Leeds Triathlon: World Series


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?


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


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


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


officially called, the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Jenkins, Andy Anderson and Matt Shilton.


COMMENTATOR: Good afternoon everybody. The athletes are lined


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of 38.6 kilometres, slightly shorter than the official Olympic distance


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


She was incredibly excited yesterday, and apparently she went


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


be to the Dutch athletes as well, we can


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


stay there and stay away from Ashleigh Gentle because she was


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


champion. They have widened the gap significantly over the chasing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


would not normally find themselves broken away from a World Triathlon


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


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


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


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


conditions are allowing the helicopter to fly to bring us these


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Brownlee brothers in their one and only appearance together on the


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


triathletes today in the World Triathlon Series, which is round


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Hall, just behind the main grandstand in Millennium Square.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


herself with three other relatively unknown athletes.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


week. What's it like for you racing in


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


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


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


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


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


Stanford. Has there been a discussion with her about helping


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


contains Non Stanford and Jess Learmonth including number one at


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sometimes a smaller pack works better at narrow twisty roads like


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to sometimes. Better to start second, in many


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Flora Duffy, an exceptional start to this season. Second


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


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


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


crowd, particularly from the supporters who have travelled from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Her baby is due in the next couple of months.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


count was they were 1.45 seconds behind which will be difficult for


Non Stanford to get onto the podium today. It will be tough and they


want to keep that under two minutes if they can. Non is running well,


and can definitely run down at least one of these girls but you don't


want to start with over two minutes if you can avoid it. They need to


push well and hopefully we'll get help from the other athletes because


at the moment it looks like the British girls are working together.


Maya Kingma, only in her second World Triathlon Series race, so


she's doing so brilliantly for someone so it inexperienced at this


level. It is the buzz being at the front, it's amazing, I had a race


when I was younger, a World Cup back then, and I ended up in the front


group with a lot of well-known athlete and managed to hang on in


there and it was such a buzz, you want to keep staying in there and


not get dropped. Made lap, the time check we got from the lead group to


the Jess Learmonth group was 1.52, and now, with two lapse to go, it


has stretched out, yawned two minutes, next time they cut the


timing ribbon, as they cut the turn, they concede it's now a gap of 2.14.


I think it's fair to say, bar mishaps on that front group, we are


not likely to see a British triathlete on the podium today. I'm


slightly scratching my head as to what the second pack could do


because it looks like they have worked well. Jessica and Non have


been pushing the pace, great riders, and on their own that they should


perhaps be able to write better than they have. For Flora and the other


three, to find themselves 2.15 in front, it's a huge gap. I think the


front four have been working effectively together. The chasing


pack have not got that group working efficiently yet, and, yeah, it's


very hard. Sometimes if someone puts in a big surge, and sits in for a


bit, it disrupts the rhythm whereas if you have four girls taking equal


terms, it can work better. Flora Duffy, I wonder if she will make any


plans to break away over the last few: it is? It's nice to be on your


own going into transition, not that they have to worry about a lot of


athletes behind them. After Missy 20 or 30 athletes coming into


transition and a lot can go wrong but they won't have any problem in


transition. I wonder if Flora fancies pushing on a little bit with


just over five colleges to go? I think she will be trying to hurt the


girls with her. They are taking the technical session strong every time.


The other three are having to work to stay with her. It's a lot nicer


to transition in a group of four than 40. Because otherwise you have


to be so aware what's happening, crashes and all sorts of things can


happen so it's much easier in a smaller group. Duffy comes into this


lead fresh off the back of a win in Yokohama, 1.56, 18 seconds, her


winning time, in the pouring rain of Japan and she is now out in front.


The others have not been left. This is not a decisive break away from


Flora Duffy but she has raised the pace with the last couple of laps


unfolding. It's always good to see her ride, she takes corners pretty


fast. She doesn't take risks as such, technically very strong, and


can ride in and out of corners fast. The three athletes struggling to go


with her, but when they head the straight bit of road, they are able


to write back onto her wheel again. I imagine they will stay together


coming into transition. What an opportunity for these three women


with Flora to make a World Series podium. It's difficult to say


because of course we are looking at the Dutch athlete Maya Kingma and it


only her second World Triathlon Series race, so how can she perform


over ten climate is? She's probably high as a kite at the moment because


she can't believe she finds herself, 2.2 seconds up on the others in the


sport -- 2.20. They will have tired legs. It will be tough to stay ahead


of the group behind because some of these athletes don't run that fast,


especially off a tough bike so you've just got to go for it. Try


not to go too fast. Try and see what happens. It's an amazing opportunity


and you got to go for it. I think Taylor Spivey could run the best out


of these three. With Flora. In they come, one lap to go. 3.75, it is,


the final loop of the city centre. Their advantage was two and a


quarter minutes and I expected to grow further with Duffy having


pushed the pace and raced a game on the penultimate lap and now thoughts


will turn to T2, split transition, they collected their bikes in


Roundhay Park and they will park bomb right in front of the Leeds


Civic Hall and the packed grandstands and everybody would get


the best of you of transition. What is easier, T1 or T2? Probably T2.


The wet suit is always a drama. Lucan panic and it doesn't seem to


go as smoothly as you planned -- you can panic. Taylor Spivey, Flora


Duffy, Maya Kingma and Alice Betto tends to be faster. The noise when


they come in for this transition will give them a left. There was the


great crowd here, very noisy crowd. This is the Kirsten Kasper Non


Stanford group who had a difficult time on the streets of Leeds this


afternoon it's fair to say. It started with Non Stanford getting


left behind in the water, and Jess Learmonth was first out of the water


but then waited for her at the top of the climb to pick up Non Stanford


and attempt to help her to climb up some places up through the race but


it didn't work out as planned. Duffy forced a ridiculous pace out in


front as they come passed in front of Leeds town Hall. Not to be


confused with the Civic Hall. The location for the start of the Tour


de France in 2014. A different type of cycling taking place this


afternoon. The chase group come through to take the bal. Taylor


Spivey, Flora Duffy, Maya Kingma and Alice Betto are on their way on


their last lap on the streets of Leeds. They've lost a few athletes


from this group, it looks like, so it'll be interesting to see what did


happen, if there was a crash or incident or they couldn't handle the


pace. I think they've lost one or two. On a positive note, we know Non


Stanford at the second fastest run in Yokohama which took place a few


weeks ago in Japan, running just over 34 minutes, a pretty decent


time, only Ashleigh Gentle from Australia ran faster, and she's way


back in the third pack. What do think the chances are these girls,


Maya Kingma and Alice Betto and Taylor Spivey running about 36


minutes, which would keep them ahead of Non Stanford? It is so hard to


predict. I think Taylor Spivey has a chance. I'm not sure about the other


two but it's hard to tell. We don't know as much about them. They could


be coming into really good form, so it's hard, but we have got Kirsten


Kasper with Non Stanford and she will have strong runners to run with


and if they want to work their way back into the race, they could. That


is the difference in distance. The lead group are down to their last


1600 metres and the chasing group have almost double that still to


ride. The yellow loop and the blue dot is the leader and the green.


Still to do that out at the back at the opposite end of the track, a


shorter lap to follow, four laps, 2.5 kilometres. They have a ten K


run to come. It's great to see Alice Betto from Italy leading this race.


Flora Duffy tucked in behind, a smart move, saving her legs just


before she heads T1, parts of her trainers and takes on at ten, to


run. Maya Kingma just came through. The Bell indicating one lap to go on


the bike course. It can sometimes be a relief when you hear the bell. You


think, thank God, one more lap to go. The run is dictated more at your


pace but the bike is dictated often by others and you are just trying to


hang on so it can be a relief sometimes if you're having a bad


day. Flora Duffy just happy to sit in and that the other three athletes


do the work and I've noticed they had taken on Walker. Flora took on a


gel and have important is that just before the bike? They will end the


bracing for two hours so it's important to take on some nutrition


and it's been a tough day, so I would normally take one gel over an


Olympic race but in a race there is tough, you could take two. It


depends on everyone's nutritional plans. 2.28 the lap difference


between them. Sometimes those times in the middle of the lap can be


inaccurate, but we now go back to the front of this World Triathlon


Series race and join Taylor Spivey, Flora Duffy, Maya Kingma and Alice


Betto, who have been out in front since they reached the front of the


climb, the tough climb, leaving Roundhay Park. There they have


stayed and now they consider the arrival in transition. Those of you


who follow triathlon regularly will be used to seeing this and those of


you who don't, we'll see them reach down, remove their shoes, which


remained attached to the pedals and hit the dismount liner on the blue


carpet, and they have to get the dismount right. If they exceeded,


there will be a penalty. That was tight for Alice Betto but the red


flag stayed down. And now they make the run around the corner and into


transition. The noise levels reaching a crescendo here. The four


of them with a decent lead, coming in steadily to transition and they


will hang up their bikes, look for their running shoes and sunglasses


and make their way out of transition. Not forgetting to leave


the helmet behind. The world champion Flora Duffy has nailed her


transition and is first, followed by Alice Betto and Taylor Spivey and


Maya Kingma the last to leave. These women will know how they are feeling


within the first few calamitous of the race and you start the run and


have hard legs and you will feel it in your quads or get into a rhythm


and be able to push through it but you can see Flora Duffy already has


taken time out of her competitors and looks to be getting into her


rib. Flora missed the first two races, Abu Dhabi and the Gold Coast


with injury and decided to set them out to make sure she was good for


the rest of the season and then took Yokohama convincingly. When I spoke


to her, she said I don't know where my form is. She has come back as


strong as ever and only the second race into their 2017 season. She's


come back really well from injury and I think that is one of the


things, as you get an older athlete, and you put in years and years of


training, having time off with injury doesn't take as much out of


you as much as it would've done when you are a young athlete. Not that


Flora is old, but more experienced. Yes, Flora Duffy, 30 is old, I


think, this year, so she is in her prime, she had a slight


disappointing course but she did not bring her race legs to the games and


finished in eight place and she has got Tokyo on her mind.


I would imagine that Tokyo is the aim for her, as with a lot of


athletes on the course. That cycle does tend to come around quite


quick. You she didn't have a great time in Rio. Flora Duffy, that is.


Meanwhile, the British pair of Jeff Learmonth -- Jeff Learmonth and Non


Stanford have arrived. Non Stanford will need to go to work now. She is


about to move into her strongest phase of the triathlon. Let's see


what damage she can do in stage three here.


Kirsten Kasper from America, the athlete wearing number one today.


Jeff Learmonth behind her. Non Stanford, not the fastest


transition. Looked a little bit flustered from the commentary box


there. I think Non will be trying to get into her running as quick as


possible. There is always a lot of pressure to do that in your home


race. This is a home race, so she will just want to get into it and


get that best day out. Former world champion, Non Stanford, won the


title in 2013. Helen Jenkins alongside me won her second. Your


concern and won it twice, 14 and 15. And Flora Duffy claimed her first


title in 2016. Here she is leading the Leeds World Triathlon Series


race. Look at the advantage she's gained during the first half lap.


What an effort from Flora Duffy. It certainly is. She's absolutely


dropped the other athletes. They are miles down the road. That is good


news for the British athletes behind. It just goes to show that


that bike has affected the other athletes' legs. I think it will have


affected their legs. They will have put everything into staying in that


front pack. Flora is used to this. She's used to running on her own,


setting her own pace, and pushing on. This is not unusual for her to


be doing a solo time trial run. That is key. We've seen her time and time


again over the last 12 months have a really tough bike and be able to


run. Going back 18 months, people questioned whether Florey Duffy


could run. She's improving and improving and getting stronger.


Tough to beat this year. Sometimes someone comes into a sport and


really changes it. Flora coming into it over the past year, putting down


her mark, as made everyone else realise that we have to be good at


the swim and be in the front pack, otherwise we are going to be out of


this race. This is a bit further down the road, to Kearton Kasper,


who was with the Non Stanford group. You can see Stanford and Learmonth


just behind. Two minutes and 41 seconds behind Flora Duffy. She has


Betto, Spivey and King Matt ahead of her. Kirsten Kasper there, broken


away. I think sometimes you need the first 500 or 800 metres just to find


your run legs. You normally know within a kilometre whether you are


into the race or not. I think Non Stanford took a while to warm up.


Kirsten Kasper doesn't look like the most effective runner to me, but


she's dimming well. She's had some good results lately, Kirsten Kasper.


She finished runner-up in Sardinia on June the 4th. Some good recent


results under her belt. A really good start to the season. She may


have an edge over Non Stanford due to the fact that she has been racing


since Abu Dhabi in March. That is sometimes a positive. There is


something to be said for running yourself fit. You can do all the


training you like, but if you don't have the races, it can be tough. No


matter how much training you've done over the winter, it can be a shock


and take longer to come into it. Sometimes it can become really


naturally. In the far right-hand side of our picture there, it looks


like Jessica Learmonth with Non Stanford. This little hill is


hurting their legs I think. It is a tough course. It is a break your


legs bike course, because you are in and out of those corners, and it is


very hard psychologically going out on the run with your legs like that.


I think Kirsten Kasper stands in fifth position overall in this race.


Jess Learmonth moving up into six. This is her race to lose now, the


overall leader, Flora Duffy, the defending world champion. Swam well,


rode beautifully and is running storm here. Expect the women's


winning time to be around the two hour mark. Around 30 minutes left in


this Leeds world triathlon race. Being led by Flora Duffy. Taylor


Spivey holding second, but the gap is enormous. That is a large gap,


that Taylor Spivey has had a great start to the season. A solid race


for her, and that is really good for Alice Betto as well. Taylor Spivey,


26 years of age. Runner-up in the Madrid World Cup race in the Spanish


capital on May the 28th. 13th in the Gold Coast race. That was Sprint


distance, at the beginning of April. Alice Betto now.


Here we go. Just in front of the grandstand, we have Taylor Spivey


coming through. Hopefully we will have some time checks on where she


is. Alice Betto looking a little bit tired. That is Maya Kingma, the


Dutch athlete. She has lost a lot of time to do Flora Duffy in this first


lap. If Betto can get a place on the podium today, she will become the


first Italian to stand on a World Triathlon Series podium. Plenty to


win and lose for Alice Betto this afternoon. The Dutch have had some


success in the past. Today, flying the flag for the Netherlands, is


Maya Kingma. I think she looks like she is suffering a little bit. Three


kilometres to go. She has lost a lot of time on Flora Duffy, and I think


it will be a hard seven point five kilometres for Kingma.


King Malcolm onto the blue carpet, a little soft underfoot. But she is


clearly feeling this. It is only her second World Triathlon Series


outing, holding forth position at the moment. Having come into


transition level pegging with Flora Duffy, she now finds herself one


minute and 34 seconds behind. Doing some maths there, with Spivey 45


seconds down on Duffy, that is three minutes overall that she could lose.


You would expect Non Stanford to run the same time roughly. But it is


Jessica Learmonth who is ahead of Non Stanford. Non Stanford looks


like she is struggling to me today. She hasn't really got into her


running yet. This is great by Jess. She is looking strong and pushing


on. It's not over yet for Non, but she's really got to try and find her


legs and get into her rhythm. Learmonth is a local girl from


nearby Tadcaster, remember. There are several hundred here from that


small Yorkshire town cheering her on. Plus all of the Leeds faithful


are getting behind her. Everyone is getting so much support. No


allegiances, every athlete coming through is having the roof raised


for them. Kirsten Kasper tries to stretch her lead over Jessica


Learmonth. Learmonth is in sixth. Then a little gap to Gillian


Backhouse, and on the right you can see Non Stanford alongside Natalie


Van Coevorden. Juri Ide looks uncomfortable at the back of this


group coming through transition. You can see what this swim and bike has


done to them. Juri Ide was third before. You can see what the hills


and the technical section on the bike takes out of these women.


Looking at Juri Ide struggling through transition, and then looking


at Flora Duffy at the front, easing her way to the top of this hill in


the city of Leeds. Jess Learmonth in sixth position, currently the best


of the British contingent so far. I have to say, it is difficult for


Jess, because she did sit back and wait for Non. She must be


questioning what would have happened if she had gone with Duffy. She


waited for Non because she thought it was the right thing to do. Non is


the strongest runner. But she hasn't been so well the last few months.


Looking at her now, it is not the Non we know. It's not. I think Jess


will be thinking that, but this was a team decision by the British


women. The coaches are leading these conversations, but it's down to what


they decide. It will have been a group decision to race for Non in


this race, and you have to accept that. That's the thing about


triathlon. No guarantees. That was Betto's bike. The front wheel just


going over the line before she stepped off. Is she due a penalty? I


think so. A penalty of 15 seconds. That is unfortunate because that is


such an easy thing to do right. That is just a little bit of common sense


when you are racing and just trying to be sensible. Now we have some


shots of the brothers, Alastair Brownlee and Jonny Brownlee, the


younger of the two. They have arrived at the park. Two superstars


of this sport in their home city, preparing to race in the Leeds world


Triathlon Series race. What a welcome they have received. Johnny


can barely conceal his grin. At the start of the race in Roundhay Park.


We will have full, uninterrupted coverage of the Brownlee brothers in


action in Leeds later. Flora Duffy in complete control of this one now.


She hasn't faltered since the moment she burst away from transition and


immediately opened up a decent lead. Taylor Spivey currently holding


second position. She looks reasonably comfortable. Betto


bidding to become the first Italian to take a place in the world


Triathlon Series podium. Taylor Spivey looks really good there. I


don't think she will have expected to get on the podium. She has been


close to a couple of podiums. She must be feeling amazing. She must be


trying not to think about the results, just the process. She will


be trying to get through this and not thinking too much about the


podium. She looks so relaxed. Her running is so fantastic. The


American team are so strong. In years gone by, they have had some


fantastic athletes. Gwen Jorgensen as well. The team has grown in


strength. We don't have Katie Zaferes here today. What is it about


the Americans? They are incredibly strong. It is the strength and depth


as well. It is the American women. They don't have the same strength


and depth across the men. They have triathlon in the collegiate system


in the US now, and that is why we are getting more and more strong


athletes coming through. Flora Duffy is almost halfway through the run,


five point two kilometres left. Two full laps left on the completion of


this second lap. What a great position she finds herself in. She


can take her foot off the gas and almost a joke. You cannot do that on


the bike, but she could relax and enjoy this last five kilometres.


It's not very often an athlete finds himself in that position in the


World Triathlon Series. Five kilometres down. 5000 kilometres to


go. The Leeds city Museum in the background. Flora Duffy has put on a


real show here. Up near the leaders out of the water, and what a bike


she had there. Dominating, dictating. The 40 kilometre bike was


done very much on her terms. Then she left the other three behind and


decided to run the first half of the ten kilometre run on her own. The


next best is Taylor Spivey from the USA.


She will be costing in second position. Closely followed by Alice


Betto, little further down the road. And then Maya Kingma, she was in


fourth position, but was weakening gradually. She did look like she was


struggling on that flat coming through. She has got to hang on for


as long as possible. It's a horrible feeling when you run down, but she's


got to be happy with her performance. She swam really well,


has ridden the race of her life, and has got to keep going and try to get


the best out of this result and take a lot of confidence moving forward


that she can swim and bike with the best in the world. There we have it.


Taylor Spivey is one minute down. She lost 45 seconds in the first


lap, just over 15 seconds. I think Alice Betto is running herself into


this race because she is looking a bit more relaxed than she was after


the first lap. The only thing of note, though she had to sit out a 15


second penalty for going over the red line? I think she will have to


take 15 seconds so it depends when she takes it. Yeah, obviously,


hopefully before the end. We were focusing on the replay, focusing on


her wheel going over the line, but I think another one may have come


close as well. I don't think it was Duffy but I think it could have been


Maya Kingma so she could be in trouble if she does have a penalty


to take. She's really struggling now because she's only just turning up


the long stretch before she turns onto the big part and finds herself


a good few minutes down on Flora Duffy but what a race for the junior


athlete from Holland. She rode and swam with a world champion and now


we can see Kirsten Kasper of having the run of her life, throwing


everything at it and it's just about to run herself into fourth position.


It's a big year of course for Dutch triathlon because Rotterdam will be


hosting the world finals. It was in Kosovo last, you will remember the


Brownlee brothers. Rotterdam will host the finals between September


the 14th - 17th. Live coverage, of course, across the BBC.


She appears to be in trouble, Maya Kingma, and Kirsten Kasper can send


that and will shortly move up into third position, surely? It's a big


gap she will have to pull back but she running really strong and to get


on the podium will still be a big ask, I think. She has got two laps


to do it now. Jess Learmonth announced to the crowd here, local


girl, they are screaming at her to try to find another gear. Gillian


Backhouse in severance of the moment. Non Stanford turning onto


the carpet, we were hoping for fireworks from there but so far she


has not been able to produce but listen to the well, the 2013 world


champion receives. CROWD CHEERS


There's a view Welsh flags flying in that crowd and I'm sure friends and


family will be supporting Non and she will do the best she can add


their to get the highest position possible. We have Ai Uedai coming


through, she's running really well. One of the most consistent


triathletes on the tour. Well into her 30s now and loving the sport.


She has come past her com patriot who never really settled, Juri Ide.


And unmissable running style, you know it's her always. It's


interesting, and it works for her because she runs very well, but no


other person runs like that on the circuit. No, I have never seen


anyone run like air but it seems effective and GZ World Series


podiums, been too many Olympic Games, so if it works fair, that's


great. Often people can be critical and say you don't look great running


but as long as it is effective for you, everybody moves in different


ways. Absolutely. Flora Duffy now, just over 3.5, tours until the


finish line and it is perhaps fitting it won't be a British


athlete but she worked so hard last year and had the two British


athletes, who had instructions not to work too hard and wait for the


other athletes and she found herself in a difficult spot and was run down


by Gwen Jorgensen last year but that won't be the case today. She's way


in front. Non Stanford is over 3.30 down and I think the closest athlete


from that second pack, Kirsten Kasper, is 3.37 down. She's not only


had the fastest bike and swim, she is also running the fastest as well.


Poultry the fastest moving on the course is Ai Uedai but won't beat


Flora Duffy now. -- probably the fastest moving. She will push to the


finish line. You won't know until it's over. She can afford to keep


her rib and does not have do push on too much. Just make sure she's got


enough energy to get to the finish line as fast as possible. She looks


very smooth. Overrunning style does not change. Other athletes, after a


tough course, being affected on the run but Flora Duffy, it's all there,


nothing is changed. She just looks consistently strong and, yes,


comfortable. That's how you would describe her race today. Just a very


well executed across all three disciplines.


Taylor Spivey are still running really well. Covering the ground


quickly. Holding onto second position. Our leader maintains her


dominant form. Next time she crosses the line she will take the bell,


signalling 2.5 kilometres, one lap to go before she will go on to win


her second successive World Triathlon Series contest having


triumphed in Yokohama. She attempts to win the world title for the


second time. Following Leeds, the tour moves on the hamburger. Sprint


races and a mixed relay in Hamburg and then Edmonton, the first two


Canadian stops. After that, Montreal, Stockholm, Sweden at the


end of August and then Rotterdam at the grand final in the middle of


September. Kirsten Kasper could run herself into the World Series lead,


and she's coming to this race ranked third overall. I'm not sure even if


Flora wins, she can go above her, I'm not sure about the numbers, but


that must be exciting for Kirsten Kasper. It must be lovely to be able


to lead the series. We expect less than ten minutes to go from Flora


Duffy, who still looks calm and composed and controlled. Has not


allowed herself to be distracted by all the noise and excitement around


her. The generosity of the fans, they love their sport and they know


all about Flora Duffy. The reigning world champion, and a bit of light


rain starting to fall which could make life interesting for the mens


rea is, especially if it turns into a heavy downpour. -- the men's race.


Duffy takes the Bell. I'm so excited. She has got the crowd


behind her, a commanding lead. When you have got this crowd support,


it's exciting for the athletes and it does not happen in every race. We


are lucky to have such good crowd support in the UK. You are


absolutely right. We commentate on many races around the world and


there's no crowds like this, it is exceptional and wonderful. It always


makes me smile, when I think about our little island stuck out in the


sea with terrible weather and we produced so many fantastic athletes


and races. Can we race here every week? I think a short commute to


racing is always nice, nice to get into your car than get on a 24-hour


flight to Australia! Second place, Taylor Spivey, USA, enjoying a good


run of form. Flora Duffield ready well on her way on her final lap and


Taylor Spivey makes the term. Second triathlete through, the American.


1.12 off the pace. Quite a long way until we see the third, she's


managed a smile as she heard her name gets announced. There is the


Italian, Alice Betto. Third position right now. Taylor Spivey has run


consistently. She lost a lot of time on the first lap but has since then,


maintained it and it's carried her through. Alice Betto takes a


penalty. We thought it was coming after her dismount line, 15 seconds,


which will seem like a minute to her. They never pass quickly. Alice


Betto is stopped and restarted and released back onto the course with a


burst of acceleration. I have to do is say, she was very composed


because you see athletes get incredibly frustrated. I won't


mention any names but Alice Betto, very composed and almost gives


herself a little break. She knows she's got her place. Is no one


insight, and off she goes again and what a great race for the Italian


because we haven't had an Italian athlete on the podium in the World


Triathlon Series. She'll be a big-name overnight in Italy because


triathlon has a big following over there. Of late, we haven't seen a


lot of Italian athlete but over the years it's been incredibly popular


in Apsley. -- Italy. To get on top of the podium, it is a big


breakthrough for them. Traditionally, they've had stronger


Italian men but the women are doing really well. They have a strong


junior programme and the English juniors have done a lot with the


Italian juniors, so it's nice there is a crossover. Still are best


placed of the British triathletes, Jess Learmonth. Running with Gillian


Backhouse, keeping yourself in front of the Australian. I think she's an


outstanding race because she's had a little injury worry with her knee, a


difficult time over the last three weeks but to come here and it looks


to me like she's going to get her best place finish on a World


Triathlon Series. It looks to me, she was eighth, and she has got Ai


Uedai behind Herbert will make a top ten finish it today and Ai Uedai,


always smiling and relaxed and the crowd love her and it was a shame


she could not get her swim together. Yes, she doesn't have the best


swimmer, and we saw that in Yokohama. She's had some amazing


result and is always a happy person to be around and have on the circuit


and I watch her do well and I love it. It looks to me like she's going


to run down, flying around, smiling, very relaxed and these two athletes,


in front, the look over their shoulders and they will be surprised


to see Ai Uedai absolutely flying. She looked up to the big screen, saw


her image and the timings below, smiled, enjoyed this, and it's a


massive crowd and they don't get anything like this in Yokohama on


the regular tour. We were there on the world triathlon series, and


there's been a few hundred spectators there. So Duffy is well


on her final lap, and it's between Duffy and Non Stanford, 4.5 minutes


now. Maya Kingma has been overtaken by Natalie Van Coevorden. And


running alongside is Juri Ide. She will feel at home here, from the


West Coast of Scotland, Charlotte McShane, and is making a decent move


through the course, up into 13th position, five-minute behind, Flora


Duffy, who is well on her way to her second successive World Triathlon


Series victory. These gaps are huge. You don't often see this. Massive


gaps between first and tenth. We are coming up to over five minutes and


normally, you can see how hard the course has been with these large


gaps. Believes cause is not like any other. The swim is cold, the Hill is


where it all begins, and the place where it all picks up. I think we


don't see races like this. It is a smaller field but these huge gaps,


you don't see it and I guess it's the nature of the course which


separates the athletes? I think so, but it's great we have this variety


in the series, because we don't want every race being similar, a flat


bike armour we need to have variety, so it's exciting to see these kinds


of athletes take on different styles of courses.


Flora Duffy is demonstrating she is good on any course. We talked about


her winning in Stockholm last year and Yokohama a few weeks ago, which


was completely flat, and she is an all-round complete athlete now and


in phenomenon form. This is a well-deserved win because everything


has been executed perfectly and she couldn't ask for anything else


during this race. So the last 500 metres or so for


Flora Duffy, who has been the sharpest of them all here this


afternoon. She has not put a foot wrong, she has dominated the


storyline of this World Triathlon Series race in Leeds with a


fantastic performance. The runner-up to Gwen Jorgensen a year ago will


take victory, and it looks like Spivey will be on the World


Triathlon Series podium for the first time to continue the American


success story at this level. We can follow Duffy from the helicopter


shot which will take on the last 300 metres or so, following the


motorcycle towards victory in Leeds. And the sunshine has returned,


fittingly, to illuminate her success. With only 300 metres to go,


she can really try to soak up the crowd now. She will have time to


high-5 the crowd and taking the support from the people who have


travelled from Bermuda to watch her. 200 metres to go for Flora Duffy and


a really worthy champion, I don't think anyone can dispute that. She


has led pretty much from start to finish, she really stamped her mark


on the bike course with the three other athletes there to support her


but today it is all about Flora Duffy. Back-to-back wins, Yokohama


she took a few weeks ago, and she's a few hundred metres away from


taking her title in Leeds. She did miss the first two races of the year


but she's got time to catch it up, and if she stays in this form it


will be hard for anyone to challenge her.


Duffy can start to enjoy it now. After all the hard work, the 1500


metres swim, the 38 K bike which she dominated from start to finish, to


Mac -- two extra trips to transition. What an atmosphere, a


convivial enthusiastic atmosphere here in Leeds. She waves to her


family, and Flora Duffy wins in Leeds and wins by some margin. A


brilliant win for Duffy. Two in a row after having triumphed in


Yokohama. She has now travelled to Yorkshire to take her second


successive win. Her family and friends will feel now that this long


journey was more than worth it. She wins in the time of one hour 57


minutes and to microseconds. That is about three minutes quicker than


Gwen Jorgensen's winning time, although it is a slightly different


course from 12 months ago. She has time to sit and soak it up and wait


for the next one, which will be delighted, I'm sure, Taylor Spivey.


This is brilliant for Taylor Spivey, I don't think she imagined she would


be coming second today. She swam well, she rode and she has not got


too excited, just gone with it. Amazing to see another American on


the podium. She certainly doesn't look out of place because she's


finishing as strong pretty much as she started. For the first time ever


on the World Triathlon Series she's on the podium. And this must feel


fantastic, taking the congratulations from the spectators


in the grandstand, and taking second place in the World Triathlon Series


in Leeds. One minute 30 seconds behind Flora Duffy. Still an


excellent time. I don't think she can quite believe


it herself at the moment. It might take a while to sink in. And this


will be a thoroughly deserved third place for Alice Betto, who has done


it despite having misjudged her arrival at the dismount line at the


end of the bike, she allowed her front wheel to go over, she was


given a 15 second penalty which she took calmly, didn't get stressed out


about it because she knew she had time in reserve. And she will cruise


home for third place. The first Italian on a World Triathlon Series


podium. Alice Betto will be third and she's got time to thoroughly


enjoy it, and stroll home. Betto takes Bird, her first podium,


brilliant performance from Alice Betto as she is going to be highly


emotional after the injury problems she's hard. What a race, with the


penalty as well. Two and a half minutes down. I think we can see the


emotion on her face there. After a year of injury last year, not being


able to go to the Olympic Games, it means so much to her. I love seeing


that emotion, you know how much it means to the athletes, how much they


put in and how hard this sport can be. Kirsten Kasper with some


excellent results recently is going to miss the podium place, and will


be the second place American. Fourth place... There are worse placed


finishes but she will be pleased with the result. She didn't quite


make the front pack so it was a lost opportunity but she will be happy


with her consistency so far this year. She was met immediately by


team-mate Taylor Spivey and now there is a race for the finish, as


there is a race with an array is going on behind, as Jess attempts to


overtake the Australian. The best of the British! Just ahead of Gillian


Backhouse. The local girl with the brilliant finish to defeat Gillian


Backhouse for six and seven. Ashleigh Gentle next home. She


looking absolutely shattered. Yes, she looks like she has struggled.


She had a solid run but I can't imagine her being too happy with


that today. And I think it will be Charlotte MacShane next across the


line, to be followed by Juri Ide and


non-Stanford. Let's go down to the finish and join Ore. Obviously we


are going to make sure non-Stanford is all right. We have got Taylor


Spivey with us. Silver medallist, podium for the first time in a World


Series race. You are smiling so broadly, what did it feel like to


come over the finish line? It felt amazing, I worked really hard for


that podium, especially on the bike trying to keep up with Flora. It was


tough but it was worth it. I could see you having tentative high-fives,


you took your time down the blue carpet and it must have been a


relief to make sure your work paid off. Definitely, I have been working


really hard and I'm so happy to see it come together today. What was it


like in that lead group because you all worked really hard for each


other. Yes, I wasn't sure I could catch the next group with the two


minute gap because there are some fast runners and I'm so amazed I


did. You have a moment on the podium coming up, take your time, Taylor.


Congratulations, enjoy your moment up there. It's all right, you can


take a walk. What about that for a result. We were watching it


together, the an incredible race in the first time podium is a big deal.


It's a massive deal. The thing about the athletes in the lead pack with


Flora Duffy didn't expect that going out this morning, but they hung on


and fair play to them as they Leave with the world champion wheel


4-wheel. I love it when they put that much work in. They all


contributed and worked really hard to stay in the pack and I loved to


see them get the rewards for that with the podium finishes going to


the three in that group. Both Taylor and Alice first time podium is. We


are going to try to talk to Flora and is well to Alice Betto, who we


can all see it meant so much to. We are going to talk to them before the


medal presentation, but talk about Flora because it was an exemplary


race. It is becoming trademark Flora, a phenomenal swimmer,


incredible on the bike and now her run is the best out there as well so


how do you beat someone performing that way? It is trademark now. And


just the second time back this season, she's in great shape. Yes,


she... Let's speak to the lady herself. The world champion is here!


What was really nice, after she worked so hard, is having a lovely


shower to make sure you were cooled down appropriately! Brilliant race,


we were just talking about how exemplary that was. You lead the


hallway on the bike. I didn't realise Jess had backed off until


maybe five kilometres into the ride. I had a goal of going hard, and if


there is nobody with you you will have to go for yourself. It was


super hard today, the course is really tough. It was windy so I'm


pretty glad I had some company on the bike to share the workload. The


others were more inexperienced venue, did you feel like you had to


make them work as hard as you? They seemed pretty keen to work and we


worked well together. My fiance kept giving us split so I think that


motivated them, each time the split would get higher and higher sale the


minds they were thinking it was a podium opportunity. With that


dangling in front of you it is major motivation. Back-to-back victories


so where do you go from here? You want to get this feeling a number


more times, I'm sure. Yes, Leeds was fantastic, I had goose bumps running


down the streets. So many people saying, "Go, Flora! " now I'm going


to fly to Bermuda and have a few days' relaxation and get ready for


the back half of the season. We could see all of your Bermuda fans,


waving over there! I think you are needed for a presentation so we will


let you get off but congratulations again, well done.


Off she goes, make your way through the cameras.


I think you guys were saying in commentary as well, she's out on her


own as far as a contingent, not like the British and American guys with


the huge support teams, not least team-mates as well, she's a


one-woman band and she rocked it. Yes, in some ways you need those


people around you but in others it has made her stronger. She cannot


look around to see who was helping her because she's on her own so she


cracks on with it and she does a great job. And quicker than when


Jorgensen last year. If she wants to challenge the best, she's putting


down markers. Yes, Flora for the last year or so has done trademark


Flora, and trademark Gwen and run through from behind but Flora is


getting faster and faster on the run that makes it harder for Gwen to


come back into the races. Let's discuss the British athletes because


as it unfolded it was interesting because Jess coming out of the water


first up, you thought perhaps she has got a chance but they had


specific instructions, didn't they? Yes, looking at the race, you look


at Non, you have got to support her. It was the right move, it was team


tactics and they have spoken about it before. Unfortunately for Non,


she wasn't feeling tiptop today. Unfortunately today it was more bust


than all but the rationale behind doing it was the right thing to get


a great British athletes on home territory. We can see the effort


they put in, the way Non was taking her time on the finish line here. We


can look at that moment that Jess had to take a minute back in the


race. We won't, because we have another podium athlete in Alice


Betto. Congratulations. So many people, Vicky Holland, so many other


people, but to see you coming over the line you were overcome, what did


it mean to you to have a podium? It is the first time on the podium


for me. Last July was entered. I did the second surgery to my Achilles,


and I started training, just six months ago. I do not believe this


podium. -- last July I was injured. It was the perfect race. Not quite


perfect because you did have a stop -- go penalty. Did you think you had


in form was there some don't? I thought I had enough to do the


penalty. After the third lap. I wanted to gain energy for the last


lap. I was so tired. It was hard on the bike. It is nice that they could


provide the rest for you. You have done everything you have needed to


do. Time for you to collect your bronze medal. Thank you very much. I


will Take That from you. Well done. Alice Betto is a history maker. She


has taken my microphone from me. That is fine, she is a medallist.


She's a history maker. Overnight she will be a big star. She has had it


coming for a long time. She spoke about her Achilles and operations.


She has proven what she can do. Having the bike, swim combination,


that will be key to her success. I saw what she could do in Yokohama


first-hand. She came out of the water close to me. She had a better


swim today than she did there. She rode so hard on the first couple of


laps. I said that if she was there out of the water, she could raid


with Flora. She has reaped the rewards today. Six months after


injury, she is back here, able to provide or deliver that kind of


performance. We have a couple of British athletes standing by. We


will bring them in. Coming, Jess, Non. We have another one coming in.


Hold onto that. Step back so can see you. We saw you at the finish line.


You are right? I am OK. Not my best time. I have had a rough few weeks


since Yokohama. That was a struggle from start to finish. I gave it my


all, but when I got on to the run, I had nothing left. It was a matter of


getting round. The crowd got me around. I know it sounds like a


cliche, but the support was fantastic. They lifted me, so thanks


to everyone who supported. It's splintered in the swim. Did you feel


that things got tricky at that point? Yes, I was off the bike of


the front pack, going around. It pushed on and on the second lap.


When I got out I was 60 seconds down. I heard the call that we had


decided we were going to work as a team today and that Jess was going


to wait. I did everything I could to get back to her. I tried to get us


into a good position. I do not think I contributed much, unfortunately.


You powered on through, you're making your way back. It was an


admirable effort. Jess, let's come to you. Sixth place in our World


Triathlon Series race. Is that a personal best? It is.


Congratulations. At one point in the race, you were potentially the Queen


maker. You had the power in your hands. Purpose through that moment,


you will run the bike, you had the lead. You made the call to drop back


and try and help your team-mates. Definitely. We had already spoken


before we started. That was the tactics. I knew full well that is


what we were going to do and that is what I wanted to do. I was more than


happy to drop back and push on and help Non. It is something we need to


practice. It is a great place to practice. We have all had problems,


little illnesses before the race. We never knew how it was going to pan


out and with triathlon, you never do. It was good. After the first lap


on the bike, you were only one minute behind. Did you feel like


there was a chance that you could deliver a podium, or did you feel


quickly that the gap was getting bigger? To be honest, the gap was


going out every lap. It was so windy. I find it very hard, to be


honest. I do not think many were contributing to our group. There


were a few of us on the front. I did not know how well the front group


were working. Obviously they were doing well, because each lap, we


were like, oh, it is going out. We were trying to get around the ten


key M on the windy scores ever. You had the wind and rain and everything


else and an incredible crowd. No one was going to take sixth place away


from you. I know, I cannot believe it. I have been practising my


sprint. Apologies. Yes, the crowd, I wonder if they would mind coming to


every triathlon. It would get me round the ten k every time. It was


amazing. Some of the guys have been talking about your development. You


thought this race might have been your last. To make the leaps and


bounds you have in the last 12 months, you must be personally


please? Yes, I am delighted. I am old compared to some of the younger


athletes. Apart from Non. She is quite old. I know I have the


development, I have the fitness, that it is putting into practice and


getting the run sorted. Why have you gone so far away from me. Come in.


We are all family. You were impressed with how both of them did,


but Jess in particular? Yes, these guys are my team-mates and friends.


I know when they have had troubles and setbacks. I do not think there


is a single person in the team who has had a smooth running. We have


had last-minute dropouts and injuries. These two give it


everything. There is no doubt what they put into the race. Jess, to


lead out the swim, casually look around and see a little gap. You did


a great job. I know you went back for Non and you put in what you


could. The front group were working well. Flora motivated them and they


were seeing the gap glide. It continued to go. They were motivated


to chase the podium. Do you have any thoughts to offer. Jess and Non are


recovering. It is so difficult. It is a tough course. It is tough and


it worked well with that small, effective group. It was windy. Non


has had a tough time. It is not easy to miss training. These guys are


performing at their best. It is difficult to compete if you cannot


bring your a game. Two top ten finishes, you cannot ask for more


when you're not feeling great. Tell us about how things started. There


was a moment, and it may have been inconspicuous, you were making your


way down the pontoon. You were side-by-side? What happened? She


wanted to go left and I wanted to go right. She thought she would not be


able to get away from the other girls on the right-hand turn on the


pontoon. We went with her. She went with me. Let's talk about the swim a


little. Just like you did in 2016, like you have done so many times in


the World Triathlon Series, leading the way. While you were on the swim,


are you aware that you're pulling things away? It is such an important


part of your race? I look back at each marker. I see if I can see. It


is difficult to know if you have a gap, or when the gap happens. It is


difficult but I have a sneaky look. Well done. From both of you,


congratulations. Thank you for talking to us. We appreciated. Let's


go to the medal presentation. Matt Jordan can talk this through podium


athletes. Yes, and just the final step to be


occupied by Flora Duffy. What a noise from the Bermudan contingent.


Two in a row for the world champion. Ahead of Taylor Spivey, her first


podium, and Alice Bechtel making Italian history. Kirsten Kasper


finishing fourth today. She has moved to the top of the World


Triathlon Series standings. But it is Duffy is all smiles, today's race


winner. There will be a familiar and some for Flora Duffy.


CHEERING The British crowd did not get to see


a British victory, but they still heard the familiar national anthem.


God Save The Queen for Bermuda. The gold medal goes to Flora Duffy from


Bermuda. The silver medal to Taylor Spivey, the bronze medal to Alice


Bechtel. -- Betto. So much to look forward to an Leeds


this afternoon, not least until we build up to Brownlee against


Brownlee. The two of them, Olympic gold and silver medallist back in


Rio de Janeiro. This will be the first time we have seen them back in


action since the World Triathlon Series final last year. Those images


beamed around the world, the moment the Jonny Brownlee, looking to win


the race in Mexico, it would have taken him to another world title,


the dehydration, the heat stroke to Kim and he needed his brother,


Alistair Brownlee, to give him the helping hand over the line. It was


Henri Schoeman who took the victory. This was the defining image of 2016.


The Brownlees, others in arms, making their way over the finish


line, a perfect example of brotherly love. They will be hoping for a


different result today. We have heard that the boys are making their


way down to the start line in Leeds. Louise has been soaking up the calm


before the storm. This is very much they can before


the storm. We are in registration. This is Tom Bishop's bag. How will


they be feeling, what do they have to do? -- bike. They are all pretty


nervous. Even on the morning of the race, you start getting nervous.


They go through the bike checks, they check their kick, they make


sure everything is up the specifications. They make sure


everything is safe. They get a detailed check. We are looking at


the bikes, they are measuring everything? Yes, they make sure it


is compliant with the rules. Everybody has to have the same


specification bike. When you're waiting in this queue you can see a


difference in the kind of athletes, how people are dealing with the


nerves. Some people are chatty? There are different characters and


different characters deal with stress in different ways. Some


people like company. Others like to be left alone. As a coach, what


recommendation would you say to people, that they do what they need


to do? Exactly, be yourself. Nerves can add to your race. Go with them.


Some of them are going to do the hill as well. Is that something you


would be looking at? That is very smart. You want to know what will


come. You want to check your dealing. In the girls' race, some of


them were in the wrong yet -- in the wrong year, they could hardly pedal.


Talking about the swim, some of the female athletes, we saw them getting


in quite a time before the race. Would you recommend that? I would


not. The swim is quake cold and some of these athletes are from hot


environments. They are getting in 16 degrees water 40 minutes before the


start. I cannot see how that will be a positive. But it is for each


person to decide. If it works for you, thanks. We have 15 minutes


before the men take to the water. We are beginning the countdown. We have


a Commonwealth medallist alongside us alongside Vicky Holland. Jodie,


what are your thoughts on that race. Flora Duffy was in brilliant form?


She was amazing today. She shows why she is the current world champion. I


think past the swim, dominating the bike. It was great to see her run


your potential. non-Stanford there could have been


up to nine British girls of online today. The likes of you, Helen


Jenkins, Taylor-Brown was injured just before the race. The strength


and breadth is incredible, seven guys in the British team taking to


the line for the men's race coming up. It is phenomenal. We do have


good strength and breadth in British triathlon, which sets us apart. We


have it in both the male and female sites. It is fantastic for us,


especially with the announcement the relay is going into the Olympics.


What about that announcement because you may or may not have heard on


Friday in the triathlon world the shocks were felt around the globe,


that the IOC have decided there will be a mixed triathlon relay at


Tokyo's 2020 games. It was huge news, wasn't it? Yes, going into the


Commonwealth Games in Glasgow I definitely think I was more nervous


for the relay, mainly because we were in the team with Alistair and


Jonny, but it is such an exciting race. The smallest mistake makes a


huge difference. It's great to go triathlon in this way and it's


exciting to get triathlon into the Olympics twice. It's another medal


opportunity for Great Britain as well because not only is it a good


thing for the spectators, but also for Great Britain Commonwealth


champions, and so much of the talent in there. Yes, it's fantastic that


it's into the Olympics. As you said, a ridiculously good spectator event,


the best one I think there is in triathlon, but on top of that we


have a really good shot with the relay. We will be fighting for our


places in the team. And a great way to showcase that would be in


Nottingham in a couple of months, in September we will see that, both


hoping to be there? Yes, no injuries, we will be there.


Currently training in Loughborough, it is so close to Nottingham, it


will be fantastic for Great Britain to get so many people there and


hosting such a big event in Nottingham. It is fantastic. We have


Leeds, what a great event this was, and Nottingham to have another one.


And with that news from the IOC, we would expect more international


teams to come through, we expect the USA to be there. Yes, last year


because of the build-up to the Olympic Games we didn't have a


strong team as we would often have because none of the Olympic athletes


went to Hamburg. We will forgive the Americans for winning last year but


weak won the year before that! We are hoping to give them a run for


their money and we have such strong male and female teams I think we can


do the business in Tokyo. We have a hamburger triathlon still to come in


a month and the mixed triathlon cuts in Nottingham. So much to look


forward to. Let's talk about what we saw yesterday because it has been a


festival of triathlon weekend. Paratriathlon made its Olympic debut


in Rio last year, and Annie has been finding out if we could see the next


generation of Paralympic medallists. I am Claire Cashmore, and I made the


switch after Rio into paratriathlon. I try to make it look like I know


what I'm doing! Triathlon is a sport I always wanted to try, so what


better way, my second race and I'm slightly nervous but it should be


fine. How do you manage transitions? At the moment it is come in, through


everything on and go. I am Sophie and I've been doing triathlon for


about a year. My sister used to raise triathlon as well and she was


the motivation I needed. Once I did it, I never looked back. It's my


dad's job to take off my wet suit, get me onto the bike, get me into my


chair. Because he's my dad he can throw me bit and it doesn't matter


if we kick each other, although I am small so not too heavy to throw


around! So they are off on the swim, it is


400 metres, the water is a bit chilly at 16.5 degrees but hopefully


they will have a chance to warm up before they get out on the bikes.


Claire has had a really great bike, she's just got 2.2 kilometres on the


run. Very shortly we will be seeing Sophie coming down the hill and


entering T2. Go on, Sophie! Did you enjoy it, Sophie? Yes, I did, it was


starting to hurt on the push coming to the finish but other than that I


love being out racing, I love seeing what I can do. It was a good day, I


enjoyed it. Claire, you were so speedy we missed you on the finish.


We have seen you at full Paralympics as a slimmer, will we see you in


Tokyo as a triathlete? Right now I am very much in the learning stages,


but we will see what happens. Good luck, I've got a feeling you will


enjoy it. Thank you. And so many people enjoying the sport of


triathlon over the weekend. Early this morning hundreds took to the


streets on this course, making their way up the blue carpet. You don't


have to be a Brownlee to enjoy the feeling of going over the finish


line. Louise has been catching up with some of those runners. It


really is like a triathlon Festival. We have just seen the Brownlee


Brothers, I saw Jonathan anyway having a quick swim. Who have you


come to see? The Brownlees. So many people taking part of different age


groups and triathlon is a growing sport. I love this sport, let's


speak to some other people involved. Jane, Peter and Carolyn, you did


your first triathlon yesterday, how do you feel? Massive sense of


achievement, I loved it. You were nervous about the water, how was it?


It was scary, I was terrified of everything you can think of but the


support staff were fantastic and they got me around, shouting


encouragement. Peter, you did it on your 60... 65th birthday so I was a


pensioner. I have been meaning to do it a long time and I finally got


round. I was a bit frightened about the swim. I was last out of the lake


but I completed the circuit and I've not done any competitive cycling


since I was delivering newspapers probably! But I was OK on the bike


and knew I would be OK on the road. I can see how it is one of Britain's


fastest-growing sports. Are you going to it again? Yes, quite


addictive. I will definitely do it again, yes. Age is a good thing in


triathlon, isn't it? You took up the sport just a few years ago. When I


was 59. The Brownlees did a triathlon at Fountains Abbey and I


thought I would have a go. I really liked it so I joined British


triathlon, got involved, joined Harrogate triathlon club who taught


me how to swim, badly, and it's been fantastic so I do quite a bit now


really. You are really underselling yourself here. Fellow age-group, you


are in Team GB. I am, yes. I do duathlon as well, which doesn't


involve the swimming. I'm going in Canada in August to do that. You won


the race today in your age-group? I won my age-group, yes. This is what


I love about triathletes, so modest! We are looking forward to the race,


and sweet? Yes, we are. The rallying cry! So many people


have told me I have to get involved in the sport. I have been covering


it for a couple of years, and to see the enjoyment on people's faces...


It is between triathlon and dams and at the moment I am split. If you


want to get involved, you can go the BBC website. Give it a go. From the


grass roots of the best in the business, and as we continue the


build-up to the men's race so many people will be looking forward to


seeing the Brownlee brothers in action. They really are the poster


boys of the sport, but someone we don't know so much about is the


long-term coach Malcolm Brown. The man behind them is due to retire at


the end of this year, and when he does it will be a really sad day


because between the three of them they have so much history.


# We have come a long, long way together


# Through the hard times and the good


# I have to celebrate... You need that wise owl on your


shoulder. There will be times I would turn up and it would be cold


and wet and Leeds United would be playing on the Tuesday night and I


would much rather be there. Sometimes was a devout holding them


back as much as pushing them? -- it about holding them back? It was very


much about that. They are used to challenging themselves in training.


On a weekly basis. First of the collapses! I remember feeling really


rough the whole race, then everything went blank. Jonny, this


is a big day for you, then Alistair Nix all the attention! I crossed the


finishing line and I was happiest I have been in my career so far but no


one really cared, it was all about how is Alistair. It's interesting,


he didn't try to carry you across the line! Yes, I have pointed this


out on numerous occasions! He comes out with varying excuses. It makes


me feel like the better human being really. Jonny was in that position


and he didn't take that action, and I did! By the time I arrived, I was


in the best possible shape I could be in. I could stand on that start


line and go, someone is going to have to do something a lot better


than they've ever done before to beat me. In the race, Gomez probably


have the best race of his career as well. Alistair Brownlee is the


Olympic triathlon champion. When I crossed the line, I knew I was


third. That's the most honest time, when you cross the finish line, and


I'm happy. Did you watch it? No, I didn't, Jonny spoil that! Jonny


heads for the penalty box... I had to go into the bowels of the stadium


and asked the technical guides to see a replay of Jonny's alleged foul


and I spent the rest of the race underneath the stand watching on a


monitor that was this big! But my main feeling was these guys have


done everything possible they deserved on the day to get what they


got, and if they did that, they would get medals and that's exactly


what happened. About halfway through the bike, I was thinking this is


going absolutely perfect for us, then I made a big mistake and said


to Alistair, just relax. He decided to drop me, I forgot how ruthless he


can be. Sometimes people compete and don't get what they deserve for some


reason, these guys got what they deserve on the day and I'm just


happy for them. We have got to talk about this, sorry Jonny!


COMMENTATOR: This is a horrible sight, and Alistair will carry Jonny


home. I watched it live, turned my television and phone on. I didn't


realise this was going to be a massive incident in not only


triathlon but in sport. For all this stuff about Alistair looking after


you, when he gets you to the line he doesn't lay you over it, he shoves


you over it! He had done his bit, I think it was annoyed with me really!


At the same time I was upset because it's not the way you want to finish


the season or the race. Brownlee centre. It's definitely one of the


major legacies. At some point when the racing is done, I will sit down


and think about this thing and think that is incredible. Malcolm, how


much will you miss these two? It's been a privilege to be part of team


Brownlee and hopefully they have learned some things from me as well.


If it were anywhere else apart from Yorkshire, I would expect you to be


hugging... We will go for fish and chips!


There will not be a dry eye in the house when those three break-up.


Let's go to transition on and the start. Louise is with the guys as


they get ready. We are in transition. This is Tom


Bishop's bike. The Brownlees would normally be up here, but they are


not today. They are used to being on an two. We're leaving it behind. How


will it affect them? They're going to be in the middle of transition.


They will grab their bikes and run out when there is a flaw of bikes


coming towards them. They will not be used to that. We have made it.


Hi, Jonny, how are you doing? I am nervous but looking forward to it. I


saw you practising the hill. What do you think? It went well in practice,


but in the race, the adrenaline is going. Hopefully it will go well. It


could be useful to you two? Hopefully. What are you doing? And


making sure the elastic bands on my shoes. You jump on and they should


stay flat. You make sure the helmet is here, you come out of the swim


and put it on straightaway. Are you doing, Alistair? I do not want to


disturb you too much. I am OK. I am nervous about getting my bike


cleanly. Are you going to practice? No. I love the confidence. What is


it like, racing in your hometown? It is always brilliant race in Leeds.


It was fantastic last year. I am looking forward to seeing the people


on the side of the course. You will not be waving? I will be


concentrating and focused. You have so many fans. I know they can do


something special for you. What will it be like on the streets of Leeds,


everybody? CHEERING


Have a great race. Thank you. I do not know crowds, but


I think that sounds like they are looking forward to it. We have the


performance director of British triathlon with us, and a two-time


world champion as well. Before we talk about the Brownlee Brothers,


how much we're looking forward to this and what they did last year,


let's talk about the influence of Malcolm Brown. He has been the


driving force for those two from such a young age. It is hard to


quantify how much of a driving force. He has been there the whole


journey. It is immense. He has been on the journey and we are much


better for having him with us. You do not want to take all the credit,


but you convinced him to come full-time to British triathlon. When


I started in 2013, he was part-time with us, coaching with the boys and


doing some facilitation. I thought we needed him full-time. His


knowledge, his experience and wisdom in endurance sport. It is second to


none. I wanted more of that. We can see the influence. The World


Championships, the Olympic titles, they are all part of the


achievements. Looking at the guys and their legacy, the triathlon


centre, the ?5 million centre, that is part of his legacy as well?


Something he will relish when he does hang up his boots and see the


young, new Brownlees coming in. Yes, one of the things I want to do in


the performance programme is keep that knowledge alive. We would not


be where we are without the influence of Malcolm. From the


top-down, Malcolm has an influence. Not just for the boys, but British


triathlon as well. He has been around for years. It is lovely to


have him there. He is a mentor to many of the athletes and Leeds. I am


not based on Leeds but he has attained word for everyone, and I


know could go to him with a problem. He would help. He will be a loss to


British triathlon. He is not really going to go, is the? He has the


running track in his bedroom. That is where he lives and breathes. I


will want to come here and have my copy with him. I always learn


something, I am challenged to do it better. He gives me advice. He


always has knowledge somewhere up his sleeve. Let's talk about the


Brownlee brothers. It is the first time and the only time for Alistair


in our World Series triathlon race. He has been concentrating on the


middle distance? It is his first Olympic distance race in the Olympic


Games last year. He is enjoying a different race format. But he loves


the head-to-head. He's looking forward that. What about Jonny? He


has not beaten his brother too many times but he has experience of a


race in the series already. Yokohama did not go as he would have liked a


couple of weeks ago. With this atmosphere, against his brother, the


rivalry is setup? It is setup and Jonny will have fire after the crash


in Yokohama. I'm sure that beating Alistair would be a good point to


prove. They are making their way down to the water. Let's look at the


standings. Some of the top men are not here. Two Spaniards. Fernando


Alarza has a chance to take over the title in this series rankings. He


has had a fourth, third and second place. Could it be first day? The


Brownlee brothers will have something to say about that. Tom


Bishop is the only British competitor with a podium, he got


that in Abu Dhabi. Lots of talent on the start line. Magilton will talk


us through this one. Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome


back to Roundhay Park. The Waterloo Lake is kalamansi reign as the final


countdown gets under way. -- calm and serene. 47 of the world's top


triathletes lined up and diving into the water in Roundhay Park. 37


acres, one of the largest city parks in Europe. We had a smaller field


for the women. A much larger group of triathletes taking part. It will


be key for the British triathletes, who all want to do well, not just


the Brownlee brothers. Tom Bishop, Grant Sheldon, they all want to


perform well. They will all be jostling for position. Gordon


Benson. Watching this race are the gold and silver medallists, the


medallist from the Olympic competition in Rio de Janeiro, it is


time to say hello to Vicky Holland. Good afternoon. It is nice to be


here and be my favourite hobby, talking about triathlon. Good to


have you here. Annie Emmerson is back as well. We have a couple of


distinct groups forming. It is going to be a strong swim. We have got a


very interesting field. Not massive, but in terms of great swimmers in


the sport, we have the likes of the Brownlee brothers, Henri Schoeman


from South Africa and the French are back in force. We have not seen them


racing so far this season in any of the three World Series races that


have taken place. Aurelien Raphael is back. He had a fantastic race


last year when he took off with the Brownlee brothers. And we have Royle


from Australia. And we have Richard Varga. In the past, the Brownlee


brothers have trained with Varga. He used to train in Leeds. I expect to


see a breakaway something like that happening. I cannot believe we will


not seeking tactics. Although richer does not leave -- does not live in


Leeds any more, he is close to Alistair and Jonny. This is his


second home. He stays with friends. He has a really nice setup. He wants


to push for a strong result today. He did a 70.3 back at home last


weekend. He did a long race last weekend but speaking to him in the


last couple of days, he says he has recovered well. He thinks that a


course like the course in Leeds, with the start list that there is,


Alistair and Jonny, other strong athletes in the swim and on the


bike, it is a transfer him to have a strong result. Interesting that he


chose to the long-distance race last weekend. It is a short amount of


time. Eight days to recover. It was one of his first times racing the


middle distance race. I wonder how he will do in the middle distance


course. Lots of women suffer today. This course is deceptive. There are


no great hills, but you have the difficult hell out of the swim. It


sorts them out from the word go. You have the flat bit rolling into


thyme, and the criterium style course, coming into thyme. Seven


loops of 3.6 km. Last June I felt it was the hardest course I to do. On


paper, I could not work out what the reason for that was. Alistair and


Jonny helped to design the course we should not be surprised it is


difficult. They dragged out of the wine is deceptive. The loop in the


town centre is not only technical, but there are hills involved. There


is a long drag the transition. Even the transition is on a hill. There


is no time when you can recover. You always have to work. Going back to


how Richard will do, he says he feels recovered, he says he feels


good, but I do not think he will know until he gets out there on the


bike, when the run. That will be key. Absolutely. Looking at the swim


at the moment, they are taking it hard. They are pretty much together


but this is the early stages. We will be able to see the leak -- the


red swimmer in a moment. Vigurs Richard Varga. It is indeed. It is


not. I think it is Raoul Shaw. He is a very strong swimmer. He has not


done much of the World Series. Richard Varga is in second. Number


14. Yes, Raoul Shaw, he has done lots of racing in France. He is


always a lead outswinger. I am not sure if this is his first World


Series. He has not done a massive amount. I am not surprised to see


him up there. He is phenomenal. They have redesigned the swim caps to


make them easier to spot for the spectators and the media. They have


giant numbers on them. It does not solve the problem but it is better


than it was. We can usually guess that Richard Varga will be near the


front and so years. And Raoul Shaw, he is there. I Aurelien Raphael


wears number 30. You should not be far away. We also expect Henri


Schoeman to be near the front of the field. Yes, he is a strong swimmer,


always there or thereabouts. Leading it out. He has raced hard, winning


number two. He was second in a World Cup race a few weeks ago. He has had


a solid start to the year. He won the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro.


He won the infamous race, the grand final. He was on the top of the


podium there, but he would like a World Series podium in Leeds. He was


fourth in Yokohama, second in Cagliari, and eighth in Cape Town on


the Gold Coast, eighth in the Gold Coast and second in Cape Town. He


would like to be on the podium today. He had the bronze medal in


Rio de Janeiro. For many people he was a surprise medallist. At that


time, he had not had a World Series podium at all. He had a strong


performer with lots of top fives and top tens, but he had no big


performances. To have your first-ever podium at the Olympics is


special. Definitely the place to do it. Since then, he had the great


performance in the grand final, where perversely he benefited from


the downfall of Alistair and Jonny. Since then, it has been his only


World Series podium. He would like to do it in circumstances where he


is not benefiting from the failure of anywhere else. Numbers to look


for, Jonathan Brownlee, 26, he is near the front, older brother


Alistair has 28. If you're watching in high definition on a 40 inch flat


screen at home, you might get a better view than we do. The Brownlee


brothers, certainly half of the Brownlee brothers, near the front.


Jonny making the better start, but Raoul Shaw, 44, has clear water


ahead. He has an effortless looking stroke. They have two laps to swim.


They will exit the water at the end of the first lap. The ramp will take


them back onto the pontoon and they will dive back into start the second


lap. We will get a full check on the runners at that stage. Look at the


crowds in Roundhay Park. Hundreds enjoying this one. The population of


Leeds is half a million. With the numbers we have in the park and the


city, half of them are watching the race today. We approach the end of


the first lap. It will be the Frenchman Raoul Shaw, 44, first to


claim the ramp. Richard Varga will not be far behind. Jonathan Brownlee


is with the leaders as well. We will get the full check.


Pierre Le Corre is a good swimmer. Then Drew Box. Peter Denteneer from


Belgium. Alistair Brownlee is eight seconds away from the frontrunners.


David Luis of Portugal. Henri Schoeman is further behind than he


might have liked. Mark Austin in 17th position. Tom Bishop within 15


seconds of the lead. That just about accounts for most, if not all of the


British entrants. Gordon Benson coming through in 20 seconds -- 20


seconds off the pace. The group hasn't really split that


much. It has got to be a career-best swim for Adam Bowden coming out in


front of Alistair, and only about seven seconds down on the lead so if


he can hold together for the second lap it really sets up his race. He's


had some really good results in the World Series and his often


overlooked when the -- with the other superstars in the team, but it


will be a great result for him if he can stay in that pack and run from


there. Adam Bowden has had about eight or nine top ten performances,


and a career-best finish last year when he finished ninth overall in


the series. He's in his twilight years but when he's strong, he's


really strong. He had a fifth... No seventh place finish last year in


Leeds. He likes racing here, he knows the area well and I expect a


good performance from him. Henri Schoeman a bit down, he was about 15


seconds down, but this is a tough swim here today, isn't it? Yes, and


a little bit mixed up almost. You wouldn't have expected some of the


people to come out the water so high to do so. We will see some of the


stronger swimmers like Henri Schoeman, who hasn't had such a good


first lap, I wouldn't be surprised to see him make up some ground on


the second lap because in his own head he will back himself. I


wouldn't be surprised to see someone like that move their way through the


field. From a British perspective, I hope we see those guys having solid


swims at the moment hold back together on the second lap and put


themselves in a strong position for the rest of the race. 500 metres to


swim before they will pick up their bikes and immediately negotiate one


of the toughest starts to triathlon bike event we have seen, straight


uphill and out of the pack. It is a 12.3 kilometre ride down, up into


Roundhay, then they will ride 7 3.76 kilometre loops around the city


before concluding with a ten K run. We had both the Brownlee brothers up


near the leaders, and Adam Bowden is right up there as well. None of the


British seven - we have seven British men starting the race today


and they have all made a positive start to this World Triathlon Series


race. I think the thing to be said about this swim is it doesn't really


end with the swim because there is almost like an extra part when you


get to the top of the hill. We saw in the women's race it was broken up


really on coming out of the swim, then going up the hill, but looking


back to last year we had the same thing happen. The Brownlee brothers


broke away really early. I think these guys are bit more wise to


that, they will have been practising the transition which is really


crucial in this race. This course almost has four phases it is swim,


end of the swim through T1, up the hill and out of Roundhay Park, then


the run. It is make or break, and last year it proved vital in both


races. It definitely caught me out last year, I didn't have a good


transition and lost the front of the pack. I think they will be a lot of


people with that in mind. If they will have been people with any sense


they will have been checking out this year, looking at what they will


have to do. But the flip side is if you have someone like an Alistair or


Jonny, if they go for it up the hill, what can you do? If you are


not strong enough, it could be a problem. For people who haven't seen


the transition, the hill literally comes as you step foot out of the


transition. You don't get chance to get your breath back, it is straight


up the hill. Let's go down Waterside.


I'm standing here with Mark and I want to ask, how are the Brownlee


brothers so good at the swimming? They just always deliver on race


day. They have a skill, they improve the level when it comes to the


important part and they always manage to find each other. We saw


Jonny come out in second, but Alistair has some work to do today


which we don't normally see. How do they find each other? I don't know,


they must love each other so much, I have no idea how they do it but they


are incredibly skilled at the race craft. And this is a fantastic


setting. Yes, a beautiful setting. This second part has really made an


impact on the race. OK, thank you. 150 metres to go and


Richard Varga has surged to the front of the field. A regular


training partner of the Brownlee brothers. He has based himself back


in his home country of Slovakia and he likes to return and the Brownlee


brothers will be happy to have him along in the first stage of the


triathlon. They certainly will, let's hope Alistair is up there as


well. He has turned his hand to the slightly long-distance racing.


Unfortunately last week he wasn't feeling so great and dropped out but


that might work in his favour because he might find himself a bit


fresher coming into this race and he will need some good bike legs on


him. Yes, it will be interesting to see how he pulls up from last week.


He was racing in the same middle distance race Richard Varga was


doing in Slovakia and was actually in the lead, no surprise there, and


as he came off the bike he seemed to lose his legs. He really struggled


in the first part of the run. But Alistair, we are used to seeing him


run fluidly and fast and looking in control, and he just wasn't. He did


pull out of the race midway through, what was a half marathon at the end


of it. So hopefully he has reserved himself a little bit and might be


feeling fresher than he would otherwise have been for today.


Something obviously happened to him in that race, it wasn't the Alistair


Brownlee we all know so well. He said he felt terrible from the first


stroke, his legs just went as soon as he got off the bike so from a


British perspective we are all hoping to see the Alistair Brownlee


that can deliver spectacular performances. Here they come, stage


one complete. Richard Varga first to make his way towards the bikes,


closely followed by his former training partner Jonny Brownlee.


Then Shaw, Le Corre. Schumann is there or thereabouts. Then there is


a gap, the first group of 21 which includes Tom Bishop, separated by


about 20 seconds, then a further break. So we have lots of British


interest. We could have a decent sized group, but it will all unfold


shortly. Who will be able to make a decisive break early on? Jonny


Brownlee arrives at his allotted space, multitasking as he steps out


of his wet suit and puts on his bike helmet. His older brother alongside,


just a fraction behind. Picks up his bike, and there is a stumble from


Adam Bowden. Le Corre, first to get on board, and away they go. This is


looking a much larger group than it was this time last year, but


straightaway look at them go. Look at the speed they are putting in up


the hill. It's interesting, they are choosing to put their feet in


because none of the girls did that but Jonny has put his feet in and


now he's really going up this hill and splitting the pack. It's so


exciting this part of the race, because it is like the fourth


section of the race. Normally you see them coming out altogether,


hundreds together, but we have the four athletes together. We have Le


Corre and Raphael. This could be a serious working quartet. Absolutely,


great start from the Brownlee brothers. If anyone questioned


whether Alistair would bring his swim arms, he has proved today it


was a few seconds down on the first lap, he came out of the water


virtually in a top five position. He knows this position, it's like a


touch of deja vu because they found themselves in the same place last


year. Raphael And the Brownlee brothers away there, and that is


what they did last year. The only substitute is that we have Le Corre


in that group instead of Royle, as we had last year. So to recap we


have Alistair Brownlee, Jonny Brownlee, Aurelien Raphael... At the


front we have four Pierre Le Corre... These two have got out of


the park and they are continuing their descent, the 12 K ride back


down to the city centre. Together they can do some serious damage. A


group of four opened up... These guys have got to be very brave. They


have got to work incredibly hard with the Brownlee brothers. Probably


quite daunting to be with the Brownlee brothers because they have


so much riding on them, the Brownlee brothers, and I think they are


absolutely hammering now. They have Pierre Le Corre, a former under 23


world champion. He's been in the sport for a roundabout seven years


now so Pierre Le Corre is a very strong athlete as well. This is a


very good quartet. He is also a strong runner so somebody they


wouldn't necessarily have wanted in the group because he poses a threat


when it comes to the run. That said he is not necessarily the same


standard Jonny and Alistair have been when at the best so it will be


interesting to see how Alistair and Jonny perform when they get to the


run but we have a long time before that happens. It seems like a


massive gap has opened up straightaway, there is no one else


in sight. This is very familiar. This is exactly what we saw in the


women's competition with each Duffy group steaming away as they went out


of the suburb of Roundhay before making their way to the city centre.


They have done some serious damage, the Brownlee brothers and the two


French riders, and away they go. How long can they keep this up? This is


the chasing group, Henri Schoeman out in front. Is that Kristian


Blummenfelt? The Norwegian, he's a good triathlete. They are only just


coming past that parade of shops that the Brownlee group passed


around 30 seconds ago. I'm eagerly awaiting our first time check to see


how much time they have put in. That aerial info was good because it


showed how far back they were. But you always want to see the figures,


see what the time check is, who is in the groups, and I think we all


expected Alistair and Jonny would try to put some kind of break in as


they have done but to see it go so dramatically, so quickly, I'm not


sure anyone expected to see it go that fast. That is Luis of Portugal.


Vincent Luis races for France. Tom Bishop, who is enjoying a cracking


season, second in Abu Dhabi, a regular here in Leeds, trains with


his university compatriots in this city. Went head-to-head with Gordon


Benson to join the Brownlee brothers in Rio last August. Gordon Benson we


haven't seen yet, but Tom Bishop is in this group. Great to see Tom


Bishop in there. Fernando Alarza is in there too. I think the Brownlee


brothers would like to stay away from him. In Abu Dhabi he actually


had the fastest run, he lost 15 seconds to Mulder although he


actually out run mauler. -- Mario Mola. He is in the second part. We


will have to wait until about 28 kilometres to get a time check I


believe, when they go over the time mats. Fernando has sought to become


Mr consistent, when you take out the Olympics he's been inside the top


ten in every race in nearly two years in the World Series so his a


lot of podiums and that's why he's become number one in the world


because he so consistent. Yes, incredible season so far. Got on the


podium in the Australian race on the Gold Coast, he is the number one


ranked triathlete the world. They have Alarza and Visentin. They


could go on and get a couple of podiums. I would say that the


Spanish are the strongest nation in the world, along with Great Britain.


I was talking about the inclusion of the relay in the Olympics. Great


Britain has the strongest combined team of males and females in the


world. The women have the American side, the males have the Spanish,


but we have strength in depth. Alistair is winning the Green camp.


He is at the back of this four. Jonny Brownlee takes it up and


glances around. They are keeping a close eye on Pierre Le Corre and


Aurelien Raphael, who they have had for companies since they left the


park. We got the time graphic a few moments ago that suggested that the


chase was just 26 -- 23 seconds behind. That is not massive. It may


not be accurate but these guys have to keep working. Absolutely. I am


not sure how recent the time gap was, but the boys will be trying to


hold the gap until they get into the inner city circuit in town. It is


twisty and Turney, it favours a small group much more than a large


group. It will be so much harder for the big group to reel them in. If


they can hold onto the gap, when they get into the town, it will be


increasingly hard for anyone to bring them back. We saw that in the


women's race. That little group of four, even with the inexperience, it


worked more effectively than the chase pack. On the big streets, the


wider roads, long downhill sections, that favours a big group. The


velocity you can get, the mass speed of the group is so much greater if


you are with a big pack than a small group. However, that flips on its


head when you get in the town, and you're going round sharp corners.


Alistair was flying around that corner. He was trying to get a gap


on his brother and the others in the pack. When they come in the town,


with tight corners, things like that happen. The group spreads out and


then it concertinas back together. The bigger the group, the bigger the


effect. A small group is what you want going through the streets of


the town. The chase pack has some incredible athletes, the likes of


Alarza, the likes of Vincent Luis. They will not be giving up at this


point in the race. If they can get into the town before the big group


catches them, that will be significant. It will make it


tougher. Lots of the girls said the wind made it pretty tough. The girls


all said it was windy on the course. Once you're in the town, you're more


protected. They will want to get in the town before the big group


catches them. There are some big names in that big group as well.


They will be thinking, if we can hold the gap to 30 seconds for the


entire rides. They will get the chance of catching them and getting


into the top positions. Alistair Brownlee is saying to Pierre Le


Corre, what are you doing? These format -- these four are in trouble


in terms of their position. It is tough, a big group hammering down


the open roads. They will always make inroads when you have committed


athletes. You absolutely had in the second pack. They will not want to


let them go. Last year was an example of how not to do it. They


let them go, the gap got massive. This year there are motivated to


keep them inside. They want to get to them before it comes into the


town and it becomes harder. It is Fernando Alarza, the world number


one, who is leading the assault on the front group. He is pushing hard


and out of the saddle. The leading group of four are slowly but surely


being caught. I think they might be caught. The gap is about seven or


eight seconds. They are just over halfway into the city. Yes, they are


going to run out of real estate. Yes, they have a couple of


kilometres, just over two before they hit the town centre. It may be


in the interest to hold up and wait for them rather than burn any more


energy. Alistair on the front, still looking word -- very determined. The


chase pack is not massive, so it may not be the biggest group that we see


going through the town. Alistair and Jonny Motherwell want to join the


masses. They will want to press their advantage. Even if they only


have a few seconds, they will feel that when they go through town... We


are seeing a breakaway. They want to stay away from that group. The


Brownlee brothers have woken up. They cannot rely on Pierre Le Corre


and Aurelien Raphael. They have taken it on themselves. The brothers


working confidently together. They saw the danger approaching led by


Fernando Alarza, leading the chase group. Alistair said, enough of


that, and away they went. The Brownlee brothers have taken it on.


The problem is the French athletes. They just could not do it. They did


not have the legs to ride with the brothers. Pierre Le Corre and


Aurelien Raphael, they came into the race without race fitness. They were


unable to go with the brothers. When it is the Brownlee brothers,


anything can happen. We will see. They have lots of good talent trying


to chase them down. I wonder if they were caught napping. They were


probably looking around, checking that the group was coming, realising


how close they were. At that point, Alistair and Jonny May domain. You


cannot turn your back on a Brownlee, because they will attack. I love to


watch their bravery. They do not give up. So many athletes would have


looked around, you know what, they are going to catch us, let's wait.


But they are not giving in. All of a sudden, the chase group are nowhere


to be seen. It is like the Brownlee brothers collectively moved into


overdrive. They are sharing the workload at the front, great


communication. They had an extra line S. They're getting to the more


populated parts of Leeds. Great crowds. These people are seeing what


they wanted. The brothers leading the Leeds World Triathlon Series as


they approach the city centre. We wanted entertainment and we're


getting that, but I have my heart in my mouth because I do not know if


they can stay away. We are chuckling to ourselves. This is the Brownlee


show. There are thousands of people lining the streets, especially when


you get into the city centre, who have come specifically to see


Alistair and Jonny in the hope they will repeat what they did here last


year, at the Olympics last year, and time and time again. We are seeing


them take it by the scruff of the neck. They have not got a massive


gap, but it has gone out again. Ten seconds, counting with the naked


eye. They have got to hang on. It is a few hundred metres before they hit


the town. For viewers out there, when you're riding these open roads,


it is easier for the big, fat chasing pack. You have 56 committed


athletes, each taking their turn. With Jonathan and Alistair, it is a


lot tougher. We have heard how windy it is. In the chase pack, when


Alarza, sorry, when Pierre Le Corre and Aurelien Raphael came back into


the main pack, they would have taken a couple of seconds to reorganise


and realise Alistair and Jonny had gone. You have got to keep pushing.


Now they are chasing them down. It is so interesting to see whether


they will hold an before they get to the town circuit. The crowds will be


looking at the big screens. They will be hoping that the Brownlee


brothers can make it into town by themselves. They are being hunted


down. The Olympic gold medallist leads the Olympic silver medallist


as they approach Leeds city centre, their hometown. Back in the chase


group, you can see that the first athlete out of the water, Shaw,


Henri Schoeman, they are forcing the pace. They are trying to force the


gap on the brothers. 11 seconds the last time we got the count. We will


get an official check when they cross the blue carpet to complete


this first unique lap. After that there will be seven laps around the


city centre, each of them just under four kilometres. 3.7 TM long. If


nothing else, the athletes in the second pack are having the legs


ridding of them. They have been hammering it. Some further back will


be getting an easier ride, but there are lots of committed riders in the


second pack trying to chase the Brownlee brothers down. They are


within striking distance of the city centre. They are agonisingly close.


A few more metres until they hit the first hill. The air at the bottom


now, past transition. About 300 metres to go. Those people in the


main pack are working hard and that is what Alistair and Jonny want. The


first lap is called the bike into. The brothers are about to complete


it. A cacophony of noise awaits them. Alistair out of the saddle,


putting on a show for the Leeds triathlon fans. We will get an


official time check, six seconds to Kristian Blummenfelt, the first to


cross the line. This is where the crunch happens, the first lap


through the town, and the big pack against the two. Will it stay at six


seconds, or will it go out? It will be so interesting to see. 21


athletes in the chase pack. The Brownlee brothers, numbers one and


two at the moment. This is where the race gets exciting. The roads get


narrower and caution is needed, and great technical skill. Absolutely,


having read in this course last year, it is challenging an almost


every level, physically, the technical ability you have, the


tactics you employ. They are speeding down to the U-turn. It will


be interesting to see how the chase pack candles that. There are 19


athletes in the chase pack with two upfront. If you number 19 going


around the U-turn, you're pretty much single file. It is tough to get


yourself back in the mix before you get to the next corner, which is why


the big group is not favoured in this course. You would rather be in


appear than in a big group. Yes, now they are in the city centre, it is


definitely an advantage. I would not be surprised to see the group behind


splinter as well. Yes, very tight on the U-turn, particularly coming out


of it. If too many of you are coming in, you have nowhere to go. Problems


will definitely occur. It is also downhill, so it is hard, you are


carrying in lots of speed, it is a tight exit. You have got to turn


tightly with so much speed, you have to prepare yourself for the exit. It


takes a bit of getting used to. They have seven laps, they will be OK. I


make about eight seconds, counting with


the naked eye, it was six when they cross the finish line a few moments


ago. There are little climb. The gap is owed to eight seconds, so a


couple of seconds added by the brothers. This chase group are


definitely learn the lessons of 2016. They are not willing to let


them disappeared into the distance as they did last year. I am


fascinated to see whether it comes back or whether they are now in the


town, it will stay, and they will be able to get away. You want a bit of


a race as well, but as fans of the brothers, you want them to stay


away. A few of the athletes, Shaw, he did work to bring back the


brothers, but he is sitting at the back of the pack. This pack is


loaded with some decent runners. Yes, both of the boys, Alistair and


Jonny will want to be away from these people. More than anything,


they love racing in this manner and taking the race to the opposition,


saying, here we are. You will have to ride better than you have ridden


before. You will have to run better than you have before if you want to


beat us. Yes, they are the poster boys of this contest. When you look


around the square where we are situated, actually, there are are


some posters argue, but there are lots of posters of the brothers,


individual posters of Alistair and Jonathan, posters of them together.


They are the most famous sons of Leeds. They are giving the crowd


what they have come to see. I think they have stretched that lead. Tight


turns to navigate, and easier in Ojo than in a group. -- easier in a


pair. I think you are right. It is starting to go out. It would be easy


for them to say, let's go back to the pack, let's save our legs, but


they are not doing that. They are pressing on. They know the first


laps in the town are crucial for getting the gap out. I do not know


what is going through their mind, the pressure of wanting to perform


for the fans that have come out, it must be massive. They may not be


thinking of that. What does it do to an athlete, you know the people of


Leeds, what does it do to you in terms of how you feel in a race?


Last year I had to manage my emotions. I was excited. Really


excited to race in a city that I lived in at the time. I wanted to


perform for my friends and family who were coming to watch, the people


I knew. People who were racing, people who were not. It adds an


extra element of desire to really want to perform. Not just for


yourself, but for other people. I was delighted I got a medal last


year. I did not have the best race, I was put under pressure at times. I


found it hard but I manage the podium. These boys, I am not sure


they feel pressure, especially Alistair. He is made of something


else and he revels in this. Is looking over his shoulder and all


he can see is screaming fans and tarmac, no chase pack in view.


Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee together. It is climbing, it was six


seconds by the time they descended from the park. That gap has almost


doubled. So a good job so far by the brothers. The athlete for me doing


all the work in the front park is Kristian Blummenfelt. You will need


the others to help as well if they are going to pull back the time. The


Brownlees are not clear by any stretch of the imagination. We know


that Kristian Blummenfelt is an incredible athlete. He finished


third in Yokohama, great race for him and over the last 12 months he


has come of age. Still young but he's been on the podium several


times now. Yes last year at the beginning of the season he had a


podium, in the European cup I think, then the next week won a race, then


got another podium the week after. He is someone Alistair and Jonathan


know quite well, and it's not really a surprise for me to see him on the


front of the bike park. In Yokohama who looked like he was dead and


buried and look -- and brought it back and made his way onto the


podium. He is not a classic triathlon shape, he has a Burrell --


barrel chest. We will see this second pack gradually segment and


athletes are going to segment. I think 19 was too many coming into


the city centre loop, especially when you have Alistair and Jonny


pushing the race harder and harder, then you have the likes of Alarza


and Schoeman, someone has to be at the back of the pack.


Vicky, we know you wanted to be here racing, how are things progressing?


We are getting there. I have had four weeks since Yokohama, haven't


done any running since then, just started riding again this week. I


was in an immobilising boot which came off earlier this week so I can


walk around normally now but for me realistic I'm looking at probably


racing in Stockholm. We are keeping an eye on that tentatively, see how


the rehab goes. If you cannot be out there, you are in the next best


place watching the drama unfold. The Brownlee brothers have extended


their lead to 18 seconds mid lap, doing some serious damage now. They


really are. I panic and think, are they hurting the legs, but they have


said on more than one occasion they like that before they go out on a


romp. They will run relatively similarly, whether they have done a


hard bike or and easy bike, not that I've ever known them to do an easy


bike, but bikes when there have been a bigger four. There will be a fair


amount of communication going on, but they know each other so well,


what happens if Jonny is going, my legs are hurting, do you think


Alistair will say he will give him a bit of a ride? I don't know if


Alistair would ever do that. He's quite a tough task master, isn't he?


He is so rare, he is unique in the way he will dig that little bit


deeper. He has always got that little bit extra. He can perform


that bit better than you expect him to, even when you know where his


fitness is apt, he will still deliver on the day. It is something


he may be aware of for this race. I don't know, I'm speculating but he


has been training more for the long-distance races whereas Jonny


has been training just for this. He still firmly on the ITU circuit. It


is worth emphasising this is Alistair's first race on this


distance since Cozumel when he didn't really complete the race


because he had to carry his brother home. He has gone to the middle


distance, but you wouldn't know it because he's making it look like he


has been doing it all year. Now they come into the city centre again,


with the noise levels increasing ever more because the crowd can see


that the gaps they have over the next group is significant. It was


six seconds after they came down from the park. 11 seconds, as they


make the right turn and hit the blue carpet, the noise levels rise again.


The clock ticks on, the Leeds crowd start to get excited as they sense


it could be another one of those days where the Brownlee brothers


dominate the sporting story of this city today. 16, 17, 18, 19, still


continues to climb. It will be closer to 26 seconds. 24 seconds...


What a second a lap that was, they have doubled their advantage. And I


wouldn't be surprised if we start to see them balloon out. It was easy


for the Chase pack to want to reel them in, they can see them at the


other end of the blue carpet but now they are out of sight and discourse


has so many turns they will rarely get to see them on the course and


that's when Alistair and Jonny can get away. Just noticing Henri


Schoeman from South Africa and Kristian Blummenfelt from Norway


having a chat, asking what's going on because it looks like they have


done all the work. As you said, there is a motivation, they can see


them, then suddenly they slightly lost the plot. Then they are


slightly demoralised, then before you know it there is 20 seconds,


heading up to 30 seconds, but Schoeman sensing the real danger


that if they don't do something special in the next few laps, the


Brownlees are gone. They will have to do something special now, and the


carrot dangled in front of them has gone and they have got to pick up


the pace. We have seen Schoeman on the front a lot, Bloom and felt on


the front a lot, and are they thinking hang on, why am I doing all


of the work? So the doubts start to creep in, especially if they are not


holding the gap as they want to. That was Vincent Luis from France.


He didn't race very much last year at all. I think Rio was one of the


few races he chose to race, and I thought a few years ago he would be


a big threat to the Brownlees, and I think he is, but he still has some


work to do. Let's check on the chasing group, Adam Bowden is in


there. Mark Austin is in the chase group. Raphael, the strong swimmer,


Richard Varga, Pierre Le Corre, all now part of this large chase group.


Going back to Vincent Luis, you are right, when he's on form he is a


genuine competitor. Him and Jonny have had a lot of battles as they


come through the ranks. Unfortunately he is injury prone and


he has lost out a lot of racing because of the injuries he has hard,


and last year his first distance race of the year was at the Olympic


Games and with hindsight that basically cost him. The ten


kilometres he hadn't done, when it came to it on the run. When you look


at it, on paper you think Vincent Luis could get the bronze medal, and


afterwards he said he had made a mistake. We have lost Pereira of


Portugal. Meanwhile the Brownlee brothers are maintaining this


intensity. Last time we checked the margin was 24 seconds, I have just


seen a clock that suggested they have added another for microseconds.


In that case I wouldn't be surprised if it was 30 seconds by the time


they crossed the line next time around. They have 16.5 kilometres


still to ride before they will hang up the bikes and begin the 10,000


metre run. I got a feeling they will start possibly enjoying this because


there was a couple of laps when they were looking back and can see the


chase pack. The pressure is still on. At this point in the race they


can start enjoying it. As we saw, they were away at the beginning,


then it came back very close. Seven seconds it was down to, that gap was


nothing, then they lost the two Frenchman, and they went for it. 11


seconds when they came through at the beginning of the second lap.


They worked for that advantage for a good ten kilometres, and now they


can probably start to relax and enjoy it a little more. Just noticed


Alistair notched his elbow, to suggest he wants his brother to come


through and take his turn but Jonny is the kilometres click down now, 16


to go. We don't want to talk too soon. 16 kilometres is still a long


way to go. More than anything we want to see that gap ballooned now.


You want to see that they have made themselves pretty secure when it


comes to the run. So here we go again. The music is on, the volume


goes up and they are on their feet to watch the Brownlee brothers


sailing past them through transition at breakneck speed. The last time we


checked at this point, 24 seconds was the advantage. We are expecting


it to be around the 30 second mark, possibly even greater than that by


the time the Henri Schoeman group come through. They are still on the


tarmac and 28, 29 seconds has gone. It will be more like 40 seconds by


the time these guys stop the clock. Again, on lap three this time by the


Brownlee brothers, 37 seconds. 11, then 24, then 37. This race is


heading in one direction only, excellent triathlon so far. What do


you do when you have Alistair and Jonny decide they are going, what is


your response going to be? You had some strong cyclists in the chase


group who put that work in. They got them down to six seconds, they were


tantalisingly close, then Alistair and Jonny went into another gear.


They used the technical advantage and the fact there is just two of


them, they pressed on and the gap is now ballooning. The crucial part was


staying away from the big groups coming into the town, and of course


they timed it to perfection. I thought that chase pack had them. It


is the Brownlee brothers and anything is possible, and what they


are doing now is stunning. Ruthless. It is pretty ruthless. They weren't


willing to let anyone back into the game. This is the territory and they


let everyone know it, and today they are letting everyone know in the


best possible way. Alistair is doing much of their work


at the moment. Jonny is happy to draft behind. There are little


climb. 13.7 km left on two wheels. Lots of appreciative applause in


this part of the city as the Brownlee brothers come past. What is


so wonderful to watch is the mental strength of the Brownlee brothers.


They do not give in. As you said earlier, Alistair goes into a


different mode when he goes out to race. Looking back to 2010, I do not


want to be negative, but he had the disaster in London. He was out in


front. Javier Perez there. He was running for the finish and the


collapsed. When he woke up, he said, what do you mean I've finished in


tenth? He could not remember what happened. Very few athletes are able


to go to those depths to achieve. Most people'sbody will not let them.


You have a mechanism in your brain that stops you from going to those


levels. There are some people, and there seemed to be a few of them in


our sport, they can go to somewhere different. Alistair and Jonny both


have that. Other athletes have the same situation. It is a bit scary.


It certainly is. Both former world champions, Alistair on the world


title for the first time in 2009. He added the title in 2011. Jonny was


champion in 2012 and very nearly added another last year until the


famous finish in Cozumel were Mario Mola eventually pipped him for the


world title in 2016. Jonny Brownlee had the disaster in Cozumel that we


will not talk about. We all know what happened there. You will be


chasing points. He knows he has run himself short. You had that crash


which was no fault of his own in Yokohama. He did not race in Abu


Dhabi or the Gold Coast. He picked up a little injury and be decided,


the British triathlon team, that you should sit out. He did not get a


good finish in Yokohama silly did not get the points he needed. He


needs a good finish if he is going to get the point is


to contest the camping trip. Yes, you needs points in every race left


in the series. Yokohama would have given him a buffer. Before Yokohama,


Jonny had plenty of races. Now he is getting close to the wire. He needs


a result in every single race. The way he is racing, you would not


think that is such a hard thing to do, but you have to remember, he


will not have Alistair with him for any other race this season. This is


the only race that Alistair has committed to doing. He may do


another one, but for the moment, this is it. Jonny will have to


perform without Alistair in every other race. We are hoping they will


team up for the relay in Nottingham, the new British triathlon mixed


relay cup which has been announced. That is key with the news this week


that the mixed relay will be included in the Olympic programme in


Tokyo in 2020. The race in Nottingham takes an extra


significance. Maybe the Brownlee brothers will be in action together


on that day. They come into the most densely populated part of the city.


Look at the numbers. I am reminded of the Olympic triathlon in Hyde


Park in 2012. They were saving deep at the time. They are crammed in,


making as much noise as they can. The Brownlees are about to complete


lap four, which means they have three circuits of the city, past the


Civic call, into Millennium Square. The advantage seems to be swelling


further. At the end development on, it was 11 seconds. They doubled it


to 24. On lap ago, the advantage had increased to 37 seconds. It may well


stretch out to somewhere near the minute mark. We still have no sign


of the chase group. They are miles behind. They are coming into view


now. They are setting a pedestrian pace compared to the Brownlee


brothers ahead of them. I would not be surprised if it is more than a


minute. I saw this happening with the group ballooning out. I thought


there would be a lap would it really went. People sat up. It is


approaching a minute and they have not yet come into transition. The


laps remaining on the cycle stage of today's race. It is one minute and


four seconds. What a lap. An extraordinary amount of time added


in the favour of the Brownlee brothers. From 37 seconds to 64


seconds. Absolutely brilliant. Looking at the second pack, let's


not call anything too soon. Who are the runners, we are looking at


Alarza, but who else? There are some great riders and runners. You have


Alarza, Schoeman and Blummenfelt. They are all in contention for the


podium in Yokohama. Vincent Luis, on form, he is fantastic. You also have


to mention Tom Bishop, who had his career-high with the second place in


Abu Dhabi at the start of the season. From a British point of


view, we have Adam Bowden and Mark Austin. Mark is the up-and-coming


athlete, but Adam Bowden is so consistent. He is often forgotten


because he is not the superstar that Alistair and Jonny are. He is one of


our most consistent performers and anti-finish top names in the World


Series last year. Tom Bishop is the athlete I want to see do well. He is


still young but he has been around for years. He promised so much. He


had a problem with nerves and dealing with the expectations and


pressure of racing. Abu Dhabi was special for him. He ran side-by-side


with Javier Gomes until near the end of the race. That was no flick. It


was exciting to watch. I have known him for a long time, I have trained


with him and Leeds. He is a nice guy and we thought he had the potential


to put in those performances. He had not been able to deliver. While it


was a jump from what he had done before, it was not surprising. The


thing going forward from Abu Dhabi, he was unlucky in Yokohama, he


crashed and had to chase back. He spent two laps dangling off the back


of the pack. Once he closed those ten seconds, he was spent and it


showed in the run. Hopefully the day, being in the main pack will


mean we can see a run more like the one he had in Abu Dhabi. The


brothers have extended their lead even more, one minute and 18


seconds. We got a look at Tom Bishop and Mark Austin in the chase group.


Back to the front of the race are they going into the narrow section


of the course. Into the city centre streets. Some places are heavily


populated. It is deserted and others. There are definite vantage


points were the crowd enjoyed gathering to make as much noise as


possible. They have the zigzag through the streets of Leeds, just


to be a little more careful. They are riding close together. They do


that every day, something they are used to, but they will want no


contact between the two of them. They are technically good athletes.


It is often said that Alistair and Jonny do not have weaknesses. They


really do not. The swim well, they bike well, and the run well. They


are tactically astute. Can we not talk too soon. I do not want to


curse them. It is nerve-racking, but at the moment, they are riding away


from the chase pack, about one minute and 20 seconds. After 12


kilometres, from the long ride from the lake, they only had six seconds.


At one point, it looked like they lost it. But they took it up another


gear. They rode away. Lots of frustration in the second pack.


We see Blummenfelt and Schoeman having little chats. This course is


not conducive to a group of that size. A group of 16 athletes does


not work on a course like this. Absolutely not. They're big


opportunity was only way to the city centre course. If they were going to


catch them, it had happen then. They got agonisingly close, but it did


not happen. I saw Alistair's frontwheel and Jonny's rear wheel


within two inches of each other. I was a bit nervous. They know what


they are doing. They are preparing to complete lap five of seven. It


remains to be seen not if but by how much their lead has grown. This has


been a demonstration of power cycling at the front of the


triathlon, an astonishing race for the brothers. The clock starts


ticking. We wait as Alistair Brownlee, the Olympic champion,


Jonathan Brownlee, the Olympic silver medallist, they come through


and leave transition to set off on lap six. We may be waiting for a


minute and a half, something of that nature, before the chase group,


which contains the more British athletes, arrives in transition and


stopped the clock. In lots of ways, the chase group will be kicking


themselves. They were so close. They seem to look around at each other at


the point when they caught the two French athletes. Alistair and Jonny


chose their moment and take Don. They got so close to catching them


again, but they could not get there and as soon as they hit the city


centre web, that was it, they were gone. We have not seen Tom Bishop at


the front. That is tactical. He knows they are of the front, Yaz


good running legs. He will not want to chase down his team-mates. That


will be yet, he will not want to chase them down. They are coming


onto the blue carpet. It is one minute and 13 seconds. That is


another ten seconds added for the Brownlee brothers during lap five.


They are deep into lap six as the chase group make their way clear of


transition. They are beginning their sixth lap of seven. You do not think


that the brothers need a cushion going into the run, but Alistair is


in slightly different territory. He has not raced standard distance, he


has been doing half distance, half marathon. It is a different pace.


The word from British Triathlon is that Alistair has been throwing in


those workouts that he needs. Jonny has been doing his usual workouts


and has been training for standard distance. It will be interesting to


see how Alistair does run. I am fascinated to see how the changes in


his training will affect him. We will not know if the changes in the


way that Alistair runs are to do with the way that the has changed


training or because he raced a half Ironman last weekend and he did not


feel himself. He bonked on the bike. His legs were not there on the run.


He might run as he always does and we could see him going off the


front. When the athlete hits the wall, bonked. There is nothing left


in the legs. Yes, the word out on the course last week in Slovakia. He


was saying, my legs have done. I do not know what has happened. We would


say that he has bonked. I do not know who came up with that word. It


used to mean something very different. In your day. Jonathan


Brownlee, the younger of the two, 27, Alistair two years older, 29.


They have possibly three or four years of top-level triathlon,


depending on which path they wish to follow. Alistair has not ruled out


returning to the Olympic fold in Tokyo, going for his third


successive Olympic gold medal. He won in London in 2012, he won in Rio


last year, and he competed in Beijing in 2008. He was


inexperienced and the paid the price for an early break away behind the


bike. He learned his lesson and was the winner in London. He added the


Rio gold medal. Jonathan took the bronze medal in London, the silver


in Rio. He might fancy going to Tokyo in search of the gold medal.


There will be two chances for Jonathan, with the mixed relay added


to the programme. Tom Bishop moving up to the front. He is a great


athlete. They are all in there. Apart from Grant Sheldon, who has


not had a great day. He has had a difficult year. Injuries and other


things going on. All the British athletes are in the chase pack, with


Alistair and Jonny down the road. It is good news. Yes, but we are


missing Gordon Benson from the group as well. He missed the split in the


swim. He can pick out phenomenal performances. He was second out of


the water in your Gassama in 2016. That performance and timber place on


the Olympic team. We know he can swim, but he did not have it today.


But the guys that are there, we have these two away at the front. Then we


have Marc Austin, Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden. They are all in the


chase group, tucked in. They are doing the right thing. They will not


want to be chasing down their team-mates. There will not be


specific instructions on that but it is an unwritten rule that you do not


chase down your team-mates. They will be allowing them to do their


thing, hopefully looking after themselves, being near the front of


the group, but not on the front of the group, that is ideal on a course


like this. Hopefully they have looked after themselves, hydrated


well, so we can see strong runs from all of the British athletes. They


have come past the town hall, they will head for the Civic Colin


Millennium Square. It has been a masterclass in synchronised,


sustained speed from the Brownlee brothers. They complete lap six.


They will take the bell. One more to go. We will get a check on the time


difference on wartime. One minute 13 last we looked.


We will expect it to be up to a minute and a half, which gives them


a serious chance of getting the one two. Just explain what Jonny was


doing there, biting off the top of the gel, the packet. Now he will


wait for another moment when he can take it on. Yes, he will be fuelling


now. He has a hard ten kilometres coming up and he will be wanting to


get all of the calories in he can now. And the chase group come past


Leeds town hall and approached transition, where they will take the


bell. There is more urgency about the group now. This has been lacking


for the last 20 minutes but there is more pace. There has been no change


between the end of lap five and lap six which means, I imagine, the


chase group have ridden faster rather than the Brownlee is turning


this screw. They have got themselves working more efficiently again and


they are trying to keep the gap down as small as they can. But then


sometimes what happens at this point in the race as well, with the clock


down to around a kilometre to go, those people take their foot off the


gas again because they start thinking about the position in the


pack and taking their shoes off. Where is the Brownlees haven't got


the worry of looking at the other athletes around them. Yes, Schoeman


has been on the front a lot, Blummenfelt, they will be checking


each other now and going, actually we are going for a run in a few


minutes so going to go easy. Another look at Jonny and his gel which was


attached to the handlebars of the bike, identical kit for the brothers


today as they start to negotiate the final lap on two wheels. Thoughts


will naturally turn towards transition and the 10,000 metre run


that awaits. You cannot call it too soon on a course like this, anything


can happen. As Fernando Alarza been hurt too much? At the moment he's


running phenomenally. He ran as fast as Imola in Yokohama. I think


Alistair would like a caution, and Jonny, why not. -- he ran as fast as


Mario Mola. Barring any disasters, I think one


minute is plenty for them. It will always be hard to know. Jonny has


not done a huge amount of racing this year, unfortunately an injury


put him out of the races, then he had a setback in Yokohama when he


was having to carry his bike after it broke in the crash so he hasn't


really got the runs specific fitness either. Alistair again is an unknown


quantity right now in the Olympic distance. I don't think his training


has changed enough to see massive drop-off in his performance, but I


would be interesting to see how they both do. I just don't think one


minute 15, if the gap stays at his ears, I don't see anyone from this


group running them down. They looked for a moment like they were starting


to look around, as I predicted, everyone is going, OK, nearly there.


I saw Pierre Le Corre nudging his elbow, but nobody came through. What


a performance from the Brownlee brothers since the moment they left


the water in Waterloo lake in Roundhay Park. They picked up their


bikes and set about controlling their home city race. By the time


they got out of the park, they had some French athletes for company,


but those two, Aurelien Raphael and Pierre Le Corre couldn't keep up the


pace. When the brothers sensed the danger approaching from the chase


group behind, they just put their foot to the floor and by the time


they got to transition they were six seconds in front. They doubled the


lead by the end of the first lap and continued to add thyme, 24 seconds


by the end of the second lap, one minute 13 by the end of the


penultimate lap, and now the crowd awaits the arrival as they come past


the town Hall and head towards the Civic Hall and Millennium Square.


They prepare for the arrival in transition. We saw Alice Betto


commit the offence at the dismount line and pick-up and infringements,


the brothers got it right, bang on the money, and now they arrive.


Alistair holds out his hand and says in you go first. They don't want a


collision. They have similar positions, and Alistair knew that


Jonny's point was further north up the blue carpet so allowed his


brother to go in. Right on the money again, a synchronised arrival, and


they depart separated by a couple of feet. On they go. First lap of four,


10,000 metres between the Brownlee brothers and victory for one of them


in Leeds. Let's keep our fingers crossed. We are yet to see how


Alistair run over ten kilometres, we have only seen him run over a half


marathon, and of course here we have the chase pack with Kristian


Blummenfelt at the front as we have seen so often on this chase pack.


Alistair looked a lot better last week so that is a good start for his


10K. This is just incredible, those two


brothers on the way, Mark. They have work to do but it's incredible, how


have they kept up the pace? They have gone so hard they have broken


the group. They have managed to break away from a group of great


athletes. What now? It is a Brownlee on Brownlee race now. Alistair when


he comes out of transition sometimes doesn't look too good, he looked


fantastic today. Jonny looks good but Alistair does too. They are such


a long way behind, this pack, is there any chance they will get close


to them? The Brownlee brothers don't need any time, when they have got


one minute 15, I think it is a one two. And this is the home city, how


much does this crowd mean to them do you think? Nobody else will win a


Leeds triathlon. Thank you for the moment.


Chase group away, that contains Tom Bishop, Adam Bowden and Marc Austin,


they are all in that group. Actually Adam Bowden has moved into third.


Right now it's a great Britain clean sweep the way things stand. A long


way to go of course because the brothers are out in front and at the


end of transition two it is Alistair and Jonny together. The next union


flag alongside the name of Adam Bowden, and Tom Bishop in that group


as well. Watch out for Vincent Luis, he can do some damage over this 10K


run as well. Alarza tends to go out of transition a little bit slower,


we normally see him run through the pack. They have a downhill section


now so it gives the chance to lower the heart rate. Let's hope Alarza


has the confidence from his second-place finish in Abu Dhabi.


He had a nasty injury in January, then his first race was back in


Dunkirk where he got a puncture so his race was interrupted with that


so it will be interesting to see how he does. He lives here now with Non


so he has a real affinity with Leeds and will want to put on a show.


Meanwhile four guys, including two British athletes, Adam Bowden and


Tom Bishop, have broken clear of the rest of the chase group. This will


sort itself out and there will be further changes. The dynamic of this


chase group will change significantly as the stronger


runners start to assert their authority. But we have seen Tom


Bishop go head-to-head with another Spaniard, Gomez, in the Abu Dhabi


race, just missing out, ending up in second. Bishop seems happy to take


on Fernando Alarza, and Adam Bowden is holding his own as well. Adam


Bowden was a steeplechase runner, he is one of the older guys in the


field, but he's incredibly consistent. At 35 years of age,


great to see him running for a podium position. Adam Bowden


originally from Watford, holds the record at his club for 10,000


metres, and for 3000 metres steeplechase. Switched to triathlon


in 2008. He knows his way around the sport now. This is refreshing to


see. These two guys are such team players, nice guys. They have been


around for a while, both phenomenal athletes. If we could see a British


clean sweep in the men's race today, how good would that be on home soil


to have that kind of performance? There's a long way to go yet, you


can never count out Fernando Alarza, but both Tom and Adam look


fantastic. Tom Bishop originally from Derby, now a resident of Leeds,


history graduate from the University of Leeds. At the moment we have


British triathletes first, second, third and fourth, with Alarza in


fifth. No gap between the brothers, everything to play for. During the


bike, I had this slight fear, you know, aren't they invincible? Can


they be broken? But looking at them at this early stage in the run, we


are now heading towards two kilometres, they looks full of


running to me. Yes, no slowing down. That is so low 40 K on the bike


doesn't seem to have had too much of fact and it's nice to see they are


feeling good and running well. Fernando Alarza is having a go at


Bishop and Bowden, not a decisive move but he's given himself a


fraction of daylight. Fernando Alarza, currently leading the World


Triathlon Series standings for 2017. We saw him do this in Yokohama, he


made a few surges before he managed to break into second position. The


fact he's glancing over his shoulder, he wants to do something


significant here. It is early to break, it would be better to sit in,


but it is early to be making surges and suggests he's feeling good. That


glanced over the shoulder, you go why is he looking back now? I think


he's doing it to break the two Brits behind him. He knows the crowd will


be urging them on so much more than him. Everybody here wants to see a


British one, to, three. He wants to break the mentally almost, make them


feel like they are running for fourth and fifth rather than a


podium. Alistair's timer year ago was one hour and 50 minutes. The


brothers conclude that one of four. Jonny for me always looks like the


slightly easier runner. Alistair has an interesting running form with his


knees really out front. They are both very upright, I think it is a


feature of a lot of the runners in the British team. I am not bright


runner, Non is too. I don't know what they do to us here! -- I am an


upright runner. Christian Blum and felt, the Norwegian, what an athlete


he is, he's had some excellent results so far this season. So


further down the road there is a gap to Royle. Back with the chase group,


the Brownlee brothers out in front, then Bowden, Bishop and Alarza.


They have pulled back a few seconds, around five seconds. I do not think


that is significant, as long as they keep the pace going. It is virtually


impossible to pull back a minute. I am asking you because I want


confirmation they will be OK. We are watching two different races, we are


watching a race for gold and silver and the race for the bronze medal. I


would be amazed if anything happened otherwise, but we all remember


Cozumel. It is a very different day here today. I do not expect to see


the same. It would be rare. Mark Austin is running with Vincent Luis.


He does not seem to be able to make an impact this afternoon. Marc


Austin, with the Frenchman, coming through transition. The leaders have


6.7 km are still to run. Mark Austin is a great athlete. We remember him


from the Commonwealth Games, with that fantastic performance when he


rode away with the Brownlee brothers, slightly out of his depth.


He stayed with them. You won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth


Games in Glasgow. What a fantastic day. Mark Austin, great


up-and-coming athlete, he got fourth in the Madrid World Cup. He was


seventh in Cape Town. He won silver in the world under 23 and landing.


Although he is not in the frame today in the run, he is a great


athlete. Yes, he is one of the Scottish athletes who is based in


Stirling. He has done well over the years. He has had lots of podiums in


the junior and under 23 ranks. He's only 23 now. He is in his final year


to race under 23 races if he wants to. That is still very young. It is


great to see him in the main pack, hopefully putting in a solid


performance. We saw Tom Bishop in third with the brothers in first and


second. In the World Triathlon Series, since its inception in 2012,


there has never been a clean sweep for a nation in the men's. The women


have done it, the Americans, a couple of times. And the Aussies.


The men have never done it. Maybe the day. That is the gap. The


leading Brownlees, and the two British athletes, Bishop and Bowden,


and the Spaniard, Alarza. Heading in different directions. If they were


to achieve the clean sweep today, it would be a first. When the boys come


round for the end of the second lap, there are four, that is a big part.


You get to the Midway part of the race, and it is like you're going


downhill. You hit midway, you are going downhill, I have got less to


run. It is a double-edged sword. You're closer to the finish, but


you're in more pain. The last two laps are difficult. It looks like


Bowden has been distanced. Let's see if he can close the gap and get back


on the shoulder of Tom Bishop. Alarza is pitting the hammer down.


He is desperate to break them. The brothers are heading to the halfway


point. Tom Bishop is not giving up, neither is Adam Bowden. Tom looks


very smooth. Add legs good as well. You can see it on the face of


Alarza. -- Adam Bowden Lewis Kidd as well. He does not want to be in the


battle for a British clean sweep. You can see what he is trying to do.


He is a gritty competitor, Fernando Alarza. His facial expression is


hidden behind the sunglasses. He is running comfortably with Tom Bishop


on his shoulder, and Adam Bowden is big indeed, desperately trying to


stay with them. In fact, Bowden might be able to take the lead. He


is right on the shoulder of Alarza. It is not a flat course. There is


lots of up and down. That is tough. At this point in the race, you just


want to run on flat ground. This is undulating the hallway. That is even


harder. This course is so deceptively tower. The bike course,


there is the long section into town that is windy and exposed. In town,


it is technical, there are corners, up and down. Everything. You get


onto the run, you want time to get into a rhythm. The course does not


allow that. You turn 90 degrees, you go into a U-turn, you turn another


90 degrees. There is no respite. So many runners like to run on rhythm.


There is no time for that on this course. Bishop is very much still


there, as is Bowden. Alarza is desperate to break the British guys.


Back to Alistair. He is looking over his shoulder. Jonny is taking on a


gel. That is sensible. He has around 15 minutes to go. We want to see


Jonny drinking and eating. Someone go down there with the sign. We do


not want a repeat of Cozumel Rudy was pouring it over his head but not


down his throat. That came back to back him. We have to draw the


differences between Cozumel and tear. It was hot and humid. We are


around 20 degrees here, it is a nice Yorkshire Day. It is not the 30 plus


with humidity we faced in Cozumel. Those conditions took many victims.


Unfortunately for us, Jonny was one of them. What is interesting is the


way that Alistair is dominating this part of the run. He has nothing to


prove. He knows how many times he has beaten his brother. Even though


he has moved over to middle distance racing, and he is still trying to


show that they can win these World Series races. Alistair will never


put himself in a race if he does not think he has a chance of winning. It


is through the is and what he does. On the bike, it is a different


story, having his brother there, it is team tactics. At the moment, it


does not matter who is running, whether it is Jonny or any other


athlete. The run is very different to the bike. Absolutely. Lap two


completed for the brothers, Alistair and Jonny, shoulder to shoulder.


Look at the reception they get in Millennium Square. Absolutely


fantastic. Away they go for the third lap of four. Lots of running


still to do. They are halfway through the run stage in their home


city. Behind them, further down the road, Fernando Alarza leads Tom


Bishop and Adam Bowden. Nothing to choose between these three. They are


approaching the halfway stage. It looks as if one of these three will


be joining the Brownlee brothers on the World Triathlon Series podium


this afternoon. Alarza is the first to arrive on the carpet. He has a


little kick away. Bishop is able to react. Bowden is all right. He has


taken a different path. He has taking the straightest line. The


others seemed to drift to the left. He was hugging the right side of


transition. He has come out at the front. The camera angle was


deceptive but he is fine. Bowden is still in contention as the Norwegian


Kristian Blummenfelt makes his way out of transition. He completes his


second lap. Two down, two to go. The last 16 seconds in the first five k


M. Bearing in mind that they have done a two up, 40 kilometre time


trial, it is fair to say that they are running well. The pack behind,


with Bishop and Alarza, they have something to fight for. These guys


have something to fight for, but those guys are battling for the last


place on the podium. It depends on the tactics in each group. Alistair


and Jonny seemed content to run together. At some point, one of them


will have a go. We are seeing Alarza putting in another attack. It will


be interesting to see if he can hold an audit this is another research,


and he will have to back off the pace. If the British athletes are


running smoothly, hopefully they can bring the gap down again. Alarza has


broken away from the British pair, Bishop and Bowden. The gap is not


decisive, a couple of seconds. Bishop and Bowden might get that


extra 5% from the fans at the side of the road in Leeds. It will help


them close the gap that Alarza is opened up. Bishop's head is going


backwards. That is a tell-tale sign that an athlete is starting to feel


it. Perhaps Bishop and Bowden can work together to hang on. Is this


decisive from Alistair. He has opened up a lead of half a second on


his younger brother. He kicks away from the U-turn. Jonny tries to


respond. He is in familiar territory, seeing the slight gap


that his older brother has opened up. Will this be a decisive move


from Alistair? Jonny trying desperately to respond. We want to


see Jonny hanging on to Alistair as long as he can, until the finish. He


does not want to get dropped at this stage in the race. Alarza on the


other side, ruling working hard to pull away. Still looking over his


shoulder. -- really working hard. You can see the turnover of his


legs. He's putting in massive surge. I am interested to see whether he


can hold that pace. He has set his stall out. He still has four


kilometres to go. The gap is not yet decisive. Jonathan has managed to


reel in his older brother. He did not let Alistair getaway. He kept


them at arm's length. Alarza digs deep and tries to force an extra


kick out on the climb. He has moved into outright third position. That


is the gap to four. He has gone early, he is working hard up this


little stretch. When he gets to the top, he will have a chance to relax


and let his heart rate go down. He wanted to break these guys early. He


is doing a good job. As much as anything, this is a mental gap


rather than a physical one. If he has ten seconds on those guys, they


will start to think he is gone. They cannot see what his face looks like,


they cannot see the effort he is putting in. They just see him


running away up the road and they see the podium this appealing. If


they can keep him within range and he settles down into a more


manageable range, the race for the podium is still on. Absolutely, Tom


Bishop and Adam Bowden dropping off the pace slightly. At least they can


work with one another. That is crucial. Still no change at the


front of the race. One of the lap triathletes in the background.


Alistair has another go. He gets a couple of yards on his younger


brother. Jonny is able to respond once again. At the moment, Alistair


is being pretty brittle. -- brutal. I do not think he senses any danger,


but for him, it is all about winning. Nothing really counts. The


gap is starting to go out. Alistair is putting in a move, and Jonny has


not been able to respond straightaway. Alistair is


brutal-mac. It does not matter it is Jonny, it could be anyone. Jonny


will hold on for second, Alistair will be confident of that, even if


you break them. Alistair is starting to believe that he will win. He has


opened up a gap. A couple of white lines on one of the streets in


Leeds. He moves away from his younger brother, looking to


successfully defend the World Series triathlon title that he claimed the


12 months ago. Brownlee has made his move. The Olympic champion is clear


and of the Olympic silver medallist. We spoke earlier about the fact that


Jonny has not had a chance to race. You cannot count Yokohama. He did


not get the chance to have the heart run. He had to run the last


kilometre with his bike on his shoulder. We know he's capable of


running the ten key faster. After having run two have marathon races,


90 kilometres on the bike, this will feel easy. It will feel easy and


familiar. This is what he does, and he is dammed good at it. They just


came past the giant poster and picture of Alistair. Leeds prepared


to be inspired. He is inspiring them in spades. What a performance. The


brothers are out there again. It is Alistair leaves them through as they


approach the end of a lap three. Is this a winning escape from Alistair,


or has Jonny got more to offer? They will make the right turn onto the


blue carpet shortly. The crowds have seen it on the big screens. Now they


will see it in real-time. Alistair comes with Jonny separated by three


or four seconds. Alistair will take the bell, Jonny


will follow. The other triathlete is a lapped athlete. Alistair leads


Jonny, a familiar scene. I think he looked over his shoulder and thought


he had company! Without realising it was a lapped athlete. Adam Bowden


and Tom Bishop Battle it out for fourth position. Alistair Brownlee


will have been able to see how big the gap is. There's a large screen


and he would have been able to see the gap he had created back to


Jonny. Bowden and Bishop coming through, taking the applause of the


Leeds spectators. Absolutely deafening, fantastic noise here. 12


seconds now between Fernando Alarza in third place and Adam Bowden and


Tom Bishop in fourth and fifth, so that gap is decisive. We can see the


pain written all over his face but he has made a decisive gap, and more


than anything that will be mentally destroying for both of those boys


behind. I think it will take something immense now for them to


get themselves in third position. Alistair making his way down the


slightly easier part of the course, downhill. Jonny in the background


hasn't dropped off too much, around about ten seconds separates him.


Part of me feels for Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden, but what a wonderful


job. There's only one Spaniard that separates Adam Bowden and Tom Bishop


from the Brownlee brothers, and that's great racing from Adam


Bowden, and Tom Bishop has really come of age this year. But we are


all excited because we want to see a British sweep of the podium. That's


what we got excited about in the last half-hour, but we may well end


up with a one, two, four, five. Meanwhile Alistair continues to


strengthen his lead over his younger brother. One and three quarters


kilometres left to run. He made a decisive break away four or five


minutes ago and he's holding on to what will be his second successive


double UTS win in Leeds. The only race he intends to compete in in


2017 -- WTS win in Leeds. We will pan down the road to pick out


Fernando Alarza, he will be on the right. There he is, there is Alarza


on one carriageway with Alistair on the other. For the Brownlee brothers


having watched Alarza's race, they will be glad they didn't get off the


bike with him. Alarza did work on the bike but he certainly had an


easy ride. The Brownlee brothers have done a time trial on their own,


whereas Alarza had a lot of people helping him. The Brownlee brothers


will be glad not to get off the bike with him. I would agree, it's also


important to remember this is a triathlon. We get caught up with who


has run the fastest split, and actually if Alarza had been with


them maybe he would have out from them. What we have to remember is


this is triathlon, swimming, biking and running, and whoever gets to the


finish first is the winner. It's all about who crosses the line first and


Alistair and Jonny looked like they will finish first and second. So


far, the triathlon today has been exceptional. A fine women's race won


by Flora Duffy of Bermuda, and are quite startling men's competition,


which may well be won by Alistair Brownlee for the second year in


succession, and Jonny Brownlee is still in the silver medal position


here in Leeds. It's been a master class really from Alistair, showing


the way in triathlon. Absolute precision in transition, he wasn't


far off the pace when he came out of the water. He dominated the bike


section and made his escape from his younger brother, designed it to


perfection out on the run. Jonny Brownlee has worked incredibly hard,


it's starting to show on his face. He looks hot, there is sweat on his


brow, because even though it is not hard it is kind of warm out there


for Leeds! It is definitely, and going back a week or so it looks


like it would be a really hot day, but the forecast has changed a bit.


The water temperature cooled down a lot making it the wet suit swim, but


for a June day in Leeds it is really nice. Nice to be watching, maybe not


to be out on the course! The final kilometre now for Alistair Brownlee


who was involved for a while with a bit of hand-to-hand combat with his


brother. They raise shoulder to shoulder for two thirds of this


final leg, then Alistair broke away and yet again Jonny didn't have the


resources to respond. I remember chatting with Alistair at Rio, and I


said is it the mental battle, he said I don't believe in that. But


then he always talks about how Jonny was much stronger in training and he


is not as strong in training. For me he wins the mental battle every


time. He has the ability to push himself further than any athlete.


There's a lot of different athlete in the world in the way they operate


and for me I've always found I'm someone who performs better in races


than I would appear to be training and I think Alistair is one of those


people as well. His performance jumps from what he may be able to do


on a training session to a race, better than Jonny. Alistair just has


this X factor, this ability to go deeper. He might not think it is


mental toughness but I don't know what you would call it. He has this


racing brain, this ability to push deep and we will see him win yet


again. Absolutely amazing, what an incredible feeling it must be for


Alistair Brownlee. There was a moment of doubt when we thought they


would be swallowed up by the huge pack but never write off the


Brownlee brothers. What an incredible sensational race Alistair


Brownlee has hard. Just look at these scenes now. Excitement levels


have peaked. They have got what they have come to see. In many ways it's


a triumph for the homecoming champion. He returns to his home


city to deliver a win of the very highest quality. Now he can slow,


now he can soak up the moment and win in Leeds again for the second


year in a row. Alistair Brownlee wins the Leeds triathlon series race


with his younger brother, Jonny, celebrating second position. Not a


single person in the grandstand is on the seat, everybody is standing


up. The place has gone bananas for the arrival of the Brownlees. They


have delivered, after all the hype of the last couple of weeks as they


built the course, put up the posters and laid the carpet. It has laid up


to expectations and some. Fernando Alarza, the world number one, comes


home for third position. Outclassed by both the Brownlee brothers today


who will now watch as Adam Bowden comes home to claim fourth for Great


Britain. Brilliant performance from Bowden, and Tom Bishop makes it


three out of five... Four out of five British triathlete. Christian


Blum will be next home. That has got to be some kind of record for our


statistics. The first, second, fourth and fifth, phenomenal racing


and a great job from all of them. Well, Bowden ran his heart out


taking on the younger man, Bishop, and his athletic pedigree came in to


help him through. He won't be on the podium, but fourth place, I guess


Adam Bowden will see that as... It is an all time best for him on home


soil, just absolutely wonderful. There is the one, two, three.


Alistair Brownlee, Jonny Brownlee, and Fernando Alarza. Pierre Le Corre


of France was in the early breakaway on the bike and he's battling with


Silva. Seventh and eighth but given the same time. Vincent Luis never


quite found his running legs. Then Richard Varga, returning to Leeds,


finishing in 11th position. And once again today it was all about the


Brownlee brothers. It was all about the Brownlee


brothers but we have witnessed not only an epic race but an historic


race because for the first time in World Triathlon Series history, we


have seen four athletes from the same nation finishing in the top


five and they were all British. Alan Jenkins alongside me watching it,


and to see those guys coming over in succession, that was such a special


thing. It's amazing for British triathlon, and for Tom Bishop and


Adam Bowden they had a great swim, they didn't quite make it on the


bike but they showed the depth we have in British triathlon. We were


hoping for a moment before Alarza spoiled the party that there might


have been a top three. It didn't happen today but those guys have


shown potential that they are all medal potential. It is really


exciting. We have seen these guys breaking through to almost on the


podium. Tom has his podium this year but it shows how strong they are at


the moment. We are hoping to speak to our podium people, our medal


winners in a moment, but let's go down to Louise Minchin who has been


watching from ground level. It has been an amazing atmosphere,


totally incredible. I want to speak to someone who has been watching


intensely, we all have, but shall we speak to the mother? How are you


feeling? Your two boys, fantastic. Totally relieved it's all over and


they have made Leeds proud. What is it like watching for you? Is it very


tense? It is always tends really because you are worried they will


have an accident on the bike and the distance came down to a small


amount. Just an amazing race really. Congratulations to them and you,


let's go straight to them. Jonny, your mother was speaking


there, she said she was glad it was all over, are you? Yes, it's an


amazing feeling coming to Leeds town centre, but it was a hard way of


doing that race. Basically the two of us from the end of the swim. If I


wanted to beat Alistair that wasn't the way to do it, I turned it into a


long-distance hard man's race and he is harder than me. You collectively


had to make a call to drop the French guys at the beginning of the


bike. We didn't want to drop them but they weren't strong enough. We


had a gap, maybe the course helped a bit with those hills, then I thought


it's just us two, it will be a long day. I have had injuries and missed


training this year and maybe that hurt me towards the end but that


kind of racing, Alistair will always win. Even though it was the two of


you, you gave these guys plenty to worry about. You have a medal to


collect. Take your towel and your liquids. Annie Emerson has joined


us. Just supreme, what can you say? I'm exhausted, one of the best races


I have ever seen. Coming into town and staying away from the chase pack


which was ten bike lengths behind, it was amazing. And the way you


describe it as well, because it could have gone so many different


ways. They had to drop those French at the start and it became the


Brownlee show as you called it. Yes, and for the guys who came out here


today, they made it special and that is what is important for Leeds and


the fans but Alistair has shown he is the best that there is. We have


talked about going up the distances and what Alistair has done, going


into the middle distances... Come on, he's here, let's talk to him


about it. Congratulations! Alistair Brownlee in the house. Give them a


wave because they have come to see you. Your mum has been speaking, she


said she's glad it's over and she's very proud of you. Just describe


once again what it was like coming down the blue carpet in your home


city and soaking it up? comes with Jonny separated by three


or four seconds. It was really special. You can never


expect to win a race, you never know what will happen, but today I


definitely did not know. I have been involved in this race from the


start. The course planning, the organisation, and to get people out


on the course, it was magical. The last few hundred metres and the lead


up to Millennium Square was amazing. Some of the best crowds, an


experience I will remember for the rest of my career. You have been


through so many different kinds of races. This is one that you could


not have plotted. You had this world-class field, but as Jonny was


saying, quickly into the bike, it became about you two. You had to go


it alone? It got really close. I thought it was going to come back


together. Jonny said we should set up but I said, keep working. They


will have to go hard to catch us. People


start not wanting to take their turn. We kept working and we were


riding really hard. For the first three laps of the circuit, that is


as hard as we have ridden. It took it out of bars on the run. I know


you have a gold medal to prolong for the umpteenth time. Tell us about


your plans for the year. These people have enjoyed seeing you in


the World Series races. We know there is the triathlon cup to come


in Nottingham. Will we see you there are? Am not sure. My season plan was


about qualifying for the half distance world champs. Then this


race. Two Biggles. I have done that now. I only thought to this point. I


need to go away and decide what I want do for the rest of the year.


Now the mixed relay is in the Olympics, that is a big incentive to


get back for Tokyo. I want to support it in this country. Then


there is a grand final in September. We will see you in Tokyo? Maybe.


Ducking out of the answer. We will try to bring you back not just for


the programme but for the mixed relay. Congratulations. Alistair


will get is gold medal for the second time in Leeds in a row. If we


have time we will speak to him at the end of the programme. He does


have this X factor. You cannot train it. He has this steel in him that


puts him leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else. Yes, it is hard to


bet against Alistair in a race. He has this ability to turn himself


inside out and get the wind. That performance was inspiring. For any


young triathlete in the country, that is how you raise, you swim


hard, you bike heart, and you run card. Two other guys did superbly


today, Adam Bowden and Tom Bishop. Come on in, boys. Congratulations on


what was a sensational race. I will give you that microphone. I am not


sure if you know, but your history makers today? Not ever in World


Series racing have there been four athletes from one nation in the top


five. How about that? What do you have to say? Incredible. The crowd


are phenomenal. You come out of the water and you can hear it coming


into the city, getting louder and louder. During the monkey-like, it


was unbelievable. The adrenaline, the extra energy. -- during the bike


leg. Having British athletes so high up, it is brilliant. I am choked, I


do not know what to say. It took it out of you. You pulled through, but


what about the fact that you're part of this group that is making waves


on the world stage? It is not just about Brownlees. We went into Leeds


wanting to dominate. We knew we had the strongest team we have ever put


out in World Series. We wanted to nail the race. Jonny and Alistair


had their tactics. We knew what they were going to do and we wanted to


either go with it or if the plan did not work for them, we would


consolidate and try and run through. We tried our best to make it a clean


sweep, but Fernando is a classy runner. He is a serial medallist. In


the commentary, you were talking about the challenge that they had


with Fernando Alarza. On his face, he was struggling, but these two did


not necessarily know that they could have closed the gap with a little


extra. He is a serial surgery. He is a tough competitor. He had the


fastest run split in Yokohama. He is one of the best runners on the


circuit. You guys stayed with him for a good amount of time. He is


flying at the moment. He had a dodgy second transition in Yokohama. He


came past me like I was standing still. Today, he used the hill to


his advantage. He kept pushing. On lap three, the elastic went. Bowden


was behind me. The tactic worked for him in the end. The top four is a


personal best. Tell us about your personal development. For Tom


Bishop, it has been a breakthrough year. In training your felt good but


it has not come out on race days? I have had some bad luck, crashing in


Yokohama. That was a big disappointment. In my mind, I was


not far of wanting to quit the sport. There was lots of emotion.


Today was about running with emotion, strength and power,


believing in myself. I can be close to the podium, one day when the


podium. I am getting a little bit, but I am still one of those people


that can break through. Hopefully I will do the same as Tom Bishop. When


he got the silver medal, I was so happy for him. We train together. I


have been pushing him in training, he has been pushing me. I am really


proud of Adam. Today was his best race. We will work hard during the


summer in a training camp. We will continue pushing through. You have


shown how you're making waves for British triathlon. I know you had a


podium in Abu Dhabi, but you're showing that there is no age on this


guy. You're anything but passed it. Congratulations to both of you.


Let's go to the medal ceremony. Talk us through it. Thank you,


familiar faces on the podium in Leeds. Alistair Brownlee will step


up to collect his 35th major gold medal in World Series racing. First


of all, it will be the Spaniard, Fernando Alarza. Third place today.


He consolidates his lead at the top of the World Triathlon Series


standings. He came in with the number one on his arm and he will


continue to wear the number one in the next race in Hamburg. , the


sprint and the team mixed relay. In second place, representing Great


Britain, Jonathan Brownlee. Jonny Brownlee, beaten by his big brother


again. He does not seem to mind. They have that unique relationship


where as long as one of them wins, that will do. Second today. And all


the family and the Brownlee connections here in their home city


to watch it unfolds. -- unfold. In first place, representing Great


Britain, Alistair Brownlee. What a moment for Alistair. When he


returned from London with a gold medal, when he returned from Rio


with the Olympic gold medal, celebrations were massive in this


city. Since then, he has been part of designing and running this


course, this race in Leeds. And he has definitely made his mark. It is


only -- it is his only World Triathlon Series outing this season


and he has finished in total control. Ladies and gentlemen,


please rise for the playing of the national anthem of Great Britain.


CHEERING Well, prepare to be inspired was the


slogan that they used to promote this race in Leeds this weekend.


Alistair inspired tens of thousands this afternoon and millions more


watching around the world, with that extraordinary performance.


Fernando Alarza strengthens his lead at the top of the series standings


for 2017. Spanish flags all the way, first, second and third, with Tom


Bishop in fourth. Limited participation. That keeps the


Brownlees of the top of the leaderboard, but Jonny may well


appear if he continues to race in the series for the remainder of the


year. Thank you very much. Before we go,


let's fill you in on what else is to, on BBC Sport in the coming


weeks. The Canadian Grand Prix is under way


very soon. Lewis Hamilton on the podium. And there is football this


evening. That is a World Cup qualifier. In Leeds, we have to


summarise what has been an exemplary day. The GB performance director is


with me. They did not have to live, those boys? They are amazing. They


love a challenge, and they got up the top of that hill and they were


getting the time gaps, and the two French boys dropped away and they


went for it. We are in them lots of the time. Amazing. They like to


raise hard, but they had to day. They should every day, the crowd


that paid for their tickets to come, they showed how talented they are,


that they can beat a field for two Hall legs of a race. If they can get


a gap, and get into the technical sections, they can get away. They


know each other inside out. When they got into town, the ability to


keep away on the technical section worked in their favour. Let's get a


quick word before we say goodbye today. Incredible entertainment.


That is triathlon at its best. I hope that lots of people who have


not seen it before watching today, because what the Brownlees did today


was sensational. It is the kind of day that your baby and waiting will


Get Inspired by. You can feel it in the atmosphere today? It was amazing


today. What a day to have it. The British crowd lifted the athletes.


We had great performances. It has been a pleasure to enjoy it with


you. Thank you for being part of the programme. I am sure that every


single one of you watching the last few hours will have enjoyed it. We


had Brownlee masterclass. I think I can speak for everyone in Leeds,


thank you, Alistair and Jonny and everyone from British triathlon. We


will see you next time. Goodbye. For the first time, the Science


Museum is opening its doors


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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