JONATHAN BROWNLEE claimed his second consecutive win in this year’s World Triathlon Series with victory in Madrid.
The 23-year-old from Leeds, who was also winning this race for the second year in a row, led almost from start to finish in the Spanish capital.
He was in the lead group out of the water, led a breakaway group in the bike leg of the race and never looked back as he completed the race in one hour 50 minutes and 42 seconds.
“It’s a good triathlon course this one, as I keep saying it’s a pure triathlon course,” Brownlee said.
“Our group was incredible there, all the other riders did turns throughout the race and it was a fair race I think, so I enjoyed it but it was tough, it’s always tough.”
Javier Gomez finished second on home soil to claim the lead in the overall 2013 series standings, while Russia’s Ivan Vasiliev was third.
Brownlee’s brother Alistair – the reigning Olympic champion – missed the race because of an ankle injury.
The Olympic bronze medallist was part of a five-man group that broke away during the bike ride, before immediately opening a gap on home favourite Gomez on the run.
“At the top of the hill on the second lap (of the bike) I said to Gomez ‘let’s go for it’ but he showed his experience and said let’s wait,” said Brownlee.
The Yorkshireman is in sixth place with four events – including the Grand Final in London – to go.
The champion is decided based on competitors’ best four World Series finishes – plus their Grand Final result.
The winner of a World Series event gets 800 points, second place 740 and third 685, while higher points are on offer in the Grand Final, with the victor picking up 1,200 points.
Britain’s David Mcnamee was 15th in yesterday’s race, while Saturday’s women’s race was won by Non Stanford, with fellow Briton Jodie Stimpson third.