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Leading from the Front

10th April 2014

Jody Stimpson leads the breakaway up Shortland St.

From a breakaway with Nicky Samuels and Kate McIlroy early in the bike and then running away from the field on the run, Jody Stimpson’s win in the Auckland ITU Triathlon Series race was well earned.

While not expecting to repeat her well-oiled race from last year, Anne Haug came in an impressive second in her new role as a ‘sport-soldier‘; a terrifying name for a pint-sized woman.

Helen Jenkins on her way to third.

Ashleigh Gentle rides in the pack.

The pack chases after Jody Stimpson.

Anne Haug breaks free to chase down Jody Stimpson.

Still Undefeated

10th April 2014

Javier Gomez heading up Victoria St.

Another year another win for Javier Gomez. He remains undefeated in the Auckland leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series after leaving Jonathan Brownlee in his wake on the final lap to avoid a repeat of 2012′s sprint finish.

Just as prominent was Tom Davison who single-handedly lead New Zealand’s #1 ranked Ryan Sissons to the main bike pack after he exited the water third to last. Sacrificing his own race so that Sissons could finish 6th and book his Commonwealth Games ticket, many rounds of drinks will be coming Davison’s way.

Tom Davison about to start hauling Ryan Sissons up to the main pack.

Jonathan Brownlee early in the bike.

Javier Gomez leads the pack through the turnaround.

The chase pack entering the turnaround.

The Aussie trio of Aaron Royale, Dan Wilson, and Ryan Baillie battle for third place.