The ITU World Triathlon Series heads to Stockholm this weekend and it shapes up as an intriguing race.

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The absence of some big names, the most notable being Gwen Jorgensen and the entire Australian Olympic team, presents an opportunity for plenty of podium aspirants.

Great Britain will be strongly represented, including their full Olympic squad. Add to that Jodie Stimpson, who would make the Olympic team of most other countries and they shape as a big chance of making it an all-British podium.

Helen Jenkins

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy currently leads the series and her big biking is sure to see her right in the action as the field head out onto the run.

Duffy is likely to find some allies on the ride with both Andrea Hewitt and Helen Jenkins lining up. That trio combined very well on the Gold Coast earlier in the year to lay the platform for Jenkins’ win over Gwen Jorgensen.

Jenkins has to be considered as one of the favourites in this race based on that performance. She looks as though she could be back to the form that saw her win two world-titles.

The ever-consistent Hewitt is rarely far away from the podium. She is coming off a sixth at Leeds but was in the top four at her previous four races.

American Sarah True may not have enjoyed her best form of late but there is one outstanding statistic in her favour for this race. True boasts two career ITU victories, both of which have come at Stockholm in the last two years. She is sure to have pleasant memories of the course and could surprise a few in this race.

One of True’s fellow teammates, Katie Zaferes also returns to Stockholm after racing well here last year. She was second to True in that race and will be looking for a good result to carry momentum into Rio.

Jodie Stimpson was very unlucky not to make the British Olympic team and now has her sights set on the world championship. She will take no prisoners in her quest for points and will be right in this.

Jodie Stimpson

Non Stanford will be looking to return to the podium after her recent ninth in Leeds where things didn’t go her way in the swim. Prior to that she won in Capetown over the sprint distance and there is little doubt that she is a force to be reckoned with.

Vicky Holland is as consistent as they come. She grabbed third in Leeds after a sprint finish with fellow Brit Jodie Stimpson. She is another who could be prominent enough to be a part of a breakaway on the bike with Duffy, should the opportunity arise.

With their full team lining up, it may be interesting to see if the Brits use this race as the chance to hone a few tactics before the big dance in Rio at the Olympics.

Flora Duffy

WTS Stockholm 2016 Start List

1 Flora Duffy BER
2 Jodie Stimpson GBR
3 Andrea Hewitt NZL
4 Ai Ueda JPN
5 Helen Jenkins GBR
6 Charlotte McShane AUS
7 Non Stanford GBR
8 Vicky Holland GBR
9 Katie Zaferes USA
10 Mari Rabie RSA
11 Vendula Frintova CZE
12 Renee Tomlin USA
14 Sarah True USA
15 Yurie Kato JPN
16 Mariya Shorets RUS
17 Simone Ackermann NZL
18 Sara Vilic AUT
19 Yuko Takahashi JPN
20 Yuka Sato JPN
22 Laura Lindemann GER
23 Nicky Samuels NZL
24 Gillian Backhouse AUS
25 Juri Ide JPN
26 Emma Jackson AUS
27 Sophia Saller GER
28 Charlotte Bonin ITA
29 Aileen Reid IRL
30 Jolanda Annen SUI
31 Paula Findlay CAN
32 Claire Michel BEL
33 Aoi Kuramoto JPN
34 Margit Vanek HUN
35 India Lee GBR
36 Taylor Knibb USA
37 Natalie Van Coevorden AUS
38 Angelica Olmo ITA

 

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