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World’s top 10 set to lock horns in AD triathlon
February 21, 2018
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Abu Dhabi: The superstars of elite triathlon are just weeks away from competing in the pinnacle of the sport as the countdown to the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) 2018 season-opener in Abu Dhabi begins.

Sixty-five of the sport’s leading male athletes from 25 countries, including eight of the world’s top 10 ITU ranked athletes, will go head-to-head for the season’s first honours on March 2 on the iconic Yas Island.

The star-studded line-up will feature 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series World Champion and 2016 WTS Abu Dhabi winner, Mario Mola, who will go up against two-time Olympic champion, Alistair Brownlee making his WTS Abu Dhabi debut.

The pair are joined by more world-class competition, with the likes of Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt, South African Richard Murray and Spaniard Fernando Alarza – all ranked in the ITU’s top five set to compete.

The eye-catching line-up also features crowd favourites including; Vincent Luis, who was victorious in the ITU World Triathlon Series 2017 Grand-Final in Rotterdam, Henri Schoeman, also a former ITU World Triathlon Grand-Final winner and Jonathan Brownlee, the two-time Olympic medallist.

“Abu Dhabi is the one date that really stands out in my calendar,” said Mario Mola.

“It’s the season opener and the opportunity for triathletes to kick-start their season with a win on what is becoming one of the most exciting races on the WTS circuit.

“Last year was a real challenge for me with the new course on Yas Island and the competition was extremely high. But I’m hoping for a better result this year as I go for a hat-trick of Abu Dhabi wins.

“I’m familiar with the course and want to put on an amazing show for all the fantastic spectators that come out to show their support.

“The quality of triathletes competing this year is truly world-class, you just have to look at those who will be standing side-by-side on the start line and it already fills me with huge amounts of excitement. I can’t wait to get started!”

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