Jodie Stimpson takes season opener in Abu Dhabi

Even with reigning champ Gwen Jorgensen and Brit duo Non Stanford and Vicky Holland opting out of the series opener, it was a veritable roll-call of sporting greats in the UAE – all three London Olympics’ medallists Nicola Spirig, Lisa Norden and Erin Densham, 2015 WTS Series runner-up Sarah True, Commonwealth gold medallist Jodie Stimpson and two-time world champ Helen Jenkins.


Leading from the horn to T1 was Spain’s Carolina Routier, stepping back on terra firma after 18:47mins. Also making that crucial front pack of 10 was True, Jenkins, Katie Zaferes (USA) and strong cyclist Flora Duffy (BER)

GB’s Stimpson and former D-Squad teammate and Olympic silver medallist Lisa Norden dug in deep in the chase pack to bridge the gap during the first half of the first 13km lap and form one large lead group of 25 athletes. Olympic gold medallist Spirig finished the first lap 35secs down at the helm of the chase group, doing the majority of the leg work to bridge the gap with few strong cyclists to help her.