Liam Bromilow | pic Janos Schmidt
With the Rio Olympics now less than a fortnight away, we dust off firstoffthebike.com’s crystal ball and delve into the men’s race on August 18, and the women’s race on August 20. With the men’s race thrown into some sort of chaos after the withdrawal of Javier Gomez, and the women’s race finally seeing the Jorgensen v Spirig battle, Rio will be one of the most highly anticipated races over triathlon’s short Olympic career.
The tension was rife, early on the Thursday morning, as the water glistened as it rolled onto the sand at Fort Copacabana. The 56 men, representing the 31 nations from across the globe, were all staring daggers at the Brownlee brothers, who were at short odds to repeat their podium performances from four years earlier.
Immediately from the starters gun, it was déjà vu from London, as Richard Varga opened the throttle and was a lead out train for the main stars. Aaron Royle, Joe Maloy, Vincent Luis and Igor Polyanskiy, among...