Just to recap, the 31-year-old’s last three short course-triathlons appearances included a disqualification at the 2018 WTS Grand Final due to congestion in the swim at the first buoy, a fourth in the 2018 Glasgow European Championships and 10th in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. But, unsurprisingly, he’s fared better over the middle distance, where he’s focused most of his attention. Results there include a second place at the 2018 70.3 Worlds behind Jan Frodeno and ahead of Javier Gomez, in perhaps one of the greatest 70.3 battles of all time.
Back to Cagliari and, if fit, Brownlee senior should make light work of the field. Challengers include Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez and Germany’s Justus Nieschlag as well as Italians Delian Stateff and Davide Uccellari.
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While Alistair has stolen the headlines, GB will also have strong representation on the women’s side – bothJodie Stimpson and Sophie Coldwell will be toeing the line and hoping that together they can drive the bike to set up a medal-winning finale. Stimpson wears the number one in her first start of the year, while Coldwell marked her return to action with a fourth in Madrid a fortnight ago.