The third stop of the World Triathlon Series is here as the elite men leave Oceania and head to Africa for the 2016 Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town. The South African city is offering up the first sprint-distance course of the season as the men vie for more valuable Olympic qualification points as they tackle a one-lap swim, five-lap bike and two-lap run.
For the third time in a row this year, Spaniard Mario Mola tops the men’s start list. With a perfect possible 1600 points in the Columbia Threadneedle rankings, he currently is holding onto the No. 1 lead position after his back-to-back WTS victories in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast. Although last year Mola only placed 8th in Cape Town, this year’s course features a sprint distance, which Mola excels at, so this weekend is the perfect opportunity for him to continue his streak and improve in the African city.
But Mola is not the only Spaniard that has been having a successful start to his year. Fernando Alarza joined Mola on the Gold Coast podium by capturing the silver in the final lap of the run. He also just missed the podium in Abu Dhabi with his fourth-place finish.
Finally making his 2016 season debut is Vincent Luis (FRA). Luis had one of his career-best seasons last year when he graced the WTS podium four times, including winning his first-ever gold medal in Hamburg. Last year he placed third in Cape Town, and with his Olympic qualification already accounted for, Luis’ form is an open question.
Once again, both Brownlee brothers are lining up to race this weekend.
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