02:37.:02:41.

crowd, particularly from the supporters who have travelled from

:02:42.:02:45.

the island to watch a race today. She, King Ma, Eto'o and Spivey have

:02:46.:02:55.

a nap of one minute 34. It may have grown even more now. Looking back to

:02:56.:03:01.

the race of last year. Gwen Jorgensen stormed to victory, but

:03:02.:03:08.

she was behind on the bike, and rode down Flora Duffy at the end. This is

:03:09.:03:17.

not a particularly fast course. With the hill out of transition and all

:03:18.:03:21.

the corners, that stop start, it doesn't flow so it doesn't feel

:03:22.:03:26.

super fast. But they will definitely feel it in their legs when they get

:03:27.:03:32.

off the bike. They certainly will. Gwen Jorgensen is taking times out.

:03:33.:03:36.

Her baby is due in the next couple of months.

:03:37.:03:48.

Flora Duffy is working very hard to keep the pace up here in Leeds. What

:03:49.:03:59.

is interesting is that, with the British and American systems, some

:04:00.:04:01.

of the bigger countries, we have a lot of support in these races. Flora

:04:02.:04:07.

Duffy at all on her own. There is no Bermuda team. It is a very different

:04:08.:04:13.

way of racing, so it's impressive that she is able to have these

:04:14.:04:18.

results without that back-up. The gap has grown even more. It was a

:04:19.:04:23.

minute and 34 at the end of lap two. At the end of lap three, it will be

:04:24.:04:34.

pushing one minute 50. One. 48. Non Stanford's mum is there to cheer her

:04:35.:04:39.

daughter on. At the moment, Stanford is struggling to do any damage to

:04:40.:04:45.

the Duffy group's lead. One of the great things about racing in your

:04:46.:04:49.

home country is that you are able to get more friends and family up. Some

:04:50.:04:55.

of the best experiences I've had is when you finish the race and, good

:04:56.:04:59.

or bad, your friends and family are there. It really does help. Leeds

:05:00.:05:06.

hosting the third leg of the World Triathlon Series. Before that, it

:05:07.:05:11.

was set up in Hyde Park. Then they construct of the cycle superhighway

:05:12.:05:15.

through the Royal Parks, and Leeds gladly took on hosting the race.

:05:16.:05:20.

They are determined not to let it go. It is fitting it is in Leeds.

:05:21.:05:25.

Home of the Brownlee brothers, Vicky Holland training here. We've had so

:05:26.:05:31.

many Olympic medals and athletes. Non Stanford coming from this city

:05:32.:05:36.

centre. It is fitting that the race is in Leeds. And it is a great race.

:05:37.:05:41.

It has everything. It is technical, it has that brutal Hill straight out

:05:42.:05:46.

of the swim. It's a really difficult course. Some of the athletes it will

:05:47.:05:52.

really suit. This is the India Lee group coming through. Again, the

:05:53.:05:57.

crowds rising to their feet. A standing ovation for each athlete

:05:58.:06:01.

coming through. We don't see this anywhere else. They love their sport

:06:02.:06:06.

in Leeds, whether it's football, cricket, Rugby Union or Rugby

:06:07.:06:12.

League, and these days, triathlon as well, with the Brownlee brothers,

:06:13.:06:16.

doing great things for their sport. The physical education of youngsters

:06:17.:06:21.

as a whole as well. They really have become heroes of Leeds and the

:06:22.:06:25.

County of Yorkshire. The Brownlee 's deserve everything they've got out

:06:26.:06:29.

of the sport. We will see both of them race here later. It will be

:06:30.:06:36.

Alistair's first trip into Olympic distance racing this season. Johnny

:06:37.:06:41.

has been out. Alistair has been swimming and biking and running the

:06:42.:06:45.

longer distance with some success. How difficult will it be for him to

:06:46.:06:49.

make the transition back to Olympic? For some it may be difficult, but

:06:50.:06:53.

Alastair Brownlee doesn't seem to have a problem doing anything in

:06:54.:07:00.

triathlon. I imagine he will have done the same in training as before.

:07:01.:07:05.

The only thing he may have changed is spending more time on his time

:07:06.:07:09.

trial bike, maybe working more on those specifics. That I can't

:07:10.:07:17.

imagine he's changed much. Sometimes, you can cross over from

:07:18.:07:22.

Ironman to the shore to distance, but the middle distance can make

:07:23.:07:26.

your biking stronger. The difficulty can be with the swim, because at

:07:27.:07:31.

this distance, it is more dynamic and fast. He will have had a lot

:07:32.:07:35.

steadier swims and not had to push himself quite so hard in the water.

:07:36.:07:41.

But overall, you will see a pretty strong Alastair Brownlee here. And

:07:42.:07:46.

he has not written off returning for a third Olympics, or what will be a

:07:47.:07:52.

fourth Olympics, in 2020, and potentially going for his third gold

:07:53.:07:57.

medal. Now that the Olympic mixed relay has been given the green

:07:58.:08:01.

light, which happened last week, that provides further incentive for

:08:02.:08:05.

you and for the Brownlee brothers to return and have another go at an

:08:06.:08:16.

Olympic medal. Triathlon is such a good sport. I am biased, but I love

:08:17.:08:20.

the sport. We had to medals at the game. The chance that we have,

:08:21.:08:27.

another opportunity. The mixed racing is a really good format. We

:08:28.:08:33.

also have a new relay introduced to the British triathlon programme on

:08:34.:08:36.

the 2nd of September in Nottingham. It's called the British triathlon

:08:37.:08:42.

mixed relay cup. We will have live coverage across the BBC. So the

:08:43.:08:51.

leading group coming in. Alice Betto, Taylor Spivey, Maya Kingma,

:08:52.:08:57.

Flora Duffy. Listen to the roar. Amazing. I'm pleased to see these

:08:58.:09:02.

for working well together. I have to say sorry to the other girls,

:09:03.:09:05.

because I said that they were not really working. But they have really

:09:06.:09:10.

come together. I noticed a couple of moments ago they were taking on

:09:11.:09:15.

water and gels, and they are probably thinking ahead to the run.

:09:16.:09:21.

With three laps to go, just over ten kilometres, they will know they are

:09:22.:09:25.

in a good position. Duffy certainly is. What an opportunity for those

:09:26.:09:31.

three girls with her. I don't think they will have had an opportunity

:09:32.:09:38.

like that before. Spivey has probably been the closest. So far,

:09:39.:09:49.

their progress has been limited. The first three laps in the city centre

:09:50.:09:55.

have gone by. Back with the leaders now. We are used to seeing Betto at

:09:56.:10:02.

the back of the group. Today, she's been brought in to do some work. She

:10:03.:10:09.

has had a few injury problems so has definitely struggled over the last

:10:10.:10:14.

couple of years. In 2015, she had a couple of decent top five finishes

:10:15.:10:20.

on the world triathlon circuit. They have also had a new guy involved

:10:21.:10:24.

with the Italian team, which has been very positive for the Italian

:10:25.:10:28.

team. He trains a lot of the top athletes, including Mario Mola. That

:10:29.:10:35.

is rubbing off to Alice Betto. She is finding herself injury free this

:10:36.:10:40.

year, and finding some of that form she had in 2015. It's really good

:10:41.:10:44.

for Alice Betto to be up there competing. These are some athletes

:10:45.:10:51.

who are about to be lapped, so they are being told by the referees to

:10:52.:10:55.

move over and let this pack coming through now by. It is the leading

:10:56.:11:01.

pack. Unfortunately, the three athletes who are about to be lapped

:11:02.:11:06.

are going to be out of the race. It is tough when you are taken out of

:11:07.:11:10.

the race like that. You are doing your best and trying to get through

:11:11.:11:14.

it, and it is a really short lap. The opportunity to lack does come

:11:15.:11:18.

through. But it happens to the best of them. We did lapped Gwen

:11:19.:11:24.

Jorgensen once in Madrid. Being lapped does not mean you are a bad

:11:25.:11:29.

triathlete, just that you are maybe having a bad day. Alice Betto's

:11:30.:11:34.

fastest 10K time is 20 seconds quicker than Flora Duffy's. How will

:11:35.:11:40.

that play into this race? Obviously, Betto has been out. That could have

:11:41.:11:45.

been a time from five years ago, and we know Duffy is running well. But

:11:46.:11:51.

Betto may have a chance today. Realistically, Betto does not find

:11:52.:11:54.

herself in the best running form we have seen. Flora Duffy is a

:11:55.:11:58.

different athlete, and a course like this, I think she will come out on

:11:59.:12:05.

top. Taylor Spivey recently did well in Madrid, which is a really tough

:12:06.:12:13.

biking course, and she ran strongly of it. Georgia Taylor-Brown from

:12:14.:12:20.

Great Britain won that race. The lead group, with Betto out in front,

:12:21.:12:25.

on this little climb taking them back around to complete lap four of

:12:26.:12:31.

the seven that will unfold in the city centre. I think we can safely

:12:32.:12:41.

say that Leeds has thrown out a great race. A really interesting

:12:42.:12:46.

course. It's not a scenario that we had imagined this morning. Yes,

:12:47.:12:51.

Flora Duffy in the front pack, but the other athletes we have, the

:12:52.:12:56.

Dutch athlete, the American athlete and Alice Betto, we did not expect

:12:57.:13:01.

to see them away with Flora Duffy. I think that is the nature of the

:13:02.:13:08.

course. Jessica Learmonth took that swim out really fast. But thereon

:13:09.:13:13.

out, the whole pack was destroyed and broken down into little groups.

:13:14.:13:18.

The wind has got up significantly, and I think it is affecting the

:13:19.:13:23.

quality of our pictures from the motorcycle camera. That is partly to

:13:24.:13:28.

do with the breeze that is funneling around the roads of the city centre.

:13:29.:13:33.

The wind may affect them a little bit on the run. If they are in a

:13:34.:13:38.

group, it may be worth sitting in a little bit on those headwinds. It

:13:39.:13:45.

always happens in a city. You get those swirly wins. Well, Flora

:13:46.:13:54.

Duffy, what a year she has been having. She is such a complete

:13:55.:14:01.

athlete. We know she has been the champion on a course where the road

:14:02.:14:07.

bike is replaced by a mountain bike. She really is a multitalented

:14:08.:14:12.

athlete. She does do a lot of training on high mountain bike. She

:14:13.:14:17.

says she has to be a bit careful taking on anything really, really

:14:18.:14:21.

technical. Just wanting to avoid a crash at this time of year. That is

:14:22.:14:27.

one of the things that makes her stronger, especially this is an off

:14:28.:14:35.

powder. The mountain biking is a really good crossover for that.

:14:36.:14:43.

One hour, eight minutes and 44 seconds so far. Leeds Civic Hall

:14:44.:14:51.

overlooking the transition area, designed by a competition in 1926,

:14:52.:14:57.

won by Vincent Harris and the work began in 1931. King George V open

:14:58.:15:05.

the building in August 1933. Flora Duffy, she Leeds the pace. Delight

:15:06.:15:10.

from the fans and they are on their feet with generous support for the

:15:11.:15:17.

maul who've been in front since they've been at the top of the hill

:15:18.:15:22.

since leaving Roundhay Park and I have two lapse to go. With two lapse

:15:23.:15:30.

to go, it's time to start thinking a little bit about the run so only a

:15:31.:15:36.

few minutes, ten minutes or so left of racing and I think Flora Duffy

:15:37.:15:40.

will certainly be thinking ahead to the run, taking the lead now pushing

:15:41.:15:44.

up this last bit of help. Three athletes on her wheel, and will

:15:45.:15:48.

shortly get a chance to see where the second pack is but the last

:15:49.:15:53.

count was they were 1.45 seconds behind which will be difficult for

:15:54.:15:56.

Non Stanford to get onto the podium today. It will be tough and they

:15:57.:16:01.

want to keep that under two minutes if they can. Non is running well,

:16:02.:16:05.

and can definitely run down at least one of these girls but you don't

:16:06.:16:09.

want to start with over two minutes if you can avoid it. They need to

:16:10.:16:14.

push well and hopefully we'll get help from the other athletes because

:16:15.:16:17.

at the moment it looks like the British girls are working together.

:16:18.:16:25.

Maya Kingma, only in her second World Triathlon Series race, so

:16:26.:16:30.

she's doing so brilliantly for someone so it inexperienced at this

:16:31.:16:34.

level. It is the buzz being at the front, it's amazing, I had a race

:16:35.:16:39.

when I was younger, a World Cup back then, and I ended up in the front

:16:40.:16:42.

group with a lot of well-known athlete and managed to hang on in

:16:43.:16:46.

there and it was such a buzz, you want to keep staying in there and

:16:47.:16:52.

not get dropped. Made lap, the time check we got from the lead group to

:16:53.:17:00.

the Jess Learmonth group was 1.52, and now, with two lapse to go, it

:17:01.:17:06.

has stretched out, yawned two minutes, next time they cut the

:17:07.:17:14.

timing ribbon, as they cut the turn, they concede it's now a gap of 2.14.

:17:15.:17:24.

I think it's fair to say, bar mishaps on that front group, we are

:17:25.:17:28.

not likely to see a British triathlete on the podium today. I'm

:17:29.:17:33.

slightly scratching my head as to what the second pack could do

:17:34.:17:37.

because it looks like they have worked well. Jessica and Non have

:17:38.:17:41.

been pushing the pace, great riders, and on their own that they should

:17:42.:17:44.

perhaps be able to write better than they have. For Flora and the other

:17:45.:17:51.

three, to find themselves 2.15 in front, it's a huge gap. I think the

:17:52.:17:55.

front four have been working effectively together. The chasing

:17:56.:18:01.

pack have not got that group working efficiently yet, and, yeah, it's

:18:02.:18:08.

very hard. Sometimes if someone puts in a big surge, and sits in for a

:18:09.:18:13.

bit, it disrupts the rhythm whereas if you have four girls taking equal

:18:14.:18:21.

terms, it can work better. Flora Duffy, I wonder if she will make any

:18:22.:18:25.

plans to break away over the last few: it is? It's nice to be on your

:18:26.:18:29.

own going into transition, not that they have to worry about a lot of

:18:30.:18:35.

athletes behind them. After Missy 20 or 30 athletes coming into

:18:36.:18:38.

transition and a lot can go wrong but they won't have any problem in

:18:39.:18:42.

transition. I wonder if Flora fancies pushing on a little bit with

:18:43.:18:47.

just over five colleges to go? I think she will be trying to hurt the

:18:48.:18:53.

girls with her. They are taking the technical session strong every time.

:18:54.:18:58.

The other three are having to work to stay with her. It's a lot nicer

:18:59.:19:02.

to transition in a group of four than 40. Because otherwise you have

:19:03.:19:07.

to be so aware what's happening, crashes and all sorts of things can

:19:08.:19:10.

happen so it's much easier in a smaller group. Duffy comes into this

:19:11.:19:18.

lead fresh off the back of a win in Yokohama, 1.56, 18 seconds, her

:19:19.:19:27.

winning time, in the pouring rain of Japan and she is now out in front.

:19:28.:19:33.

The others have not been left. This is not a decisive break away from

:19:34.:19:37.

Flora Duffy but she has raised the pace with the last couple of laps

:19:38.:19:42.

unfolding. It's always good to see her ride, she takes corners pretty

:19:43.:19:46.

fast. She doesn't take risks as such, technically very strong, and

:19:47.:19:52.

can ride in and out of corners fast. The three athletes struggling to go

:19:53.:19:55.

with her, but when they head the straight bit of road, they are able

:19:56.:20:01.

to write back onto her wheel again. I imagine they will stay together

:20:02.:20:05.

coming into transition. What an opportunity for these three women

:20:06.:20:09.

with Flora to make a World Series podium. It's difficult to say

:20:10.:20:14.

because of course we are looking at the Dutch athlete Maya Kingma and it

:20:15.:20:21.

only her second World Triathlon Series race, so how can she perform

:20:22.:20:26.

over ten climate is? She's probably high as a kite at the moment because

:20:27.:20:30.

she can't believe she finds herself, 2.2 seconds up on the others in the

:20:31.:20:40.

sport -- 2.20. They will have tired legs. It will be tough to stay ahead

:20:41.:20:46.

of the group behind because some of these athletes don't run that fast,

:20:47.:20:50.

especially off a tough bike so you've just got to go for it. Try

:20:51.:20:57.

not to go too fast. Try and see what happens. It's an amazing opportunity

:20:58.:21:03.

and you got to go for it. I think Taylor Spivey could run the best out

:21:04.:21:12.

of these three. With Flora. In they come, one lap to go. 3.75, it is,

:21:13.:21:22.

the final loop of the city centre. Their advantage was two and a

:21:23.:21:29.

quarter minutes and I expected to grow further with Duffy having

:21:30.:21:33.

pushed the pace and raced a game on the penultimate lap and now thoughts

:21:34.:21:40.

will turn to T2, split transition, they collected their bikes in

:21:41.:21:43.

Roundhay Park and they will park bomb right in front of the Leeds

:21:44.:21:47.

Civic Hall and the packed grandstands and everybody would get

:21:48.:21:52.

the best of you of transition. What is easier, T1 or T2? Probably T2.

:21:53.:22:03.

The wet suit is always a drama. Lucan panic and it doesn't seem to

:22:04.:22:10.

go as smoothly as you planned -- you can panic. Taylor Spivey, Flora

:22:11.:22:14.

Duffy, Maya Kingma and Alice Betto tends to be faster. The noise when

:22:15.:22:17.

they come in for this transition will give them a left. There was the

:22:18.:22:22.

great crowd here, very noisy crowd. This is the Kirsten Kasper Non

:22:23.:22:29.

Stanford group who had a difficult time on the streets of Leeds this

:22:30.:22:34.

afternoon it's fair to say. It started with Non Stanford getting

:22:35.:22:37.

left behind in the water, and Jess Learmonth was first out of the water

:22:38.:22:42.

but then waited for her at the top of the climb to pick up Non Stanford

:22:43.:22:48.

and attempt to help her to climb up some places up through the race but

:22:49.:22:52.

it didn't work out as planned. Duffy forced a ridiculous pace out in

:22:53.:22:59.

front as they come passed in front of Leeds town Hall. Not to be

:23:00.:23:05.

confused with the Civic Hall. The location for the start of the Tour

:23:06.:23:13.

de France in 2014. A different type of cycling taking place this

:23:14.:23:17.

afternoon. The chase group come through to take the bal. Taylor

:23:18.:23:25.

Spivey, Flora Duffy, Maya Kingma and Alice Betto are on their way on

:23:26.:23:28.

their last lap on the streets of Leeds. They've lost a few athletes

:23:29.:23:33.

from this group, it looks like, so it'll be interesting to see what did

:23:34.:23:38.

happen, if there was a crash or incident or they couldn't handle the

:23:39.:23:43.

pace. I think they've lost one or two. On a positive note, we know Non

:23:44.:23:48.

Stanford at the second fastest run in Yokohama which took place a few

:23:49.:23:54.

weeks ago in Japan, running just over 34 minutes, a pretty decent

:23:55.:24:00.

time, only Ashleigh Gentle from Australia ran faster, and she's way

:24:01.:24:04.

back in the third pack. What do think the chances are these girls,

:24:05.:24:11.

Maya Kingma and Alice Betto and Taylor Spivey running about 36

:24:12.:24:15.

minutes, which would keep them ahead of Non Stanford? It is so hard to

:24:16.:24:22.

predict. I think Taylor Spivey has a chance. I'm not sure about the other

:24:23.:24:27.

two but it's hard to tell. We don't know as much about them. They could

:24:28.:24:32.

be coming into really good form, so it's hard, but we have got Kirsten

:24:33.:24:36.

Kasper with Non Stanford and she will have strong runners to run with

:24:37.:24:39.

and if they want to work their way back into the race, they could. That

:24:40.:24:45.

is the difference in distance. The lead group are down to their last

:24:46.:24:50.

1600 metres and the chasing group have almost double that still to

:24:51.:24:55.

ride. The yellow loop and the blue dot is the leader and the green.

:24:56.:25:00.

Still to do that out at the back at the opposite end of the track, a

:25:01.:25:05.

shorter lap to follow, four laps, 2.5 kilometres. They have a ten K

:25:06.:25:12.

run to come. It's great to see Alice Betto from Italy leading this race.

:25:13.:25:18.

Flora Duffy tucked in behind, a smart move, saving her legs just

:25:19.:25:23.

before she heads T1, parts of her trainers and takes on at ten, to

:25:24.:25:30.

run. Maya Kingma just came through. The Bell indicating one lap to go on

:25:31.:25:35.

the bike course. It can sometimes be a relief when you hear the bell. You

:25:36.:25:40.

think, thank God, one more lap to go. The run is dictated more at your

:25:41.:25:47.

pace but the bike is dictated often by others and you are just trying to

:25:48.:25:51.

hang on so it can be a relief sometimes if you're having a bad

:25:52.:25:58.

day. Flora Duffy just happy to sit in and that the other three athletes

:25:59.:26:03.

do the work and I've noticed they had taken on Walker. Flora took on a

:26:04.:26:07.

gel and have important is that just before the bike? They will end the

:26:08.:26:14.

bracing for two hours so it's important to take on some nutrition

:26:15.:26:17.

and it's been a tough day, so I would normally take one gel over an

:26:18.:26:25.

Olympic race but in a race there is tough, you could take two. It

:26:26.:26:28.

depends on everyone's nutritional plans. 2.28 the lap difference

:26:29.:26:35.

between them. Sometimes those times in the middle of the lap can be

:26:36.:26:39.

inaccurate, but we now go back to the front of this World Triathlon

:26:40.:26:47.

Series race and join Taylor Spivey, Flora Duffy, Maya Kingma and Alice

:26:48.:26:50.

Betto, who have been out in front since they reached the front of the

:26:51.:26:57.

climb, the tough climb, leaving Roundhay Park. There they have

:26:58.:27:02.

stayed and now they consider the arrival in transition. Those of you

:27:03.:27:05.

who follow triathlon regularly will be used to seeing this and those of

:27:06.:27:08.

you who don't, we'll see them reach down, remove their shoes, which

:27:09.:27:15.

remained attached to the pedals and hit the dismount liner on the blue

:27:16.:27:20.

carpet, and they have to get the dismount right. If they exceeded,

:27:21.:27:26.

there will be a penalty. That was tight for Alice Betto but the red

:27:27.:27:30.

flag stayed down. And now they make the run around the corner and into

:27:31.:27:37.

transition. The noise levels reaching a crescendo here. The four

:27:38.:27:42.

of them with a decent lead, coming in steadily to transition and they

:27:43.:27:46.

will hang up their bikes, look for their running shoes and sunglasses

:27:47.:27:49.

and make their way out of transition. Not forgetting to leave

:27:50.:27:54.

the helmet behind. The world champion Flora Duffy has nailed her

:27:55.:28:01.

transition and is first, followed by Alice Betto and Taylor Spivey and

:28:02.:28:11.

Maya Kingma the last to leave. These women will know how they are feeling

:28:12.:28:13.

within the first few calamitous of the race and you start the run and

:28:14.:28:19.

have hard legs and you will feel it in your quads or get into a rhythm

:28:20.:28:23.

and be able to push through it but you can see Flora Duffy already has

:28:24.:28:28.

taken time out of her competitors and looks to be getting into her

:28:29.:28:35.

rib. Flora missed the first two races, Abu Dhabi and the Gold Coast

:28:36.:28:39.

with injury and decided to set them out to make sure she was good for

:28:40.:28:45.

the rest of the season and then took Yokohama convincingly. When I spoke

:28:46.:28:48.

to her, she said I don't know where my form is. She has come back as

:28:49.:28:55.

strong as ever and only the second race into their 2017 season. She's

:28:56.:29:00.

come back really well from injury and I think that is one of the

:29:01.:29:04.

things, as you get an older athlete, and you put in years and years of

:29:05.:29:08.

training, having time off with injury doesn't take as much out of

:29:09.:29:12.

you as much as it would've done when you are a young athlete. Not that

:29:13.:29:17.

Flora is old, but more experienced. Yes, Flora Duffy, 30 is old, I

:29:18.:29:25.

think, this year, so she is in her prime, she had a slight

:29:26.:29:33.

disappointing course but she did not bring her race legs to the games and

:29:34.:29:37.

finished in eight place and she has got Tokyo on her mind.

:29:38.:29:43.

I would imagine that Tokyo is the aim for her, as with a lot of

:29:44.:29:49.

athletes on the course. That cycle does tend to come around quite

:29:50.:29:58.

quick. You she didn't have a great time in Rio. Flora Duffy, that is.

:29:59.:30:09.

Meanwhile, the British pair of Jeff Learmonth -- Jeff Learmonth and Non

:30:10.:30:19.

Stanford have arrived. Non Stanford will need to go to work now. She is

:30:20.:30:24.

about to move into her strongest phase of the triathlon. Let's see

:30:25.:30:27.

what damage she can do in stage three here.

:30:28.:30:34.

Kirsten Kasper from America, the athlete wearing number one today.

:30:35.:30:42.

Jeff Learmonth behind her. Non Stanford, not the fastest

:30:43.:30:49.

transition. Looked a little bit flustered from the commentary box

:30:50.:30:55.

there. I think Non will be trying to get into her running as quick as

:30:56.:30:59.

possible. There is always a lot of pressure to do that in your home

:31:00.:31:04.

race. This is a home race, so she will just want to get into it and

:31:05.:31:11.

get that best day out. Former world champion, Non Stanford, won the

:31:12.:31:17.

title in 2013. Helen Jenkins alongside me won her second. Your

:31:18.:31:23.

concern and won it twice, 14 and 15. And Flora Duffy claimed her first

:31:24.:31:32.

title in 2016. Here she is leading the Leeds World Triathlon Series

:31:33.:31:37.

race. Look at the advantage she's gained during the first half lap.

:31:38.:31:43.

What an effort from Flora Duffy. It certainly is. She's absolutely

:31:44.:31:47.

dropped the other athletes. They are miles down the road. That is good

:31:48.:31:51.

news for the British athletes behind. It just goes to show that

:31:52.:31:58.

that bike has affected the other athletes' legs. I think it will have

:31:59.:32:04.

affected their legs. They will have put everything into staying in that

:32:05.:32:09.

front pack. Flora is used to this. She's used to running on her own,

:32:10.:32:13.

setting her own pace, and pushing on. This is not unusual for her to

:32:14.:32:20.

be doing a solo time trial run. That is key. We've seen her time and time

:32:21.:32:25.

again over the last 12 months have a really tough bike and be able to

:32:26.:32:31.

run. Going back 18 months, people questioned whether Florey Duffy

:32:32.:32:41.

could run. She's improving and improving and getting stronger.

:32:42.:32:45.

Tough to beat this year. Sometimes someone comes into a sport and

:32:46.:32:51.

really changes it. Flora coming into it over the past year, putting down

:32:52.:32:55.

her mark, as made everyone else realise that we have to be good at

:32:56.:32:59.

the swim and be in the front pack, otherwise we are going to be out of

:33:00.:33:05.

this race. This is a bit further down the road, to Kearton Kasper,

:33:06.:33:13.

who was with the Non Stanford group. You can see Stanford and Learmonth

:33:14.:33:22.

just behind. Two minutes and 41 seconds behind Flora Duffy. She has

:33:23.:33:28.

Betto, Spivey and King Matt ahead of her. Kirsten Kasper there, broken

:33:29.:33:39.

away. I think sometimes you need the first 500 or 800 metres just to find

:33:40.:33:44.

your run legs. You normally know within a kilometre whether you are

:33:45.:33:49.

into the race or not. I think Non Stanford took a while to warm up.

:33:50.:33:54.

Kirsten Kasper doesn't look like the most effective runner to me, but

:33:55.:33:59.

she's dimming well. She's had some good results lately, Kirsten Kasper.

:34:00.:34:07.

She finished runner-up in Sardinia on June the 4th. Some good recent

:34:08.:34:12.

results under her belt. A really good start to the season. She may

:34:13.:34:18.

have an edge over Non Stanford due to the fact that she has been racing

:34:19.:34:23.

since Abu Dhabi in March. That is sometimes a positive. There is

:34:24.:34:26.

something to be said for running yourself fit. You can do all the

:34:27.:34:32.

training you like, but if you don't have the races, it can be tough. No

:34:33.:34:39.

matter how much training you've done over the winter, it can be a shock

:34:40.:34:45.

and take longer to come into it. Sometimes it can become really

:34:46.:34:48.

naturally. In the far right-hand side of our picture there, it looks

:34:49.:34:56.

like Jessica Learmonth with Non Stanford. This little hill is

:34:57.:35:01.

hurting their legs I think. It is a tough course. It is a break your

:35:02.:35:06.

legs bike course, because you are in and out of those corners, and it is

:35:07.:35:10.

very hard psychologically going out on the run with your legs like that.

:35:11.:35:16.

I think Kirsten Kasper stands in fifth position overall in this race.

:35:17.:35:23.

Jess Learmonth moving up into six. This is her race to lose now, the

:35:24.:35:28.

overall leader, Flora Duffy, the defending world champion. Swam well,

:35:29.:35:33.

rode beautifully and is running storm here. Expect the women's

:35:34.:35:42.

winning time to be around the two hour mark. Around 30 minutes left in

:35:43.:35:50.

this Leeds world triathlon race. Being led by Flora Duffy. Taylor

:35:51.:35:57.

Spivey holding second, but the gap is enormous. That is a large gap,

:35:58.:36:04.

that Taylor Spivey has had a great start to the season. A solid race

:36:05.:36:10.

for her, and that is really good for Alice Betto as well. Taylor Spivey,

:36:11.:36:19.

26 years of age. Runner-up in the Madrid World Cup race in the Spanish

:36:20.:36:26.

capital on May the 28th. 13th in the Gold Coast race. That was Sprint

:36:27.:36:32.

distance, at the beginning of April. Alice Betto now.

:36:33.:36:41.

Here we go. Just in front of the grandstand, we have Taylor Spivey

:36:42.:36:48.

coming through. Hopefully we will have some time checks on where she

:36:49.:36:53.

is. Alice Betto looking a little bit tired. That is Maya Kingma, the

:36:54.:36:58.

Dutch athlete. She has lost a lot of time to do Flora Duffy in this first

:36:59.:37:07.

lap. If Betto can get a place on the podium today, she will become the

:37:08.:37:11.

first Italian to stand on a World Triathlon Series podium. Plenty to

:37:12.:37:16.

win and lose for Alice Betto this afternoon. The Dutch have had some

:37:17.:37:21.

success in the past. Today, flying the flag for the Netherlands, is

:37:22.:37:27.

Maya Kingma. I think she looks like she is suffering a little bit. Three

:37:28.:37:33.

kilometres to go. She has lost a lot of time on Flora Duffy, and I think

:37:34.:37:38.

it will be a hard seven point five kilometres for Kingma.

:37:39.:37:49.

King Malcolm onto the blue carpet, a little soft underfoot. But she is

:37:50.:38:00.

clearly feeling this. It is only her second World Triathlon Series

:38:01.:38:04.

outing, holding forth position at the moment. Having come into

:38:05.:38:08.

transition level pegging with Flora Duffy, she now finds herself one

:38:09.:38:15.

minute and 34 seconds behind. Doing some maths there, with Spivey 45

:38:16.:38:21.

seconds down on Duffy, that is three minutes overall that she could lose.

:38:22.:38:29.

You would expect Non Stanford to run the same time roughly. But it is

:38:30.:38:38.

Jessica Learmonth who is ahead of Non Stanford. Non Stanford looks

:38:39.:38:42.

like she is struggling to me today. She hasn't really got into her

:38:43.:38:47.

running yet. This is great by Jess. She is looking strong and pushing

:38:48.:38:55.

on. It's not over yet for Non, but she's really got to try and find her

:38:56.:39:00.

legs and get into her rhythm. Learmonth is a local girl from

:39:01.:39:05.

nearby Tadcaster, remember. There are several hundred here from that

:39:06.:39:10.

small Yorkshire town cheering her on. Plus all of the Leeds faithful

:39:11.:39:15.

are getting behind her. Everyone is getting so much support. No

:39:16.:39:20.

allegiances, every athlete coming through is having the roof raised

:39:21.:39:27.

for them. Kirsten Kasper tries to stretch her lead over Jessica

:39:28.:39:33.

Learmonth. Learmonth is in sixth. Then a little gap to Gillian

:39:34.:39:39.

Backhouse, and on the right you can see Non Stanford alongside Natalie

:39:40.:39:45.

Van Coevorden. Juri Ide looks uncomfortable at the back of this

:39:46.:39:50.

group coming through transition. You can see what this swim and bike has

:39:51.:39:57.

done to them. Juri Ide was third before. You can see what the hills

:39:58.:40:04.

and the technical section on the bike takes out of these women.

:40:05.:40:10.

Looking at Juri Ide struggling through transition, and then looking

:40:11.:40:14.

at Flora Duffy at the front, easing her way to the top of this hill in

:40:15.:40:20.

the city of Leeds. Jess Learmonth in sixth position, currently the best

:40:21.:40:27.

of the British contingent so far. I have to say, it is difficult for

:40:28.:40:32.

Jess, because she did sit back and wait for Non. She must be

:40:33.:40:36.

questioning what would have happened if she had gone with Duffy. She

:40:37.:40:41.

waited for Non because she thought it was the right thing to do. Non is

:40:42.:40:46.

the strongest runner. But she hasn't been so well the last few months.

:40:47.:40:52.

Looking at her now, it is not the Non we know. It's not. I think Jess

:40:53.:40:58.

will be thinking that, but this was a team decision by the British

:40:59.:41:04.

women. The coaches are leading these conversations, but it's down to what

:41:05.:41:09.

they decide. It will have been a group decision to race for Non in

:41:10.:41:13.

this race, and you have to accept that. That's the thing about

:41:14.:41:19.

triathlon. No guarantees. That was Betto's bike. The front wheel just

:41:20.:41:24.

going over the line before she stepped off. Is she due a penalty? I

:41:25.:41:32.

think so. A penalty of 15 seconds. That is unfortunate because that is

:41:33.:41:36.

such an easy thing to do right. That is just a little bit of common sense

:41:37.:41:41.

when you are racing and just trying to be sensible. Now we have some

:41:42.:41:49.

shots of the brothers, Alastair Brownlee and Jonny Brownlee, the

:41:50.:41:53.

younger of the two. They have arrived at the park. Two superstars

:41:54.:42:02.

of this sport in their home city, preparing to race in the Leeds world

:42:03.:42:09.

Triathlon Series race. What a welcome they have received. Johnny

:42:10.:42:15.

can barely conceal his grin. At the start of the race in Roundhay Park.

:42:16.:42:20.

We will have full, uninterrupted coverage of the Brownlee brothers in

:42:21.:42:28.

action in Leeds later. Flora Duffy in complete control of this one now.

:42:29.:42:35.

She hasn't faltered since the moment she burst away from transition and

:42:36.:42:42.

immediately opened up a decent lead. Taylor Spivey currently holding

:42:43.:42:45.

second position. She looks reasonably comfortable. Betto

:42:46.:42:53.

bidding to become the first Italian to take a place in the world

:42:54.:42:58.

Triathlon Series podium. Taylor Spivey looks really good there. I

:42:59.:43:04.

don't think she will have expected to get on the podium. She has been

:43:05.:43:09.

close to a couple of podiums. She must be feeling amazing. She must be

:43:10.:43:16.

trying not to think about the results, just the process. She will

:43:17.:43:21.

be trying to get through this and not thinking too much about the

:43:22.:43:28.

podium. She looks so relaxed. Her running is so fantastic. The

:43:29.:43:33.

American team are so strong. In years gone by, they have had some

:43:34.:43:39.

fantastic athletes. Gwen Jorgensen as well. The team has grown in

:43:40.:43:45.

strength. We don't have Katie Zaferes here today. What is it about

:43:46.:43:50.

the Americans? They are incredibly strong. It is the strength and depth

:43:51.:43:56.

as well. It is the American women. They don't have the same strength

:43:57.:44:03.

and depth across the men. They have triathlon in the collegiate system

:44:04.:44:08.

in the US now, and that is why we are getting more and more strong

:44:09.:44:12.

athletes coming through. Flora Duffy is almost halfway through the run,

:44:13.:44:24.

five point two kilometres left. Two full laps left on the completion of

:44:25.:44:30.

this second lap. What a great position she finds herself in. She

:44:31.:44:34.

can take her foot off the gas and almost a joke. You cannot do that on

:44:35.:44:41.

the bike, but she could relax and enjoy this last five kilometres.

:44:42.:44:44.

It's not very often an athlete finds himself in that position in the

:44:45.:44:52.

World Triathlon Series. Five kilometres down. 5000 kilometres to

:44:53.:44:57.

go. The Leeds city Museum in the background. Flora Duffy has put on a

:44:58.:45:03.

real show here. Up near the leaders out of the water, and what a bike

:45:04.:45:09.

she had there. Dominating, dictating. The 40 kilometre bike was

:45:10.:45:13.

done very much on her terms. Then she left the other three behind and

:45:14.:45:19.

decided to run the first half of the ten kilometre run on her own. The

:45:20.:45:23.

next best is Taylor Spivey from the USA.

:45:24.:45:28.

She will be costing in second position. Closely followed by Alice

:45:29.:45:37.

Betto, little further down the road. And then Maya Kingma, she was in

:45:38.:45:40.

fourth position, but was weakening gradually. She did look like she was

:45:41.:45:47.

struggling on that flat coming through. She has got to hang on for

:45:48.:45:50.

as long as possible. It's a horrible feeling when you run down, but she's

:45:51.:45:56.

got to be happy with her performance. She swam really well,

:45:57.:46:00.

has ridden the race of her life, and has got to keep going and try to get

:46:01.:46:03.

the best out of this result and take a lot of confidence moving forward

:46:04.:46:07.

that she can swim and bike with the best in the world. There we have it.

:46:08.:46:19.

Taylor Spivey is one minute down. She lost 45 seconds in the first

:46:20.:46:25.

lap, just over 15 seconds. I think Alice Betto is running herself into

:46:26.:46:28.

this race because she is looking a bit more relaxed than she was after

:46:29.:46:33.

the first lap. The only thing of note, though she had to sit out a 15

:46:34.:46:38.

second penalty for going over the red line? I think she will have to

:46:39.:46:43.

take 15 seconds so it depends when she takes it. Yeah, obviously,

:46:44.:46:48.

hopefully before the end. We were focusing on the replay, focusing on

:46:49.:46:52.

her wheel going over the line, but I think another one may have come

:46:53.:46:56.

close as well. I don't think it was Duffy but I think it could have been

:46:57.:47:03.

Maya Kingma so she could be in trouble if she does have a penalty

:47:04.:47:06.

to take. She's really struggling now because she's only just turning up

:47:07.:47:11.

the long stretch before she turns onto the big part and finds herself

:47:12.:47:15.

a good few minutes down on Flora Duffy but what a race for the junior

:47:16.:47:20.

athlete from Holland. She rode and swam with a world champion and now

:47:21.:47:24.

we can see Kirsten Kasper of having the run of her life, throwing

:47:25.:47:28.

everything at it and it's just about to run herself into fourth position.

:47:29.:47:34.

It's a big year of course for Dutch triathlon because Rotterdam will be

:47:35.:47:43.

hosting the world finals. It was in Kosovo last, you will remember the

:47:44.:47:47.

Brownlee brothers. Rotterdam will host the finals between September

:47:48.:47:53.

the 14th - 17th. Live coverage, of course, across the BBC.

:47:54.:48:04.

She appears to be in trouble, Maya Kingma, and Kirsten Kasper can send

:48:05.:48:13.

that and will shortly move up into third position, surely? It's a big

:48:14.:48:19.

gap she will have to pull back but she running really strong and to get

:48:20.:48:24.

on the podium will still be a big ask, I think. She has got two laps

:48:25.:48:34.

to do it now. Jess Learmonth announced to the crowd here, local

:48:35.:48:38.

girl, they are screaming at her to try to find another gear. Gillian

:48:39.:48:44.

Backhouse in severance of the moment. Non Stanford turning onto

:48:45.:48:54.

the carpet, we were hoping for fireworks from there but so far she

:48:55.:48:58.

has not been able to produce but listen to the well, the 2013 world

:48:59.:49:01.

champion receives. CROWD CHEERS

:49:02.:49:06.

There's a view Welsh flags flying in that crowd and I'm sure friends and

:49:07.:49:11.

family will be supporting Non and she will do the best she can add

:49:12.:49:14.

their to get the highest position possible. We have Ai Uedai coming

:49:15.:49:21.

through, she's running really well. One of the most consistent

:49:22.:49:27.

triathletes on the tour. Well into her 30s now and loving the sport.

:49:28.:49:34.

She has come past her com patriot who never really settled, Juri Ide.

:49:35.:49:39.

And unmissable running style, you know it's her always. It's

:49:40.:49:43.

interesting, and it works for her because she runs very well, but no

:49:44.:49:47.

other person runs like that on the circuit. No, I have never seen

:49:48.:49:53.

anyone run like air but it seems effective and GZ World Series

:49:54.:49:56.

podiums, been too many Olympic Games, so if it works fair, that's

:49:57.:50:02.

great. Often people can be critical and say you don't look great running

:50:03.:50:06.

but as long as it is effective for you, everybody moves in different

:50:07.:50:13.

ways. Absolutely. Flora Duffy now, just over 3.5, tours until the

:50:14.:50:19.

finish line and it is perhaps fitting it won't be a British

:50:20.:50:23.

athlete but she worked so hard last year and had the two British

:50:24.:50:28.

athletes, who had instructions not to work too hard and wait for the

:50:29.:50:32.

other athletes and she found herself in a difficult spot and was run down

:50:33.:50:37.

by Gwen Jorgensen last year but that won't be the case today. She's way

:50:38.:50:47.

in front. Non Stanford is over 3.30 down and I think the closest athlete

:50:48.:50:54.

from that second pack, Kirsten Kasper, is 3.37 down. She's not only

:50:55.:50:58.

had the fastest bike and swim, she is also running the fastest as well.

:50:59.:51:04.

Poultry the fastest moving on the course is Ai Uedai but won't beat

:51:05.:51:08.

Flora Duffy now. -- probably the fastest moving. She will push to the

:51:09.:51:12.

finish line. You won't know until it's over. She can afford to keep

:51:13.:51:19.

her rib and does not have do push on too much. Just make sure she's got

:51:20.:51:21.

enough energy to get to the finish line as fast as possible. She looks

:51:22.:51:29.

very smooth. Overrunning style does not change. Other athletes, after a

:51:30.:51:37.

tough course, being affected on the run but Flora Duffy, it's all there,

:51:38.:51:42.

nothing is changed. She just looks consistently strong and, yes,

:51:43.:51:48.

comfortable. That's how you would describe her race today. Just a very

:51:49.:51:53.

well executed across all three disciplines.

:51:54.:52:00.

Taylor Spivey are still running really well. Covering the ground

:52:01.:52:05.

quickly. Holding onto second position. Our leader maintains her

:52:06.:52:12.

dominant form. Next time she crosses the line she will take the bell,

:52:13.:52:17.

signalling 2.5 kilometres, one lap to go before she will go on to win

:52:18.:52:22.

her second successive World Triathlon Series contest having

:52:23.:52:28.

triumphed in Yokohama. She attempts to win the world title for the

:52:29.:52:33.

second time. Following Leeds, the tour moves on the hamburger. Sprint

:52:34.:52:41.

races and a mixed relay in Hamburg and then Edmonton, the first two

:52:42.:52:46.

Canadian stops. After that, Montreal, Stockholm, Sweden at the

:52:47.:52:48.

end of August and then Rotterdam at the grand final in the middle of

:52:49.:52:58.

September. Kirsten Kasper could run herself into the World Series lead,

:52:59.:53:03.

and she's coming to this race ranked third overall. I'm not sure even if

:53:04.:53:07.

Flora wins, she can go above her, I'm not sure about the numbers, but

:53:08.:53:12.

that must be exciting for Kirsten Kasper. It must be lovely to be able

:53:13.:53:18.

to lead the series. We expect less than ten minutes to go from Flora

:53:19.:53:22.

Duffy, who still looks calm and composed and controlled. Has not

:53:23.:53:27.

allowed herself to be distracted by all the noise and excitement around

:53:28.:53:33.

her. The generosity of the fans, they love their sport and they know

:53:34.:53:36.

all about Flora Duffy. The reigning world champion, and a bit of light

:53:37.:53:42.

rain starting to fall which could make life interesting for the mens

:53:43.:53:45.

rea is, especially if it turns into a heavy downpour. -- the men's race.

:53:46.:53:55.

Duffy takes the Bell. I'm so excited. She has got the crowd

:53:56.:54:02.

behind her, a commanding lead. When you have got this crowd support,

:54:03.:54:05.

it's exciting for the athletes and it does not happen in every race. We

:54:06.:54:10.

are lucky to have such good crowd support in the UK. You are

:54:11.:54:14.

absolutely right. We commentate on many races around the world and

:54:15.:54:18.

there's no crowds like this, it is exceptional and wonderful. It always

:54:19.:54:22.

makes me smile, when I think about our little island stuck out in the

:54:23.:54:27.

sea with terrible weather and we produced so many fantastic athletes

:54:28.:54:32.

and races. Can we race here every week? I think a short commute to

:54:33.:54:38.

racing is always nice, nice to get into your car than get on a 24-hour

:54:39.:54:46.

flight to Australia! Second place, Taylor Spivey, USA, enjoying a good

:54:47.:54:51.

run of form. Flora Duffield ready well on her way on her final lap and

:54:52.:54:59.

Taylor Spivey makes the term. Second triathlete through, the American.

:55:00.:55:07.

1.12 off the pace. Quite a long way until we see the third, she's

:55:08.:55:12.

managed a smile as she heard her name gets announced. There is the

:55:13.:55:16.

Italian, Alice Betto. Third position right now. Taylor Spivey has run

:55:17.:55:22.

consistently. She lost a lot of time on the first lap but has since then,

:55:23.:55:26.

maintained it and it's carried her through. Alice Betto takes a

:55:27.:55:31.

penalty. We thought it was coming after her dismount line, 15 seconds,

:55:32.:55:37.

which will seem like a minute to her. They never pass quickly. Alice

:55:38.:55:46.

Betto is stopped and restarted and released back onto the course with a

:55:47.:55:52.

burst of acceleration. I have to do is say, she was very composed

:55:53.:55:57.

because you see athletes get incredibly frustrated. I won't

:55:58.:56:00.

mention any names but Alice Betto, very composed and almost gives

:56:01.:56:05.

herself a little break. She knows she's got her place. Is no one

:56:06.:56:09.

insight, and off she goes again and what a great race for the Italian

:56:10.:56:14.

because we haven't had an Italian athlete on the podium in the World

:56:15.:56:20.

Triathlon Series. She'll be a big-name overnight in Italy because

:56:21.:56:23.

triathlon has a big following over there. Of late, we haven't seen a

:56:24.:56:28.

lot of Italian athlete but over the years it's been incredibly popular

:56:29.:56:35.

in Apsley. -- Italy. To get on top of the podium, it is a big

:56:36.:56:40.

breakthrough for them. Traditionally, they've had stronger

:56:41.:56:43.

Italian men but the women are doing really well. They have a strong

:56:44.:56:46.

junior programme and the English juniors have done a lot with the

:56:47.:56:51.

Italian juniors, so it's nice there is a crossover. Still are best

:56:52.:57:01.

placed of the British triathletes, Jess Learmonth. Running with Gillian

:57:02.:57:04.

Backhouse, keeping yourself in front of the Australian. I think she's an

:57:05.:57:10.

outstanding race because she's had a little injury worry with her knee, a

:57:11.:57:14.

difficult time over the last three weeks but to come here and it looks

:57:15.:57:18.

to me like she's going to get her best place finish on a World

:57:19.:57:24.

Triathlon Series. It looks to me, she was eighth, and she has got Ai

:57:25.:57:28.

Uedai behind Herbert will make a top ten finish it today and Ai Uedai,

:57:29.:57:34.

always smiling and relaxed and the crowd love her and it was a shame

:57:35.:57:38.

she could not get her swim together. Yes, she doesn't have the best

:57:39.:57:41.

swimmer, and we saw that in Yokohama. She's had some amazing

:57:42.:57:46.

result and is always a happy person to be around and have on the circuit

:57:47.:57:53.

and I watch her do well and I love it. It looks to me like she's going

:57:54.:58:00.

to run down, flying around, smiling, very relaxed and these two athletes,

:58:01.:58:04.

in front, the look over their shoulders and they will be surprised

:58:05.:58:09.

to see Ai Uedai absolutely flying. She looked up to the big screen, saw

:58:10.:58:15.

her image and the timings below, smiled, enjoyed this, and it's a

:58:16.:58:20.

massive crowd and they don't get anything like this in Yokohama on

:58:21.:58:26.

the regular tour. We were there on the world triathlon series, and

:58:27.:58:28.

there's been a few hundred spectators there. So Duffy is well

:58:29.:58:37.

on her final lap, and it's between Duffy and Non Stanford, 4.5 minutes

:58:38.:58:42.

now. Maya Kingma has been overtaken by Natalie Van Coevorden. And

:58:43.:58:50.

running alongside is Juri Ide. She will feel at home here, from the

:58:51.:58:57.

West Coast of Scotland, Charlotte McShane, and is making a decent move

:58:58.:59:04.

through the course, up into 13th position, five-minute behind, Flora

:59:05.:59:07.

Duffy, who is well on her way to her second successive World Triathlon

:59:08.:59:14.

Series victory. These gaps are huge. You don't often see this. Massive

:59:15.:59:20.

gaps between first and tenth. We are coming up to over five minutes and

:59:21.:59:24.

normally, you can see how hard the course has been with these large

:59:25.:59:29.

gaps. Believes cause is not like any other. The swim is cold, the Hill is

:59:30.:59:35.

where it all begins, and the place where it all picks up. I think we

:59:36.:59:41.

don't see races like this. It is a smaller field but these huge gaps,

:59:42.:59:45.

you don't see it and I guess it's the nature of the course which

:59:46.:59:49.

separates the athletes? I think so, but it's great we have this variety

:59:50.:59:54.

in the series, because we don't want every race being similar, a flat

:59:55.:00:01.

bike armour we need to have variety, so it's exciting to see these kinds

:00:02.:00:04.

of athletes take on different styles of courses.

:00:05.:00:08.

Flora Duffy is demonstrating she is good on any course. We talked about

:00:09.:00:16.

her winning in Stockholm last year and Yokohama a few weeks ago, which

:00:17.:00:22.

was completely flat, and she is an all-round complete athlete now and

:00:23.:00:28.

in phenomenon form. This is a well-deserved win because everything

:00:29.:00:31.

has been executed perfectly and she couldn't ask for anything else

:00:32.:00:32.

during this race. So the last 500 metres or so for

:00:33.:00:47.

Flora Duffy, who has been the sharpest of them all here this

:00:48.:00:52.

afternoon. She has not put a foot wrong, she has dominated the

:00:53.:00:56.

storyline of this World Triathlon Series race in Leeds with a

:00:57.:01:02.

fantastic performance. The runner-up to Gwen Jorgensen a year ago will

:01:03.:01:08.

take victory, and it looks like Spivey will be on the World

:01:09.:01:14.

Triathlon Series podium for the first time to continue the American

:01:15.:01:19.

success story at this level. We can follow Duffy from the helicopter

:01:20.:01:26.

shot which will take on the last 300 metres or so, following the

:01:27.:01:32.

motorcycle towards victory in Leeds. And the sunshine has returned,

:01:33.:01:35.

fittingly, to illuminate her success. With only 300 metres to go,

:01:36.:01:42.

she can really try to soak up the crowd now. She will have time to

:01:43.:01:46.

high-5 the crowd and taking the support from the people who have

:01:47.:01:53.

travelled from Bermuda to watch her. 200 metres to go for Flora Duffy and

:01:54.:01:58.

a really worthy champion, I don't think anyone can dispute that. She

:01:59.:02:03.

has led pretty much from start to finish, she really stamped her mark

:02:04.:02:07.

on the bike course with the three other athletes there to support her

:02:08.:02:11.

but today it is all about Flora Duffy. Back-to-back wins, Yokohama

:02:12.:02:17.

she took a few weeks ago, and she's a few hundred metres away from

:02:18.:02:22.

taking her title in Leeds. She did miss the first two races of the year

:02:23.:02:26.

but she's got time to catch it up, and if she stays in this form it

:02:27.:02:29.

will be hard for anyone to challenge her.

:02:30.:02:35.

Duffy can start to enjoy it now. After all the hard work, the 1500

:02:36.:02:43.

metres swim, the 38 K bike which she dominated from start to finish, to

:02:44.:02:52.

Mac -- two extra trips to transition. What an atmosphere, a

:02:53.:02:58.

convivial enthusiastic atmosphere here in Leeds. She waves to her

:02:59.:03:04.

family, and Flora Duffy wins in Leeds and wins by some margin. A

:03:05.:03:11.

brilliant win for Duffy. Two in a row after having triumphed in

:03:12.:03:15.

Yokohama. She has now travelled to Yorkshire to take her second

:03:16.:03:21.

successive win. Her family and friends will feel now that this long

:03:22.:03:24.

journey was more than worth it. She wins in the time of one hour 57

:03:25.:03:29.

minutes and to microseconds. That is about three minutes quicker than

:03:30.:03:33.

Gwen Jorgensen's winning time, although it is a slightly different

:03:34.:03:39.

course from 12 months ago. She has time to sit and soak it up and wait

:03:40.:03:44.

for the next one, which will be delighted, I'm sure, Taylor Spivey.

:03:45.:03:50.

This is brilliant for Taylor Spivey, I don't think she imagined she would

:03:51.:03:55.

be coming second today. She swam well, she rode and she has not got

:03:56.:04:04.

too excited, just gone with it. Amazing to see another American on

:04:05.:04:10.

the podium. She certainly doesn't look out of place because she's

:04:11.:04:13.

finishing as strong pretty much as she started. For the first time ever

:04:14.:04:20.

on the World Triathlon Series she's on the podium. And this must feel

:04:21.:04:26.

fantastic, taking the congratulations from the spectators

:04:27.:04:32.

in the grandstand, and taking second place in the World Triathlon Series

:04:33.:04:38.

in Leeds. One minute 30 seconds behind Flora Duffy. Still an

:04:39.:04:39.

excellent time. I don't think she can quite believe

:04:40.:04:54.

it herself at the moment. It might take a while to sink in. And this

:04:55.:04:59.

will be a thoroughly deserved third place for Alice Betto, who has done

:05:00.:05:04.

it despite having misjudged her arrival at the dismount line at the

:05:05.:05:07.

end of the bike, she allowed her front wheel to go over, she was

:05:08.:05:13.

given a 15 second penalty which she took calmly, didn't get stressed out

:05:14.:05:17.

about it because she knew she had time in reserve. And she will cruise

:05:18.:05:23.

home for third place. The first Italian on a World Triathlon Series

:05:24.:05:28.

podium. Alice Betto will be third and she's got time to thoroughly

:05:29.:05:34.

enjoy it, and stroll home. Betto takes Bird, her first podium,

:05:35.:05:38.

brilliant performance from Alice Betto as she is going to be highly

:05:39.:05:43.

emotional after the injury problems she's hard. What a race, with the

:05:44.:05:51.

penalty as well. Two and a half minutes down. I think we can see the

:05:52.:05:59.

emotion on her face there. After a year of injury last year, not being

:06:00.:06:03.

able to go to the Olympic Games, it means so much to her. I love seeing

:06:04.:06:09.

that emotion, you know how much it means to the athletes, how much they

:06:10.:06:13.

put in and how hard this sport can be. Kirsten Kasper with some

:06:14.:06:19.

excellent results recently is going to miss the podium place, and will

:06:20.:06:28.

be the second place American. Fourth place... There are worse placed

:06:29.:06:35.

finishes but she will be pleased with the result. She didn't quite

:06:36.:06:41.

make the front pack so it was a lost opportunity but she will be happy

:06:42.:06:44.

with her consistency so far this year. She was met immediately by

:06:45.:06:50.

team-mate Taylor Spivey and now there is a race for the finish, as

:06:51.:06:59.

there is a race with an array is going on behind, as Jess attempts to

:07:00.:07:09.

overtake the Australian. The best of the British! Just ahead of Gillian

:07:10.:07:17.

Backhouse. The local girl with the brilliant finish to defeat Gillian

:07:18.:07:28.

Backhouse for six and seven. Ashleigh Gentle next home. She

:07:29.:07:36.

looking absolutely shattered. Yes, she looks like she has struggled.

:07:37.:07:43.

She had a solid run but I can't imagine her being too happy with

:07:44.:07:48.

that today. And I think it will be Charlotte MacShane next across the

:07:49.:07:49.

line, to be followed by Juri Ide and

:07:50.:08:11.

non-Stanford. Let's go down to the finish and join Ore. Obviously we

:08:12.:08:19.

are going to make sure non-Stanford is all right. We have got Taylor

:08:20.:08:26.

Spivey with us. Silver medallist, podium for the first time in a World

:08:27.:08:30.

Series race. You are smiling so broadly, what did it feel like to

:08:31.:08:36.

come over the finish line? It felt amazing, I worked really hard for

:08:37.:08:40.

that podium, especially on the bike trying to keep up with Flora. It was

:08:41.:08:48.

tough but it was worth it. I could see you having tentative high-fives,

:08:49.:08:51.

you took your time down the blue carpet and it must have been a

:08:52.:08:55.

relief to make sure your work paid off. Definitely, I have been working

:08:56.:09:00.

really hard and I'm so happy to see it come together today. What was it

:09:01.:09:05.

like in that lead group because you all worked really hard for each

:09:06.:09:11.

other. Yes, I wasn't sure I could catch the next group with the two

:09:12.:09:14.

minute gap because there are some fast runners and I'm so amazed I

:09:15.:09:19.

did. You have a moment on the podium coming up, take your time, Taylor.

:09:20.:09:27.

Congratulations, enjoy your moment up there. It's all right, you can

:09:28.:09:31.

take a walk. What about that for a result. We were watching it

:09:32.:09:38.

together, the an incredible race in the first time podium is a big deal.

:09:39.:09:43.

It's a massive deal. The thing about the athletes in the lead pack with

:09:44.:09:47.

Flora Duffy didn't expect that going out this morning, but they hung on

:09:48.:09:52.

and fair play to them as they Leave with the world champion wheel

:09:53.:09:59.

4-wheel. I love it when they put that much work in. They all

:10:00.:10:03.

contributed and worked really hard to stay in the pack and I loved to

:10:04.:10:07.

see them get the rewards for that with the podium finishes going to

:10:08.:10:12.

the three in that group. Both Taylor and Alice first time podium is. We

:10:13.:10:16.

are going to try to talk to Flora and is well to Alice Betto, who we

:10:17.:10:21.

can all see it meant so much to. We are going to talk to them before the

:10:22.:10:26.

medal presentation, but talk about Flora because it was an exemplary

:10:27.:10:32.

race. It is becoming trademark Flora, a phenomenal swimmer,

:10:33.:10:34.

incredible on the bike and now her run is the best out there as well so

:10:35.:10:40.

how do you beat someone performing that way? It is trademark now. And

:10:41.:10:46.

just the second time back this season, she's in great shape. Yes,

:10:47.:10:58.

she... Let's speak to the lady herself. The world champion is here!

:10:59.:11:03.

What was really nice, after she worked so hard, is having a lovely

:11:04.:11:09.

shower to make sure you were cooled down appropriately! Brilliant race,

:11:10.:11:15.

we were just talking about how exemplary that was. You lead the

:11:16.:11:20.

hallway on the bike. I didn't realise Jess had backed off until

:11:21.:11:25.

maybe five kilometres into the ride. I had a goal of going hard, and if

:11:26.:11:29.

there is nobody with you you will have to go for yourself. It was

:11:30.:11:37.

super hard today, the course is really tough. It was windy so I'm

:11:38.:11:41.

pretty glad I had some company on the bike to share the workload. The

:11:42.:11:50.

others were more inexperienced venue, did you feel like you had to

:11:51.:11:55.

make them work as hard as you? They seemed pretty keen to work and we

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worked well together. My fiance kept giving us split so I think that

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motivated them, each time the split would get higher and higher sale the

:12:06.:12:09.

minds they were thinking it was a podium opportunity. With that

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dangling in front of you it is major motivation. Back-to-back victories

:12:16.:12:19.

so where do you go from here? You want to get this feeling a number

:12:20.:12:25.

more times, I'm sure. Yes, Leeds was fantastic, I had goose bumps running

:12:26.:12:33.

down the streets. So many people saying, "Go, Flora! " now I'm going

:12:34.:12:40.

to fly to Bermuda and have a few days' relaxation and get ready for

:12:41.:12:44.

the back half of the season. We could see all of your Bermuda fans,

:12:45.:12:51.

waving over there! I think you are needed for a presentation so we will

:12:52.:12:56.

let you get off but congratulations again, well done.

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Off she goes, make your way through the cameras.

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I think you guys were saying in commentary as well, she's out on her

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own as far as a contingent, not like the British and American guys with

:13:10.:13:13.

the huge support teams, not least team-mates as well, she's a

:13:14.:13:18.

one-woman band and she rocked it. Yes, in some ways you need those

:13:19.:13:22.

people around you but in others it has made her stronger. She cannot

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look around to see who was helping her because she's on her own so she

:13:27.:13:30.

cracks on with it and she does a great job. And quicker than when

:13:31.:13:40.

Jorgensen last year. If she wants to challenge the best, she's putting

:13:41.:13:44.

down markers. Yes, Flora for the last year or so has done trademark

:13:45.:13:53.

Flora, and trademark Gwen and run through from behind but Flora is

:13:54.:13:56.

getting faster and faster on the run that makes it harder for Gwen to

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come back into the races. Let's discuss the British athletes because

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as it unfolded it was interesting because Jess coming out of the water

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first up, you thought perhaps she has got a chance but they had

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specific instructions, didn't they? Yes, looking at the race, you look

:14:19.:14:26.

at Non, you have got to support her. It was the right move, it was team

:14:27.:14:32.

tactics and they have spoken about it before. Unfortunately for Non,

:14:33.:14:37.

she wasn't feeling tiptop today. Unfortunately today it was more bust

:14:38.:14:44.

than all but the rationale behind doing it was the right thing to get

:14:45.:14:50.

a great British athletes on home territory. We can see the effort

:14:51.:14:55.

they put in, the way Non was taking her time on the finish line here. We

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can look at that moment that Jess had to take a minute back in the

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race. We won't, because we have another podium athlete in Alice

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Betto. Congratulations. So many people, Vicky Holland, so many other

:15:14.:15:19.

people, but to see you coming over the line you were overcome, what did

:15:20.:15:22.

it mean to you to have a podium? It is the first time on the podium

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for me. Last July was entered. I did the second surgery to my Achilles,

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and I started training, just six months ago. I do not believe this

:15:40.:15:52.

podium. -- last July I was injured. It was the perfect race. Not quite

:15:53.:15:58.

perfect because you did have a stop -- go penalty. Did you think you had

:15:59.:16:03.

in form was there some don't? I thought I had enough to do the

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penalty. After the third lap. I wanted to gain energy for the last

:16:14.:16:19.

lap. I was so tired. It was hard on the bike. It is nice that they could

:16:20.:16:23.

provide the rest for you. You have done everything you have needed to

:16:24.:16:27.

do. Time for you to collect your bronze medal. Thank you very much. I

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will Take That from you. Well done. Alice Betto is a history maker. She

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has taken my microphone from me. That is fine, she is a medallist.

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She's a history maker. Overnight she will be a big star. She has had it

:16:45.:16:49.

coming for a long time. She spoke about her Achilles and operations.

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She has proven what she can do. Having the bike, swim combination,

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that will be key to her success. I saw what she could do in Yokohama

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first-hand. She came out of the water close to me. She had a better

:17:06.:17:09.

swim today than she did there. She rode so hard on the first couple of

:17:10.:17:14.

laps. I said that if she was there out of the water, she could raid

:17:15.:17:18.

with Flora. She has reaped the rewards today. Six months after

:17:19.:17:24.

injury, she is back here, able to provide or deliver that kind of

:17:25.:17:28.

performance. We have a couple of British athletes standing by. We

:17:29.:17:33.

will bring them in. Coming, Jess, Non. We have another one coming in.

:17:34.:17:40.

Hold onto that. Step back so can see you. We saw you at the finish line.

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You are right? I am OK. Not my best time. I have had a rough few weeks

:17:47.:17:51.

since Yokohama. That was a struggle from start to finish. I gave it my

:17:52.:17:57.

all, but when I got on to the run, I had nothing left. It was a matter of

:17:58.:18:01.

getting round. The crowd got me around. I know it sounds like a

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cliche, but the support was fantastic. They lifted me, so thanks

:18:06.:18:16.

to everyone who supported. It's splintered in the swim. Did you feel

:18:17.:18:18.

that things got tricky at that point? Yes, I was off the bike of

:18:19.:18:21.

the front pack, going around. It pushed on and on the second lap.

:18:22.:18:26.

When I got out I was 60 seconds down. I heard the call that we had

:18:27.:18:30.

decided we were going to work as a team today and that Jess was going

:18:31.:18:35.

to wait. I did everything I could to get back to her. I tried to get us

:18:36.:18:41.

into a good position. I do not think I contributed much, unfortunately.

:18:42.:18:46.

You powered on through, you're making your way back. It was an

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admirable effort. Jess, let's come to you. Sixth place in our World

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Triathlon Series race. Is that a personal best? It is.

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Congratulations. At one point in the race, you were potentially the Queen

:19:03.:19:06.

maker. You had the power in your hands. Purpose through that moment,

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you will run the bike, you had the lead. You made the call to drop back

:19:12.:19:15.

and try and help your team-mates. Definitely. We had already spoken

:19:16.:19:20.

before we started. That was the tactics. I knew full well that is

:19:21.:19:24.

what we were going to do and that is what I wanted to do. I was more than

:19:25.:19:29.

happy to drop back and push on and help Non. It is something we need to

:19:30.:19:35.

practice. It is a great place to practice. We have all had problems,

:19:36.:19:39.

little illnesses before the race. We never knew how it was going to pan

:19:40.:19:44.

out and with triathlon, you never do. It was good. After the first lap

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on the bike, you were only one minute behind. Did you feel like

:19:52.:19:54.

there was a chance that you could deliver a podium, or did you feel

:19:55.:19:58.

quickly that the gap was getting bigger? To be honest, the gap was

:19:59.:20:03.

going out every lap. It was so windy. I find it very hard, to be

:20:04.:20:09.

honest. I do not think many were contributing to our group. There

:20:10.:20:12.

were a few of us on the front. I did not know how well the front group

:20:13.:20:22.

were working. Obviously they were doing well, because each lap, we

:20:23.:20:25.

were like, oh, it is going out. We were trying to get around the ten

:20:26.:20:28.

key M on the windy scores ever. You had the wind and rain and everything

:20:29.:20:32.

else and an incredible crowd. No one was going to take sixth place away

:20:33.:20:36.

from you. I know, I cannot believe it. I have been practising my

:20:37.:20:44.

sprint. Apologies. Yes, the crowd, I wonder if they would mind coming to

:20:45.:20:48.

every triathlon. It would get me round the ten k every time. It was

:20:49.:20:54.

amazing. Some of the guys have been talking about your development. You

:20:55.:21:01.

thought this race might have been your last. To make the leaps and

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bounds you have in the last 12 months, you must be personally

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please? Yes, I am delighted. I am old compared to some of the younger

:21:10.:21:16.

athletes. Apart from Non. She is quite old. I know I have the

:21:17.:21:21.

development, I have the fitness, that it is putting into practice and

:21:22.:21:27.

getting the run sorted. Why have you gone so far away from me. Come in.

:21:28.:21:34.

We are all family. You were impressed with how both of them did,

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but Jess in particular? Yes, these guys are my team-mates and friends.

:21:39.:21:43.

I know when they have had troubles and setbacks. I do not think there

:21:44.:21:47.

is a single person in the team who has had a smooth running. We have

:21:48.:21:53.

had last-minute dropouts and injuries. These two give it

:21:54.:21:56.

everything. There is no doubt what they put into the race. Jess, to

:21:57.:22:00.

lead out the swim, casually look around and see a little gap. You did

:22:01.:22:05.

a great job. I know you went back for Non and you put in what you

:22:06.:22:10.

could. The front group were working well. Flora motivated them and they

:22:11.:22:15.

were seeing the gap glide. It continued to go. They were motivated

:22:16.:22:21.

to chase the podium. Do you have any thoughts to offer. Jess and Non are

:22:22.:22:27.

recovering. It is so difficult. It is a tough course. It is tough and

:22:28.:22:31.

it worked well with that small, effective group. It was windy. Non

:22:32.:22:38.

has had a tough time. It is not easy to miss training. These guys are

:22:39.:22:42.

performing at their best. It is difficult to compete if you cannot

:22:43.:22:48.

bring your a game. Two top ten finishes, you cannot ask for more

:22:49.:22:52.

when you're not feeling great. Tell us about how things started. There

:22:53.:22:57.

was a moment, and it may have been inconspicuous, you were making your

:22:58.:23:00.

way down the pontoon. You were side-by-side? What happened? She

:23:01.:23:07.

wanted to go left and I wanted to go right. She thought she would not be

:23:08.:23:13.

able to get away from the other girls on the right-hand turn on the

:23:14.:23:21.

pontoon. We went with her. She went with me. Let's talk about the swim a

:23:22.:23:29.

little. Just like you did in 2016, like you have done so many times in

:23:30.:23:32.

the World Triathlon Series, leading the way. While you were on the swim,

:23:33.:23:38.

are you aware that you're pulling things away? It is such an important

:23:39.:23:46.

part of your race? I look back at each marker. I see if I can see. It

:23:47.:23:51.

is difficult to know if you have a gap, or when the gap happens. It is

:23:52.:23:56.

difficult but I have a sneaky look. Well done. From both of you,

:23:57.:24:01.

congratulations. Thank you for talking to us. We appreciated. Let's

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go to the medal presentation. Matt Jordan can talk this through podium

:24:07.:24:11.

athletes. Yes, and just the final step to be

:24:12.:24:18.

occupied by Flora Duffy. What a noise from the Bermudan contingent.

:24:19.:24:23.

Two in a row for the world champion. Ahead of Taylor Spivey, her first

:24:24.:24:27.

podium, and Alice Bechtel making Italian history. Kirsten Kasper

:24:28.:24:34.

finishing fourth today. She has moved to the top of the World

:24:35.:24:40.

Triathlon Series standings. But it is Duffy is all smiles, today's race

:24:41.:24:47.

winner. There will be a familiar and some for Flora Duffy.

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CHEERING The British crowd did not get to see

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a British victory, but they still heard the familiar national anthem.

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God Save The Queen for Bermuda. The gold medal goes to Flora Duffy from

:25:48.:25:52.

Bermuda. The silver medal to Taylor Spivey, the bronze medal to Alice

:25:53.:25:53.

Bechtel. -- Betto. So much to look forward to an Leeds

:25:54.:26:27.

this afternoon, not least until we build up to Brownlee against

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Brownlee. The two of them, Olympic gold and silver medallist back in

:26:33.:26:36.

Rio de Janeiro. This will be the first time we have seen them back in

:26:37.:26:40.

action since the World Triathlon Series final last year. Those images

:26:41.:26:45.

beamed around the world, the moment the Jonny Brownlee, looking to win

:26:46.:26:48.

the race in Mexico, it would have taken him to another world title,

:26:49.:26:55.

the dehydration, the heat stroke to Kim and he needed his brother,

:26:56.:26:58.

Alistair Brownlee, to give him the helping hand over the line. It was

:26:59.:27:04.

Henri Schoeman who took the victory. This was the defining image of 2016.

:27:05.:27:11.

The Brownlees, others in arms, making their way over the finish

:27:12.:27:15.

line, a perfect example of brotherly love. They will be hoping for a

:27:16.:27:20.

different result today. We have heard that the boys are making their

:27:21.:27:27.

way down to the start line in Leeds. Louise has been soaking up the calm

:27:28.:27:30.

before the storm. This is very much they can before

:27:31.:27:34.

the storm. We are in registration. This is Tom Bishop's bag. How will

:27:35.:27:39.

they be feeling, what do they have to do? -- bike. They are all pretty

:27:40.:27:47.

nervous. Even on the morning of the race, you start getting nervous.

:27:48.:27:50.

They go through the bike checks, they check their kick, they make

:27:51.:27:54.

sure everything is up the specifications. They make sure

:27:55.:27:57.

everything is safe. They get a detailed check. We are looking at

:27:58.:28:01.

the bikes, they are measuring everything? Yes, they make sure it

:28:02.:28:05.

is compliant with the rules. Everybody has to have the same

:28:06.:28:09.

specification bike. When you're waiting in this queue you can see a

:28:10.:28:25.

difference in the kind of athletes, how people are dealing with the

:28:26.:28:28.

nerves. Some people are chatty? There are different characters and

:28:29.:28:30.

different characters deal with stress in different ways. Some

:28:31.:28:32.

people like company. Others like to be left alone. As a coach, what

:28:33.:28:34.

recommendation would you say to people, that they do what they need

:28:35.:28:37.

to do? Exactly, be yourself. Nerves can add to your race. Go with them.

:28:38.:28:40.

Some of them are going to do the hill as well. Is that something you

:28:41.:28:44.

would be looking at? That is very smart. You want to know what will

:28:45.:28:49.

come. You want to check your dealing. In the girls' race, some of

:28:50.:28:59.

them were in the wrong yet -- in the wrong year, they could hardly pedal.

:29:00.:29:01.

Talking about the swim, some of the female athletes, we saw them getting

:29:02.:29:05.

in quite a time before the race. Would you recommend that? I would

:29:06.:29:10.

not. The swim is quake cold and some of these athletes are from hot

:29:11.:29:14.

environments. They are getting in 16 degrees water 40 minutes before the

:29:15.:29:19.

start. I cannot see how that will be a positive. But it is for each

:29:20.:29:26.

person to decide. If it works for you, thanks. We have 15 minutes

:29:27.:29:29.

before the men take to the water. We are beginning the countdown. We have

:29:30.:29:35.

a Commonwealth medallist alongside us alongside Vicky Holland. Jodie,

:29:36.:29:42.

what are your thoughts on that race. Flora Duffy was in brilliant form?

:29:43.:29:46.

She was amazing today. She shows why she is the current world champion. I

:29:47.:29:52.

think past the swim, dominating the bike. It was great to see her run

:29:53.:29:55.

your potential. non-Stanford there could have been

:29:56.:30:03.

up to nine British girls of online today. The likes of you, Helen

:30:04.:30:08.

Jenkins, Taylor-Brown was injured just before the race. The strength

:30:09.:30:13.

and breadth is incredible, seven guys in the British team taking to

:30:14.:30:16.

the line for the men's race coming up. It is phenomenal. We do have

:30:17.:30:23.

good strength and breadth in British triathlon, which sets us apart. We

:30:24.:30:27.

have it in both the male and female sites. It is fantastic for us,

:30:28.:30:34.

especially with the announcement the relay is going into the Olympics.

:30:35.:30:38.

What about that announcement because you may or may not have heard on

:30:39.:30:43.

Friday in the triathlon world the shocks were felt around the globe,

:30:44.:30:48.

that the IOC have decided there will be a mixed triathlon relay at

:30:49.:30:56.

Tokyo's 2020 games. It was huge news, wasn't it? Yes, going into the

:30:57.:31:02.

Commonwealth Games in Glasgow I definitely think I was more nervous

:31:03.:31:06.

for the relay, mainly because we were in the team with Alistair and

:31:07.:31:12.

Jonny, but it is such an exciting race. The smallest mistake makes a

:31:13.:31:18.

huge difference. It's great to go triathlon in this way and it's

:31:19.:31:23.

exciting to get triathlon into the Olympics twice. It's another medal

:31:24.:31:26.

opportunity for Great Britain as well because not only is it a good

:31:27.:31:30.

thing for the spectators, but also for Great Britain Commonwealth

:31:31.:31:40.

champions, and so much of the talent in there. Yes, it's fantastic that

:31:41.:31:47.

it's into the Olympics. As you said, a ridiculously good spectator event,

:31:48.:31:52.

the best one I think there is in triathlon, but on top of that we

:31:53.:31:55.

have a really good shot with the relay. We will be fighting for our

:31:56.:32:00.

places in the team. And a great way to showcase that would be in

:32:01.:32:05.

Nottingham in a couple of months, in September we will see that, both

:32:06.:32:17.

hoping to be there? Yes, no injuries, we will be there.

:32:18.:32:21.

Currently training in Loughborough, it is so close to Nottingham, it

:32:22.:32:27.

will be fantastic for Great Britain to get so many people there and

:32:28.:32:30.

hosting such a big event in Nottingham. It is fantastic. We have

:32:31.:32:36.

Leeds, what a great event this was, and Nottingham to have another one.

:32:37.:32:41.

And with that news from the IOC, we would expect more international

:32:42.:32:45.

teams to come through, we expect the USA to be there. Yes, last year

:32:46.:32:50.

because of the build-up to the Olympic Games we didn't have a

:32:51.:32:54.

strong team as we would often have because none of the Olympic athletes

:32:55.:32:59.

went to Hamburg. We will forgive the Americans for winning last year but

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weak won the year before that! We are hoping to give them a run for

:33:05.:33:09.

their money and we have such strong male and female teams I think we can

:33:10.:33:14.

do the business in Tokyo. We have a hamburger triathlon still to come in

:33:15.:33:17.

a month and the mixed triathlon cuts in Nottingham. So much to look

:33:18.:33:22.

forward to. Let's talk about what we saw yesterday because it has been a

:33:23.:33:27.

festival of triathlon weekend. Paratriathlon made its Olympic debut

:33:28.:33:33.

in Rio last year, and Annie has been finding out if we could see the next

:33:34.:33:41.

generation of Paralympic medallists. I am Claire Cashmore, and I made the

:33:42.:33:48.

switch after Rio into paratriathlon. I try to make it look like I know

:33:49.:33:54.

what I'm doing! Triathlon is a sport I always wanted to try, so what

:33:55.:33:58.

better way, my second race and I'm slightly nervous but it should be

:33:59.:34:04.

fine. How do you manage transitions? At the moment it is come in, through

:34:05.:34:10.

everything on and go. I am Sophie and I've been doing triathlon for

:34:11.:34:15.

about a year. My sister used to raise triathlon as well and she was

:34:16.:34:20.

the motivation I needed. Once I did it, I never looked back. It's my

:34:21.:34:28.

dad's job to take off my wet suit, get me onto the bike, get me into my

:34:29.:34:33.

chair. Because he's my dad he can throw me bit and it doesn't matter

:34:34.:34:38.

if we kick each other, although I am small so not too heavy to throw

:34:39.:34:40.

around! So they are off on the swim, it is

:34:41.:34:55.

400 metres, the water is a bit chilly at 16.5 degrees but hopefully

:34:56.:34:58.

they will have a chance to warm up before they get out on the bikes.

:34:59.:35:14.

Claire has had a really great bike, she's just got 2.2 kilometres on the

:35:15.:35:23.

run. Very shortly we will be seeing Sophie coming down the hill and

:35:24.:35:40.

entering T2. Go on, Sophie! Did you enjoy it, Sophie? Yes, I did, it was

:35:41.:35:45.

starting to hurt on the push coming to the finish but other than that I

:35:46.:35:49.

love being out racing, I love seeing what I can do. It was a good day, I

:35:50.:35:54.

enjoyed it. Claire, you were so speedy we missed you on the finish.

:35:55.:35:59.

We have seen you at full Paralympics as a slimmer, will we see you in

:36:00.:36:06.

Tokyo as a triathlete? Right now I am very much in the learning stages,

:36:07.:36:10.

but we will see what happens. Good luck, I've got a feeling you will

:36:11.:36:18.

enjoy it. Thank you. And so many people enjoying the sport of

:36:19.:36:21.

triathlon over the weekend. Early this morning hundreds took to the

:36:22.:36:26.

streets on this course, making their way up the blue carpet. You don't

:36:27.:36:30.

have to be a Brownlee to enjoy the feeling of going over the finish

:36:31.:36:34.

line. Louise has been catching up with some of those runners. It

:36:35.:36:38.

really is like a triathlon Festival. We have just seen the Brownlee

:36:39.:36:43.

Brothers, I saw Jonathan anyway having a quick swim. Who have you

:36:44.:36:54.

come to see? The Brownlees. So many people taking part of different age

:36:55.:36:57.

groups and triathlon is a growing sport. I love this sport, let's

:36:58.:37:03.

speak to some other people involved. Jane, Peter and Carolyn, you did

:37:04.:37:09.

your first triathlon yesterday, how do you feel? Massive sense of

:37:10.:37:13.

achievement, I loved it. You were nervous about the water, how was it?

:37:14.:37:19.

It was scary, I was terrified of everything you can think of but the

:37:20.:37:25.

support staff were fantastic and they got me around, shouting

:37:26.:37:30.

encouragement. Peter, you did it on your 60... 65th birthday so I was a

:37:31.:37:37.

pensioner. I have been meaning to do it a long time and I finally got

:37:38.:37:42.

round. I was a bit frightened about the swim. I was last out of the lake

:37:43.:37:47.

but I completed the circuit and I've not done any competitive cycling

:37:48.:37:51.

since I was delivering newspapers probably! But I was OK on the bike

:37:52.:37:58.

and knew I would be OK on the road. I can see how it is one of Britain's

:37:59.:38:01.

fastest-growing sports. Are you going to it again? Yes, quite

:38:02.:38:08.

addictive. I will definitely do it again, yes. Age is a good thing in

:38:09.:38:15.

triathlon, isn't it? You took up the sport just a few years ago. When I

:38:16.:38:23.

was 59. The Brownlees did a triathlon at Fountains Abbey and I

:38:24.:38:27.

thought I would have a go. I really liked it so I joined British

:38:28.:38:32.

triathlon, got involved, joined Harrogate triathlon club who taught

:38:33.:38:37.

me how to swim, badly, and it's been fantastic so I do quite a bit now

:38:38.:38:42.

really. You are really underselling yourself here. Fellow age-group, you

:38:43.:38:56.

are in Team GB. I am, yes. I do duathlon as well, which doesn't

:38:57.:39:01.

involve the swimming. I'm going in Canada in August to do that. You won

:39:02.:39:10.

the race today in your age-group? I won my age-group, yes. This is what

:39:11.:39:15.

I love about triathletes, so modest! We are looking forward to the race,

:39:16.:39:23.

and sweet? Yes, we are. The rallying cry! So many people

:39:24.:39:27.

have told me I have to get involved in the sport. I have been covering

:39:28.:39:31.

it for a couple of years, and to see the enjoyment on people's faces...

:39:32.:39:36.

It is between triathlon and dams and at the moment I am split. If you

:39:37.:39:41.

want to get involved, you can go the BBC website. Give it a go. From the

:39:42.:39:48.

grass roots of the best in the business, and as we continue the

:39:49.:39:51.

build-up to the men's race so many people will be looking forward to

:39:52.:39:55.

seeing the Brownlee brothers in action. They really are the poster

:39:56.:39:59.

boys of the sport, but someone we don't know so much about is the

:40:00.:40:05.

long-term coach Malcolm Brown. The man behind them is due to retire at

:40:06.:40:09.

the end of this year, and when he does it will be a really sad day

:40:10.:40:12.

because between the three of them they have so much history.

:40:13.:40:21.

# We have come a long, long way together

:40:22.:40:23.

# Through the hard times and the good

:40:24.:40:26.

# I have to celebrate... You need that wise owl on your

:40:27.:40:36.

shoulder. There will be times I would turn up and it would be cold

:40:37.:40:40.

and wet and Leeds United would be playing on the Tuesday night and I

:40:41.:40:45.

would much rather be there. Sometimes was a devout holding them

:40:46.:40:52.

back as much as pushing them? -- it about holding them back? It was very

:40:53.:40:58.

much about that. They are used to challenging themselves in training.

:40:59.:41:06.

On a weekly basis. First of the collapses! I remember feeling really

:41:07.:41:12.

rough the whole race, then everything went blank. Jonny, this

:41:13.:41:17.

is a big day for you, then Alistair Nix all the attention! I crossed the

:41:18.:41:22.

finishing line and I was happiest I have been in my career so far but no

:41:23.:41:27.

one really cared, it was all about how is Alistair. It's interesting,

:41:28.:41:30.

he didn't try to carry you across the line! Yes, I have pointed this

:41:31.:41:38.

out on numerous occasions! He comes out with varying excuses. It makes

:41:39.:41:42.

me feel like the better human being really. Jonny was in that position

:41:43.:41:46.

and he didn't take that action, and I did! By the time I arrived, I was

:41:47.:41:55.

in the best possible shape I could be in. I could stand on that start

:41:56.:41:59.

line and go, someone is going to have to do something a lot better

:42:00.:42:03.

than they've ever done before to beat me. In the race, Gomez probably

:42:04.:42:10.

have the best race of his career as well. Alistair Brownlee is the

:42:11.:42:15.

Olympic triathlon champion. When I crossed the line, I knew I was

:42:16.:42:21.

third. That's the most honest time, when you cross the finish line, and

:42:22.:42:29.

I'm happy. Did you watch it? No, I didn't, Jonny spoil that! Jonny

:42:30.:42:36.

heads for the penalty box... I had to go into the bowels of the stadium

:42:37.:42:40.

and asked the technical guides to see a replay of Jonny's alleged foul

:42:41.:42:45.

and I spent the rest of the race underneath the stand watching on a

:42:46.:42:50.

monitor that was this big! But my main feeling was these guys have

:42:51.:42:55.

done everything possible they deserved on the day to get what they

:42:56.:42:59.

got, and if they did that, they would get medals and that's exactly

:43:00.:43:06.

what happened. About halfway through the bike, I was thinking this is

:43:07.:43:11.

going absolutely perfect for us, then I made a big mistake and said

:43:12.:43:17.

to Alistair, just relax. He decided to drop me, I forgot how ruthless he

:43:18.:43:26.

can be. Sometimes people compete and don't get what they deserve for some

:43:27.:43:30.

reason, these guys got what they deserve on the day and I'm just

:43:31.:43:38.

happy for them. We have got to talk about this, sorry Jonny!

:43:39.:43:47.

COMMENTATOR: This is a horrible sight, and Alistair will carry Jonny

:43:48.:43:54.

home. I watched it live, turned my television and phone on. I didn't

:43:55.:43:57.

realise this was going to be a massive incident in not only

:43:58.:44:06.

triathlon but in sport. For all this stuff about Alistair looking after

:44:07.:44:10.

you, when he gets you to the line he doesn't lay you over it, he shoves

:44:11.:44:18.

you over it! He had done his bit, I think it was annoyed with me really!

:44:19.:44:22.

At the same time I was upset because it's not the way you want to finish

:44:23.:44:28.

the season or the race. Brownlee centre. It's definitely one of the

:44:29.:44:39.

major legacies. At some point when the racing is done, I will sit down

:44:40.:44:45.

and think about this thing and think that is incredible. Malcolm, how

:44:46.:44:49.

much will you miss these two? It's been a privilege to be part of team

:44:50.:44:54.

Brownlee and hopefully they have learned some things from me as well.

:44:55.:44:59.

If it were anywhere else apart from Yorkshire, I would expect you to be

:45:00.:45:06.

hugging... We will go for fish and chips!

:45:07.:45:11.

There will not be a dry eye in the house when those three break-up.

:45:12.:45:18.

Let's go to transition on and the start. Louise is with the guys as

:45:19.:45:21.

they get ready. We are in transition. This is Tom

:45:22.:45:26.

Bishop's bike. The Brownlees would normally be up here, but they are

:45:27.:45:32.

not today. They are used to being on an two. We're leaving it behind. How

:45:33.:45:35.

will it affect them? They're going to be in the middle of transition.

:45:36.:45:38.

They will grab their bikes and run out when there is a flaw of bikes

:45:39.:45:52.

coming towards them. They will not be used to that. We have made it.

:45:53.:45:56.

Hi, Jonny, how are you doing? I am nervous but looking forward to it. I

:45:57.:45:59.

saw you practising the hill. What do you think? It went well in practice,

:46:00.:46:01.

but in the race, the adrenaline is going. Hopefully it will go well. It

:46:02.:46:06.

could be useful to you two? Hopefully. What are you doing? And

:46:07.:46:10.

making sure the elastic bands on my shoes. You jump on and they should

:46:11.:46:15.

stay flat. You make sure the helmet is here, you come out of the swim

:46:16.:46:20.

and put it on straightaway. Are you doing, Alistair? I do not want to

:46:21.:46:25.

disturb you too much. I am OK. I am nervous about getting my bike

:46:26.:46:32.

cleanly. Are you going to practice? No. I love the confidence. What is

:46:33.:46:36.

it like, racing in your hometown? It is always brilliant race in Leeds.

:46:37.:46:41.

It was fantastic last year. I am looking forward to seeing the people

:46:42.:46:46.

on the side of the course. You will not be waving? I will be

:46:47.:46:49.

concentrating and focused. You have so many fans. I know they can do

:46:50.:46:54.

something special for you. What will it be like on the streets of Leeds,

:46:55.:46:56.

everybody? CHEERING

:46:57.:47:00.

Have a great race. Thank you. I do not know crowds, but

:47:01.:47:05.

I think that sounds like they are looking forward to it. We have the

:47:06.:47:09.

performance director of British triathlon with us, and a two-time

:47:10.:47:13.

world champion as well. Before we talk about the Brownlee Brothers,

:47:14.:47:16.

how much we're looking forward to this and what they did last year,

:47:17.:47:19.

let's talk about the influence of Malcolm Brown. He has been the

:47:20.:47:24.

driving force for those two from such a young age. It is hard to

:47:25.:47:28.

quantify how much of a driving force. He has been there the whole

:47:29.:47:33.

journey. It is immense. He has been on the journey and we are much

:47:34.:47:37.

better for having him with us. You do not want to take all the credit,

:47:38.:47:42.

but you convinced him to come full-time to British triathlon. When

:47:43.:47:46.

I started in 2013, he was part-time with us, coaching with the boys and

:47:47.:47:51.

doing some facilitation. I thought we needed him full-time. His

:47:52.:47:55.

knowledge, his experience and wisdom in endurance sport. It is second to

:47:56.:48:02.

none. I wanted more of that. We can see the influence. The World

:48:03.:48:06.

Championships, the Olympic titles, they are all part of the

:48:07.:48:11.

achievements. Looking at the guys and their legacy, the triathlon

:48:12.:48:15.

centre, the ?5 million centre, that is part of his legacy as well?

:48:16.:48:21.

Something he will relish when he does hang up his boots and see the

:48:22.:48:27.

young, new Brownlees coming in. Yes, one of the things I want to do in

:48:28.:48:31.

the performance programme is keep that knowledge alive. We would not

:48:32.:48:34.

be where we are without the influence of Malcolm. From the

:48:35.:48:40.

top-down, Malcolm has an influence. Not just for the boys, but British

:48:41.:48:45.

triathlon as well. He has been around for years. It is lovely to

:48:46.:48:49.

have him there. He is a mentor to many of the athletes and Leeds. I am

:48:50.:48:55.

not based on Leeds but he has attained word for everyone, and I

:48:56.:48:59.

know could go to him with a problem. He would help. He will be a loss to

:49:00.:49:04.

British triathlon. He is not really going to go, is the? He has the

:49:05.:49:08.

running track in his bedroom. That is where he lives and breathes. I

:49:09.:49:13.

will want to come here and have my copy with him. I always learn

:49:14.:49:18.

something, I am challenged to do it better. He gives me advice. He

:49:19.:49:21.

always has knowledge somewhere up his sleeve. Let's talk about the

:49:22.:49:28.

Brownlee brothers. It is the first time and the only time for Alistair

:49:29.:49:34.

in our World Series triathlon race. He has been concentrating on the

:49:35.:49:39.

middle distance? It is his first Olympic distance race in the Olympic

:49:40.:49:43.

Games last year. He is enjoying a different race format. But he loves

:49:44.:49:47.

the head-to-head. He's looking forward that. What about Jonny? He

:49:48.:49:52.

has not beaten his brother too many times but he has experience of a

:49:53.:49:57.

race in the series already. Yokohama did not go as he would have liked a

:49:58.:50:01.

couple of weeks ago. With this atmosphere, against his brother, the

:50:02.:50:06.

rivalry is setup? It is setup and Jonny will have fire after the crash

:50:07.:50:11.

in Yokohama. I'm sure that beating Alistair would be a good point to

:50:12.:50:15.

prove. They are making their way down to the water. Let's look at the

:50:16.:50:21.

standings. Some of the top men are not here. Two Spaniards. Fernando

:50:22.:50:27.

Alarza has a chance to take over the title in this series rankings. He

:50:28.:50:31.

has had a fourth, third and second place. Could it be first day? The

:50:32.:50:35.

Brownlee brothers will have something to say about that. Tom

:50:36.:50:40.

Bishop is the only British competitor with a podium, he got

:50:41.:50:48.

that in Abu Dhabi. Lots of talent on the start line. Magilton will talk

:50:49.:50:54.

us through this one. Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome

:50:55.:51:00.

back to Roundhay Park. The Waterloo Lake is kalamansi reign as the final

:51:01.:51:08.

countdown gets under way. -- calm and serene. 47 of the world's top

:51:09.:51:16.

triathletes lined up and diving into the water in Roundhay Park. 37

:51:17.:51:21.

acres, one of the largest city parks in Europe. We had a smaller field

:51:22.:51:27.

for the women. A much larger group of triathletes taking part. It will

:51:28.:51:31.

be key for the British triathletes, who all want to do well, not just

:51:32.:51:36.

the Brownlee brothers. Tom Bishop, Grant Sheldon, they all want to

:51:37.:51:45.

perform well. They will all be jostling for position. Gordon

:51:46.:51:53.

Benson. Watching this race are the gold and silver medallists, the

:51:54.:51:58.

medallist from the Olympic competition in Rio de Janeiro, it is

:51:59.:52:03.

time to say hello to Vicky Holland. Good afternoon. It is nice to be

:52:04.:52:06.

here and be my favourite hobby, talking about triathlon. Good to

:52:07.:52:12.

have you here. Annie Emmerson is back as well. We have a couple of

:52:13.:52:17.

distinct groups forming. It is going to be a strong swim. We have got a

:52:18.:52:24.

very interesting field. Not massive, but in terms of great swimmers in

:52:25.:52:29.

the sport, we have the likes of the Brownlee brothers, Henri Schoeman

:52:30.:52:32.

from South Africa and the French are back in force. We have not seen them

:52:33.:52:37.

racing so far this season in any of the three World Series races that

:52:38.:52:42.

have taken place. Aurelien Raphael is back. He had a fantastic race

:52:43.:52:49.

last year when he took off with the Brownlee brothers. And we have Royle

:52:50.:52:54.

from Australia. And we have Richard Varga. In the past, the Brownlee

:52:55.:52:58.

brothers have trained with Varga. He used to train in Leeds. I expect to

:52:59.:53:04.

see a breakaway something like that happening. I cannot believe we will

:53:05.:53:08.

not seeking tactics. Although richer does not leave -- does not live in

:53:09.:53:15.

Leeds any more, he is close to Alistair and Jonny. This is his

:53:16.:53:19.

second home. He stays with friends. He has a really nice setup. He wants

:53:20.:53:25.

to push for a strong result today. He did a 70.3 back at home last

:53:26.:53:30.

weekend. He did a long race last weekend but speaking to him in the

:53:31.:53:33.

last couple of days, he says he has recovered well. He thinks that a

:53:34.:53:39.

course like the course in Leeds, with the start list that there is,

:53:40.:53:45.

Alistair and Jonny, other strong athletes in the swim and on the

:53:46.:53:49.

bike, it is a transfer him to have a strong result. Interesting that he

:53:50.:53:54.

chose to the long-distance race last weekend. It is a short amount of

:53:55.:53:59.

time. Eight days to recover. It was one of his first times racing the

:54:00.:54:03.

middle distance race. I wonder how he will do in the middle distance

:54:04.:54:08.

course. Lots of women suffer today. This course is deceptive. There are

:54:09.:54:13.

no great hills, but you have the difficult hell out of the swim. It

:54:14.:54:18.

sorts them out from the word go. You have the flat bit rolling into

:54:19.:54:23.

thyme, and the criterium style course, coming into thyme. Seven

:54:24.:54:30.

loops of 3.6 km. Last June I felt it was the hardest course I to do. On

:54:31.:54:37.

paper, I could not work out what the reason for that was. Alistair and

:54:38.:54:41.

Jonny helped to design the course we should not be surprised it is

:54:42.:54:46.

difficult. They dragged out of the wine is deceptive. The loop in the

:54:47.:54:51.

town centre is not only technical, but there are hills involved. There

:54:52.:54:55.

is a long drag the transition. Even the transition is on a hill. There

:54:56.:55:01.

is no time when you can recover. You always have to work. Going back to

:55:02.:55:07.

how Richard will do, he says he feels recovered, he says he feels

:55:08.:55:11.

good, but I do not think he will know until he gets out there on the

:55:12.:55:16.

bike, when the run. That will be key. Absolutely. Looking at the swim

:55:17.:55:21.

at the moment, they are taking it hard. They are pretty much together

:55:22.:55:27.

but this is the early stages. We will be able to see the leak -- the

:55:28.:55:34.

red swimmer in a moment. Vigurs Richard Varga. It is indeed. It is

:55:35.:55:42.

not. I think it is Raoul Shaw. He is a very strong swimmer. He has not

:55:43.:55:46.

done much of the World Series. Richard Varga is in second. Number

:55:47.:55:53.

14. Yes, Raoul Shaw, he has done lots of racing in France. He is

:55:54.:55:58.

always a lead outswinger. I am not sure if this is his first World

:55:59.:56:01.

Series. He has not done a massive amount. I am not surprised to see

:56:02.:56:08.

him up there. He is phenomenal. They have redesigned the swim caps to

:56:09.:56:13.

make them easier to spot for the spectators and the media. They have

:56:14.:56:16.

giant numbers on them. It does not solve the problem but it is better

:56:17.:56:21.

than it was. We can usually guess that Richard Varga will be near the

:56:22.:56:25.

front and so years. And Raoul Shaw, he is there. I Aurelien Raphael

:56:26.:56:30.

wears number 30. You should not be far away. We also expect Henri

:56:31.:56:36.

Schoeman to be near the front of the field. Yes, he is a strong swimmer,

:56:37.:56:42.

always there or thereabouts. Leading it out. He has raced hard, winning

:56:43.:56:47.

number two. He was second in a World Cup race a few weeks ago. He has had

:56:48.:56:54.

a solid start to the year. He won the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro.

:56:55.:56:57.

He won the infamous race, the grand final. He was on the top of the

:56:58.:57:03.

podium there, but he would like a World Series podium in Leeds. He was

:57:04.:57:11.

fourth in Yokohama, second in Cagliari, and eighth in Cape Town on

:57:12.:57:19.

the Gold Coast, eighth in the Gold Coast and second in Cape Town. He

:57:20.:57:22.

would like to be on the podium today. He had the bronze medal in

:57:23.:57:27.

Rio de Janeiro. For many people he was a surprise medallist. At that

:57:28.:57:31.

time, he had not had a World Series podium at all. He had a strong

:57:32.:57:36.

performer with lots of top fives and top tens, but he had no big

:57:37.:57:41.

performances. To have your first-ever podium at the Olympics is

:57:42.:57:44.

special. Definitely the place to do it. Since then, he had the great

:57:45.:57:50.

performance in the grand final, where perversely he benefited from

:57:51.:57:54.

the downfall of Alistair and Jonny. Since then, it has been his only

:57:55.:57:59.

World Series podium. He would like to do it in circumstances where he

:58:00.:58:02.

is not benefiting from the failure of anywhere else. Numbers to look

:58:03.:58:08.

for, Jonathan Brownlee, 26, he is near the front, older brother

:58:09.:58:13.

Alistair has 28. If you're watching in high definition on a 40 inch flat

:58:14.:58:18.

screen at home, you might get a better view than we do. The Brownlee

:58:19.:58:21.

brothers, certainly half of the Brownlee brothers, near the front.

:58:22.:58:26.

Jonny making the better start, but Raoul Shaw, 44, has clear water

:58:27.:58:34.

ahead. He has an effortless looking stroke. They have two laps to swim.

:58:35.:58:41.

They will exit the water at the end of the first lap. The ramp will take

:58:42.:58:45.

them back onto the pontoon and they will dive back into start the second

:58:46.:58:50.

lap. We will get a full check on the runners at that stage. Look at the

:58:51.:58:55.

crowds in Roundhay Park. Hundreds enjoying this one. The population of

:58:56.:59:00.

Leeds is half a million. With the numbers we have in the park and the

:59:01.:59:04.

city, half of them are watching the race today. We approach the end of

:59:05.:59:10.

the first lap. It will be the Frenchman Raoul Shaw, 44, first to

:59:11.:59:14.

claim the ramp. Richard Varga will not be far behind. Jonathan Brownlee

:59:15.:59:20.

is with the leaders as well. We will get the full check.

:59:21.:59:25.

Pierre Le Corre is a good swimmer. Then Drew Box. Peter Denteneer from

:59:26.:59:34.

Belgium. Alistair Brownlee is eight seconds away from the frontrunners.

:59:35.:59:40.

David Luis of Portugal. Henri Schoeman is further behind than he

:59:41.:59:45.

might have liked. Mark Austin in 17th position. Tom Bishop within 15

:59:46.:59:52.

seconds of the lead. That just about accounts for most, if not all of the

:59:53.:59:56.

British entrants. Gordon Benson coming through in 20 seconds -- 20

:59:57.:59:59.

seconds off the pace. The group hasn't really split that

:00:00.:00:11.

much. It has got to be a career-best swim for Adam Bowden coming out in

:00:12.:00:15.

front of Alistair, and only about seven seconds down on the lead so if

:00:16.:00:26.

he can hold together for the second lap it really sets up his race. He's

:00:27.:00:29.

had some really good results in the World Series and his often

:00:30.:00:33.

overlooked when the -- with the other superstars in the team, but it

:00:34.:00:38.

will be a great result for him if he can stay in that pack and run from

:00:39.:00:46.

there. Adam Bowden has had about eight or nine top ten performances,

:00:47.:00:50.

and a career-best finish last year when he finished ninth overall in

:00:51.:00:56.

the series. He's in his twilight years but when he's strong, he's

:00:57.:01:02.

really strong. He had a fifth... No seventh place finish last year in

:01:03.:01:07.

Leeds. He likes racing here, he knows the area well and I expect a

:01:08.:01:12.

good performance from him. Henri Schoeman a bit down, he was about 15

:01:13.:01:17.

seconds down, but this is a tough swim here today, isn't it? Yes, and

:01:18.:01:23.

a little bit mixed up almost. You wouldn't have expected some of the

:01:24.:01:27.

people to come out the water so high to do so. We will see some of the

:01:28.:01:33.

stronger swimmers like Henri Schoeman, who hasn't had such a good

:01:34.:01:37.

first lap, I wouldn't be surprised to see him make up some ground on

:01:38.:01:41.

the second lap because in his own head he will back himself. I

:01:42.:01:45.

wouldn't be surprised to see someone like that move their way through the

:01:46.:01:50.

field. From a British perspective, I hope we see those guys having solid

:01:51.:01:54.

swims at the moment hold back together on the second lap and put

:01:55.:01:57.

themselves in a strong position for the rest of the race. 500 metres to

:01:58.:02:05.

swim before they will pick up their bikes and immediately negotiate one

:02:06.:02:09.

of the toughest starts to triathlon bike event we have seen, straight

:02:10.:02:18.

uphill and out of the pack. It is a 12.3 kilometre ride down, up into

:02:19.:02:34.

Roundhay, then they will ride 7 3.76 kilometre loops around the city

:02:35.:02:41.

before concluding with a ten K run. We had both the Brownlee brothers up

:02:42.:02:46.

near the leaders, and Adam Bowden is right up there as well. None of the

:02:47.:02:52.

British seven - we have seven British men starting the race today

:02:53.:02:57.

and they have all made a positive start to this World Triathlon Series

:02:58.:03:01.

race. I think the thing to be said about this swim is it doesn't really

:03:02.:03:06.

end with the swim because there is almost like an extra part when you

:03:07.:03:11.

get to the top of the hill. We saw in the women's race it was broken up

:03:12.:03:15.

really on coming out of the swim, then going up the hill, but looking

:03:16.:03:20.

back to last year we had the same thing happen. The Brownlee brothers

:03:21.:03:24.

broke away really early. I think these guys are bit more wise to

:03:25.:03:28.

that, they will have been practising the transition which is really

:03:29.:03:33.

crucial in this race. This course almost has four phases it is swim,

:03:34.:03:39.

end of the swim through T1, up the hill and out of Roundhay Park, then

:03:40.:03:49.

the run. It is make or break, and last year it proved vital in both

:03:50.:03:55.

races. It definitely caught me out last year, I didn't have a good

:03:56.:04:02.

transition and lost the front of the pack. I think they will be a lot of

:04:03.:04:07.

people with that in mind. If they will have been people with any sense

:04:08.:04:12.

they will have been checking out this year, looking at what they will

:04:13.:04:20.

have to do. But the flip side is if you have someone like an Alistair or

:04:21.:04:25.

Jonny, if they go for it up the hill, what can you do? If you are

:04:26.:04:30.

not strong enough, it could be a problem. For people who haven't seen

:04:31.:04:37.

the transition, the hill literally comes as you step foot out of the

:04:38.:04:42.

transition. You don't get chance to get your breath back, it is straight

:04:43.:04:46.

up the hill. Let's go down Waterside.

:04:47.:04:54.

I'm standing here with Mark and I want to ask, how are the Brownlee

:04:55.:04:58.

brothers so good at the swimming? They just always deliver on race

:04:59.:05:03.

day. They have a skill, they improve the level when it comes to the

:05:04.:05:07.

important part and they always manage to find each other. We saw

:05:08.:05:12.

Jonny come out in second, but Alistair has some work to do today

:05:13.:05:16.

which we don't normally see. How do they find each other? I don't know,

:05:17.:05:24.

they must love each other so much, I have no idea how they do it but they

:05:25.:05:31.

are incredibly skilled at the race craft. And this is a fantastic

:05:32.:05:38.

setting. Yes, a beautiful setting. This second part has really made an

:05:39.:05:43.

impact on the race. OK, thank you. 150 metres to go and

:05:44.:05:50.

Richard Varga has surged to the front of the field. A regular

:05:51.:05:54.

training partner of the Brownlee brothers. He has based himself back

:05:55.:05:59.

in his home country of Slovakia and he likes to return and the Brownlee

:06:00.:06:03.

brothers will be happy to have him along in the first stage of the

:06:04.:06:08.

triathlon. They certainly will, let's hope Alistair is up there as

:06:09.:06:13.

well. He has turned his hand to the slightly long-distance racing.

:06:14.:06:17.

Unfortunately last week he wasn't feeling so great and dropped out but

:06:18.:06:21.

that might work in his favour because he might find himself a bit

:06:22.:06:25.

fresher coming into this race and he will need some good bike legs on

:06:26.:06:32.

him. Yes, it will be interesting to see how he pulls up from last week.

:06:33.:06:37.

He was racing in the same middle distance race Richard Varga was

:06:38.:06:40.

doing in Slovakia and was actually in the lead, no surprise there, and

:06:41.:06:47.

as he came off the bike he seemed to lose his legs. He really struggled

:06:48.:06:52.

in the first part of the run. But Alistair, we are used to seeing him

:06:53.:06:57.

run fluidly and fast and looking in control, and he just wasn't. He did

:06:58.:07:04.

pull out of the race midway through, what was a half marathon at the end

:07:05.:07:08.

of it. So hopefully he has reserved himself a little bit and might be

:07:09.:07:12.

feeling fresher than he would otherwise have been for today.

:07:13.:07:16.

Something obviously happened to him in that race, it wasn't the Alistair

:07:17.:07:22.

Brownlee we all know so well. He said he felt terrible from the first

:07:23.:07:27.

stroke, his legs just went as soon as he got off the bike so from a

:07:28.:07:32.

British perspective we are all hoping to see the Alistair Brownlee

:07:33.:07:36.

that can deliver spectacular performances. Here they come, stage

:07:37.:07:41.

one complete. Richard Varga first to make his way towards the bikes,

:07:42.:07:46.

closely followed by his former training partner Jonny Brownlee.

:07:47.:07:58.

Then Shaw, Le Corre. Schumann is there or thereabouts. Then there is

:07:59.:08:09.

a gap, the first group of 21 which includes Tom Bishop, separated by

:08:10.:08:12.

about 20 seconds, then a further break. So we have lots of British

:08:13.:08:17.

interest. We could have a decent sized group, but it will all unfold

:08:18.:08:27.

shortly. Who will be able to make a decisive break early on? Jonny

:08:28.:08:32.

Brownlee arrives at his allotted space, multitasking as he steps out

:08:33.:08:37.

of his wet suit and puts on his bike helmet. His older brother alongside,

:08:38.:08:43.

just a fraction behind. Picks up his bike, and there is a stumble from

:08:44.:08:52.

Adam Bowden. Le Corre, first to get on board, and away they go. This is

:08:53.:08:58.

looking a much larger group than it was this time last year, but

:08:59.:09:03.

straightaway look at them go. Look at the speed they are putting in up

:09:04.:09:07.

the hill. It's interesting, they are choosing to put their feet in

:09:08.:09:12.

because none of the girls did that but Jonny has put his feet in and

:09:13.:09:15.

now he's really going up this hill and splitting the pack. It's so

:09:16.:09:23.

exciting this part of the race, because it is like the fourth

:09:24.:09:27.

section of the race. Normally you see them coming out altogether,

:09:28.:09:30.

hundreds together, but we have the four athletes together. We have Le

:09:31.:09:49.

Corre and Raphael. This could be a serious working quartet. Absolutely,

:09:50.:09:53.

great start from the Brownlee brothers. If anyone questioned

:09:54.:09:56.

whether Alistair would bring his swim arms, he has proved today it

:09:57.:10:03.

was a few seconds down on the first lap, he came out of the water

:10:04.:10:09.

virtually in a top five position. He knows this position, it's like a

:10:10.:10:15.

touch of deja vu because they found themselves in the same place last

:10:16.:10:27.

year. Raphael And the Brownlee brothers away there, and that is

:10:28.:10:32.

what they did last year. The only substitute is that we have Le Corre

:10:33.:10:46.

in that group instead of Royle, as we had last year. So to recap we

:10:47.:10:54.

have Alistair Brownlee, Jonny Brownlee, Aurelien Raphael... At the

:10:55.:11:04.

front we have four Pierre Le Corre... These two have got out of

:11:05.:11:11.

the park and they are continuing their descent, the 12 K ride back

:11:12.:11:21.

down to the city centre. Together they can do some serious damage. A

:11:22.:11:33.

group of four opened up... These guys have got to be very brave. They

:11:34.:11:38.

have got to work incredibly hard with the Brownlee brothers. Probably

:11:39.:11:42.

quite daunting to be with the Brownlee brothers because they have

:11:43.:11:46.

so much riding on them, the Brownlee brothers, and I think they are

:11:47.:11:49.

absolutely hammering now. They have Pierre Le Corre, a former under 23

:11:50.:11:57.

world champion. He's been in the sport for a roundabout seven years

:11:58.:12:03.

now so Pierre Le Corre is a very strong athlete as well. This is a

:12:04.:12:08.

very good quartet. He is also a strong runner so somebody they

:12:09.:12:11.

wouldn't necessarily have wanted in the group because he poses a threat

:12:12.:12:16.

when it comes to the run. That said he is not necessarily the same

:12:17.:12:19.

standard Jonny and Alistair have been when at the best so it will be

:12:20.:12:25.

interesting to see how Alistair and Jonny perform when they get to the

:12:26.:12:29.

run but we have a long time before that happens. It seems like a

:12:30.:12:33.

massive gap has opened up straightaway, there is no one else

:12:34.:12:39.

in sight. This is very familiar. This is exactly what we saw in the

:12:40.:12:43.

women's competition with each Duffy group steaming away as they went out

:12:44.:12:48.

of the suburb of Roundhay before making their way to the city centre.

:12:49.:12:53.

They have done some serious damage, the Brownlee brothers and the two

:12:54.:12:58.

French riders, and away they go. How long can they keep this up? This is

:12:59.:13:04.

the chasing group, Henri Schoeman out in front. Is that Kristian

:13:05.:13:08.

Blummenfelt? The Norwegian, he's a good triathlete. They are only just

:13:09.:13:17.

coming past that parade of shops that the Brownlee group passed

:13:18.:13:23.

around 30 seconds ago. I'm eagerly awaiting our first time check to see

:13:24.:13:30.

how much time they have put in. That aerial info was good because it

:13:31.:13:33.

showed how far back they were. But you always want to see the figures,

:13:34.:13:39.

see what the time check is, who is in the groups, and I think we all

:13:40.:13:42.

expected Alistair and Jonny would try to put some kind of break in as

:13:43.:13:47.

they have done but to see it go so dramatically, so quickly, I'm not

:13:48.:13:52.

sure anyone expected to see it go that fast. That is Luis of Portugal.

:13:53.:14:11.

Vincent Luis races for France. Tom Bishop, who is enjoying a cracking

:14:12.:14:16.

season, second in Abu Dhabi, a regular here in Leeds, trains with

:14:17.:14:22.

his university compatriots in this city. Went head-to-head with Gordon

:14:23.:14:29.

Benson to join the Brownlee brothers in Rio last August. Gordon Benson we

:14:30.:14:33.

haven't seen yet, but Tom Bishop is in this group. Great to see Tom

:14:34.:14:43.

Bishop in there. Fernando Alarza is in there too. I think the Brownlee

:14:44.:14:47.

brothers would like to stay away from him. In Abu Dhabi he actually

:14:48.:14:55.

had the fastest run, he lost 15 seconds to Mulder although he

:14:56.:15:02.

actually out run mauler. -- Mario Mola. He is in the second part. We

:15:03.:15:07.

will have to wait until about 28 kilometres to get a time check I

:15:08.:15:15.

believe, when they go over the time mats. Fernando has sought to become

:15:16.:15:23.

Mr consistent, when you take out the Olympics he's been inside the top

:15:24.:15:28.

ten in every race in nearly two years in the World Series so his a

:15:29.:15:34.

lot of podiums and that's why he's become number one in the world

:15:35.:15:39.

because he so consistent. Yes, incredible season so far. Got on the

:15:40.:15:43.

podium in the Australian race on the Gold Coast, he is the number one

:15:44.:15:48.

ranked triathlete the world. They have Alarza and Visentin. They

:15:49.:16:06.

could go on and get a couple of podiums. I would say that the

:16:07.:16:10.

Spanish are the strongest nation in the world, along with Great Britain.

:16:11.:16:13.

I was talking about the inclusion of the relay in the Olympics. Great

:16:14.:16:18.

Britain has the strongest combined team of males and females in the

:16:19.:16:23.

world. The women have the American side, the males have the Spanish,

:16:24.:16:37.

but we have strength in depth. Alistair is winning the Green camp.

:16:38.:16:41.

He is at the back of this four. Jonny Brownlee takes it up and

:16:42.:16:46.

glances around. They are keeping a close eye on Pierre Le Corre and

:16:47.:16:50.

Aurelien Raphael, who they have had for companies since they left the

:16:51.:17:00.

park. We got the time graphic a few moments ago that suggested that the

:17:01.:17:04.

chase was just 26 -- 23 seconds behind. That is not massive. It may

:17:05.:17:10.

not be accurate but these guys have to keep working. Absolutely. I am

:17:11.:17:13.

not sure how recent the time gap was, but the boys will be trying to

:17:14.:17:19.

hold the gap until they get into the inner city circuit in town. It is

:17:20.:17:24.

twisty and Turney, it favours a small group much more than a large

:17:25.:17:29.

group. It will be so much harder for the big group to reel them in. If

:17:30.:17:33.

they can hold onto the gap, when they get into the town, it will be

:17:34.:17:36.

increasingly hard for anyone to bring them back. We saw that in the

:17:37.:17:42.

women's race. That little group of four, even with the inexperience, it

:17:43.:17:46.

worked more effectively than the chase pack. On the big streets, the

:17:47.:17:53.

wider roads, long downhill sections, that favours a big group. The

:17:54.:17:57.

velocity you can get, the mass speed of the group is so much greater if

:17:58.:18:02.

you are with a big pack than a small group. However, that flips on its

:18:03.:18:09.

head when you get in the town, and you're going round sharp corners.

:18:10.:18:11.

Alistair was flying around that corner. He was trying to get a gap

:18:12.:18:15.

on his brother and the others in the pack. When they come in the town,

:18:16.:18:20.

with tight corners, things like that happen. The group spreads out and

:18:21.:18:25.

then it concertinas back together. The bigger the group, the bigger the

:18:26.:18:29.

effect. A small group is what you want going through the streets of

:18:30.:18:34.

the town. The chase pack has some incredible athletes, the likes of

:18:35.:18:40.

Alarza, the likes of Vincent Luis. They will not be giving up at this

:18:41.:18:45.

point in the race. If they can get into the town before the big group

:18:46.:18:49.

catches them, that will be significant. It will make it

:18:50.:18:53.

tougher. Lots of the girls said the wind made it pretty tough. The girls

:18:54.:18:57.

all said it was windy on the course. Once you're in the town, you're more

:18:58.:19:03.

protected. They will want to get in the town before the big group

:19:04.:19:07.

catches them. There are some big names in that big group as well.

:19:08.:19:13.

They will be thinking, if we can hold the gap to 30 seconds for the

:19:14.:19:18.

entire rides. They will get the chance of catching them and getting

:19:19.:19:24.

into the top positions. Alistair Brownlee is saying to Pierre Le

:19:25.:19:31.

Corre, what are you doing? These format -- these four are in trouble

:19:32.:19:36.

in terms of their position. It is tough, a big group hammering down

:19:37.:19:40.

the open roads. They will always make inroads when you have committed

:19:41.:19:44.

athletes. You absolutely had in the second pack. They will not want to

:19:45.:19:48.

let them go. Last year was an example of how not to do it. They

:19:49.:19:53.

let them go, the gap got massive. This year there are motivated to

:19:54.:19:57.

keep them inside. They want to get to them before it comes into the

:19:58.:20:03.

town and it becomes harder. It is Fernando Alarza, the world number

:20:04.:20:06.

one, who is leading the assault on the front group. He is pushing hard

:20:07.:20:13.

and out of the saddle. The leading group of four are slowly but surely

:20:14.:20:17.

being caught. I think they might be caught. The gap is about seven or

:20:18.:20:26.

eight seconds. They are just over halfway into the city. Yes, they are

:20:27.:20:31.

going to run out of real estate. Yes, they have a couple of

:20:32.:20:36.

kilometres, just over two before they hit the town centre. It may be

:20:37.:20:41.

in the interest to hold up and wait for them rather than burn any more

:20:42.:20:46.

energy. Alistair on the front, still looking word -- very determined. The

:20:47.:20:53.

chase pack is not massive, so it may not be the biggest group that we see

:20:54.:20:57.

going through the town. Alistair and Jonny Motherwell want to join the

:20:58.:21:01.

masses. They will want to press their advantage. Even if they only

:21:02.:21:05.

have a few seconds, they will feel that when they go through town... We

:21:06.:21:10.

are seeing a breakaway. They want to stay away from that group. The

:21:11.:21:15.

Brownlee brothers have woken up. They cannot rely on Pierre Le Corre

:21:16.:21:20.

and Aurelien Raphael. They have taken it on themselves. The brothers

:21:21.:21:26.

working confidently together. They saw the danger approaching led by

:21:27.:21:28.

Fernando Alarza, leading the chase group. Alistair said, enough of

:21:29.:21:35.

that, and away they went. The Brownlee brothers have taken it on.

:21:36.:21:40.

The problem is the French athletes. They just could not do it. They did

:21:41.:21:45.

not have the legs to ride with the brothers. Pierre Le Corre and

:21:46.:21:49.

Aurelien Raphael, they came into the race without race fitness. They were

:21:50.:21:53.

unable to go with the brothers. When it is the Brownlee brothers,

:21:54.:21:57.

anything can happen. We will see. They have lots of good talent trying

:21:58.:22:02.

to chase them down. I wonder if they were caught napping. They were

:22:03.:22:06.

probably looking around, checking that the group was coming, realising

:22:07.:22:11.

how close they were. At that point, Alistair and Jonny May domain. You

:22:12.:22:16.

cannot turn your back on a Brownlee, because they will attack. I love to

:22:17.:22:20.

watch their bravery. They do not give up. So many athletes would have

:22:21.:22:24.

looked around, you know what, they are going to catch us, let's wait.

:22:25.:22:32.

But they are not giving in. All of a sudden, the chase group are nowhere

:22:33.:22:36.

to be seen. It is like the Brownlee brothers collectively moved into

:22:37.:22:41.

overdrive. They are sharing the workload at the front, great

:22:42.:22:43.

communication. They had an extra line S. They're getting to the more

:22:44.:22:49.

populated parts of Leeds. Great crowds. These people are seeing what

:22:50.:22:55.

they wanted. The brothers leading the Leeds World Triathlon Series as

:22:56.:23:01.

they approach the city centre. We wanted entertainment and we're

:23:02.:23:04.

getting that, but I have my heart in my mouth because I do not know if

:23:05.:23:09.

they can stay away. We are chuckling to ourselves. This is the Brownlee

:23:10.:23:15.

show. There are thousands of people lining the streets, especially when

:23:16.:23:20.

you get into the city centre, who have come specifically to see

:23:21.:23:23.

Alistair and Jonny in the hope they will repeat what they did here last

:23:24.:23:28.

year, at the Olympics last year, and time and time again. We are seeing

:23:29.:23:32.

them take it by the scruff of the neck. They have not got a massive

:23:33.:23:38.

gap, but it has gone out again. Ten seconds, counting with the naked

:23:39.:23:44.

eye. They have got to hang on. It is a few hundred metres before they hit

:23:45.:23:49.

the town. For viewers out there, when you're riding these open roads,

:23:50.:23:53.

it is easier for the big, fat chasing pack. You have 56 committed

:23:54.:23:59.

athletes, each taking their turn. With Jonathan and Alistair, it is a

:24:00.:24:05.

lot tougher. We have heard how windy it is. In the chase pack, when

:24:06.:24:11.

Alarza, sorry, when Pierre Le Corre and Aurelien Raphael came back into

:24:12.:24:15.

the main pack, they would have taken a couple of seconds to reorganise

:24:16.:24:18.

and realise Alistair and Jonny had gone. You have got to keep pushing.

:24:19.:24:24.

Now they are chasing them down. It is so interesting to see whether

:24:25.:24:29.

they will hold an before they get to the town circuit. The crowds will be

:24:30.:24:34.

looking at the big screens. They will be hoping that the Brownlee

:24:35.:24:38.

brothers can make it into town by themselves. They are being hunted

:24:39.:24:44.

down. The Olympic gold medallist leads the Olympic silver medallist

:24:45.:24:47.

as they approach Leeds city centre, their hometown. Back in the chase

:24:48.:24:54.

group, you can see that the first athlete out of the water, Shaw,

:24:55.:25:02.

Henri Schoeman, they are forcing the pace. They are trying to force the

:25:03.:25:06.

gap on the brothers. 11 seconds the last time we got the count. We will

:25:07.:25:12.

get an official check when they cross the blue carpet to complete

:25:13.:25:16.

this first unique lap. After that there will be seven laps around the

:25:17.:25:21.

city centre, each of them just under four kilometres. 3.7 TM long. If

:25:22.:25:30.

nothing else, the athletes in the second pack are having the legs

:25:31.:25:33.

ridding of them. They have been hammering it. Some further back will

:25:34.:25:39.

be getting an easier ride, but there are lots of committed riders in the

:25:40.:25:44.

second pack trying to chase the Brownlee brothers down. They are

:25:45.:25:47.

within striking distance of the city centre. They are agonisingly close.

:25:48.:25:55.

A few more metres until they hit the first hill. The air at the bottom

:25:56.:25:59.

now, past transition. About 300 metres to go. Those people in the

:26:00.:26:05.

main pack are working hard and that is what Alistair and Jonny want. The

:26:06.:26:11.

first lap is called the bike into. The brothers are about to complete

:26:12.:26:16.

it. A cacophony of noise awaits them. Alistair out of the saddle,

:26:17.:26:21.

putting on a show for the Leeds triathlon fans. We will get an

:26:22.:26:33.

official time check, six seconds to Kristian Blummenfelt, the first to

:26:34.:26:36.

cross the line. This is where the crunch happens, the first lap

:26:37.:26:40.

through the town, and the big pack against the two. Will it stay at six

:26:41.:26:46.

seconds, or will it go out? It will be so interesting to see. 21

:26:47.:26:52.

athletes in the chase pack. The Brownlee brothers, numbers one and

:26:53.:26:58.

two at the moment. This is where the race gets exciting. The roads get

:26:59.:27:03.

narrower and caution is needed, and great technical skill. Absolutely,

:27:04.:27:07.

having read in this course last year, it is challenging an almost

:27:08.:27:11.

every level, physically, the technical ability you have, the

:27:12.:27:15.

tactics you employ. They are speeding down to the U-turn. It will

:27:16.:27:20.

be interesting to see how the chase pack candles that. There are 19

:27:21.:27:25.

athletes in the chase pack with two upfront. If you number 19 going

:27:26.:27:29.

around the U-turn, you're pretty much single file. It is tough to get

:27:30.:27:34.

yourself back in the mix before you get to the next corner, which is why

:27:35.:27:38.

the big group is not favoured in this course. You would rather be in

:27:39.:27:44.

appear than in a big group. Yes, now they are in the city centre, it is

:27:45.:27:48.

definitely an advantage. I would not be surprised to see the group behind

:27:49.:27:56.

splinter as well. Yes, very tight on the U-turn, particularly coming out

:27:57.:27:59.

of it. If too many of you are coming in, you have nowhere to go. Problems

:28:00.:28:04.

will definitely occur. It is also downhill, so it is hard, you are

:28:05.:28:10.

carrying in lots of speed, it is a tight exit. You have got to turn

:28:11.:28:13.

tightly with so much speed, you have to prepare yourself for the exit. It

:28:14.:28:18.

takes a bit of getting used to. They have seven laps, they will be OK. I

:28:19.:28:21.

make about eight seconds, counting with

:28:22.:28:38.

the naked eye, it was six when they cross the finish line a few moments

:28:39.:28:40.

ago. There are little climb. The gap is owed to eight seconds, so a

:28:41.:28:43.

couple of seconds added by the brothers. This chase group are

:28:44.:28:45.

definitely learn the lessons of 2016. They are not willing to let

:28:46.:28:47.

them disappeared into the distance as they did last year. I am

:28:48.:28:50.

fascinated to see whether it comes back or whether they are now in the

:28:51.:29:00.

town, it will stay, and they will be able to get away. You want a bit of

:29:01.:29:05.

a race as well, but as fans of the brothers, you want them to stay

:29:06.:29:14.

away. A few of the athletes, Shaw, he did work to bring back the

:29:15.:29:18.

brothers, but he is sitting at the back of the pack. This pack is

:29:19.:29:22.

loaded with some decent runners. Yes, both of the boys, Alistair and

:29:23.:29:26.

Jonny will want to be away from these people. More than anything,

:29:27.:29:32.

they love racing in this manner and taking the race to the opposition,

:29:33.:29:37.

saying, here we are. You will have to ride better than you have ridden

:29:38.:29:41.

before. You will have to run better than you have before if you want to

:29:42.:29:46.

beat us. Yes, they are the poster boys of this contest. When you look

:29:47.:29:52.

around the square where we are situated, actually, there are are

:29:53.:29:56.

some posters argue, but there are lots of posters of the brothers,

:29:57.:30:01.

individual posters of Alistair and Jonathan, posters of them together.

:30:02.:30:07.

They are the most famous sons of Leeds. They are giving the crowd

:30:08.:30:10.

what they have come to see. I think they have stretched that lead. Tight

:30:11.:30:16.

turns to navigate, and easier in Ojo than in a group. -- easier in a

:30:17.:30:30.

pair. I think you are right. It is starting to go out. It would be easy

:30:31.:30:34.

for them to say, let's go back to the pack, let's save our legs, but

:30:35.:30:38.

they are not doing that. They are pressing on. They know the first

:30:39.:30:45.

laps in the town are crucial for getting the gap out. I do not know

:30:46.:30:48.

what is going through their mind, the pressure of wanting to perform

:30:49.:30:52.

for the fans that have come out, it must be massive. They may not be

:30:53.:30:56.

thinking of that. What does it do to an athlete, you know the people of

:30:57.:31:00.

Leeds, what does it do to you in terms of how you feel in a race?

:31:01.:31:04.

Last year I had to manage my emotions. I was excited. Really

:31:05.:31:10.

excited to race in a city that I lived in at the time. I wanted to

:31:11.:31:13.

perform for my friends and family who were coming to watch, the people

:31:14.:31:19.

I knew. People who were racing, people who were not. It adds an

:31:20.:31:23.

extra element of desire to really want to perform. Not just for

:31:24.:31:28.

yourself, but for other people. I was delighted I got a medal last

:31:29.:31:33.

year. I did not have the best race, I was put under pressure at times. I

:31:34.:31:38.

found it hard but I manage the podium. These boys, I am not sure

:31:39.:31:42.

they feel pressure, especially Alistair. He is made of something

:31:43.:31:45.

else and he revels in this. Is looking over his shoulder and all

:31:46.:31:56.

he can see is screaming fans and tarmac, no chase pack in view.

:31:57.:32:02.

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee together. It is climbing, it was six

:32:03.:32:08.

seconds by the time they descended from the park. That gap has almost

:32:09.:32:17.

doubled. So a good job so far by the brothers. The athlete for me doing

:32:18.:32:22.

all the work in the front park is Kristian Blummenfelt. You will need

:32:23.:32:28.

the others to help as well if they are going to pull back the time. The

:32:29.:32:34.

Brownlees are not clear by any stretch of the imagination. We know

:32:35.:32:39.

that Kristian Blummenfelt is an incredible athlete. He finished

:32:40.:32:44.

third in Yokohama, great race for him and over the last 12 months he

:32:45.:32:49.

has come of age. Still young but he's been on the podium several

:32:50.:32:53.

times now. Yes last year at the beginning of the season he had a

:32:54.:32:59.

podium, in the European cup I think, then the next week won a race, then

:33:00.:33:09.

got another podium the week after. He is someone Alistair and Jonathan

:33:10.:33:15.

know quite well, and it's not really a surprise for me to see him on the

:33:16.:33:23.

front of the bike park. In Yokohama who looked like he was dead and

:33:24.:33:33.

buried and look -- and brought it back and made his way onto the

:33:34.:33:38.

podium. He is not a classic triathlon shape, he has a Burrell --

:33:39.:33:54.

barrel chest. We will see this second pack gradually segment and

:33:55.:33:59.

athletes are going to segment. I think 19 was too many coming into

:34:00.:34:04.

the city centre loop, especially when you have Alistair and Jonny

:34:05.:34:07.

pushing the race harder and harder, then you have the likes of Alarza

:34:08.:34:16.

and Schoeman, someone has to be at the back of the pack.

:34:17.:34:26.

Vicky, we know you wanted to be here racing, how are things progressing?

:34:27.:34:34.

We are getting there. I have had four weeks since Yokohama, haven't

:34:35.:34:37.

done any running since then, just started riding again this week. I

:34:38.:34:43.

was in an immobilising boot which came off earlier this week so I can

:34:44.:34:48.

walk around normally now but for me realistic I'm looking at probably

:34:49.:34:52.

racing in Stockholm. We are keeping an eye on that tentatively, see how

:34:53.:34:58.

the rehab goes. If you cannot be out there, you are in the next best

:34:59.:35:06.

place watching the drama unfold. The Brownlee brothers have extended

:35:07.:35:13.

their lead to 18 seconds mid lap, doing some serious damage now. They

:35:14.:35:19.

really are. I panic and think, are they hurting the legs, but they have

:35:20.:35:27.

said on more than one occasion they like that before they go out on a

:35:28.:35:31.

romp. They will run relatively similarly, whether they have done a

:35:32.:35:36.

hard bike or and easy bike, not that I've ever known them to do an easy

:35:37.:35:40.

bike, but bikes when there have been a bigger four. There will be a fair

:35:41.:35:50.

amount of communication going on, but they know each other so well,

:35:51.:35:56.

what happens if Jonny is going, my legs are hurting, do you think

:35:57.:36:01.

Alistair will say he will give him a bit of a ride? I don't know if

:36:02.:36:05.

Alistair would ever do that. He's quite a tough task master, isn't he?

:36:06.:36:18.

He is so rare, he is unique in the way he will dig that little bit

:36:19.:36:24.

deeper. He has always got that little bit extra. He can perform

:36:25.:36:28.

that bit better than you expect him to, even when you know where his

:36:29.:36:32.

fitness is apt, he will still deliver on the day. It is something

:36:33.:36:38.

he may be aware of for this race. I don't know, I'm speculating but he

:36:39.:36:43.

has been training more for the long-distance races whereas Jonny

:36:44.:36:47.

has been training just for this. He still firmly on the ITU circuit. It

:36:48.:36:54.

is worth emphasising this is Alistair's first race on this

:36:55.:36:57.

distance since Cozumel when he didn't really complete the race

:36:58.:37:01.

because he had to carry his brother home. He has gone to the middle

:37:02.:37:06.

distance, but you wouldn't know it because he's making it look like he

:37:07.:37:11.

has been doing it all year. Now they come into the city centre again,

:37:12.:37:16.

with the noise levels increasing ever more because the crowd can see

:37:17.:37:22.

that the gaps they have over the next group is significant. It was

:37:23.:37:27.

six seconds after they came down from the park. 11 seconds, as they

:37:28.:37:33.

make the right turn and hit the blue carpet, the noise levels rise again.

:37:34.:37:41.

The clock ticks on, the Leeds crowd start to get excited as they sense

:37:42.:37:44.

it could be another one of those days where the Brownlee brothers

:37:45.:37:47.

dominate the sporting story of this city today. 16, 17, 18, 19, still

:37:48.:37:59.

continues to climb. It will be closer to 26 seconds. 24 seconds...

:38:00.:38:05.

What a second a lap that was, they have doubled their advantage. And I

:38:06.:38:10.

wouldn't be surprised if we start to see them balloon out. It was easy

:38:11.:38:15.

for the Chase pack to want to reel them in, they can see them at the

:38:16.:38:21.

other end of the blue carpet but now they are out of sight and discourse

:38:22.:38:24.

has so many turns they will rarely get to see them on the course and

:38:25.:38:28.

that's when Alistair and Jonny can get away. Just noticing Henri

:38:29.:38:34.

Schoeman from South Africa and Kristian Blummenfelt from Norway

:38:35.:38:38.

having a chat, asking what's going on because it looks like they have

:38:39.:38:43.

done all the work. As you said, there is a motivation, they can see

:38:44.:38:47.

them, then suddenly they slightly lost the plot. Then they are

:38:48.:38:52.

slightly demoralised, then before you know it there is 20 seconds,

:38:53.:38:57.

heading up to 30 seconds, but Schoeman sensing the real danger

:38:58.:38:59.

that if they don't do something special in the next few laps, the

:39:00.:39:07.

Brownlees are gone. They will have to do something special now, and the

:39:08.:39:11.

carrot dangled in front of them has gone and they have got to pick up

:39:12.:39:15.

the pace. We have seen Schoeman on the front a lot, Bloom and felt on

:39:16.:39:20.

the front a lot, and are they thinking hang on, why am I doing all

:39:21.:39:26.

of the work? So the doubts start to creep in, especially if they are not

:39:27.:39:33.

holding the gap as they want to. That was Vincent Luis from France.

:39:34.:39:43.

He didn't race very much last year at all. I think Rio was one of the

:39:44.:39:48.

few races he chose to race, and I thought a few years ago he would be

:39:49.:39:53.

a big threat to the Brownlees, and I think he is, but he still has some

:39:54.:40:02.

work to do. Let's check on the chasing group, Adam Bowden is in

:40:03.:40:06.

there. Mark Austin is in the chase group. Raphael, the strong swimmer,

:40:07.:40:19.

Richard Varga, Pierre Le Corre, all now part of this large chase group.

:40:20.:40:31.

Going back to Vincent Luis, you are right, when he's on form he is a

:40:32.:40:36.

genuine competitor. Him and Jonny have had a lot of battles as they

:40:37.:40:41.

come through the ranks. Unfortunately he is injury prone and

:40:42.:40:44.

he has lost out a lot of racing because of the injuries he has hard,

:40:45.:40:50.

and last year his first distance race of the year was at the Olympic

:40:51.:40:54.

Games and with hindsight that basically cost him. The ten

:40:55.:40:58.

kilometres he hadn't done, when it came to it on the run. When you look

:40:59.:41:08.

at it, on paper you think Vincent Luis could get the bronze medal, and

:41:09.:41:12.

afterwards he said he had made a mistake. We have lost Pereira of

:41:13.:41:27.

Portugal. Meanwhile the Brownlee brothers are maintaining this

:41:28.:41:31.

intensity. Last time we checked the margin was 24 seconds, I have just

:41:32.:41:36.

seen a clock that suggested they have added another for microseconds.

:41:37.:41:40.

In that case I wouldn't be surprised if it was 30 seconds by the time

:41:41.:41:43.

they crossed the line next time around. They have 16.5 kilometres

:41:44.:41:49.

still to ride before they will hang up the bikes and begin the 10,000

:41:50.:41:54.

metre run. I got a feeling they will start possibly enjoying this because

:41:55.:41:57.

there was a couple of laps when they were looking back and can see the

:41:58.:42:01.

chase pack. The pressure is still on. At this point in the race they

:42:02.:42:09.

can start enjoying it. As we saw, they were away at the beginning,

:42:10.:42:13.

then it came back very close. Seven seconds it was down to, that gap was

:42:14.:42:19.

nothing, then they lost the two Frenchman, and they went for it. 11

:42:20.:42:25.

seconds when they came through at the beginning of the second lap.

:42:26.:42:29.

They worked for that advantage for a good ten kilometres, and now they

:42:30.:42:33.

can probably start to relax and enjoy it a little more. Just noticed

:42:34.:42:38.

Alistair notched his elbow, to suggest he wants his brother to come

:42:39.:42:42.

through and take his turn but Jonny is the kilometres click down now, 16

:42:43.:42:50.

to go. We don't want to talk too soon. 16 kilometres is still a long

:42:51.:42:56.

way to go. More than anything we want to see that gap ballooned now.

:42:57.:43:03.

You want to see that they have made themselves pretty secure when it

:43:04.:43:09.

comes to the run. So here we go again. The music is on, the volume

:43:10.:43:14.

goes up and they are on their feet to watch the Brownlee brothers

:43:15.:43:19.

sailing past them through transition at breakneck speed. The last time we

:43:20.:43:25.

checked at this point, 24 seconds was the advantage. We are expecting

:43:26.:43:31.

it to be around the 30 second mark, possibly even greater than that by

:43:32.:43:37.

the time the Henri Schoeman group come through. They are still on the

:43:38.:43:43.

tarmac and 28, 29 seconds has gone. It will be more like 40 seconds by

:43:44.:43:49.

the time these guys stop the clock. Again, on lap three this time by the

:43:50.:43:55.

Brownlee brothers, 37 seconds. 11, then 24, then 37. This race is

:43:56.:44:02.

heading in one direction only, excellent triathlon so far. What do

:44:03.:44:06.

you do when you have Alistair and Jonny decide they are going, what is

:44:07.:44:12.

your response going to be? You had some strong cyclists in the chase

:44:13.:44:16.

group who put that work in. They got them down to six seconds, they were

:44:17.:44:20.

tantalisingly close, then Alistair and Jonny went into another gear.

:44:21.:44:25.

They used the technical advantage and the fact there is just two of

:44:26.:44:31.

them, they pressed on and the gap is now ballooning. The crucial part was

:44:32.:44:35.

staying away from the big groups coming into the town, and of course

:44:36.:44:39.

they timed it to perfection. I thought that chase pack had them. It

:44:40.:44:43.

is the Brownlee brothers and anything is possible, and what they

:44:44.:44:52.

are doing now is stunning. Ruthless. It is pretty ruthless. They weren't

:44:53.:44:57.

willing to let anyone back into the game. This is the territory and they

:44:58.:45:01.

let everyone know it, and today they are letting everyone know in the

:45:02.:45:03.

best possible way. Alistair is doing much of their work

:45:04.:45:12.

at the moment. Jonny is happy to draft behind. There are little

:45:13.:45:19.

climb. 13.7 km left on two wheels. Lots of appreciative applause in

:45:20.:45:25.

this part of the city as the Brownlee brothers come past. What is

:45:26.:45:31.

so wonderful to watch is the mental strength of the Brownlee brothers.

:45:32.:45:36.

They do not give in. As you said earlier, Alistair goes into a

:45:37.:45:40.

different mode when he goes out to race. Looking back to 2010, I do not

:45:41.:45:45.

want to be negative, but he had the disaster in London. He was out in

:45:46.:45:50.

front. Javier Perez there. He was running for the finish and the

:45:51.:45:55.

collapsed. When he woke up, he said, what do you mean I've finished in

:45:56.:46:00.

tenth? He could not remember what happened. Very few athletes are able

:46:01.:46:05.

to go to those depths to achieve. Most people'sbody will not let them.

:46:06.:46:09.

You have a mechanism in your brain that stops you from going to those

:46:10.:46:13.

levels. There are some people, and there seemed to be a few of them in

:46:14.:46:18.

our sport, they can go to somewhere different. Alistair and Jonny both

:46:19.:46:23.

have that. Other athletes have the same situation. It is a bit scary.

:46:24.:46:28.

It certainly is. Both former world champions, Alistair on the world

:46:29.:46:33.

title for the first time in 2009. He added the title in 2011. Jonny was

:46:34.:46:39.

champion in 2012 and very nearly added another last year until the

:46:40.:46:45.

famous finish in Cozumel were Mario Mola eventually pipped him for the

:46:46.:46:51.

world title in 2016. Jonny Brownlee had the disaster in Cozumel that we

:46:52.:46:56.

will not talk about. We all know what happened there. You will be

:46:57.:47:02.

chasing points. He knows he has run himself short. You had that crash

:47:03.:47:06.

which was no fault of his own in Yokohama. He did not race in Abu

:47:07.:47:10.

Dhabi or the Gold Coast. He picked up a little injury and be decided,

:47:11.:47:15.

the British triathlon team, that you should sit out. He did not get a

:47:16.:47:19.

good finish in Yokohama silly did not get the points he needed. He

:47:20.:47:25.

needs a good finish if he is going to get the point is

:47:26.:47:45.

to contest the camping trip. Yes, you needs points in every race left

:47:46.:47:48.

in the series. Yokohama would have given him a buffer. Before Yokohama,

:47:49.:47:50.

Jonny had plenty of races. Now he is getting close to the wire. He needs

:47:51.:47:53.

a result in every single race. The way he is racing, you would not

:47:54.:47:56.

think that is such a hard thing to do, but you have to remember, he

:47:57.:47:59.

will not have Alistair with him for any other race this season. This is

:48:00.:48:02.

the only race that Alistair has committed to doing. He may do

:48:03.:48:04.

another one, but for the moment, this is it. Jonny will have to

:48:05.:48:07.

perform without Alistair in every other race. We are hoping they will

:48:08.:48:13.

team up for the relay in Nottingham, the new British triathlon mixed

:48:14.:48:17.

relay cup which has been announced. That is key with the news this week

:48:18.:48:21.

that the mixed relay will be included in the Olympic programme in

:48:22.:48:27.

Tokyo in 2020. The race in Nottingham takes an extra

:48:28.:48:31.

significance. Maybe the Brownlee brothers will be in action together

:48:32.:48:35.

on that day. They come into the most densely populated part of the city.

:48:36.:48:40.

Look at the numbers. I am reminded of the Olympic triathlon in Hyde

:48:41.:48:45.

Park in 2012. They were saving deep at the time. They are crammed in,

:48:46.:48:51.

making as much noise as they can. The Brownlees are about to complete

:48:52.:48:56.

lap four, which means they have three circuits of the city, past the

:48:57.:49:02.

Civic call, into Millennium Square. The advantage seems to be swelling

:49:03.:49:08.

further. At the end development on, it was 11 seconds. They doubled it

:49:09.:49:14.

to 24. On lap ago, the advantage had increased to 37 seconds. It may well

:49:15.:49:19.

stretch out to somewhere near the minute mark. We still have no sign

:49:20.:49:26.

of the chase group. They are miles behind. They are coming into view

:49:27.:49:30.

now. They are setting a pedestrian pace compared to the Brownlee

:49:31.:49:36.

brothers ahead of them. I would not be surprised if it is more than a

:49:37.:49:39.

minute. I saw this happening with the group ballooning out. I thought

:49:40.:49:43.

there would be a lap would it really went. People sat up. It is

:49:44.:49:48.

approaching a minute and they have not yet come into transition. The

:49:49.:49:55.

laps remaining on the cycle stage of today's race. It is one minute and

:49:56.:50:00.

four seconds. What a lap. An extraordinary amount of time added

:50:01.:50:03.

in the favour of the Brownlee brothers. From 37 seconds to 64

:50:04.:50:12.

seconds. Absolutely brilliant. Looking at the second pack, let's

:50:13.:50:17.

not call anything too soon. Who are the runners, we are looking at

:50:18.:50:21.

Alarza, but who else? There are some great riders and runners. You have

:50:22.:50:27.

Alarza, Schoeman and Blummenfelt. They are all in contention for the

:50:28.:50:33.

podium in Yokohama. Vincent Luis, on form, he is fantastic. You also have

:50:34.:50:39.

to mention Tom Bishop, who had his career-high with the second place in

:50:40.:50:42.

Abu Dhabi at the start of the season. From a British point of

:50:43.:50:47.

view, we have Adam Bowden and Mark Austin. Mark is the up-and-coming

:50:48.:50:51.

athlete, but Adam Bowden is so consistent. He is often forgotten

:50:52.:50:57.

because he is not the superstar that Alistair and Jonny are. He is one of

:50:58.:51:01.

our most consistent performers and anti-finish top names in the World

:51:02.:51:05.

Series last year. Tom Bishop is the athlete I want to see do well. He is

:51:06.:51:09.

still young but he has been around for years. He promised so much. He

:51:10.:51:13.

had a problem with nerves and dealing with the expectations and

:51:14.:51:18.

pressure of racing. Abu Dhabi was special for him. He ran side-by-side

:51:19.:51:25.

with Javier Gomes until near the end of the race. That was no flick. It

:51:26.:51:30.

was exciting to watch. I have known him for a long time, I have trained

:51:31.:51:35.

with him and Leeds. He is a nice guy and we thought he had the potential

:51:36.:51:40.

to put in those performances. He had not been able to deliver. While it

:51:41.:51:46.

was a jump from what he had done before, it was not surprising. The

:51:47.:51:49.

thing going forward from Abu Dhabi, he was unlucky in Yokohama, he

:51:50.:51:54.

crashed and had to chase back. He spent two laps dangling off the back

:51:55.:51:59.

of the pack. Once he closed those ten seconds, he was spent and it

:52:00.:52:04.

showed in the run. Hopefully the day, being in the main pack will

:52:05.:52:09.

mean we can see a run more like the one he had in Abu Dhabi. The

:52:10.:52:13.

brothers have extended their lead even more, one minute and 18

:52:14.:52:19.

seconds. We got a look at Tom Bishop and Mark Austin in the chase group.

:52:20.:52:22.

Back to the front of the race are they going into the narrow section

:52:23.:52:29.

of the course. Into the city centre streets. Some places are heavily

:52:30.:52:33.

populated. It is deserted and others. There are definite vantage

:52:34.:52:38.

points were the crowd enjoyed gathering to make as much noise as

:52:39.:52:42.

possible. They have the zigzag through the streets of Leeds, just

:52:43.:52:48.

to be a little more careful. They are riding close together. They do

:52:49.:52:53.

that every day, something they are used to, but they will want no

:52:54.:52:58.

contact between the two of them. They are technically good athletes.

:52:59.:53:02.

It is often said that Alistair and Jonny do not have weaknesses. They

:53:03.:53:08.

really do not. The swim well, they bike well, and the run well. They

:53:09.:53:14.

are tactically astute. Can we not talk too soon. I do not want to

:53:15.:53:20.

curse them. It is nerve-racking, but at the moment, they are riding away

:53:21.:53:26.

from the chase pack, about one minute and 20 seconds. After 12

:53:27.:53:29.

kilometres, from the long ride from the lake, they only had six seconds.

:53:30.:53:34.

At one point, it looked like they lost it. But they took it up another

:53:35.:53:40.

gear. They rode away. Lots of frustration in the second pack.

:53:41.:54:05.

We see Blummenfelt and Schoeman having little chats. This course is

:54:06.:54:08.

not conducive to a group of that size. A group of 16 athletes does

:54:09.:54:11.

not work on a course like this. Absolutely not. They're big

:54:12.:54:13.

opportunity was only way to the city centre course. If they were going to

:54:14.:54:16.

catch them, it had happen then. They got agonisingly close, but it did

:54:17.:54:18.

not happen. I saw Alistair's frontwheel and Jonny's rear wheel

:54:19.:54:21.

within two inches of each other. I was a bit nervous. They know what

:54:22.:54:23.

they are doing. They are preparing to complete lap five of seven. It

:54:24.:54:27.

remains to be seen not if but by how much their lead has grown. This has

:54:28.:54:32.

been a demonstration of power cycling at the front of the

:54:33.:54:37.

triathlon, an astonishing race for the brothers. The clock starts

:54:38.:54:42.

ticking. We wait as Alistair Brownlee, the Olympic champion,

:54:43.:54:46.

Jonathan Brownlee, the Olympic silver medallist, they come through

:54:47.:54:51.

and leave transition to set off on lap six. We may be waiting for a

:54:52.:54:55.

minute and a half, something of that nature, before the chase group,

:54:56.:55:00.

which contains the more British athletes, arrives in transition and

:55:01.:55:06.

stopped the clock. In lots of ways, the chase group will be kicking

:55:07.:55:10.

themselves. They were so close. They seem to look around at each other at

:55:11.:55:15.

the point when they caught the two French athletes. Alistair and Jonny

:55:16.:55:20.

chose their moment and take Don. They got so close to catching them

:55:21.:55:23.

again, but they could not get there and as soon as they hit the city

:55:24.:55:27.

centre web, that was it, they were gone. We have not seen Tom Bishop at

:55:28.:55:34.

the front. That is tactical. He knows they are of the front, Yaz

:55:35.:55:39.

good running legs. He will not want to chase down his team-mates. That

:55:40.:55:43.

will be yet, he will not want to chase them down. They are coming

:55:44.:55:49.

onto the blue carpet. It is one minute and 13 seconds. That is

:55:50.:55:55.

another ten seconds added for the Brownlee brothers during lap five.

:55:56.:56:00.

They are deep into lap six as the chase group make their way clear of

:56:01.:56:08.

transition. They are beginning their sixth lap of seven. You do not think

:56:09.:56:12.

that the brothers need a cushion going into the run, but Alistair is

:56:13.:56:17.

in slightly different territory. He has not raced standard distance, he

:56:18.:56:20.

has been doing half distance, half marathon. It is a different pace.

:56:21.:56:27.

The word from British Triathlon is that Alistair has been throwing in

:56:28.:56:32.

those workouts that he needs. Jonny has been doing his usual workouts

:56:33.:56:36.

and has been training for standard distance. It will be interesting to

:56:37.:56:41.

see how Alistair does run. I am fascinated to see how the changes in

:56:42.:56:47.

his training will affect him. We will not know if the changes in the

:56:48.:56:51.

way that Alistair runs are to do with the way that the has changed

:56:52.:56:56.

training or because he raced a half Ironman last weekend and he did not

:56:57.:57:02.

feel himself. He bonked on the bike. His legs were not there on the run.

:57:03.:57:08.

He might run as he always does and we could see him going off the

:57:09.:57:12.

front. When the athlete hits the wall, bonked. There is nothing left

:57:13.:57:18.

in the legs. Yes, the word out on the course last week in Slovakia. He

:57:19.:57:23.

was saying, my legs have done. I do not know what has happened. We would

:57:24.:57:28.

say that he has bonked. I do not know who came up with that word. It

:57:29.:57:32.

used to mean something very different. In your day. Jonathan

:57:33.:57:39.

Brownlee, the younger of the two, 27, Alistair two years older, 29.

:57:40.:57:46.

They have possibly three or four years of top-level triathlon,

:57:47.:57:48.

depending on which path they wish to follow. Alistair has not ruled out

:57:49.:57:54.

returning to the Olympic fold in Tokyo, going for his third

:57:55.:57:59.

successive Olympic gold medal. He won in London in 2012, he won in Rio

:58:00.:58:04.

last year, and he competed in Beijing in 2008. He was

:58:05.:58:11.

inexperienced and the paid the price for an early break away behind the

:58:12.:58:15.

bike. He learned his lesson and was the winner in London. He added the

:58:16.:58:20.

Rio gold medal. Jonathan took the bronze medal in London, the silver

:58:21.:58:26.

in Rio. He might fancy going to Tokyo in search of the gold medal.

:58:27.:58:31.

There will be two chances for Jonathan, with the mixed relay added

:58:32.:58:37.

to the programme. Tom Bishop moving up to the front. He is a great

:58:38.:58:43.

athlete. They are all in there. Apart from Grant Sheldon, who has

:58:44.:58:46.

not had a great day. He has had a difficult year. Injuries and other

:58:47.:58:51.

things going on. All the British athletes are in the chase pack, with

:58:52.:58:59.

Alistair and Jonny down the road. It is good news. Yes, but we are

:59:00.:59:03.

missing Gordon Benson from the group as well. He missed the split in the

:59:04.:59:09.

swim. He can pick out phenomenal performances. He was second out of

:59:10.:59:15.

the water in your Gassama in 2016. That performance and timber place on

:59:16.:59:20.

the Olympic team. We know he can swim, but he did not have it today.

:59:21.:59:26.

But the guys that are there, we have these two away at the front. Then we

:59:27.:59:30.

have Marc Austin, Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden. They are all in the

:59:31.:59:35.

chase group, tucked in. They are doing the right thing. They will not

:59:36.:59:39.

want to be chasing down their team-mates. There will not be

:59:40.:59:42.

specific instructions on that but it is an unwritten rule that you do not

:59:43.:59:47.

chase down your team-mates. They will be allowing them to do their

:59:48.:59:51.

thing, hopefully looking after themselves, being near the front of

:59:52.:59:55.

the group, but not on the front of the group, that is ideal on a course

:59:56.:59:59.

like this. Hopefully they have looked after themselves, hydrated

:00:00.:00:05.

well, so we can see strong runs from all of the British athletes. They

:00:06.:00:09.

have come past the town hall, they will head for the Civic Colin

:00:10.:00:15.

Millennium Square. It has been a masterclass in synchronised,

:00:16.:00:17.

sustained speed from the Brownlee brothers. They complete lap six.

:00:18.:00:25.

They will take the bell. One more to go. We will get a check on the time

:00:26.:00:30.

difference on wartime. One minute 13 last we looked.

:00:31.:00:36.

We will expect it to be up to a minute and a half, which gives them

:00:37.:00:46.

a serious chance of getting the one two. Just explain what Jonny was

:00:47.:00:55.

doing there, biting off the top of the gel, the packet. Now he will

:00:56.:01:01.

wait for another moment when he can take it on. Yes, he will be fuelling

:01:02.:01:07.

now. He has a hard ten kilometres coming up and he will be wanting to

:01:08.:01:13.

get all of the calories in he can now. And the chase group come past

:01:14.:01:19.

Leeds town hall and approached transition, where they will take the

:01:20.:01:24.

bell. There is more urgency about the group now. This has been lacking

:01:25.:01:28.

for the last 20 minutes but there is more pace. There has been no change

:01:29.:01:36.

between the end of lap five and lap six which means, I imagine, the

:01:37.:01:42.

chase group have ridden faster rather than the Brownlee is turning

:01:43.:01:53.

this screw. They have got themselves working more efficiently again and

:01:54.:01:57.

they are trying to keep the gap down as small as they can. But then

:01:58.:02:00.

sometimes what happens at this point in the race as well, with the clock

:02:01.:02:06.

down to around a kilometre to go, those people take their foot off the

:02:07.:02:10.

gas again because they start thinking about the position in the

:02:11.:02:15.

pack and taking their shoes off. Where is the Brownlees haven't got

:02:16.:02:21.

the worry of looking at the other athletes around them. Yes, Schoeman

:02:22.:02:27.

has been on the front a lot, Blummenfelt, they will be checking

:02:28.:02:32.

each other now and going, actually we are going for a run in a few

:02:33.:02:41.

minutes so going to go easy. Another look at Jonny and his gel which was

:02:42.:02:47.

attached to the handlebars of the bike, identical kit for the brothers

:02:48.:02:52.

today as they start to negotiate the final lap on two wheels. Thoughts

:02:53.:02:58.

will naturally turn towards transition and the 10,000 metre run

:02:59.:03:03.

that awaits. You cannot call it too soon on a course like this, anything

:03:04.:03:10.

can happen. As Fernando Alarza been hurt too much? At the moment he's

:03:11.:03:16.

running phenomenally. He ran as fast as Imola in Yokohama. I think

:03:17.:03:20.

Alistair would like a caution, and Jonny, why not. -- he ran as fast as

:03:21.:03:25.

Mario Mola. Barring any disasters, I think one

:03:26.:03:40.

minute is plenty for them. It will always be hard to know. Jonny has

:03:41.:03:44.

not done a huge amount of racing this year, unfortunately an injury

:03:45.:03:49.

put him out of the races, then he had a setback in Yokohama when he

:03:50.:03:53.

was having to carry his bike after it broke in the crash so he hasn't

:03:54.:03:58.

really got the runs specific fitness either. Alistair again is an unknown

:03:59.:04:05.

quantity right now in the Olympic distance. I don't think his training

:04:06.:04:10.

has changed enough to see massive drop-off in his performance, but I

:04:11.:04:14.

would be interesting to see how they both do. I just don't think one

:04:15.:04:18.

minute 15, if the gap stays at his ears, I don't see anyone from this

:04:19.:04:25.

group running them down. They looked for a moment like they were starting

:04:26.:04:31.

to look around, as I predicted, everyone is going, OK, nearly there.

:04:32.:04:42.

I saw Pierre Le Corre nudging his elbow, but nobody came through. What

:04:43.:04:53.

a performance from the Brownlee brothers since the moment they left

:04:54.:04:56.

the water in Waterloo lake in Roundhay Park. They picked up their

:04:57.:05:00.

bikes and set about controlling their home city race. By the time

:05:01.:05:09.

they got out of the park, they had some French athletes for company,

:05:10.:05:14.

but those two, Aurelien Raphael and Pierre Le Corre couldn't keep up the

:05:15.:05:21.

pace. When the brothers sensed the danger approaching from the chase

:05:22.:05:24.

group behind, they just put their foot to the floor and by the time

:05:25.:05:28.

they got to transition they were six seconds in front. They doubled the

:05:29.:05:34.

lead by the end of the first lap and continued to add thyme, 24 seconds

:05:35.:05:38.

by the end of the second lap, one minute 13 by the end of the

:05:39.:05:42.

penultimate lap, and now the crowd awaits the arrival as they come past

:05:43.:05:48.

the town Hall and head towards the Civic Hall and Millennium Square.

:05:49.:05:58.

They prepare for the arrival in transition. We saw Alice Betto

:05:59.:06:02.

commit the offence at the dismount line and pick-up and infringements,

:06:03.:06:07.

the brothers got it right, bang on the money, and now they arrive.

:06:08.:06:14.

Alistair holds out his hand and says in you go first. They don't want a

:06:15.:06:19.

collision. They have similar positions, and Alistair knew that

:06:20.:06:23.

Jonny's point was further north up the blue carpet so allowed his

:06:24.:06:31.

brother to go in. Right on the money again, a synchronised arrival, and

:06:32.:06:38.

they depart separated by a couple of feet. On they go. First lap of four,

:06:39.:06:45.

10,000 metres between the Brownlee brothers and victory for one of them

:06:46.:06:50.

in Leeds. Let's keep our fingers crossed. We are yet to see how

:06:51.:06:55.

Alistair run over ten kilometres, we have only seen him run over a half

:06:56.:07:00.

marathon, and of course here we have the chase pack with Kristian

:07:01.:07:04.

Blummenfelt at the front as we have seen so often on this chase pack.

:07:05.:07:09.

Alistair looked a lot better last week so that is a good start for his

:07:10.:07:16.

10K. This is just incredible, those two

:07:17.:07:22.

brothers on the way, Mark. They have work to do but it's incredible, how

:07:23.:07:27.

have they kept up the pace? They have gone so hard they have broken

:07:28.:07:32.

the group. They have managed to break away from a group of great

:07:33.:07:40.

athletes. What now? It is a Brownlee on Brownlee race now. Alistair when

:07:41.:07:45.

he comes out of transition sometimes doesn't look too good, he looked

:07:46.:07:57.

fantastic today. Jonny looks good but Alistair does too. They are such

:07:58.:08:01.

a long way behind, this pack, is there any chance they will get close

:08:02.:08:06.

to them? The Brownlee brothers don't need any time, when they have got

:08:07.:08:11.

one minute 15, I think it is a one two. And this is the home city, how

:08:12.:08:17.

much does this crowd mean to them do you think? Nobody else will win a

:08:18.:08:24.

Leeds triathlon. Thank you for the moment.

:08:25.:08:30.

Chase group away, that contains Tom Bishop, Adam Bowden and Marc Austin,

:08:31.:08:37.

they are all in that group. Actually Adam Bowden has moved into third.

:08:38.:08:42.

Right now it's a great Britain clean sweep the way things stand. A long

:08:43.:08:47.

way to go of course because the brothers are out in front and at the

:08:48.:08:55.

end of transition two it is Alistair and Jonny together. The next union

:08:56.:09:01.

flag alongside the name of Adam Bowden, and Tom Bishop in that group

:09:02.:09:09.

as well. Watch out for Vincent Luis, he can do some damage over this 10K

:09:10.:09:17.

run as well. Alarza tends to go out of transition a little bit slower,

:09:18.:09:21.

we normally see him run through the pack. They have a downhill section

:09:22.:09:25.

now so it gives the chance to lower the heart rate. Let's hope Alarza

:09:26.:09:33.

has the confidence from his second-place finish in Abu Dhabi.

:09:34.:09:44.

He had a nasty injury in January, then his first race was back in

:09:45.:09:57.

Dunkirk where he got a puncture so his race was interrupted with that

:09:58.:10:04.

so it will be interesting to see how he does. He lives here now with Non

:10:05.:10:12.

so he has a real affinity with Leeds and will want to put on a show.

:10:13.:10:20.

Meanwhile four guys, including two British athletes, Adam Bowden and

:10:21.:10:25.

Tom Bishop, have broken clear of the rest of the chase group. This will

:10:26.:10:30.

sort itself out and there will be further changes. The dynamic of this

:10:31.:10:35.

chase group will change significantly as the stronger

:10:36.:10:38.

runners start to assert their authority. But we have seen Tom

:10:39.:10:43.

Bishop go head-to-head with another Spaniard, Gomez, in the Abu Dhabi

:10:44.:10:48.

race, just missing out, ending up in second. Bishop seems happy to take

:10:49.:10:53.

on Fernando Alarza, and Adam Bowden is holding his own as well. Adam

:10:54.:11:02.

Bowden was a steeplechase runner, he is one of the older guys in the

:11:03.:11:07.

field, but he's incredibly consistent. At 35 years of age,

:11:08.:11:13.

great to see him running for a podium position. Adam Bowden

:11:14.:11:19.

originally from Watford, holds the record at his club for 10,000

:11:20.:11:24.

metres, and for 3000 metres steeplechase. Switched to triathlon

:11:25.:11:29.

in 2008. He knows his way around the sport now. This is refreshing to

:11:30.:11:41.

see. These two guys are such team players, nice guys. They have been

:11:42.:11:45.

around for a while, both phenomenal athletes. If we could see a British

:11:46.:11:49.

clean sweep in the men's race today, how good would that be on home soil

:11:50.:11:54.

to have that kind of performance? There's a long way to go yet, you

:11:55.:12:01.

can never count out Fernando Alarza, but both Tom and Adam look

:12:02.:12:05.

fantastic. Tom Bishop originally from Derby, now a resident of Leeds,

:12:06.:12:10.

history graduate from the University of Leeds. At the moment we have

:12:11.:12:16.

British triathletes first, second, third and fourth, with Alarza in

:12:17.:12:22.

fifth. No gap between the brothers, everything to play for. During the

:12:23.:12:29.

bike, I had this slight fear, you know, aren't they invincible? Can

:12:30.:12:35.

they be broken? But looking at them at this early stage in the run, we

:12:36.:12:40.

are now heading towards two kilometres, they looks full of

:12:41.:12:47.

running to me. Yes, no slowing down. That is so low 40 K on the bike

:12:48.:12:51.

doesn't seem to have had too much of fact and it's nice to see they are

:12:52.:12:56.

feeling good and running well. Fernando Alarza is having a go at

:12:57.:13:01.

Bishop and Bowden, not a decisive move but he's given himself a

:13:02.:13:06.

fraction of daylight. Fernando Alarza, currently leading the World

:13:07.:13:12.

Triathlon Series standings for 2017. We saw him do this in Yokohama, he

:13:13.:13:17.

made a few surges before he managed to break into second position. The

:13:18.:13:22.

fact he's glancing over his shoulder, he wants to do something

:13:23.:13:26.

significant here. It is early to break, it would be better to sit in,

:13:27.:13:34.

but it is early to be making surges and suggests he's feeling good. That

:13:35.:13:38.

glanced over the shoulder, you go why is he looking back now? I think

:13:39.:13:45.

he's doing it to break the two Brits behind him. He knows the crowd will

:13:46.:13:50.

be urging them on so much more than him. Everybody here wants to see a

:13:51.:13:59.

British one, to, three. He wants to break the mentally almost, make them

:14:00.:14:03.

feel like they are running for fourth and fifth rather than a

:14:04.:14:12.

podium. Alistair's timer year ago was one hour and 50 minutes. The

:14:13.:14:20.

brothers conclude that one of four. Jonny for me always looks like the

:14:21.:14:26.

slightly easier runner. Alistair has an interesting running form with his

:14:27.:14:32.

knees really out front. They are both very upright, I think it is a

:14:33.:14:36.

feature of a lot of the runners in the British team. I am not bright

:14:37.:14:43.

runner, Non is too. I don't know what they do to us here! -- I am an

:14:44.:14:58.

upright runner. Christian Blum and felt, the Norwegian, what an athlete

:14:59.:15:02.

he is, he's had some excellent results so far this season. So

:15:03.:15:09.

further down the road there is a gap to Royle. Back with the chase group,

:15:10.:15:15.

the Brownlee brothers out in front, then Bowden, Bishop and Alarza.

:15:16.:15:22.

They have pulled back a few seconds, around five seconds. I do not think

:15:23.:15:29.

that is significant, as long as they keep the pace going. It is virtually

:15:30.:15:34.

impossible to pull back a minute. I am asking you because I want

:15:35.:15:38.

confirmation they will be OK. We are watching two different races, we are

:15:39.:15:42.

watching a race for gold and silver and the race for the bronze medal. I

:15:43.:15:47.

would be amazed if anything happened otherwise, but we all remember

:15:48.:15:56.

Cozumel. It is a very different day here today. I do not expect to see

:15:57.:15:59.

the same. It would be rare. Mark Austin is running with Vincent Luis.

:16:00.:16:03.

He does not seem to be able to make an impact this afternoon. Marc

:16:04.:16:07.

Austin, with the Frenchman, coming through transition. The leaders have

:16:08.:16:15.

6.7 km are still to run. Mark Austin is a great athlete. We remember him

:16:16.:16:19.

from the Commonwealth Games, with that fantastic performance when he

:16:20.:16:23.

rode away with the Brownlee brothers, slightly out of his depth.

:16:24.:16:29.

He stayed with them. You won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth

:16:30.:16:32.

Games in Glasgow. What a fantastic day. Mark Austin, great

:16:33.:16:37.

up-and-coming athlete, he got fourth in the Madrid World Cup. He was

:16:38.:16:42.

seventh in Cape Town. He won silver in the world under 23 and landing.

:16:43.:16:47.

Although he is not in the frame today in the run, he is a great

:16:48.:16:52.

athlete. Yes, he is one of the Scottish athletes who is based in

:16:53.:16:56.

Stirling. He has done well over the years. He has had lots of podiums in

:16:57.:17:01.

the junior and under 23 ranks. He's only 23 now. He is in his final year

:17:02.:17:08.

to race under 23 races if he wants to. That is still very young. It is

:17:09.:17:13.

great to see him in the main pack, hopefully putting in a solid

:17:14.:17:16.

performance. We saw Tom Bishop in third with the brothers in first and

:17:17.:17:22.

second. In the World Triathlon Series, since its inception in 2012,

:17:23.:17:27.

there has never been a clean sweep for a nation in the men's. The women

:17:28.:17:32.

have done it, the Americans, a couple of times. And the Aussies.

:17:33.:17:36.

The men have never done it. Maybe the day. That is the gap. The

:17:37.:17:52.

leading Brownlees, and the two British athletes, Bishop and Bowden,

:17:53.:17:54.

and the Spaniard, Alarza. Heading in different directions. If they were

:17:55.:17:58.

to achieve the clean sweep today, it would be a first. When the boys come

:17:59.:18:04.

round for the end of the second lap, there are four, that is a big part.

:18:05.:18:08.

You get to the Midway part of the race, and it is like you're going

:18:09.:18:14.

downhill. You hit midway, you are going downhill, I have got less to

:18:15.:18:19.

run. It is a double-edged sword. You're closer to the finish, but

:18:20.:18:25.

you're in more pain. The last two laps are difficult. It looks like

:18:26.:18:29.

Bowden has been distanced. Let's see if he can close the gap and get back

:18:30.:18:35.

on the shoulder of Tom Bishop. Alarza is pitting the hammer down.

:18:36.:18:39.

He is desperate to break them. The brothers are heading to the halfway

:18:40.:18:45.

point. Tom Bishop is not giving up, neither is Adam Bowden. Tom looks

:18:46.:18:50.

very smooth. Add legs good as well. You can see it on the face of

:18:51.:18:57.

Alarza. -- Adam Bowden Lewis Kidd as well. He does not want to be in the

:18:58.:19:04.

battle for a British clean sweep. You can see what he is trying to do.

:19:05.:19:10.

He is a gritty competitor, Fernando Alarza. His facial expression is

:19:11.:19:16.

hidden behind the sunglasses. He is running comfortably with Tom Bishop

:19:17.:19:20.

on his shoulder, and Adam Bowden is big indeed, desperately trying to

:19:21.:19:25.

stay with them. In fact, Bowden might be able to take the lead. He

:19:26.:19:30.

is right on the shoulder of Alarza. It is not a flat course. There is

:19:31.:19:35.

lots of up and down. That is tough. At this point in the race, you just

:19:36.:19:41.

want to run on flat ground. This is undulating the hallway. That is even

:19:42.:19:46.

harder. This course is so deceptively tower. The bike course,

:19:47.:19:50.

there is the long section into town that is windy and exposed. In town,

:19:51.:19:57.

it is technical, there are corners, up and down. Everything. You get

:19:58.:20:02.

onto the run, you want time to get into a rhythm. The course does not

:20:03.:20:08.

allow that. You turn 90 degrees, you go into a U-turn, you turn another

:20:09.:20:14.

90 degrees. There is no respite. So many runners like to run on rhythm.

:20:15.:20:18.

There is no time for that on this course. Bishop is very much still

:20:19.:20:27.

there, as is Bowden. Alarza is desperate to break the British guys.

:20:28.:20:32.

Back to Alistair. He is looking over his shoulder. Jonny is taking on a

:20:33.:20:40.

gel. That is sensible. He has around 15 minutes to go. We want to see

:20:41.:20:45.

Jonny drinking and eating. Someone go down there with the sign. We do

:20:46.:20:49.

not want a repeat of Cozumel Rudy was pouring it over his head but not

:20:50.:20:54.

down his throat. That came back to back him. We have to draw the

:20:55.:20:58.

differences between Cozumel and tear. It was hot and humid. We are

:20:59.:21:05.

around 20 degrees here, it is a nice Yorkshire Day. It is not the 30 plus

:21:06.:21:11.

with humidity we faced in Cozumel. Those conditions took many victims.

:21:12.:21:14.

Unfortunately for us, Jonny was one of them. What is interesting is the

:21:15.:21:20.

way that Alistair is dominating this part of the run. He has nothing to

:21:21.:21:25.

prove. He knows how many times he has beaten his brother. Even though

:21:26.:21:29.

he has moved over to middle distance racing, and he is still trying to

:21:30.:21:32.

show that they can win these World Series races. Alistair will never

:21:33.:21:38.

put himself in a race if he does not think he has a chance of winning. It

:21:39.:21:44.

is through the is and what he does. On the bike, it is a different

:21:45.:21:48.

story, having his brother there, it is team tactics. At the moment, it

:21:49.:21:53.

does not matter who is running, whether it is Jonny or any other

:21:54.:21:57.

athlete. The run is very different to the bike. Absolutely. Lap two

:21:58.:22:04.

completed for the brothers, Alistair and Jonny, shoulder to shoulder.

:22:05.:22:11.

Look at the reception they get in Millennium Square. Absolutely

:22:12.:22:14.

fantastic. Away they go for the third lap of four. Lots of running

:22:15.:22:20.

still to do. They are halfway through the run stage in their home

:22:21.:22:29.

city. Behind them, further down the road, Fernando Alarza leads Tom

:22:30.:22:33.

Bishop and Adam Bowden. Nothing to choose between these three. They are

:22:34.:22:40.

approaching the halfway stage. It looks as if one of these three will

:22:41.:22:45.

be joining the Brownlee brothers on the World Triathlon Series podium

:22:46.:22:49.

this afternoon. Alarza is the first to arrive on the carpet. He has a

:22:50.:22:56.

little kick away. Bishop is able to react. Bowden is all right. He has

:22:57.:23:04.

taken a different path. He has taking the straightest line. The

:23:05.:23:08.

others seemed to drift to the left. He was hugging the right side of

:23:09.:23:13.

transition. He has come out at the front. The camera angle was

:23:14.:23:18.

deceptive but he is fine. Bowden is still in contention as the Norwegian

:23:19.:23:22.

Kristian Blummenfelt makes his way out of transition. He completes his

:23:23.:23:30.

second lap. Two down, two to go. The last 16 seconds in the first five k

:23:31.:23:35.

M. Bearing in mind that they have done a two up, 40 kilometre time

:23:36.:23:40.

trial, it is fair to say that they are running well. The pack behind,

:23:41.:23:48.

with Bishop and Alarza, they have something to fight for. These guys

:23:49.:23:52.

have something to fight for, but those guys are battling for the last

:23:53.:23:56.

place on the podium. It depends on the tactics in each group. Alistair

:23:57.:24:01.

and Jonny seemed content to run together. At some point, one of them

:24:02.:24:08.

will have a go. We are seeing Alarza putting in another attack. It will

:24:09.:24:12.

be interesting to see if he can hold an audit this is another research,

:24:13.:24:16.

and he will have to back off the pace. If the British athletes are

:24:17.:24:20.

running smoothly, hopefully they can bring the gap down again. Alarza has

:24:21.:24:26.

broken away from the British pair, Bishop and Bowden. The gap is not

:24:27.:24:33.

decisive, a couple of seconds. Bishop and Bowden might get that

:24:34.:24:37.

extra 5% from the fans at the side of the road in Leeds. It will help

:24:38.:24:41.

them close the gap that Alarza is opened up. Bishop's head is going

:24:42.:24:48.

backwards. That is a tell-tale sign that an athlete is starting to feel

:24:49.:24:53.

it. Perhaps Bishop and Bowden can work together to hang on. Is this

:24:54.:25:00.

decisive from Alistair. He has opened up a lead of half a second on

:25:01.:25:06.

his younger brother. He kicks away from the U-turn. Jonny tries to

:25:07.:25:10.

respond. He is in familiar territory, seeing the slight gap

:25:11.:25:14.

that his older brother has opened up. Will this be a decisive move

:25:15.:25:19.

from Alistair? Jonny trying desperately to respond. We want to

:25:20.:25:23.

see Jonny hanging on to Alistair as long as he can, until the finish. He

:25:24.:25:27.

does not want to get dropped at this stage in the race. Alarza on the

:25:28.:25:33.

other side, ruling working hard to pull away. Still looking over his

:25:34.:25:38.

shoulder. -- really working hard. You can see the turnover of his

:25:39.:25:44.

legs. He's putting in massive surge. I am interested to see whether he

:25:45.:25:49.

can hold that pace. He has set his stall out. He still has four

:25:50.:25:54.

kilometres to go. The gap is not yet decisive. Jonathan has managed to

:25:55.:26:01.

reel in his older brother. He did not let Alistair getaway. He kept

:26:02.:26:07.

them at arm's length. Alarza digs deep and tries to force an extra

:26:08.:26:12.

kick out on the climb. He has moved into outright third position. That

:26:13.:26:17.

is the gap to four. He has gone early, he is working hard up this

:26:18.:26:22.

little stretch. When he gets to the top, he will have a chance to relax

:26:23.:26:27.

and let his heart rate go down. He wanted to break these guys early. He

:26:28.:26:31.

is doing a good job. As much as anything, this is a mental gap

:26:32.:26:37.

rather than a physical one. If he has ten seconds on those guys, they

:26:38.:26:41.

will start to think he is gone. They cannot see what his face looks like,

:26:42.:26:44.

they cannot see the effort he is putting in. They just see him

:26:45.:26:49.

running away up the road and they see the podium this appealing. If

:26:50.:26:54.

they can keep him within range and he settles down into a more

:26:55.:26:57.

manageable range, the race for the podium is still on. Absolutely, Tom

:26:58.:27:04.

Bishop and Adam Bowden dropping off the pace slightly. At least they can

:27:05.:27:12.

work with one another. That is crucial. Still no change at the

:27:13.:27:17.

front of the race. One of the lap triathletes in the background.

:27:18.:27:23.

Alistair has another go. He gets a couple of yards on his younger

:27:24.:27:29.

brother. Jonny is able to respond once again. At the moment, Alistair

:27:30.:27:42.

is being pretty brittle. -- brutal. I do not think he senses any danger,

:27:43.:27:47.

but for him, it is all about winning. Nothing really counts. The

:27:48.:27:52.

gap is starting to go out. Alistair is putting in a move, and Jonny has

:27:53.:27:55.

not been able to respond straightaway. Alistair is

:27:56.:28:01.

brutal-mac. It does not matter it is Jonny, it could be anyone. Jonny

:28:02.:28:08.

will hold on for second, Alistair will be confident of that, even if

:28:09.:28:12.

you break them. Alistair is starting to believe that he will win. He has

:28:13.:28:19.

opened up a gap. A couple of white lines on one of the streets in

:28:20.:28:24.

Leeds. He moves away from his younger brother, looking to

:28:25.:28:27.

successfully defend the World Series triathlon title that he claimed the

:28:28.:28:32.

12 months ago. Brownlee has made his move. The Olympic champion is clear

:28:33.:28:37.

and of the Olympic silver medallist. We spoke earlier about the fact that

:28:38.:28:42.

Jonny has not had a chance to race. You cannot count Yokohama. He did

:28:43.:28:47.

not get the chance to have the heart run. He had to run the last

:28:48.:28:50.

kilometre with his bike on his shoulder. We know he's capable of

:28:51.:29:01.

running the ten key faster. After having run two have marathon races,

:29:02.:29:06.

90 kilometres on the bike, this will feel easy. It will feel easy and

:29:07.:29:11.

familiar. This is what he does, and he is dammed good at it. They just

:29:12.:29:18.

came past the giant poster and picture of Alistair. Leeds prepared

:29:19.:29:26.

to be inspired. He is inspiring them in spades. What a performance. The

:29:27.:29:31.

brothers are out there again. It is Alistair leaves them through as they

:29:32.:29:36.

approach the end of a lap three. Is this a winning escape from Alistair,

:29:37.:29:41.

or has Jonny got more to offer? They will make the right turn onto the

:29:42.:29:47.

blue carpet shortly. The crowds have seen it on the big screens. Now they

:29:48.:29:51.

will see it in real-time. Alistair comes with Jonny separated by three

:29:52.:29:54.

or four seconds. Alistair will take the bell, Jonny

:29:55.:30:07.

will follow. The other triathlete is a lapped athlete. Alistair leads

:30:08.:30:17.

Jonny, a familiar scene. I think he looked over his shoulder and thought

:30:18.:30:21.

he had company! Without realising it was a lapped athlete. Adam Bowden

:30:22.:30:33.

and Tom Bishop Battle it out for fourth position. Alistair Brownlee

:30:34.:30:39.

will have been able to see how big the gap is. There's a large screen

:30:40.:30:44.

and he would have been able to see the gap he had created back to

:30:45.:30:52.

Jonny. Bowden and Bishop coming through, taking the applause of the

:30:53.:30:58.

Leeds spectators. Absolutely deafening, fantastic noise here. 12

:30:59.:31:06.

seconds now between Fernando Alarza in third place and Adam Bowden and

:31:07.:31:13.

Tom Bishop in fourth and fifth, so that gap is decisive. We can see the

:31:14.:31:16.

pain written all over his face but he has made a decisive gap, and more

:31:17.:31:22.

than anything that will be mentally destroying for both of those boys

:31:23.:31:25.

behind. I think it will take something immense now for them to

:31:26.:31:31.

get themselves in third position. Alistair making his way down the

:31:32.:31:36.

slightly easier part of the course, downhill. Jonny in the background

:31:37.:31:41.

hasn't dropped off too much, around about ten seconds separates him.

:31:42.:31:46.

Part of me feels for Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden, but what a wonderful

:31:47.:31:51.

job. There's only one Spaniard that separates Adam Bowden and Tom Bishop

:31:52.:31:55.

from the Brownlee brothers, and that's great racing from Adam

:31:56.:32:01.

Bowden, and Tom Bishop has really come of age this year. But we are

:32:02.:32:06.

all excited because we want to see a British sweep of the podium. That's

:32:07.:32:10.

what we got excited about in the last half-hour, but we may well end

:32:11.:32:23.

up with a one, two, four, five. Meanwhile Alistair continues to

:32:24.:32:26.

strengthen his lead over his younger brother. One and three quarters

:32:27.:32:31.

kilometres left to run. He made a decisive break away four or five

:32:32.:32:36.

minutes ago and he's holding on to what will be his second successive

:32:37.:32:46.

double UTS win in Leeds. The only race he intends to compete in in

:32:47.:33:03.

2017 -- WTS win in Leeds. We will pan down the road to pick out

:33:04.:33:10.

Fernando Alarza, he will be on the right. There he is, there is Alarza

:33:11.:33:16.

on one carriageway with Alistair on the other. For the Brownlee brothers

:33:17.:33:22.

having watched Alarza's race, they will be glad they didn't get off the

:33:23.:33:28.

bike with him. Alarza did work on the bike but he certainly had an

:33:29.:33:33.

easy ride. The Brownlee brothers have done a time trial on their own,

:33:34.:33:40.

whereas Alarza had a lot of people helping him. The Brownlee brothers

:33:41.:33:43.

will be glad not to get off the bike with him. I would agree, it's also

:33:44.:33:48.

important to remember this is a triathlon. We get caught up with who

:33:49.:33:53.

has run the fastest split, and actually if Alarza had been with

:33:54.:33:57.

them maybe he would have out from them. What we have to remember is

:33:58.:34:02.

this is triathlon, swimming, biking and running, and whoever gets to the

:34:03.:34:09.

finish first is the winner. It's all about who crosses the line first and

:34:10.:34:12.

Alistair and Jonny looked like they will finish first and second. So

:34:13.:34:19.

far, the triathlon today has been exceptional. A fine women's race won

:34:20.:34:25.

by Flora Duffy of Bermuda, and are quite startling men's competition,

:34:26.:34:33.

which may well be won by Alistair Brownlee for the second year in

:34:34.:34:37.

succession, and Jonny Brownlee is still in the silver medal position

:34:38.:34:42.

here in Leeds. It's been a master class really from Alistair, showing

:34:43.:34:48.

the way in triathlon. Absolute precision in transition, he wasn't

:34:49.:34:53.

far off the pace when he came out of the water. He dominated the bike

:34:54.:34:58.

section and made his escape from his younger brother, designed it to

:34:59.:35:03.

perfection out on the run. Jonny Brownlee has worked incredibly hard,

:35:04.:35:07.

it's starting to show on his face. He looks hot, there is sweat on his

:35:08.:35:12.

brow, because even though it is not hard it is kind of warm out there

:35:13.:35:20.

for Leeds! It is definitely, and going back a week or so it looks

:35:21.:35:23.

like it would be a really hot day, but the forecast has changed a bit.

:35:24.:35:28.

The water temperature cooled down a lot making it the wet suit swim, but

:35:29.:35:34.

for a June day in Leeds it is really nice. Nice to be watching, maybe not

:35:35.:35:42.

to be out on the course! The final kilometre now for Alistair Brownlee

:35:43.:35:46.

who was involved for a while with a bit of hand-to-hand combat with his

:35:47.:35:52.

brother. They raise shoulder to shoulder for two thirds of this

:35:53.:35:56.

final leg, then Alistair broke away and yet again Jonny didn't have the

:35:57.:36:01.

resources to respond. I remember chatting with Alistair at Rio, and I

:36:02.:36:08.

said is it the mental battle, he said I don't believe in that. But

:36:09.:36:12.

then he always talks about how Jonny was much stronger in training and he

:36:13.:36:18.

is not as strong in training. For me he wins the mental battle every

:36:19.:36:23.

time. He has the ability to push himself further than any athlete.

:36:24.:36:27.

There's a lot of different athlete in the world in the way they operate

:36:28.:36:31.

and for me I've always found I'm someone who performs better in races

:36:32.:36:35.

than I would appear to be training and I think Alistair is one of those

:36:36.:36:40.

people as well. His performance jumps from what he may be able to do

:36:41.:36:45.

on a training session to a race, better than Jonny. Alistair just has

:36:46.:36:55.

this X factor, this ability to go deeper. He might not think it is

:36:56.:36:59.

mental toughness but I don't know what you would call it. He has this

:37:00.:37:03.

racing brain, this ability to push deep and we will see him win yet

:37:04.:37:10.

again. Absolutely amazing, what an incredible feeling it must be for

:37:11.:37:13.

Alistair Brownlee. There was a moment of doubt when we thought they

:37:14.:37:18.

would be swallowed up by the huge pack but never write off the

:37:19.:37:23.

Brownlee brothers. What an incredible sensational race Alistair

:37:24.:37:28.

Brownlee has hard. Just look at these scenes now. Excitement levels

:37:29.:37:36.

have peaked. They have got what they have come to see. In many ways it's

:37:37.:37:46.

a triumph for the homecoming champion. He returns to his home

:37:47.:37:51.

city to deliver a win of the very highest quality. Now he can slow,

:37:52.:37:57.

now he can soak up the moment and win in Leeds again for the second

:37:58.:38:03.

year in a row. Alistair Brownlee wins the Leeds triathlon series race

:38:04.:38:08.

with his younger brother, Jonny, celebrating second position. Not a

:38:09.:38:14.

single person in the grandstand is on the seat, everybody is standing

:38:15.:38:18.

up. The place has gone bananas for the arrival of the Brownlees. They

:38:19.:38:25.

have delivered, after all the hype of the last couple of weeks as they

:38:26.:38:30.

built the course, put up the posters and laid the carpet. It has laid up

:38:31.:38:36.

to expectations and some. Fernando Alarza, the world number one, comes

:38:37.:38:41.

home for third position. Outclassed by both the Brownlee brothers today

:38:42.:38:47.

who will now watch as Adam Bowden comes home to claim fourth for Great

:38:48.:38:54.

Britain. Brilliant performance from Bowden, and Tom Bishop makes it

:38:55.:39:03.

three out of five... Four out of five British triathlete. Christian

:39:04.:39:07.

Blum will be next home. That has got to be some kind of record for our

:39:08.:39:13.

statistics. The first, second, fourth and fifth, phenomenal racing

:39:14.:39:20.

and a great job from all of them. Well, Bowden ran his heart out

:39:21.:39:28.

taking on the younger man, Bishop, and his athletic pedigree came in to

:39:29.:39:34.

help him through. He won't be on the podium, but fourth place, I guess

:39:35.:39:38.

Adam Bowden will see that as... It is an all time best for him on home

:39:39.:39:44.

soil, just absolutely wonderful. There is the one, two, three.

:39:45.:39:53.

Alistair Brownlee, Jonny Brownlee, and Fernando Alarza. Pierre Le Corre

:39:54.:40:01.

of France was in the early breakaway on the bike and he's battling with

:40:02.:40:16.

Silva. Seventh and eighth but given the same time. Vincent Luis never

:40:17.:40:24.

quite found his running legs. Then Richard Varga, returning to Leeds,

:40:25.:40:28.

finishing in 11th position. And once again today it was all about the

:40:29.:40:35.

Brownlee brothers. It was all about the Brownlee

:40:36.:40:39.

brothers but we have witnessed not only an epic race but an historic

:40:40.:40:45.

race because for the first time in World Triathlon Series history, we

:40:46.:40:49.

have seen four athletes from the same nation finishing in the top

:40:50.:40:54.

five and they were all British. Alan Jenkins alongside me watching it,

:40:55.:41:00.

and to see those guys coming over in succession, that was such a special

:41:01.:41:05.

thing. It's amazing for British triathlon, and for Tom Bishop and

:41:06.:41:08.

Adam Bowden they had a great swim, they didn't quite make it on the

:41:09.:41:13.

bike but they showed the depth we have in British triathlon. We were

:41:14.:41:18.

hoping for a moment before Alarza spoiled the party that there might

:41:19.:41:21.

have been a top three. It didn't happen today but those guys have

:41:22.:41:25.

shown potential that they are all medal potential. It is really

:41:26.:41:32.

exciting. We have seen these guys breaking through to almost on the

:41:33.:41:36.

podium. Tom has his podium this year but it shows how strong they are at

:41:37.:41:41.

the moment. We are hoping to speak to our podium people, our medal

:41:42.:41:45.

winners in a moment, but let's go down to Louise Minchin who has been

:41:46.:41:50.

watching from ground level. It has been an amazing atmosphere,

:41:51.:41:54.

totally incredible. I want to speak to someone who has been watching

:41:55.:41:59.

intensely, we all have, but shall we speak to the mother? How are you

:42:00.:42:05.

feeling? Your two boys, fantastic. Totally relieved it's all over and

:42:06.:42:10.

they have made Leeds proud. What is it like watching for you? Is it very

:42:11.:42:17.

tense? It is always tends really because you are worried they will

:42:18.:42:21.

have an accident on the bike and the distance came down to a small

:42:22.:42:27.

amount. Just an amazing race really. Congratulations to them and you,

:42:28.:42:29.

let's go straight to them. Jonny, your mother was speaking

:42:30.:42:39.

there, she said she was glad it was all over, are you? Yes, it's an

:42:40.:42:45.

amazing feeling coming to Leeds town centre, but it was a hard way of

:42:46.:42:51.

doing that race. Basically the two of us from the end of the swim. If I

:42:52.:42:55.

wanted to beat Alistair that wasn't the way to do it, I turned it into a

:42:56.:43:02.

long-distance hard man's race and he is harder than me. You collectively

:43:03.:43:05.

had to make a call to drop the French guys at the beginning of the

:43:06.:43:09.

bike. We didn't want to drop them but they weren't strong enough. We

:43:10.:43:15.

had a gap, maybe the course helped a bit with those hills, then I thought

:43:16.:43:21.

it's just us two, it will be a long day. I have had injuries and missed

:43:22.:43:26.

training this year and maybe that hurt me towards the end but that

:43:27.:43:30.

kind of racing, Alistair will always win. Even though it was the two of

:43:31.:43:39.

you, you gave these guys plenty to worry about. You have a medal to

:43:40.:43:44.

collect. Take your towel and your liquids. Annie Emerson has joined

:43:45.:43:53.

us. Just supreme, what can you say? I'm exhausted, one of the best races

:43:54.:43:58.

I have ever seen. Coming into town and staying away from the chase pack

:43:59.:44:04.

which was ten bike lengths behind, it was amazing. And the way you

:44:05.:44:07.

describe it as well, because it could have gone so many different

:44:08.:44:11.

ways. They had to drop those French at the start and it became the

:44:12.:44:16.

Brownlee show as you called it. Yes, and for the guys who came out here

:44:17.:44:23.

today, they made it special and that is what is important for Leeds and

:44:24.:44:26.

the fans but Alistair has shown he is the best that there is. We have

:44:27.:44:30.

talked about going up the distances and what Alistair has done, going

:44:31.:44:36.

into the middle distances... Come on, he's here, let's talk to him

:44:37.:44:42.

about it. Congratulations! Alistair Brownlee in the house. Give them a

:44:43.:44:46.

wave because they have come to see you. Your mum has been speaking, she

:44:47.:44:54.

said she's glad it's over and she's very proud of you. Just describe

:44:55.:44:58.

once again what it was like coming down the blue carpet in your home

:44:59.:45:00.

city and soaking it up? comes with Jonny separated by three

:45:01.:45:04.

or four seconds. It was really special. You can never

:45:05.:45:09.

expect to win a race, you never know what will happen, but today I

:45:10.:45:14.

definitely did not know. I have been involved in this race from the

:45:15.:45:19.

start. The course planning, the organisation, and to get people out

:45:20.:45:23.

on the course, it was magical. The last few hundred metres and the lead

:45:24.:45:27.

up to Millennium Square was amazing. Some of the best crowds, an

:45:28.:45:31.

experience I will remember for the rest of my career. You have been

:45:32.:45:34.

through so many different kinds of races. This is one that you could

:45:35.:45:38.

not have plotted. You had this world-class field, but as Jonny was

:45:39.:45:43.

saying, quickly into the bike, it became about you two. You had to go

:45:44.:45:48.

it alone? It got really close. I thought it was going to come back

:45:49.:45:52.

together. Jonny said we should set up but I said, keep working. They

:45:53.:45:55.

will have to go hard to catch us. People

:45:56.:46:08.

start not wanting to take their turn. We kept working and we were

:46:09.:46:11.

riding really hard. For the first three laps of the circuit, that is

:46:12.:46:14.

as hard as we have ridden. It took it out of bars on the run. I know

:46:15.:46:17.

you have a gold medal to prolong for the umpteenth time. Tell us about

:46:18.:46:20.

your plans for the year. These people have enjoyed seeing you in

:46:21.:46:23.

the World Series races. We know there is the triathlon cup to come

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in Nottingham. Will we see you there are? Am not sure. My season plan was

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about qualifying for the half distance world champs. Then this

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race. Two Biggles. I have done that now. I only thought to this point. I

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need to go away and decide what I want do for the rest of the year.

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Now the mixed relay is in the Olympics, that is a big incentive to

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get back for Tokyo. I want to support it in this country. Then

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there is a grand final in September. We will see you in Tokyo? Maybe.

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Ducking out of the answer. We will try to bring you back not just for

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the programme but for the mixed relay. Congratulations. Alistair

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will get is gold medal for the second time in Leeds in a row. If we

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have time we will speak to him at the end of the programme. He does

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have this X factor. You cannot train it. He has this steel in him that

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puts him leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else. Yes, it is hard to

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bet against Alistair in a race. He has this ability to turn himself

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inside out and get the wind. That performance was inspiring. For any

:47:38.:47:40.

young triathlete in the country, that is how you raise, you swim

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hard, you bike heart, and you run card. Two other guys did superbly

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today, Adam Bowden and Tom Bishop. Come on in, boys. Congratulations on

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what was a sensational race. I will give you that microphone. I am not

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sure if you know, but your history makers today? Not ever in World

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Series racing have there been four athletes from one nation in the top

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five. How about that? What do you have to say? Incredible. The crowd

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are phenomenal. You come out of the water and you can hear it coming

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into the city, getting louder and louder. During the monkey-like, it

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was unbelievable. The adrenaline, the extra energy. -- during the bike

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leg. Having British athletes so high up, it is brilliant. I am choked, I

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do not know what to say. It took it out of you. You pulled through, but

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what about the fact that you're part of this group that is making waves

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on the world stage? It is not just about Brownlees. We went into Leeds

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wanting to dominate. We knew we had the strongest team we have ever put

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out in World Series. We wanted to nail the race. Jonny and Alistair

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had their tactics. We knew what they were going to do and we wanted to

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either go with it or if the plan did not work for them, we would

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consolidate and try and run through. We tried our best to make it a clean

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sweep, but Fernando is a classy runner. He is a serial medallist. In

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the commentary, you were talking about the challenge that they had

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with Fernando Alarza. On his face, he was struggling, but these two did

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not necessarily know that they could have closed the gap with a little

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extra. He is a serial surgery. He is a tough competitor. He had the

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fastest run split in Yokohama. He is one of the best runners on the

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circuit. You guys stayed with him for a good amount of time. He is

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flying at the moment. He had a dodgy second transition in Yokohama. He

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came past me like I was standing still. Today, he used the hill to

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his advantage. He kept pushing. On lap three, the elastic went. Bowden

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was behind me. The tactic worked for him in the end. The top four is a

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personal best. Tell us about your personal development. For Tom

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Bishop, it has been a breakthrough year. In training your felt good but

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it has not come out on race days? I have had some bad luck, crashing in

:50:40.:50:42.

Yokohama. That was a big disappointment. In my mind, I was

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not far of wanting to quit the sport. There was lots of emotion.

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Today was about running with emotion, strength and power,

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believing in myself. I can be close to the podium, one day when the

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podium. I am getting a little bit, but I am still one of those people

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that can break through. Hopefully I will do the same as Tom Bishop. When

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he got the silver medal, I was so happy for him. We train together. I

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have been pushing him in training, he has been pushing me. I am really

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proud of Adam. Today was his best race. We will work hard during the

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summer in a training camp. We will continue pushing through. You have

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shown how you're making waves for British triathlon. I know you had a

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podium in Abu Dhabi, but you're showing that there is no age on this

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guy. You're anything but passed it. Congratulations to both of you.

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Let's go to the medal ceremony. Talk us through it. Thank you,

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familiar faces on the podium in Leeds. Alistair Brownlee will step

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up to collect his 35th major gold medal in World Series racing. First

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of all, it will be the Spaniard, Fernando Alarza. Third place today.

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He consolidates his lead at the top of the World Triathlon Series

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standings. He came in with the number one on his arm and he will

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continue to wear the number one in the next race in Hamburg. , the

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sprint and the team mixed relay. In second place, representing Great

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Britain, Jonathan Brownlee. Jonny Brownlee, beaten by his big brother

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again. He does not seem to mind. They have that unique relationship

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where as long as one of them wins, that will do. Second today. And all

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the family and the Brownlee connections here in their home city

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to watch it unfolds. -- unfold. In first place, representing Great

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Britain, Alistair Brownlee. What a moment for Alistair. When he

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returned from London with a gold medal, when he returned from Rio

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with the Olympic gold medal, celebrations were massive in this

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city. Since then, he has been part of designing and running this

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course, this race in Leeds. And he has definitely made his mark. It is

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only -- it is his only World Triathlon Series outing this season

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and he has finished in total control. Ladies and gentlemen,

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please rise for the playing of the national anthem of Great Britain.

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CHEERING Well, prepare to be inspired was the

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slogan that they used to promote this race in Leeds this weekend.

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Alistair inspired tens of thousands this afternoon and millions more

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watching around the world, with that extraordinary performance.

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Fernando Alarza strengthens his lead at the top of the series standings

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for 2017. Spanish flags all the way, first, second and third, with Tom

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Bishop in fourth. Limited participation. That keeps the

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Brownlees of the top of the leaderboard, but Jonny may well

:55:50.:55:52.

appear if he continues to race in the series for the remainder of the

:55:53.:55:53.

year. Thank you very much. Before we go,

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let's fill you in on what else is to, on BBC Sport in the coming

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weeks. The Canadian Grand Prix is under way

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very soon. Lewis Hamilton on the podium. And there is football this

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evening. That is a World Cup qualifier. In Leeds, we have to

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summarise what has been an exemplary day. The GB performance director is

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with me. They did not have to live, those boys? They are amazing. They

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love a challenge, and they got up the top of that hill and they were

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getting the time gaps, and the two French boys dropped away and they

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went for it. We are in them lots of the time. Amazing. They like to

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raise hard, but they had to day. They should every day, the crowd

:57:10.:57:13.

that paid for their tickets to come, they showed how talented they are,

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that they can beat a field for two Hall legs of a race. If they can get

:57:20.:57:28.

a gap, and get into the technical sections, they can get away. They

:57:29.:57:32.

know each other inside out. When they got into town, the ability to

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keep away on the technical section worked in their favour. Let's get a

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quick word before we say goodbye today. Incredible entertainment.

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That is triathlon at its best. I hope that lots of people who have

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not seen it before watching today, because what the Brownlees did today

:57:50.:57:55.

was sensational. It is the kind of day that your baby and waiting will

:57:56.:58:00.

Get Inspired by. You can feel it in the atmosphere today? It was amazing

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today. What a day to have it. The British crowd lifted the athletes.

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We had great performances. It has been a pleasure to enjoy it with

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you. Thank you for being part of the programme. I am sure that every

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single one of you watching the last few hours will have enjoyed it. We

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had Brownlee masterclass. I think I can speak for everyone in Leeds,

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thank you, Alistair and Jonny and everyone from British triathlon. We

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will see you next time. Goodbye. For the first time, the Science

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Museum is opening its doors

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Ore Oduba presents live coverage from Leeds, where the fourth leg of the World Triathlon Series is taking place. Jonny Brownlee is aiming to get his world title challenge back on track after a dramatic race in Japan last time out, where he ended up having to carry his bike after a crash in the cycling phase. Jonny is joined by brother and Olympic champion Alistair, who makes his first World Series appearance of the season. The pair will certainly not lack for support as Leeds is their hometown but their rivals include five-time world champion Javier Gomez, along with current world champion and series leader Mario Mola. Leading the charge for the British women's team is former world champion Non Stanford but she faces stiff opposition in a high-quality field, not least in the form of reigning world champion Flora Duffy, who showed she had shaken off early-season injury problems with victory in the most recent race in Yokohama.


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