In­jury leaves Jonathan to go it alone in Leeds

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT - LEE SOBOT

DOU­BLE Olympic sil­ver medal­list Jonathan Brown­lee is dis­ap­pointed that brother Alis­tair will miss next week­end’s ITU World Triathlon Leeds, even if his sib­ling’s ab­sence boosts his own chances of a home­town vic­tory.

Dou­ble Olympic cham­pion Alis­tair missed the sec­ond half of 2017 af­ter hip surgery be­fore re­turn­ing to ac­tion at the Com­mon- wealth Games but the 30-year-old is in­jured for this com­ing week­end’s ITU Triathlon World Se­ries leg.

Leeds is stag­ing the Bri­tish leg of the se­ries for the third con­sec­u­tive year with Alis­tair hav­ing won both the 2016 and 2017 events, twice beat­ing his brother into sec­ond place.

Alis­tair misses out on a hat­trick bid but his younger brother says he would rather be rac­ing along­side the dou­ble Olympic cham­pion, even if that would have meant fiercer com­pe­ti­tion as a re­sult.

Jonathan said: “Not hav­ing Alis­tair here is a dis­ap­point­ment be­cause rac­ing with him is some­thing that I re­ally, re­ally en­joy.

“Tac­ti­cally, it’s re­ally very im­por­tant for me hav­ing Alis­tair there, some­one who likes to push through on the bike and help to get a break­away which has been our tac­tic in many races.

“But it also now gives me a bet- ter chance of win­ning be­cause I have been beaten by Alis­tair in the last two races in Leeds.”

Jonathan is in for a busy week with Not­ting­ham wel­com­ing prospec­tive Tokyo 2020 Olympians on Thurs­day to the in­au­gu­ral Ac­cen­ture World Triathlon Mixed Re­lay.

Triathlon mixed re­lay will make its Olympic de­but at the Tokyo 2020 Games, mak­ing the event in Not­ting­ham a pri­or­ity for na­tions look­ing to se­cure their first qual­i­fy­ing points. Three days af­ter the Not­ting­ham event, the world’s best will travel north to the Brown­lee broth­ers’ home town of Leeds for what will be the fourth leg of this year’s World Se­ries.

Lead­ing the quest for top of the podium in West York­shire will be world cham­pion Mario Mola and Span­ish com­pa­triot Fer­nando Alarza – cur­rently ranked No 2 in the cur­rent World Triathlon Se­ries rank­ings.

ALIS­TAIR BROWN­LEE: In­jury pre­vents him from mak­ing a hat­trick chal­lenge in Leeds.

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