Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee has announced on Twitter that he has had to pull out of WTS Leeds.
Unfortunately I’ve had to pull out of @WorldTriLeeds next weekend. I’ve had a few niggles and won’t be able to compete to the best of my ability. I’ll be cheering hard on the sidelines
— Alistair Brownlee (@AliBrownleetri) 4 June 2018
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The Brownlee brothers have dominated WTS Leeds since its inception in 2016, with Ali taking the victory in both 2016 and 2017, from brother Jonny, and the odds were on that it would be a third successive victory for the Yorkshireman.
However Ali has been troubled by injury and underwent hip surgery last year, which ruled him out of the 70.3 worlds. However all looked good for this year with two 70.3 victories; Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou and Ironman 70.3 Dubai, but it seems he is still not back to the form he wants to be in.
As well as Ali’s brother Jonny the WTS Leeds start list for the men include Spaniard Mario Mola, Commonwealth champion Henri Schoeman from South Africa and fellow South African Richard Murray. Can Jonny beat them and continue the Brownlee dominance in Leeds, their favourite race on the WTS circuit?
During his WTS career Ali Brownlee has had 47 podiums out of 65 starts; 35 of them wins