World Triathlon Series Cape Town: Fernando Alarza claims first WTS victory

Fernando Alarza captured his first World Triathlon Series victory in Cape Town today, with pre-race favourite Mario Mola of Spain, looking to claim a 3rd straight WTS victory, unable to catch up after failing to get in the lead bike group.


With Alistair Brownlee sitting out due to illness, it was down to brother Jonny to lead the British contingent. Fellow Brit Adam Bowden was also racing, looking to impress selectors with an outside chance of gaining a place on the GB Olympic team. Richard Murray was also missing with an injury, as was Javier Gomez – otherwise it was a stacked field, with Mario Mola being the one to beat due to his blistering run speed. 

Off the pontoon in the sprint-distance race it was one long line for the duration of the 750m swim, with almost no breaks whatsoever in the 64-strong field. It was business as usual for super-swimmer Richard Varga (SVK), who exited the water in 8mins 54secs, followed closely by Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Jonny Brownlee.