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London Triathlon preview: Elite Men
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 4th August 2016


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AJ Bell London Triathlon Elite Men's race preview

Can an Aussie take the title at the AJ Bell London Triathlon once again?

(You can read our preview of the Women's Elite event HERE)

Who's racing on Sunday? The Elite Men will start their Olympic distance race at the ExCeL centre on Sunday at 10:50 am. Here are a few names to watch out for, along with the full Elite start list.

A look through the Men's Elite start list for Sunday's AJ Bell London Triathlon shows lots of potential podium finishers, but - in the eyes of this Editor anyway - no clear cut favourite... and that can only be good for some close and exciting racing, because I'm pretty sure there are a lot of names on the list below thinking, "you know what, I think I've got a shot at winning this".

Second place last year, Liam Lloyd returns to the Dockland's once again. Liam recently secured a fourth place finish on the ETU European Cup circuit in Altafulla, Spain. That was his best yet and so he should return in good spirits and high hopes.

"Last year's event was a great race for me, winning the title of British Standard Distance Senior Elite Champion at London Tri was the highlight of my 2015 season. This year's start list looks very competitive, including some top British senior athletes and I'll be hoping to again be competing at the front of the race. The event itself creates a unique triathlon atmosphere inside the ExCeL Centre and if the weather is anything like it was last year it will be a fantastic weekend of racing for everyone."

Liam Lloyd

Having finished second (2014) and third (2015), David Bishop would very much like to complete the podium set this time around. Second recently at the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, he's been slightly frustrated this year with good performances across all disciplines - just not all on the same day. This weekend would be a great time to get it all right.

David Bishop, Liam Lloyd, Iestyn Harrett

One Brit who will definitely feel that he can win is Aaron Harris. He was second to Alistair Brownlee at the Blenheim Triathlon in June before finishing 13th at the European Sprint Distance Championships. With a host of top-10 finishes in ITU World Cup events and a sixth place at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Harris is a class act and will rightly see this as an opportunity to make a statement at this high profile event.

Aaron Harris

Mark Buckingham is a man who knows how to win in London, taking the title two years ago. His racing has been restricted by injury this year, but he's recently been training out in St. Moritz with the Brownlee brothers. He will be back - but we understand it is highly likely to be a 'swim-bike' effort only from him, as he is still having rehab on his achilles.

Another former winner is London 2012 Olympian Stuart Hayes. His win came eleven years ago in 2005. Now racing on the Ironman 70.3 circuit, he has probably lost count of how many times he has taken part in this race!

Last year's race was won by Australian, Peter Kerr - could there be another Aussie winner this time around? If so, chances are it would be Dan Wilson. Dan finished the 2014 season ranked 16th in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings and with a host of top-10 finishes at the top tier of international racing, he's a real threat. He missed an extended period of racing with injuries, but has recently returned to the World Triathlon Series in Stockholm and Hamburg. Another few weeks on, he'll be hoping to have continued to improve on his run speed to go alongside the swim/bike which saw him come off the bike with the Brownlee's in Sweden.

Dan Wilson

Now more familiar in Ironman circles, Harry Wiltshire will likely be busy this weekend as he is also an ambassador for the title sponsor AJ Bell, including producing the excellent series of video tips that we have been running on the site in recent weeks. 

Other names to watch include Sam Wade (third in 2014), Iestyn Harrett (fourth last year) and Fergus Roberts (Scottish Duathlon Champion and sixth last week at the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon).

AJ Bell London Triathlon 2016 - ELITE MEN

No. Name
337 Andy Dyson
338 Benoit Emo
339 Harry Wiltshire
340 Steven Sims
341 William Kirk
342 Sigurdur Orn Ragnarsson
343 Liam Lloyd
344 Brett Halliwell
345 Matthew Nelson
346 William Cowen
347 Alastar Rogers
348 Jack Hall
349 Jamie Oakey
350 Beau Smith
351 James Wilson
352 Demri Mitchell
353 Luke Pollard
354 Kieran Hill
355 Thomas Davis
356 Stuart Hayes
357 Sam Wade
358 Samuel Woods
359 Chris Whitcombe
360 Greg Turner
361 Joe Skipper
372 Harry Palmer
392 Christopher Silver
393 David Bishop
394 Tom Wade
395 Harry Palmer
396 Elliot Smales
397 Chris Roy
399 Dan Wilson
400 Jonathan Dudley
401 Peter Gaskell
402 Harry Leleu
403 Edward Castro
404 Alex Thorley
405 Brian Glynn
406 Nathan Tweedie
407 Kenji Nener
408 Alastair Weymouth
409 Elliot Wilks
426 Mark Buckingham
427 Kieran John
428 Fergus Roberts
429 Matthew Roberts
430 Iestyn Harrett
431 Richard Ebbage
432 Bernie Spannagl
433 Aaron Harris
434 George Goodwin
435 Benjamin Goodall
436 James Travers
443 Harry Leleu
447 Jay Lingwood
448 Richard Allen

Recent AJ Bell London Triathlon Winners

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2015 Peter Kerr Liam Lloyd David Bishop
2014  Mark Buckingham David Bishop Sam Wade
2013  Gregory Rouault Stuart Hayes Mark Buckingham
2012  Adam Bowden Thomas Bishop Aaron Harris
2011  Ritchie Nicholls Adam Bowden Matthew Sharp
2010 Courtney Atkinson Tim Don Jarrod Shoemaker
2009 Will Clarke Courtney Atkinson Stuart Hayes

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