Great Britain’s women will lead the charge in this weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg in the absence of the injured Brownlee brothers.
Non Stanford, Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson will all be pitting their wits against the current Series leaders when the seventh round of the competition takes place in Germany.
Holland is the highest ranked British woman thanks to her maiden win in Cape Town and fifth place in London’s Hyde Park, while she will be looking to improve on last year’s seventh-place finish in Hamburg.
Former world champion Stanford continues her comeback from a length injury absence while Stimpson is also looking to rediscover top form after making her own injury return in last weekend’s European Championships.
The 26-year-old had been out of action due to an injury sustained in the opening round of the Series in March but looked showed signs of promise in Geneva, finishing ninth in the individual race following a flat tyre on the bike leg and then taking home bronze as part of the mixed team relay.
“Geneva was a good test of fitness and this weekend will again be part of my preparation for the Rio Test Event,” said Stimpson, who will also be joined on the start line by Sophie Coldwell.
“Hamburg always puts on a good show for the spectators and that really spurs everyone on to some great racing.”
Olympic and Commonwealth champion Alistair is resting an ankle problem in order to be ready for the Rio Test Event in Brazil on August 2, while younger brother Jonathan is recovering from a stress fracture.
There will still be British representation in the men’s event though with European Games gold medallist Gordon Benson and Mark Buckingham competing, with the mixed team selected after the individual races.
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