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It's Gomez-Brownlee in Auckland
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 6th April 2014


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Normal service resumed. New season, new hopes, new expectations: and the Brownlee - Gomez dominance of men's ITU racing shows no signs of being broken yet. Quite simply, they are a different class.

With Alistair absent today, it was left to Jonathan to try and end the Gomez dominance of the Auckland event, Javier having won the Grand Final in 2012 and the 2013 WTS opener. While Germany's Anne Haug couldn't quite make it three Auckland victories in a row in the ladies race, Javier was able to match the feat of Jodie Stimpson and carry the race no.1 to victory, his seventh career WTS Gold, bringing him level with Jonathan on that front. For Jonathan, it was yet another podium finish - something which he hasn't failed to do since the 2010 European Championships in Athlone. Staggering.

After winning two Sprint Distance World Cup events (Mooloolaba and New Plymouth) in the lead up to Auckland, Spain's Mario Mola's chances of continuing that run all but ended after losing over 30 seconds to the leaders in the swim and he would not see the front of the race all day.

After a first lap shake out, a lead group of 12 formed which included Jonathan, Javier and Great Britain's Thomas Bishop along with Aussies Royle, Wilson and Bailie. A very impressive ride from New Zealand's Tom Davison allowed him to bridge up to that lead pack along with countryman Ryan Sissons.

It didn't take long into the 10km run before the familiar sight of Brownlee and Gomez appeared at the head of affairs. Gomez quickly took control and set the pace, with Jonathan tracking him at close quarters. Several surges from the current World Champion were unable to break the young Yorkshireman, but with just under 2km to go another effort would prove decisive and Gomez very quickly made a five second gap, which he extended to the finish. Brownlee had no answer, and an impressively strong Gomez took an decisive victory crossing the line 20 seconds clear of a tired looking and honest Jonathan Brownlee.

On coming second to his Spanish rival, Jonathan said of Javier "He absolutely killed me today - he destroyed me on the run!"

in his first WTS start, World Junior Bronze medal winner Grant Sheldon was a hugely impressive 12th, Matt Sharp 15th and after reaching T2 with the lead group after a great swim and bike, Thomas Bishop faded to 28th. He certainly has more to offer this year.

The Australian contingent can also be rightly content with their efforts today. At times criticised in recent years for not being able to match the illustrious results of years past, the sight of youngsters Aaron Royle, Dan Wilson and Ryan Baillie sprinting for the final podium position is certainly cause for optimism for their development.

Pos Men
1st Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:54:13
2nd Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:54:33
3rd Aaron Royle (AUS) 1:55:49
4th Dan Wilson (AUS) 1:55:52
5th Ryan Baillie (AUS) 1:55:59
6th Ryan Sissons (NZL) 1:56:23
7th Vincent Luis (FRA) 1:56:30
8th Mario Mola (ESP) 1:56:36
9th Richard Varga (SVK) 1:56:37
10th Gregor Buchholz (GER) 1:56:39

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