The 2015 World Triathlon Series starts in Abu Dhabi this Saturday over sprint distance (750m swim/20km bike/5km run), with Jonathan Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson the biggest British names on the start pontoon.
The women’s race will see Britain’s Commonwealth Games medal winner Vicky Holland line up alongside 2014 WTS champ Gwen Jorgensen (USA), two-time World Champion Emma Moffatt (AUS) and fellow Brits Lucy Hall, Emma Pallant and Heather Sellars. Other top women include Andrea Hewitt (NZL), Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) and Anne Haug (GER). Start list here.
Stimpson, who has been based in San Diego in the lead up to this event, added: “It’s good to be getting the season underway. This is a sprint race so it’s a good chance to see where I’m at before the next two races in Auckland and the Gold Coast.”
The action gets underway at 11am UK time (3pm local time) with the elite women’s race, followed by the elite men’s race at 1pm UK time (5pm local time). Full coverage is available live on triathlonlive.tv (20% discount here), and the BBC will show the men’s race live on the Red Button Service. Disappointingly, the BBC will only show the women’s race live on the BBC Sport website, along with a highlights package of both races on BBC2 on Monday 9 March at 2.45pm.
In order to challenge for ITU world titles, athletes need to complete five of the nine rounds of this year’s World Triathlon Series, plus the Grand Final in Chicago in September. The Series will visit five continents, with Auckland up next on 29 March – full schedule here.
We’ll be covering all the action live on our Twitter feed here, and will have race reports right here on the website – join us!
Who do you think will win this year’s WTS Abu Dhabi? Let us know in the comments!
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