Montreal Highlights Triathlon: World Series


Montreal Highlights

Action and reaction from Montreal, the seventh leg of the World Series. World champion Flora Duffy aims to get one step closer to defending her title in the women's race.


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Welcome to this afternoon 's coverage of the latest round of the

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2017 world triathlon series which has been taking place this weekend

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in Montreal. Over the course of the next 90 minutes we will bring the

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extended highlights of the men and women from Canada. We have Jonny

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Brownlee coming up later on in the men's race, meanwhile back you're

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watching the race with us is another familiar face. The world under 23

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champion. The champion of the world for 2013.

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It is first in Madrid on one of the hardest courses there is. A

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sensational race for Non Stanford. Thank you for joining us, great to

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have you back, you explained you had injury problems this season so how

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is the rehab going? I had issues with my Achilles and rehab is taking

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a bit longer than anticipated, I hope to be back in time for the

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World Series in Stockholm but it's looking more likely it will be

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Nottingham. We are looking forward to watching the races and getting

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your thoughts but before we do that lets get our bearings for the

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series. Six races down, three to go, after Saint is wins for Javier

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Gomez, the 2017 series has been about two people, defending

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champion's Mario Mola and Flora Duffy. Both are undefeated in the

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past four World Series races they have taken part in. But it's not

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game over, yet. The remaining races, Montreal, Stockholm at the end of

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August and the grand final in Rotterdam will all be on tricky

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Olympic distance courses. Montreal and Rotterdam are unknown quantities

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for most of those taking part while Stockholm is known as one of the

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most gruelling triathlon is in the series. Come the end of the season

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one thing will be certain, whoever is crowned 2017 world champion will

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have earned it. Flora Duffy has been invincible hasn't she? She really

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has, came out at the start of the season in Yokohama after having a

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break with an injury and has been dominant ever since. She has seemed

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pretty unstoppable and it's put a cast of fear over the rest of the

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competition who are elevating her above which is capable of. It's a

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shame to watch her get so far away from the field but she is really

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strong and I think it will take something special to overturn it

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this season. What do you think the girls could or should be doing to

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get close to her? It is difficult, it's going to take somebody to beat

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Flora to eliminate the psychological advantage to see seems to have.

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There is no way she should have been riding away from the likes of

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Kirsten Kasper in Hamburg this year. If somebody can combat that in

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Montreal this weekend the rest of the field can gain confidence. It is

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that they factor isn't it? Absolutely. There is that Flora fear

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factor at the moment. She is good but I think the other girls should

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have more confidence and be more brave and go with her. In the year

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that Gwen Jorgensen is out having a baby, you could be up there but you

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are injured, it must be deeply frustrating to watch Flora Duffy

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dominating the way she is when you know you could be challenging her.

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It is always frustrating but particularly this year there was an

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opportunity for us to go out and perform and have a crack at that

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world title with Gwen missing. Let's take a look at the rankings.

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For the first time in 2017 Flora Duffy tops the women's rankings.

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Katie Zaferes third-place finish in Edmonton since dropped to second. A

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strong performance from Ashleigh Gentle this weekend could see her

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leapfrog Kirsten Kasper into the podium positions. Kirsten Kasper

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cannot climb above her current position.

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Slightly smaller women's line-up this weekend, no British

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participants sadly, you said you will be back for Nottingham for the

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British triathlon next relay couple which is exciting but what can you

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tell us about Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland? Jodie's rehab is

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going really well and looks to be back on course for coming back to

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Stockholm, Vicky we are not sure but hopefully by the end of the season

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we will see her out there. Looking forward to seeing them, it will be

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exciting to watch, back to the race this weekend, Ashleigh Gentle an

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athlete I have looked out over the years and thought she has loads of

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talent but her swimming has let her down, coming into the race this

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weekend she has a real chance if she has a good swim and makes a break on

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the bike to get herself into the top three in the rankings. Definitely,

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she has been knocking on the door of winning a world seizing race, like

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you say her swimming has let her down but with a smaller field it

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depends what happens, if it stays together she has a real opportunity

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to go out there and get her first World Series win. And as a strong

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biker it's a good course for her. You know she will be working hard

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behind you to try to bridge back up to the front group. With the course

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being a bit more technical and a few hells I think it will suit her.

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Taylor Knibb, what a race in Edmonton last weekend. She is the

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current world junior champion at just 19 years of age and getting on

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the podium last weekend made her the youngest ever athlete on a world

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triathlon series podium, was that a surprise? She is definitely a

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prospect, sort of surprised to see her do so well but if you look at

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her past results she has been biking with Flora in the past and that

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Montreal in the World Cup event they had over this same course she rode

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with Flora and had a break with her there. You have to remember she is a

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world junior champion so she has the pedigree to go on and be a fantastic

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athlete. Last weekend Edmonton was a sprint but this weekend it's a full

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distance which will affect her and she is still young. Yes I think the

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longer distance will affect her a lot, I think she will be more tired

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when she gets off the bike and 10K is a long way to run especially when

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you're are only 19 and she would have done that many Olympic distance

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races yet. I would be surprised to see a podium unless it's a big

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breakaway but she will definitely be up there which is exciting for her

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future and the future for America. Let's see what happened in the

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women's race. COMMENTATOR: Two collapse in the

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port then they pick up their bikes for nine laps of 4.5 kilometres. The

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bike a combination of climbs and some big turns, three technical

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turns around the course. And when they hang up their bikes they then

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have a 10,000 metre run to conclude. For laps of 2.5 kilometres.

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Olympic distance racing here in round seven of the 2017 world

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triathlon series in Montreal in Canada. This is the start list.

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Kirsten Kasper happy to be racing here as it is where her father is

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from. Ashleigh Gentle was a little sick on arrival but we believe she

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will start. There are no British athletes racing

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in the women's competition. 30 elite athletes lining up on the pontoon.

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And they are underway. Two laps. The second lap 630 metres. This course,

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Non Stanford, is a bit complicated because its eggs and zags, how much

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time have the athletes had to prepare, to rehearse with the

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requirements of this unique course? The athletes will have had access to

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it yesterday. Don't think they would have been allowed to get in the

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water any other time, before the race you have an hour you can warm

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up on the course and familiarise yourself with it if you need to so

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they will have done it once or twice and they will have been to a

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briefing where they were talked through the course so they will know

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what they are doing and where they are going. Approaching the three

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turning boys, they will go anticlockwise around and then back

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to complete the longer part of the swim, a long lap and then a short

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lap. The pace at the front pretty fast, no chop in the water, there

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was a bit of wind elder in the week but it's quite calm today. I know

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they are being quite strict on turning in the swimming because

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there have been incidents, what do you know about how the rules are

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being strengthened? They have always said that swimming behaviour will be

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monitored but they have rarely acted upon that, order has rarely been

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action taken. As you say that somebody's hand on somebody's head.

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That was the Belgian athlete taking a bit of a battering. They are

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getting more strict. Two Hungarian athletes recently disqualified at

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the World Cup for poor behaviour and I think it's important because we

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don't want to encourage poor sportsmanship and it can you really

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rough in there. I think the grey area comes when it's deciding if it

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is intentional or unintentional contact, there are always being

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unintentional contact when you have this many people swimming together

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in a small area. Zaferes at the front who started at the opposite

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end of the pontoon to Flora Duffy, she is leading them through just

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ahead of number ten, Takahashi from Japan. The strategy going to the

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opposite end of the pontoon from Flora Duffy seems to have paid off

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for Zaferes as she is first to emerge from the turn. We have

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another look at the start with Flora Duffy on the extreme right of that

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group and at the other end was Katie Zaferes, Zaferes emerging first

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after the turn which involved as usual a bit of rough and tumble.

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Zaferes we know can be near the front coming out of the water, last

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week she had a bit of a problem trying to stay with Flora Duffy as

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they left P1, what did you make of that, unable to go with Duffy? I was

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surprised, I would like to hope they were not paying enough attention and

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Flora Duffy is not that so much stronger she can ride away in the

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first hundred metres of the race. Noticed Katie was taking her time

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getting into her shoes, fiddling with them, when she should have just

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got on with the race. I think Flora took advantage of that and jumped

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ahead. At the end of the first lap after ten and a half minutes, just

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over ten and a half minute with a shorter second lap to follow we will

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get a check on exactly who has done what in the first half of the

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swimming. It is Katie Zaferes emerging first guided along the

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pontoon to dive back in. Taylor Knibb the runner-up last

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week. Huge group of 17 or 18 athletes within ten seconds of each

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other. You do not often see Katie leading the swim, she is in the

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front group but does not always lead out. Missing the likes of Lucy Hall

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who is a strong summer, the Leeds farmers in World Series, I think if

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she was there the swimming would be faster and it would not be a tightly

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bunched. This will be I think the fifth or sixth time that Zaferes, if

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she holds the lead, will be first out of the water any world triathlon

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series race. Swimming slightly quicker than expected, we expected

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something between 19 and 20 minutes but Zaferes getting it done in

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almost exactly 18, she is up and away and the chasers arrive en masse

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behind her, five seconds down. Zaferes on her way up towards

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transition. Of the world leader Flora Duffy also

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chasing her towards where the bikes are positioned. Joanna Brown of

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Canada is on her way up. They have to get transition right. We saw a

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problem for Zaferes in Edmonton. She has maintained a slight lead over

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the chasers. Zaferes will hope to get away and perhaps stay with Duffy

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in the early stages of the 40 kilometres bike. Into transition

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now. Transition is where you can sometimes see splits. The girls have

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possibly redlined to make the pack will find it harder to transition.

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They will be tired and could lose places. It is critical, transition.

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You need to be on the bike as quick and fresh as you can be. Duffy gets

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away. Katie Zaferes's lead has already been wiped out. Away they

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go, hoping to get involved with the front pack and we will hopefully see

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shortly how Zaferes deals with the feet and shoes on the bike in the

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early stages. The road surface has dried quickly in the August sunshine

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and now they sort themselves out and they are off and running on lap one.

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There are mixed reports on how tough the courses. Andrea Hewitt said it

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was tough and she struggled to ride her Boris bike up the hill. Other

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athletes have said it is not too bad. Zaferes has a couple of

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seconds' lead. And then the group that contains Flora Duffy. They are

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reasonably close. Do we expect a large group of maybe 25 to form

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quickly as they come passed in front of the beautiful City Hall? I think

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it will come together. You can see everyone capturing and bunching.

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Whether Flora decides to launch an attack. Knibb was just off the back

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but judging by last week's performance, I think we could see

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her make the group easily. Who is at the front? One of the Americans,

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again. I think it is Knibb, runner-up in Edmonton. A strong

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cyclist, the 19-year-old finished second behind Duffy in Edmonton

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seven days ago. The end of lap one, you know what has happened, I think

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the groups have come together. I think they have. This seems to be

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the front group. Knibb has helped the bridge up and it is a big group

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now. Duffy taking the wide turn and the group of nine expands

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significantly. We will get a list of who is in the lead group. Knibb,

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Kaspar, Joanna Brown from the host nation. Gillian Backhouse and

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Zaferes first out of the water. Gentle. Rachel Klamer. Strong

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swimmers like Carolina Routier also there. A total of 19 triathletes

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together at the front of the field. And then a gap around 30 seconds to

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the next group of six. This is where the race is being controlled. A huge

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group of 19 who have merged. The early breakaway lead group and the

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chase pack. That could be why Flora Duffy dropped back. She must've seen

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over her shoulder the chase group closing fast and knew there was no

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way to avoid it. That is true. Especially if she could see Knibb,

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now her training partner, that she was closing down. Maybe she was

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waiting for her. They might have an agreement to work together to

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control the race. It will be interesting to see if they have

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anything planned and they attack. The lead group has been whittled

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down from 19 to 13. Taylor Knibb was the runner-up in Edmonton. Duffy,

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the world leader. And then the Swiss. Annen. Strangely clear of the

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workload of the front. She seems to have been spending most of the bike

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in the middle of the pack. It is unusual for Flora, especially with

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recent form. Maybe she is holding back for an attack. You would have

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to be careful of watching what Flora is doing. At the end of the third

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lap, they do this sort of ride over the cobbles. Things get bumpy before

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they make the 180 turn and Flora Duffy has decided to make a move

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through the field. She wants to be one of the first to cross the line.

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The gap was 36 seconds the last time we had a check on the timing system.

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Duffy and Brown. Kaspar and Annen. Gentle the first of the Australians.

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That is the front group of 13. They are on their way. They could be sure

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with the chasing group heading in the opposite direction. As soon as

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Flora has hit the front through the technical section of transition, the

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group has stretched out. It was Katie Zaferes who lost the wheel was

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fighting her way back to the group. As soon as Flora has hit the front

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there has been an injection of pace and people are really hurting.

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I think Paula Findlay is leading the chase group. There are some really

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good cyclists in there. Losing time every lap. Significant time lost. It

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has gone from 36 seconds to 59 seconds. 36 seconds at the end of

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lap two and 59 seconds the gap between leaders and chasers at the

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conclusion of the third lap. The group of 13 at the front, whatever

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strategy is being employed and it looks like Flora Duffy is dictating

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terms, it is working, because their leaders strengthening lap on lap.

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Annen of Switzerland seems to be the next casualty. She is struggling on

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the climb. She started the race well but now has to watch as they go off

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into the distance. Does she have a technical problem? She is looking

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down and die and surprised to see her dropped from the group. Maybe

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she is having issues with gears. We have only had two different winners

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so far, Hewitt, one of the first -- she won the first two. Duffy the

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next four. Only three of this group have won race alongside them. Katie

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Zaferes has been on the top step of the podium. There is obviously more

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playing on this race than the actual race victory. Really starting to

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look at the series overall. These girls will be bearing that in mind.

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All that Flora needs to do is finish in the top 13 to maintain her lead

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in the series but Ashley Gentle, currently sitting in fourth, she

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could move up to the top of the rankings. Ashley is one of the

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strongest runners in her today. If she wins, she could put herself in

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strong contention for the overall series. As they prepare for the end

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of the final lap. How far out do you start thinking about your feet and

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shoes and preparation? It depends on the course. If there is a technical

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bit coming into transition, you often see athletes getting their

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feet out earlier, so they go into the technical section with their

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feet on top of their shoes, so they are not trying to negotiate corners

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whilst taking their feet out. If it is a long straight run into

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transition, people often do it last minute. Every athlete is different

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and I think some athletes sometimes forget to get them out! Approaching

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the second transition. This is where the serious part of this race

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begins. They need to be quick and clean and stay out of trouble on the

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arrival at transition. An unusual dismount to have to push the bikes

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around the 180 degrees turn before they get on the carpet. That is

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unique really, I have not seen that before. They arrive. The equipment

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has to be in the right place. That did not go to plan for Rachel

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Klamer. Flora Duffy is not the quickest in and out of transition

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and has too returned to her bike to make sure it is upright and that was

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not according to instructions for Flora Duffy. Not as neat and tidy as

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she would have liked. It is Yuko Takahashi first to strike followed

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by Kaspar and Hewitt and then the dangerous Ashleigh Gentle. And then

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the Canadian, Joanna Brown, and then Flora Duffy. You can see Taylor

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Knibb coming out of transition last. I think she might find the 10K run

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tough. She has had brilliant results as a junior over sprint distance,

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but she is not the fastest runner in the field and I think the 40 K bike

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might have taken a toll on her legs today and I would not expect her to

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fight for podium position today. Four laps of 2.5 kilometres in total

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to take them to the full distance of ten kilometres, using some of the

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same streets that were involved on the bike. It is a truncated loop.

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Past the feeding station and off they go. It looks like Ashleigh

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Gentle is taking it on at the front. That Hill was tough they just ran

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up. That is where a lot of girls were dropped on the bike. To run up

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is a different story again, that is tougher to negotiate it. You do not

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see many hilly courses World Series races. The run is often flat.

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Stockholm has a hill, but most of the others are a flat run and I

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think that will change the outcome of the race. It will suit stronger

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athletes. Leeds is a tough run course which suits the stronger

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runners. 26-year-old Ashleigh Gentle from Australia looking to strike

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early in the first lap of the run. Second place, just behind her, Flora

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Duffy, who had I her standards not the best transition, and she has

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made up for it and is trying to get on the shoulder of the Australian.

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From Brisbane, Australia, Ashleigh Gentle leads the world triathlon

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series in Montreal. About four, yes, four seconds confirmed by the

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graphic, the distance between Gentle and then Duffy, Kaspar and Hewitt,

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who are joint second right now. Ashleigh did not race in Edmonton

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last weekend and I think that will pay off. She will be fresher than a

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lot of the other athletes who raced, including Flora Duffy, Katie

:28:27.:28:30.

Zaferes, Kaspar, Rachel Klamer. A lot of the front group raced in

:28:31.:28:34.

Edmonton and Ashleigh didn't. She is striding away right now. Flora Duffy

:28:35.:28:47.

moving clear. From Hewitt and Kaspar. Hewitt recovered a bit of

:28:48.:28:55.

ground. She got on the shoulder of Duffy and then Duffy made a surge

:28:56.:29:01.

forward. Now, is Hewitt responding? It looks like good work from the New

:29:02.:29:06.

Zealander. A tough part of the course. This is where they were out

:29:07.:29:10.

of their saddles and pushing hard on their bikes, and now running uphill.

:29:11.:29:15.

I think this hell will play a big part today. I think it -- this hill

:29:16.:29:22.

will play a part and it is where you will see splits happening. 31 world

:29:23.:29:31.

triathlon series starts for Ashleigh Gentle and five podium places. Will

:29:32.:29:37.

today be the day when she finally gets her first victory? She is

:29:38.:29:43.

halfway through the run stage, almost, after one hour and 40

:29:44.:29:49.

minutes and 50 seconds. Flora Duffy in second position with four wins

:29:50.:29:56.

this season. Hewitt in third with two Wins this season. A little

:29:57.:30:03.

further behind, Kersten Kasper. She has had a consistent campaign so

:30:04.:30:04.

far. Ashleigh Gentle makes the turn and

:30:05.:30:16.

will see the two signal buying she has two laps left to run. It's

:30:17.:30:24.

difficult to tell if ground is being made back-up on Flora No danger of

:30:25.:30:39.

missing the count like Jacob Birtwhistle did last time out, a

:30:40.:30:44.

huge sign saying two laps to go. Andrea Hewitt is not out of silver

:30:45.:30:53.

medal position here. Flora Duffy 21 seconds behind, Andrea Hewitt a

:30:54.:31:04.

further nine seconds back. It looks really windy out there today which

:31:05.:31:08.

is making life even more difficult on this tough running course, Flora

:31:09.:31:13.

looks like she usually pushing and working hard winners Andrea looks

:31:14.:31:19.

quite comfortable so we could see that coming down. This will be a new

:31:20.:31:24.

experience for Ashleigh she is normally coming from further down

:31:25.:31:28.

the field when she gets off the bike and is having to run her way through

:31:29.:31:33.

athletes, to lead from the outset is a different experience and it's a

:31:34.:31:36.

learning curve and it will give her a lot of confidence going forward

:31:37.:31:41.

that she knows what to do in the situation. It's fantastic to see her

:31:42.:31:45.

leading from the start of a run rather than having to chase her way

:31:46.:31:52.

up. That winning margin just over a lap to go, the advantage Ashleigh

:31:53.:31:59.

Gentle has opened up over Flora Duffy is a massive 37 seconds. That

:32:00.:32:08.

is quite dominant running, it's really quite impressive. Further

:32:09.:32:16.

down the road you can see a potential battle shaping up for

:32:17.:32:22.

fourth place between Kirsten Kasper who is of Canadian Heritage bid

:32:23.:32:26.

races for the United States, and Joanna Brown, who is racing in the

:32:27.:32:34.

red of Canada. I impressed have you been with this performance from

:32:35.:32:37.

Ashleigh Gentle in terms of timing and tactics and determination?

:32:38.:32:44.

Incredibly impressed, I was really impressed with her swimming,

:32:45.:32:49.

Ashleigh Gentle is not known for her strong swimming, she is often quite

:32:50.:32:54.

far down. But she had a brilliant swim, got herself into the front

:32:55.:32:59.

group, and worked hard on the bike, did not shy away, did not hide away.

:33:00.:33:03.

She's gone out into the run and dominated from the start. Showing

:33:04.:33:08.

what pure class she is and I really am impressed. She has done it from

:33:09.:33:14.

the front and an impressive way to win race. Good swim and two very

:33:15.:33:23.

tidy transitions for the Australian. With about a hundred metres to go

:33:24.:33:29.

she knows that Duffy is far enough removed, she glanced over her

:33:30.:33:33.

shoulder to double check but now can potentially start enjoying the last

:33:34.:33:37.

few moments of this triathlon which will be her first as champion. Lots

:33:38.:33:46.

of warm applause for Ashleigh Gentle. She is double and triple

:33:47.:33:54.

checking that Duffy is not coming for a late surge, taking off the

:33:55.:34:02.

sunglasses and enjoying the moment now. I don't think she can quite

:34:03.:34:06.

believe it, she keeps checking back to see if Flora is coming but she's

:34:07.:34:11.

obviously got this and needs to enjoy the moment. She wins in

:34:12.:34:16.

Montreal, that delay for Ashleigh Gentle for the first time in her

:34:17.:34:21.

career! She will stand on the top step of the world triathlon series

:34:22.:34:26.

podium, one hour 59 minutes and four seconds for a winning time. Duffy,

:34:27.:34:34.

the defending world champion will come home the second, four straight

:34:35.:34:41.

victories and the runners-up spot for Flora Duffy, her astonishing

:34:42.:34:44.

seasons continues. And another podium place for the unstoppable

:34:45.:34:53.

Andrea Hewitt, the oldest competitor in the contest today will be on the

:34:54.:35:02.

podium, finishing third, after two victories at the start of the season

:35:03.:35:07.

she is back on the podium. Ashleigh Gentle very emotional and I am not

:35:08.:35:12.

surprised to see that, I thought she would be, it means a lot to her,

:35:13.:35:18.

it's been a long time coming. And fourth place will go to the

:35:19.:35:24.

Canadian, a battle unfolding further down the track, it's been won by

:35:25.:35:30.

Joanna Brown. She has taken fourth place, stolen it from Kirsten

:35:31.:35:35.

Kasper, the Canadian finishes fourth, Joanna Brown in the top

:35:36.:35:41.

five, Kirsten Kasper with a huge hug for her training partner, they had a

:35:42.:35:44.

ding-dong battle at the conclusion of the

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five second-place finishes, how sweet to finally win one? I am

:35:50.:35:58.

sorry. It is OK, I know it is emotional. To be honest I've flew

:35:59.:36:01.

into Montreal and got pretty sick and only decided to race this

:36:02.:36:07.

morning. But it paid off. I have to thank my coach Jamie Turner, he

:36:08.:36:14.

installed some things in my mind going into this race to focus on

:36:15.:36:17.

little things, doing them right rather than the result and drew a

:36:18.:36:24.

lot of inspiration from Gwen as well so I have those people to thank, I

:36:25.:36:30.

am in shock, it has taken six years and a lot of ups and downs, five

:36:31.:36:35.

second-place ease and finally I win, I am so happy. I am very happy with

:36:36.:36:43.

second today, it was a tough race out there, not quite feeling the

:36:44.:36:48.

same on the bike, but worked what I had and it was going to come down

:36:49.:36:52.

for a running race, I was hoping for more I did the best I could and I

:36:53.:37:01.

happy for Ashleigh I knew it would come Sunday so I am glad it is

:37:02.:37:06.

today. How do you see the race for the World Championship now, one race

:37:07.:37:12.

left and then the grand final? Flora is still deciding if she will come

:37:13.:37:17.

to Stockholm but it's going to down to Rotterdam because you get one and

:37:18.:37:21.

a half times the points so it's close and exciting.

:37:22.:38:01.

Unmade invective for Ashleigh Gentle from Australia after so many near

:38:02.:38:10.

misses, a handful of podium places, she finally got the one she wanted.

:38:11.:38:16.

Victory in Montreal and you could tell in her postrace interview how

:38:17.:38:23.

much it meant to her. STUDIO: What a race and so deserved, waited so long

:38:24.:38:29.

for this day, you must be pleased? Definitely, it's been a long time

:38:30.:38:33.

coming and you could see how much it meant, I think it was the 32nd time

:38:34.:38:37.

she had started a race so to finally get the victory is fantastic. She is

:38:38.:38:41.

an exciting talent, she's been a good runner but always a bit down on

:38:42.:38:45.

the swimming so for her to step up and get the gold is amazing. Her

:38:46.:38:51.

swimming was impressive, we are used to seeing how come out about a

:38:52.:38:56.

minute down and this time it was only 20 seconds, so with improved

:38:57.:38:59.

swimming she can be a real threat to Flora Duffy. Definitely, she can be

:39:00.:39:06.

a threat to everybody and when Gwen comes back she can be a threat to

:39:07.:39:12.

her as well, she is coached by Jamie Turner who also coaches Gwen

:39:13.:39:15.

Jorgensen so maybe this is why we are seeing these big improvements?

:39:16.:39:22.

Talking about Flora Duffy, it was an interesting day, not the Flora Duffy

:39:23.:39:25.

we've seen in the last few races, to see her sitting on the bike and not

:39:26.:39:31.

do any work is out of character. Definitely, she did allude to the

:39:32.:39:35.

fact she was not feeling herself, and if you can still get silver when

:39:36.:39:39.

you are feeling a bit off that is really impressive. She still had a

:39:40.:39:43.

very good race, we were expecting her to break off the front and I

:39:44.:39:47.

think a lot of the girls in the group were expecting that as well.

:39:48.:39:50.

Over the last lap especially everyone was sitting up and waiting

:39:51.:39:54.

for her to do something but it never materialised. I think that's good

:39:55.:40:00.

for the series going forward, I think it will give the girls more

:40:01.:40:04.

confidence they can ride with Flora, even if she was a bit tired it shows

:40:05.:40:08.

she can be vulnerable and hopefully going forward she would have the

:40:09.:40:14.

fear factor we talked about. But she has made an improvement on her run,

:40:15.:40:18.

finishing 20 seconds down on Ashleigh Gentle is impressive. It

:40:19.:40:25.

is, Flora has been working on her running in the past 12-18 months.

:40:26.:40:33.

She was faster than Gwen which is really impressive, they think of

:40:34.:40:35.

Flora is a fantastic swimmer and biker but she's also one of the

:40:36.:40:40.

fastest runners in the field now as well. Looking ahead to the

:40:41.:40:44.

Commonwealth Games gold course what was interesting about the results,

:40:45.:40:47.

the top four athletes from the Commonwealth. Impressive to see so

:40:48.:40:52.

many Commonwealth athletes up there, there are normally some Americans

:40:53.:40:58.

breaking it up. It's going to be exciting especially as it's a

:40:59.:41:01.

shorter distance of the sprint and it will give us Brits something to

:41:02.:41:06.

think about. Absolutely, but before that we have this to look forward

:41:07.:41:08.

to. COMMENTATOR: Steve Crowley taking

:41:09.:41:52.

gold in his first race for Great Britain.

:41:53.:42:20.

Next up for the British team is the world parrot triathlon Championships

:42:21.:42:26.

taking place in Rotterdam on Friday 15th September.

:42:27.:42:30.

We will be sure to keep you updated on their progress at the World

:42:31.:42:35.

Championships, somebody however who we will not be seen in Rotterdam or

:42:36.:42:40.

anywhere else this season is Alistair Brownlee. The double

:42:41.:42:44.

Olympic champion had hip surgery on Saturday after suffering an acute

:42:45.:42:48.

flare-up of a long-standing problem in training. The Sergei victory

:42:49.:42:52.

points to an end his main aim for the season which was to win the

:42:53.:42:57.

world half Ironman title but in doing so he says he hopes it will

:42:58.:43:00.

enable him to continue doing what he loves for many years to come. It

:43:01.:43:04.

seems as though these problems have come from him moving up distance. It

:43:05.:43:10.

is difficult when you change events and go longer in triathlon, a lot of

:43:11.:43:13.

things come into play, you have to change training and one of the key

:43:14.:43:17.

things is you are now on it time trial bike so your position changes

:43:18.:43:21.

massively and that can have biomechanical effect on everything

:43:22.:43:25.

from your cycling to your running. I think that is where we are seeing

:43:26.:43:29.

Alistair have problems. I think after he has the operation he will

:43:30.:43:36.

be firing on all solders. In the meantime Jonny Brownlee seem to be

:43:37.:43:40.

over his problems when he returned to racing last week in Edmonton and

:43:41.:43:44.

finished fourth, this is what he has said since. Jonathan Brownlee comes

:43:45.:43:51.

home with fourth position. Please to be back on the start line and back

:43:52.:43:59.

racing but I don't go... I thought I was fit, I had had the illness

:44:00.:44:03.

before but I thought I was fitter than that so I came out the race

:44:04.:44:07.

disappointed and wanted more. It was a strange race, Mario and Richard

:44:08.:44:12.

having good swims and it meant we did not have any engines on the bike

:44:13.:44:16.

and lacking Alistair it meant we didn't have a breakaway and I was

:44:17.:44:19.

disappointed with that because I thought seeing the course there

:44:20.:44:23.

would definitely be a breakaway. Hopefully having a sprint distance

:44:24.:44:27.

race will improve and hopefully I have recovered well between the

:44:28.:44:32.

races as that is a big factor, it's unusual to race two weekends in a

:44:33.:44:37.

row. I would like to think I do as much training as everyone else and

:44:38.:44:40.

recover as well as everyone else so hopefully I will be in better form.

:44:41.:44:45.

The courses in the centre of Montreal, the swim is interesting,

:44:46.:44:48.

it's good for swimmers because it is longer straights and one and a half

:44:49.:44:53.

laps means less corners which should help the breakaway. The bikes taken

:44:54.:44:57.

some nice sites of Montreal and quite few hills, then the run goes

:44:58.:45:02.

over a little bit hill and if we get motivated a group we can hopefully

:45:03.:45:05.

get a breakaway and I can have a good race. It was not a bad race

:45:06.:45:09.

from Johnny but it was not him at his best.

:45:10.:45:16.

It wasn't his best but fourth is a solid results. Mario Mola has been

:45:17.:45:26.

impressive all-round. He has dominated. Absolutely. Mola is an

:45:27.:45:32.

all-round triathlete. Yes, he does not always get the swim right but we

:45:33.:45:36.

are seeing that improving and he is more consistent than he has been in

:45:37.:45:40.

his swim, which is worrying for the rest of the field. The last four

:45:41.:45:46.

races and wins have put him in pole position. Let's take a look at the

:45:47.:45:51.

rankings. Mola has opened up a sizeable lead. Tom Bishop was fourth

:45:52.:46:00.

going into Edmonton but he has chosen altitude training over

:46:01.:46:03.

competing in Canada. Missing those races means he slips to seven. He

:46:04.:46:10.

will be back racing in Stockholm. Jonny Brownlee's fourth in Edmonton

:46:11.:46:14.

was enough to get him into the top ten and he will hope to climb a

:46:15.:46:20.

couple of places after this race. Non Stanford has been looking at who

:46:21.:46:25.

else is in action. This is her guide. Gomez will be relieved to be

:46:26.:46:29.

back racing on a course that plays to his strengths. The Spaniard going

:46:30.:46:34.

about his business over the sprint in Hamburg and Edmonton finishing

:46:35.:46:38.

fifth and six. Over Olympic distance the five-time world champion will be

:46:39.:46:43.

keen to show he has still got what he takes. Richard Murray has

:46:44.:46:47.

experimented with longer distance triathlon is this year which might

:46:48.:46:54.

be why he has not had the speed to challenge in Edmonton. A good swim

:46:55.:46:56.

in Montreal and he might push further up the podium. After

:46:57.:47:01.

launching his sprint finish to early in Edmonton, Jacob Birtwistle will

:47:02.:47:06.

be counting carefully this time. He has proven himself at sprint level

:47:07.:47:11.

becoming part of Mola's spring group. Ryan Sissons is a late

:47:12.:47:19.

Bloomer, making his first World Series podium at the age of 29 in

:47:20.:47:24.

Hamburg. He was speaking to show that is no fluke with a strong

:47:25.:47:29.

showing in Montreal. Keep an eye out for Raphael Montoya, who beat Jacob

:47:30.:47:34.

Birtwistle to be junior champion in 2014 and his results at elite level

:47:35.:47:40.

have improved, winning silver at the European Championships and he had a

:47:41.:47:43.

World Series best fifth-place finish in Edmonton. Having seen the women's

:47:44.:47:50.

race, what will be key in the men's race? I see the men's race unfolding

:47:51.:47:56.

differently. The women's swing did not break up but with the lights of

:47:57.:48:02.

Richard Varga, the men's race might string out more. The bikes are

:48:03.:48:06.

interesting with the boys more aggressive and it means a chance of

:48:07.:48:10.

the front pack not getting caught as in the women's race. The run course

:48:11.:48:15.

is tough. You saw how tired the women were and it will favour the

:48:16.:48:22.

likes of Mario Mola. Gomez is racing this weekend. A fantastic race in

:48:23.:48:27.

Abu Dhabi, which he won and now racing over sprint distance in the

:48:28.:48:33.

last races. He does not like the sprint distance race so I am

:48:34.:48:36.

interested to see how he impacts on the race this weekend. Javier

:48:37.:48:41.

traditionally performs better over Olympic distance and it depends on

:48:42.:48:45.

where he comes out in the swim, if he is in the front group, good

:48:46.:48:49.

engine to keep the bike away. If he comes out in the second group, there

:48:50.:48:54.

is a good engine driving them back up to the front group. Where he

:48:55.:48:59.

comes out will affect the outcome. We can chat about the British

:49:00.:49:05.

athletes. Jonny Brownlee is racing. Grant Sheldon and Gordon Benson,

:49:06.:49:12.

Grant was disappointed with Edmonton but it was a solid results for an

:49:13.:49:17.

athlete that has had injury problems. Also a tougher field this

:49:18.:49:22.

year. I do not think he will be disappointed with ten. He had a

:49:23.:49:26.

brilliant performance in Edmonton. Grant had a shocker and got lapped

:49:27.:49:32.

out in Leeds and to come back from that disappointment and finished

:49:33.:49:36.

tenth is fantastic. Gordon Benson, will the course suit him? It will in

:49:37.:49:42.

part. He is a powerful athlete and a long climate Edmonton but not favour

:49:43.:49:47.

him. The climbs here are sharper and shorter so he will cope better. His

:49:48.:49:52.

powerful nature will count against him and he might struggle on the run

:49:53.:49:56.

but I would not be surprised to see him there at the end of the bike. We

:49:57.:50:00.

can hand you over to Matt Chilton and eventually Non Stanford. This is

:50:01.:50:04.

the starting list. Jacob Birtwistle had a

:50:05.:50:21.

miscalculation of laps last weekend in Edmonton but he could be due a

:50:22.:50:27.

win. Blummenfelt won the World Cup here one year ago. The British

:50:28.:50:35.

triathletes, the other two, Gordon Benson with 25 and Grant Sheldon

:50:36.:50:42.

with 27. Montreal in Canada, it is hosting round seven of the 2017

:50:43.:50:49.

world triathlon series. And away they go. Spectacular start. Cheering

:50:50.:50:55.

from the several hundred spectators who have gathered port side to watch

:50:56.:51:01.

the start of the race and already one or two being pushed out of

:51:02.:51:06.

position as the fast starters force their way to the front. On the left

:51:07.:51:12.

of the line, you can see a clear figure in front, Richard Varga. He

:51:13.:51:15.

started alongside Jonny Brownlee and Mario Mola. The left-hand side as we

:51:16.:51:23.

look down. And that is the familiar swim specialist stroke of Richard

:51:24.:51:32.

Varga. A fine start. It looks like Jonny Brownlee got straight on

:51:33.:51:36.

Richard Varga's feet, moving across as they dived in and hopefully he

:51:37.:51:43.

will hope to those feet to the first buoy. Mario Mola, whether he can

:51:44.:51:49.

hold that, we will have to wait and see. Richard is stretching it out

:51:50.:51:56.

already and you can see the right-hand side, I think he has a

:51:57.:52:02.

massive advantage on the left side of the party. I'm sure that is

:52:03.:52:07.

Jonathan Brownlee in second. He is starting to lose Richard's feet.

:52:08.:52:13.

Richard has obviously got the pace. Notables who went left on the

:52:14.:52:21.

pontoon included Gomez. Javier Gomez, Birtwistle, strong athletes.

:52:22.:52:27.

They want to get rid of them in the swim. It will be significant where

:52:28.:52:31.

Javier Gomez comes out and if he comes out in the front group he is a

:52:32.:52:37.

fantastic engine to help chase and if he comes out the chase group, he

:52:38.:52:43.

could help drive the chase group to the front. For Jonny Brownlee it is

:52:44.:52:48.

important where Javier comes out is the swim. I think Jonny Brownlee has

:52:49.:52:56.

taken the lead from Richard Varga. I am not sure if they have an

:52:57.:52:59.

agreement to lead to different portions of the race so that Richard

:53:00.:53:04.

does not have the responsibility of leading it all, to give him a break

:53:05.:53:08.

so hopefully he can push on in the latter stages and force it even

:53:09.:53:14.

more. They might have thought about it and has strategy going in. Jonny

:53:15.:53:19.

Brownlee said after his race in Edmonton last weekend when he

:53:20.:53:24.

finished fourth, he said, I have lacked race fitness and sharpness.

:53:25.:53:28.

You cannot train that, you need to be in a race. Hopefully having a

:53:29.:53:33.

sprint race under my belt will move things on and I have recovered well.

:53:34.:53:39.

He said it was unusual to have two races on successive weekends and

:53:40.:53:44.

hopes his recovery will have gone well, as he allows Richard Varga to

:53:45.:53:49.

come back in contention. They chopping and changing of the lead.

:53:50.:53:53.

Jonny Brownlee leading briefly and then Richard Varga had a burst of

:53:54.:53:57.

acceleration, moving back into first position. The end of lap one and,

:53:58.:54:05.

for the 31st time in his career and Richard Varga the first man out of

:54:06.:54:10.

the water in this competition. In he goes. With his former training

:54:11.:54:16.

partner Jonny Brownlee just behind. Then Ben Kanute. Aaron Royale in

:54:17.:54:29.

good shape. Pierre le Coq. Dominic Onyx has gone well. Gomez in 12th.

:54:30.:54:35.

Still no sign of some of the leading contenders and no sign of the other

:54:36.:54:40.

two British triathletes, Benson and Sheldon. There is Benson coming out

:54:41.:54:48.

of the water, 28 seconds down after the first lap of the swim. Not

:54:49.:54:55.

surprised to see a lot of French athletes up there today. They are

:54:56.:55:00.

notoriously good swimmers. Mola was down. Trailing after the first lap

:55:01.:55:09.

by 36 seconds. A huge chunk. I think I saw Grant Sheldon getting in

:55:10.:55:13.

towards the back so I think he is off the pace. But no massive brakes

:55:14.:55:15.

yet. -- breaks. Interesting to see if

:55:16.:55:29.

they can force a split so when they get on the bikes they can form a

:55:30.:55:39.

group to work together. You can see that the split has happened and

:55:40.:55:44.

there will be some trailing in backpack, which we know includes

:55:45.:55:50.

Mario Mola, so great news for Jonny Brownlee from that perspective.

:55:51.:55:53.

Mario Mola is a very strong runner who has posted fast ten case splits

:55:54.:56:00.

in recent years. If Jonny Brownlee can distance himself from Mario,

:56:01.:56:06.

that is the best case scenario. The end of the swim. Richard Varga

:56:07.:56:13.

leading them out. He is first to climb the steps. The Slovakian swim

:56:14.:56:18.

specialist doing what he does best, closely followed by Brownlee and Ben

:56:19.:56:22.

Kanute. And then one of the Australians, it is Aaron Royale in

:56:23.:56:33.

good shape. And then Seth Rider. Three Frenchmen tightly bunched.

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Then a couple of Japanese and then Gomez, 16 seconds down. He is in

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company with Blummenfelt and Jonas Schomburg. There we get the first

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look at Gordon Benson, who comes out 31 seconds behind the leaders. The

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leaders are now on their way towards their bikes. A real chance to make a

:57:00.:57:06.

difference coming out of transition here. You have strong cyclists. Ben

:57:07.:57:11.

Kanute flew out of transition in the mixed relay but seems to have

:57:12.:57:16.

trouble with his helmet. If he attacks, they could cause a split.

:57:17.:57:23.

Royale is on board and away and Gomez not far behind. Gomez hoping

:57:24.:57:29.

to close the gap up towards Jonny Brownlee and Richard Varga. Kristian

:57:30.:57:31.

Blummenfelt in the saddle and riding. One of the Portuguese, he

:57:32.:57:38.

overshot his mark and had to go back. On his way now. Another one of

:57:39.:57:49.

the British athletes coming out. That was Gordon Benson. Vincente

:57:50.:57:53.

Hernandez is in the top ten of the standings but he has left himself

:57:54.:57:57.

work to do to reach the gap towards the leaders, but not as much work as

:57:58.:58:02.

the world number one, defending world champion. Mario Mola is late

:58:03.:58:07.

into transition and will hope to find a good working party on the

:58:08.:58:11.

bike and try to close the gap towards the leaders. They are well

:58:12.:58:17.

strung out and Brownlee and Richard Varga and others will be deep into

:58:18.:58:22.

lap one before this group leave transition. Ryan Sissons just coming

:58:23.:58:26.

through, he was third in Hamburg. He is way down. Just in front of Mario

:58:27.:58:34.

Mola. The first lap of the bike under way. Already a lot of intrigue

:58:35.:58:40.

unfolding. We will join the leaders. Jonathan Brownlee with Richard Varga

:58:41.:58:45.

just behind and Aaron Royale of Australia in third. His triathlon is

:58:46.:58:50.

working out well so far. I think that is Ben Kanute trying to close

:58:51.:58:54.

the gap and make it a quartet in front. If they attack the first lap

:58:55.:59:01.

of the bike and cause this split, you can see the split happening

:59:02.:59:06.

already, that would be great. They have Gomez, who was not far behind,

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I think he came out of the swim 16 seconds down but he left transition

:59:12.:59:13.

closer to them. from Johnny but it was not him at

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his best. I really think Jonny is pushing the

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pace, you can see him shouting at the others in the group and he will

:59:27.:59:30.

want them to work together. He will not want to lose these athletes as

:59:31.:59:34.

they will work harder and better as a quartet rather than him on his

:59:35.:59:39.

own. If you can organise and motivate them it's the ideal

:59:40.:59:44.

scenario for him. Now the conclusion of the first lap, we will get an

:59:45.:59:49.

accurate timing as to what the gap is between the leading four and the

:59:50.:59:53.

chasing pack who are on the same stretch of road, I think there are

:59:54.:00:01.

three of them together, I think one of them is Javier Gomez but we will

:00:02.:00:07.

find out shortly, certainly one of the it's bangers. It is Javier

:00:08.:00:10.

Gomez, Kristian Blummenfelt but I did not quite pick up to the third

:00:11.:00:16.

athlete was. We will find out, the gap is limited, it is Javier Gomez,

:00:17.:00:22.

Kristian Blummenfelt and Seth Rider, we do not know much about him,

:00:23.:00:30.

number 50, I think this might be one of his first ever world triathlon

:00:31.:00:36.

series races. Those three have broken away from the main chasing

:00:37.:00:40.

pack and that is good they have not dragged everyone up with them and

:00:41.:00:44.

even if those pre-managed to join the front four which I think they

:00:45.:00:49.

very well might do it might work to their advantage that there are now

:00:50.:00:53.

seven of them able to share the workload. Seth Rider is 21 years

:00:54.:00:58.

old, today is his world triathlon series debut and could soon be

:00:59.:01:06.

joining the lead group as the chasing pack come through. Some

:01:07.:01:07.

familiar names here. I think Mario Mola was within that

:01:08.:01:21.

group as well. Tony Dodds is normally a front pack swimmer,

:01:22.:01:24.

Russell white you often see at the front of swimming and biking as

:01:25.:01:29.

well, so maybe the swimming was a bit more aggressive than you can

:01:30.:01:33.

actually see and its pricing to see some of those names back there in

:01:34.:01:36.

that third and fourth pack effectively. I think this is the

:01:37.:01:43.

chase group because it has some of the French athletes who were near

:01:44.:01:46.

the front of the swimming but have just missed out on getting the

:01:47.:01:58.

breakaway. We had three French. Rafael Toloi finished fifth last

:01:59.:02:11.

This is the lead group, numbers have grown. Jonny Brownlee, Aaron Royle,

:02:12.:02:21.

they were with Richard Varga but that four has now become seven. They

:02:22.:02:31.

have got some really strong riders, Kristian Blummenfelt is incredibly

:02:32.:02:35.

powerful. He will really contribute to this breakaway, Javier Gomez

:02:36.:02:41.

again, massive engine. He will be an asset to this front group and like

:02:42.:02:45.

we said before, they could really change the outcome and I think it's

:02:46.:02:50.

better for Jonny that he is there in terms of keeping Mario Mola at bay.

:02:51.:02:58.

The leading seven right now. I am struggling to see how this

:02:59.:03:10.

group is going to be caught, they are really strong riders, very

:03:11.:03:15.

experienced. I think this could be a breakaway which sticks the full 40

:03:16.:03:19.

kilometres today. Jonny Brownlee back at the front. Conditions get

:03:20.:03:24.

slightly more lumpy underfoot as they get to the cobbles. But it is

:03:25.:03:31.

dry. A bit of dampness around for the women's race but today it's all

:03:32.:03:36.

dry under the wheels, the Olympics over medallist Jonathan Brownlee of

:03:37.:03:43.

Great Britain is charging here. -- the Olympic silver-medallist. Plenty

:03:44.:03:51.

of other riders for company, including the Norwegian Kristian

:03:52.:03:54.

Blummenfelt who tasted success here a year ago. We will get an official

:03:55.:04:02.

time difference between the leaders and the chasers now, Javier Gomez in

:04:03.:04:04.

there as well. I think the chasing pack was being

:04:05.:04:27.

joined by the third pack so the group is swelling but I feel the

:04:28.:04:31.

margin has definitely gone up, it was 31 seconds at the end of the

:04:32.:04:36.

first lap and I think it's growing. I think that will keep growing, need

:04:37.:04:42.

to just keep chipping away. It's going to be closer to 45 seconds by

:04:43.:04:48.

the time they crossed the line. 44 seconds. 44 seconds between the

:04:49.:04:57.

leading seven and the next group of about 30. Having such a sizeable

:04:58.:05:04.

chasing pack is not necessarily a great thing if you're trying to

:05:05.:05:09.

close down. Often more bodies mean it's more difficult to get round

:05:10.:05:15.

tight corners and hills mean the pack stretches out and this will

:05:16.:05:19.

play into the hands of the front group who will work well together.

:05:20.:05:25.

Javier Gomez taking it up, one of three men in the group who have gone

:05:26.:05:33.

sub 30 minutes over 10,000 metres and remember this race today will

:05:34.:05:40.

conclude with a 10K run. Gomez has run 29.02, Jonathan Brownlee 29.11.

:05:41.:05:46.

The quality of running within this group of seven is exceptional. The

:05:47.:05:52.

group of seven have established themselves with a gap now getting on

:05:53.:05:58.

for a minute. In terms of distance you can get it illustrated by that

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camera shot from a helicopter. They are in different parts of Montreal,

:06:03.:06:07.

the leading group of seven and the chasers. Different suburbs right

:06:08.:06:15.

now. How well potentially could Mario Mola do today? What is the

:06:16.:06:22.

best case scenario for him the way things stand? Looking at the front

:06:23.:06:26.

group I think he would do incredibly well, even if the time gap stays 62

:06:27.:06:33.

seconds he would do incredibly well to run himself up. Javier Gomez,

:06:34.:06:38.

Jonny Brownlee, Kristian Blummenfelt has had some really strong runs in

:06:39.:06:42.

the past. Aaron Royle has run himself onto the podium before as

:06:43.:06:49.

well. I think it would be very impressive if Mario Mola did that

:06:50.:06:52.

but I don't think he has to score today in order to stay at the top of

:06:53.:06:56.

the rankings. His result today does not necessarily matter in the

:06:57.:07:00.

overall standings but I think he will still want to do well and

:07:01.:07:07.

maintain his fairly perfect record. What a season it has been, winner on

:07:08.:07:15.

the Gold Coast over sprint distance, Yokohama Olympic distance, won again

:07:16.:07:19.

in Hamburg, and last weekend in Edmonton over the sprint distance,

:07:20.:07:25.

but he is out of contention here the way things stand. Once again we join

:07:26.:07:30.

the lead group, Seth Rider has stayed fixed to the back of this

:07:31.:07:34.

group and no Jonny Brownlee goes to work, easing his way back, giving

:07:35.:07:41.

out his instructions. In conversation with Seth Rider at the

:07:42.:07:47.

back and the other American Ben Kanute, Jonny Brownlee takes his

:07:48.:07:50.

place at the back of the group, had a quiet ride with Seth Rider. It'll

:07:51.:08:00.

be interesting to know what gets exchanged, think sometimes it can be

:08:01.:08:06.

encouraging but other times it can be frustrating with people not

:08:07.:08:11.

contributing. But I'd be surprised if they do not actually mind if Seth

:08:12.:08:17.

Rider stays towards the back being as he is relatively experienced and

:08:18.:08:20.

probably an unknown entity to the rest of these athletes as well so

:08:21.:08:23.

they might rather he stays towards the back and out of trouble and they

:08:24.:08:29.

can allow the work to continue smoothly upfront.

:08:30.:08:35.

Mario Mola is now putting an an obvious effort here, he has broken

:08:36.:08:45.

away, he had Hernandez for company but has decided enough is enough, if

:08:46.:08:50.

he's going to feature in the top places today he's got to try and get

:08:51.:08:54.

little closer to the front of seven so Mario Mola has made a move. It

:08:55.:09:02.

would be great to see somebody from the second pack having a go at

:09:03.:09:08.

breaking away from the large pack and making inroads into this front

:09:09.:09:12.

pack, it would show some bravery for sure. Keep things exciting otherwise

:09:13.:09:18.

it will just roll around and accept fate in some regards.

:09:19.:09:26.

180 turn up towards the timing line. The front group of seven remains the

:09:27.:09:37.

same with three laps to go, this sign held clearly for everyone to

:09:38.:09:46.

see and no change. The last time they crossed the line the advantage

:09:47.:09:52.

was 62 seconds. We will wait and see if Mario Mola has managed to change

:09:53.:10:00.

that in his favour at all. He has gone back into the pack outflanked.

:10:01.:10:03.

-- I think. At the end of this one they will

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take the bell and then things will start to develop over the last lap

:10:13.:10:18.

of four and a half kilometres. Seems to be a bit of a break, one athlete

:10:19.:10:22.

of the front followed by another three and then the rest of the

:10:23.:10:27.

chasing pack so you cannot quite work out from here who it is but

:10:28.:10:32.

definitely a Spaniard in a red suit, I wonder if that's Mario Mola?

:10:33.:10:36.

Trying to make a move. Danish athlete. Andreas Schelling from

:10:37.:10:49.

Denmark, 26 years old. He's gone away. Taken about seven seconds out

:10:50.:11:00.

of the rest of the group, obviously feels if he is to have a chance of

:11:01.:11:05.

getting up towards the top five finish to make make a break now. We

:11:06.:11:14.

would expect the three podium places, the three medals to come

:11:15.:11:19.

from within this group of seven who are about to conclude they 40 K ride

:11:20.:11:27.

around the streets of Montreal. It's been fascinating, six experienced

:11:28.:11:35.

riders, six established Rider and 120-year-old who has been along for

:11:36.:11:39.

the ride and what RIT has had, Seth Rider.

:11:40.:11:46.

Little stumble for Seth Rider as she grabs hold of the seat of his bike

:11:47.:11:56.

and made his way towards transition, they have to get off their bikes and

:11:57.:12:01.

then push them in the 180 degrees turn before they come to their

:12:02.:12:06.

positions within tea too. Let's see how Jonny Brownlee goes, quite have

:12:07.:12:10.

pick up the bike before he leaves transition and stand it up and get

:12:11.:12:17.

it straight. Gomez is away already, Brownlee did not lose too much time,

:12:18.:12:21.

just glanced over his shoulder to make sure everything was in the

:12:22.:12:24.

right place, Kristian Blummenfelt the first man to leave, first to

:12:25.:12:34.

arrive and first to leave. Now, Schilling comes in on his own, looks

:12:35.:12:42.

like a smart move. He has maintained the advantage of seven or eight

:12:43.:12:47.

seconds over the rest of the chasing group. It's a brave move from

:12:48.:12:54.

Schilling and very smart, capitalising on an opportunity he

:12:55.:13:01.

felt he had. For Gregor Young, relatively new athlete to the scene

:13:02.:13:06.

it's great to see him being confident and breaking away from

:13:07.:13:11.

experienced athletes like Mario Mola and giving himself a fighting

:13:12.:13:20.

chance. Making their way out of transition. Let's join the leaders.

:13:21.:13:26.

Kristian Blummenfelt in first position but being stocked steadily

:13:27.:13:31.

by Javier Gomez and Jonny Brownlee, next down the road is Aaron Royle,

:13:32.:13:37.

then Ben Kanute and Richard Varga. The lead about to be shared by the

:13:38.:13:50.

story. -- by these three. Mario Mola, his record for chasing down

:13:51.:13:55.

the deficit is 41 seconds, that was in Chicago at the grand final in

:13:56.:14:01.

2015. So Mario Mola is going to have two beat some records today and race

:14:02.:14:07.

his own personal standards if he is to challenge the leaders.

:14:08.:14:17.

Javier Gomez stretching the lead slightly just before the hell.

:14:18.:14:24.

Javier Gomez and Kristian Blummenfelt have a couple of yards

:14:25.:14:29.

over Jonathan Brownlee as Brownlee tries to respond. This is Javier

:14:30.:14:35.

Gomez going to work. Not a race winning breakaway by any stretch of

:14:36.:14:40.

the imagination but it could be significant as Gomez puts his foot

:14:41.:14:45.

down on the climb, Kristian Blummenfelt able to respond

:14:46.:14:51.

initially, Brownlee lest capable and Gomez now has the outright lead.

:14:52.:14:56.

This is the Javier Gomez we have seen over the years, certainly seems

:14:57.:15:02.

to favour the Olympic distance over the sprint distance. Hasn't been

:15:03.:15:05.

quite as dominant in sprint races the last couple of races so I think

:15:06.:15:10.

he is far more at home over the Olympic distance and you can see him

:15:11.:15:13.

stretching away here. Really putting daylight between him and Kristian

:15:14.:15:16.

Blummenfelt and Jonny Brownlee. News on Mario Mola. He is only 30

:15:17.:15:30.

seconds behind fourth placed Aaron Royle. And is about to arrive on the

:15:31.:15:38.

shoulder Ben Kanute who was with that front group of seven. Mola has

:15:39.:15:48.

Richard Murray not far behind. Out in front, our leader, Javier Gomez

:15:49.:15:54.

from Spain. Halfway through the final stage of this Olympic distance

:15:55.:16:00.

triathlon. He completes lap two with two to go after one hour, 32 minutes

:16:01.:16:08.

and 20 seconds. Blummenfelt trails by nine seconds. You can see Jonny

:16:09.:16:13.

Brownlee, who is not looking totally comfortable, further down the road

:16:14.:16:19.

now. Brownlee crossing the timing line now. He is 21 seconds behind

:16:20.:16:27.

Gomez. Aaron Royle in fourth was just passed by Mario Mola and

:16:28.:16:31.

Richard Murray, so those two making grounds into these seven athletes

:16:32.:16:38.

that broke off. Mola, Richard Murray and Aaron Royle, who has been

:16:39.:16:43.

passed. Cannot stay with the two trading partners. The Spaniard and

:16:44.:16:47.

the South African, both train under the guidance of Joel, alongside

:16:48.:16:54.

Jacob Birtwistle, who has joined that group. Training partners.

:16:55.:17:00.

Racing partners as they attempt to close the gap. Ryan Sissons of New

:17:01.:17:10.

Zealand has been on the podium already. Mola and Richard Murray

:17:11.:17:14.

going to work, hunting down the next in line. On the Hill, Gomez deep in

:17:15.:17:25.

his third lap. Richard Murray just put in a kit. I was going to say he

:17:26.:17:31.

and Mola have worked together well but Richard Murray has pulled away

:17:32.:17:35.

decisively from Mola and maybe Mola is not feeling as good as we

:17:36.:17:40.

thought. I noticed in the bike portion Richard Murray was tucked in

:17:41.:17:44.

the pack, not doing much work. He came to the front the last couple of

:17:45.:17:49.

laps but Mola was at the front, initiating a lot of the work for the

:17:50.:17:54.

bike ride. Maybe Richard Murray took the smarter move and conserved

:17:55.:17:55.

energy. Gomez begins the final lap. He takes

:17:56.:18:13.

the bell. The gap to Blummenfelt is ticking on. Babos has got to find a

:18:14.:18:21.

dozen seconds -- Kristian Blummenfelt has defined a dozen

:18:22.:18:26.

seconds to win his first triathlon World Series goals. Jonny Brownlee

:18:27.:18:30.

is facing severe danger from Richard Murray. -- gold medal. Richard

:18:31.:18:36.

Murray closing the gap fast. He will see that now. Brownlee will see the

:18:37.:18:43.

green of Richard Murray. Imminent danger. I do not think we considered

:18:44.:18:49.

Richard Murray would eat away at the deficit so well. We talked about

:18:50.:18:55.

Mola a lot. Richard Murray has had a lot of success at World Series but

:18:56.:19:01.

the majority over sprint distance, so to see him perform well over

:19:02.:19:06.

Olympic distance is a surprise for me. I expected more macro to do that

:19:07.:19:10.

but Richard is a class athlete and very strong runner.

:19:11.:19:20.

1.8 kilometres left in the race. Can Gomez cling on to claim his second

:19:21.:19:27.

Olympic distance event of the series for 2017? I think perhaps the gold

:19:28.:19:35.

medal is guaranteed, but the bronze medal has been lost now for Jonathan

:19:36.:19:40.

Brownlee, as Richard Murray has taken third position out right. The

:19:41.:19:45.

South African moves past the younger of the Brownlee brothers into bronze

:19:46.:19:52.

medal position. Jonny is still attacking and certainly increased

:19:53.:19:57.

his cadence and arm drive. Maybe he has left something and can draw back

:19:58.:20:01.

on the last couple of kilometres of the run back into Richard Murray,

:20:02.:20:05.

but Richard Murray looking strong, passing him. This is where it

:20:06.:20:10.

happened moments ago. A glance behind. Maybe a word from Murray.

:20:11.:20:20.

100 metres to go for Gomez. He won the opening race in March in Abu

:20:21.:20:25.

Dhabi. Over the sprint distance. Today, he will win again, in

:20:26.:20:34.

Montreal. The first time the city has hosted a World Series race.

:20:35.:20:38.

Fitting that one of the greats of the sport will bring home the gold

:20:39.:20:42.

medal. The legendary Spanish triathlete Javier Gomez will be the

:20:43.:20:50.

master of Montreal this afternoon. His timing was impeccable. He kept

:20:51.:20:56.

clear of Blummenfelt and Brownlee. He stayed clear of Blummenfelt and

:20:57.:21:03.

Brownlee and he wins in Montreal in style. Gomez is the champion. One

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hour, 47 minutes and 50 seconds. That is how to win an Olympic

:21:10.:21:16.

distance triathlon. A personal best for Kristian Blummenfelt. Third in

:21:17.:21:20.

Yokohama, taking second and the civil medal in Montreal. -- the

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silver medal. It has been a brilliant run from Richard Murray.

:21:28.:21:37.

We will have a wait before he canters home for third. Managing to

:21:38.:21:41.

overtake Jonathan Brownlee during the fourth and final lap. Richard

:21:42.:21:47.

Murray soaking up the atmosphere. The South African will be on the

:21:48.:21:53.

podium once again. He is enjoying every moment of this. He crosses to

:21:54.:21:59.

take the bronze medal in Montreal. 52 seconds behind Javier Gomez. And

:22:00.:22:06.

then we will have a wait before the best of the British contingent

:22:07.:22:12.

arrives now, looking weary. Fourth place in Edmonton last weekend and

:22:13.:22:15.

fourth place again in Montreal today.

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I'm not sure if you know, you have become the oldest man to win a WTF

:22:23.:22:28.

's race, that is a compliment. I guess age is just a number? Is that

:22:29.:22:33.

good or bad? After so many sprint races it was good to have a proper

:22:34.:22:39.

race. Luckily I recovered from last week, where I felt a bit sick. I did

:22:40.:22:47.

a good race today. I'm really pleased. I knew if I had a good swim

:22:48.:22:55.

and came close to Javier there were chances I could get away and luckily

:22:56.:23:01.

it happened. On the bike, easy pedalling, and today we were working

:23:02.:23:07.

hard for are now on the bike, which takes out of the lake speed. If you

:23:08.:23:13.

tell me I was on the podium today I would have said you are a liar

:23:14.:23:17.

because the body was not responding on the bike. The swim, I felt great

:23:18.:23:25.

but the time was not good. Super happy. On the bike, I couldn't

:23:26.:23:30.

contribute to much. I felt cowardly on the bike! I tried to contribute a

:23:31.:23:35.

view times but the body told me to stop. How tough was it on the bike?

:23:36.:23:40.

You gave yourself a lot to do out of the water. I knew if I wanted to

:23:41.:23:48.

content I had to work and try to be the closest to the front as

:23:49.:23:53.

possible. I emptied my tank. I could not do any more. I hope to recover

:23:54.:24:00.

and be better than it swan. He is one of the most consistent athletes,

:24:01.:24:04.

Javier, and I strive for that myself. You can put on a long

:24:05.:24:10.

course, a short course, and he can do it. Maybe one of the greatest. He

:24:11.:24:17.

and Alistair are but definitely I am stoked for him. COMMENTATOR: Javier

:24:18.:24:29.

Gomez wins in Montreal. Jonathan Brownlee was fourth last weekend and

:24:30.:24:34.

forth again in Montreal. Mario Mola still leads the rankings. Gomez is

:24:35.:24:40.

now second with Richard Murray in third place overall. Jonny Brownlee,

:24:41.:24:48.

still the best place to British triathlete.

:24:49.:24:53.

Gomez, at the age of 34 becomes the oldest man ever to win a world

:24:54.:25:02.

triathlon series race. And it may well not be his last.

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STUDIO: What a great race. Jonny got the swim and bike right but had

:25:11.:25:15.

problems on the run. Technically he executed well and he and Richard

:25:16.:25:18.

Fargo had a plan going into the swim and worked well, sharing the load.

:25:19.:25:25.

-- Richard Varga. They attacked on the first lap. A group of three

:25:26.:25:32.

managed to move up, including Gomez. Going onto the run, you felt it was

:25:33.:25:39.

Jonny's race to lose. I thought he was a shoo-in for the podium but he

:25:40.:25:43.

looked tired and is of history not quite right yet. And missing his

:25:44.:25:49.

brother? Definitely. You saw in Leeds, where Alistair was their

:25:50.:25:54.

commie lifts Jonny's game, especially on the bike where

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Alistair is motivated and can draw the breakaway away. Alistair will

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not be around the rest of the season and Jonny has to do it for himself,

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which he has done in the into Stockholm and Rotterdam he can lift

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his game. Javier Gomez, what a performance, the oldest guy racing

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in the field. It was incredible. Great to see him return to form. We

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had a win in Abu Dhabi in March. He has had a couple of health issues

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that seems to have recovered and seeing him on the podium where he

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belongs. Mola looks like he is on course, even though he did not have

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a great race, to retain his title. It is definitely not over, which is

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the exciting thing. We has four wins but the fifth result is lacking. If

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Gomez goes to Stockholm and wins it will put him in contention for the

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top step. You have a tight race towards the back end of the podium

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with Richard Murray, Fernando Alarza and Jacob Birtwistle who needs five

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results plus the grand final to count. He only has four to date. An

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exciting weekend of racing done with in Montreal. Next we are back in

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Europe for the final two races. We will see how Jodie Stimpson and the

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rest of the Brits get on at close quarters. We will be live on the red

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button and have interviews and highlights of both races on BBC Two

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from 2:15pm on Sunday, 27. And after Stockholm, join us for live coverage

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of the owned -- for the inaugural mixed relay cup. On Saturday the

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16th of September, a grand final taking place in Rotterdam. We will

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be on air from 12:45pm on BBC Two to say races unfold as the race to

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become the 2017 world champion reaches its conclusion. Before that,

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we have coverage of the world athletics Championships continuing

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this week across the BBC. From Thursday, we will bring you live

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coverage of the US PGA golf championship. I think you would have

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to say Montreal is an exciting addition to the series. It is a

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true, honest course. I look forward to being involved in the action next

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year myself. Thank you for joining us and we wish you the best in

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Nottingham in September. That is all. We will see you next time.

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COMMENTATOR: Victory for Ashleigh Gentle!

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Javier Gomez will be the master of Montreal this afternoon.

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..this season, the whole game in full

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It's been a knockout day in the Premier League.

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The second half, Jermaine, very much...

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The best action and reaction from Montreal, the seventh leg of this year's World Series. World champion Flora Duffy aims to get one step closer to defending her title in the women's race, while in the men's event, the battle is on to break up the Spanish trio of Mario Mola, Javier Gomez and Fernando Alarza, who take up the top three spots in the men's rankings.