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Taylor-Brown, Stimpson go one-two in Gran Canaria

British Elite success in Gran Canaria, with Gold and Silver medals at the ETU Triathlon European Cup from Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jodie Stimpson

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Another year, another British double at Gran Canaria ETU Triathlon European Cup

12 months ago it was over the Standard distance, where Jess Learmonth and Lucy Hall took the top two spots. Another year, another (Sprint) distance and this years ETU Triathlon European Cup event in Gran Canaria saw more British success, from two more British female Elite athletes.

While Spain’s Sara Perez Sala tried to breakaway on the bike (having gained 30 seconds on the field during the swim), when a lead group of around eight athletes started the 5km run with two British athletes present, it was looking good for more British success. Julie Derron (SUI) put up a brave fight against the Brits until the final kilometre, where 2014 double Commonwealth Games champion, Jodie Stimpson, tried to up the pace and make it a long run for home.

That effort dropped the Swiss athlete, but Taylor-Brown has been showing good form on the run of late in the domestic cross country season, and she would prove a little sharper than Stimpson. Taking the lead with around 400m remaining, she kept an eye on the chasing Stimpson but was looking strong and in control and victory would be hers as she reached the blue carpet with a handful of seconds to spare.

Gran Canaria ETU Triathlon European Cup

Gran Canaria ETU Triathlon European Cup – Sunday 18th March 2018
750m / 20km / 5km – ELITE WOMEN

1st – Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) – 1:03:36
2nd – Jodie Stimpson (GBR) – 1:03:43
3rd – Julie Derron (SUI) – 1:03:46
4th – Alberte Kjaer Pedersen (DEN) – 1:04:23
5th – Justine Guerard (FRA) – 1:04:40
6th – Giorgia Priarone (ITA) – 1:05:11
7th – Putra Kuikova (CZE) – 1:05:13
8th – Cecilia Santamaria Surroca (ESP) – 1:05:13
9th – Anne Holm (DEN) – 1:05:16
10th – Anna Godoy Contreras (ESP) – 1:05:32

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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