Vicky Holland put a lengthy period of injury firmly behind her with a win at the opening ITU World Cup event of the year in Cape Town. The Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalist won gold ahead of team mate and friend, Non Stanford. Grant Sheldon secured a top ten finish in the men's race, which was won by South Africa's Richard Murray.
2018 Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup RESULTS:
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Having not raced since last May in Yokohama, Vicky Holland demonstrated that her preparations for April’s Commonwealth Games are well on track with a win over the sprint distance race in Cape Town. Holland’s running was the difference between her and the rest of the field after she and Stanford helped establish a lead group of seven on the bike and then started the run together.
Silver for Stanford was also an indication of good early season form ahead of representing Wales on the Gold Coast in April. Another Commonwealth Games bound athlete, Sheldon of Scotland, finished ninth in the men’s race. Leeds based Calum Johnson was 19th.
Results: Cape Town ITU World Cup; 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run; Sunday 11 February 2018
1. Vicky Holland, GBR, 58:18
2. Non Stanford, GBR, 58:52
3. Zsanett Bragmayer, HUN, 59:07
DNF Hannah Howitt, GBR
1. Richard Murray, RSA, 52:15
2. Henri Schoeman, RSA, 52:39
3. Lukas Pertl, AUT, 52:49
9. Grant Sheldon, GBR, 53:14
19. Calum Johnson, GBR, 53:53