Brownlees look to carry fine form into London duel

29 May 2015 / 16:44

The fittest and fastest will come out on top as the Triathlon Series returns to London on Sunday according to Alistair Brownlee, who takes on brother Jonathan for the first time this season in familiar surroundings.

Both brothers have enjoyed impressive starts to the season with Jonathan taking advantage of Alistair’s early season absence.

The 25-year-old started the season with fifth in Abu Dhabi but soon hit his stride as he claimed victory in Auckland and the Gold Coast.

However, the elder Brownlee brother made his season debut in Cape Town and was in stellar form as he pipped Javier Gomez to the line before taking second in Yokohama.

But, while all of those races were conspicuous in their absence of both brothers from the starting lineup at the same time, this weekend will feature both Brownlees going head to head.

And despite being disappointed at his showing in Japan, Alistair believes he will be a force to be reckoned with if he can find his finest form.

“After winning in Cape Town and then feeling confident for Yokohama I was pretty disappointed with that but in the grand scheme of things it’s alright,” Alistair told BBC Sport.

“Looking back I think I was a long way off being as good as I could be so to come second and for him to think that was him running very well I’m quite pleased with that.

“Me running at my best I would have disappeared up the road and I was that far off.

“London is a real gamble of race and the swim is a real nasty swim and the bike is really quick and wide open roads and goes narrow.

“At the end of the day the fittest and fastest will probably win.”

While Olympic champion Alistair is finding his feet, Jonathan has shown that he is not content to play second fiddle to his older sibling.

And he is hoping that the confidence from his early season showing can shine through this weekend.

“Auckland was a great race and that has always suited my racing style and I think Gold Coast was one of the best races I have ever done,” said Jonathan.

“When you win that creates mental confidence and when you can win in a pure triathlon when you show no weakness like Gold Coast was it definitely breeds confidence.

“Now I haven’t raced for a while so confidence has gone down a little bit but it’s still there.

“I felt we have competed as equals for the last few years but still in the back of my mind if he is in Olympic form he is hard to beat.” 

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