TRI247
Search
shop
WIN a year of riding on ROUVY plus indoor cycling kit bundle
ENTER NOW

‘He’s on fire’ – Joe Skipper says Alistair Brownlee ‘back in the game’

Alistair Brownlee appears to be back...

News Director
Last updated -
SHOP
Rouvy Logo
Ride real routes with ROUVY

If Joe Skipper is to be believed, anybody writing off the chances of Alistair Brownlee winning big in 2022 could yet be proved very very wrong.

Alistair of course is preparing for that eagerly-awaited 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in St George on May 7 and recently returned to action with a fourth-place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside.

While some experts still wonder whether Alistair can return to the heights which brought him two Olympic gold medals in short-course racing, Skipper says the evidence he’s seen leaves zero doubt that Brownlee is back.

As the build up continues to Sub7Sub8 in early June, more insights are emerging from the secretive planning sessions – the latest overlaying Skipper’s comments on the Pho3nix Foundation’s video of a Sub7 team trial at Mallory Park.

Advertisement

Joe Skipper on Sub7

In a video on the Bahrain Endurance 13 Facebook page, Skipper talks about the numbers Alistair produced both on and off the bike as he prepares for that showdown with Kristian Blummenfelt in early June.

“It’s not just about going Sub7, we need to beat Kristian’s team,” said Skipper. “You could go 6:55, but if he goes 6:54 you’ve lost. And we don’t want to lose against them – we want to beat them.

“I think it’s definitely possible – when we did one of the sessions at Mallory Park, he (Alistair) was flying.

Those Brownlee numbers

“We did like 120k, he was averaging 51/52k per hour and then got off the bike, was going to run 20km, he thought 20km at 2:25 marathon pace but he felt good and he ended up doing 30k at 2:23 marathon pace – and we were like: ‘this is on, you’re on fire, you’re back in the game’.

He said: ‘I never left’.

Skipper of course has been at the centre of the back and forth between Britain and Norway ahead of what should be a spectacular summer of elite racing.

GB vs the ‘Hype Train’

He said he didn’t believe in the hype around Blummenfelt and compatriot Gustav Iden, leading the Norwegians themselves to produce that ‘Norwegian Hype Train’ video.

Expect more hyperbole and back and forth as we count down to that big weekend near Dresden in early June – the promotion is only just starting.

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
Discover more
Challenge Family Roth
Five things you need to know about the Challenge Roth bike course
Pelotan - Kristian Blummenfelt
Training and racing in the heat – top tips for keeping your cool when the heat is on
ROUVY routes and workouts – Best ROUVY routes to get ready for Challenge Roth
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Rouvy indoor cycling app routes
Virtual training for real life racing – How year-round indoor cycling could benefit your race day performance
latest News
Fanni Szalai Arena Games Sursee 2023 photo credit Darren Wheeler That Cameraman SLT
16-year-old phenom Fanni Szalai spearheads supertri’s ‘NXT Gen’ of triathletes
The swim course in Taupo for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in 2024.
IRONMAN reveal spectacular course for the 2024 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champs in Taupo
Sam Laidlow IRONMAN World Championship 2023 Nice finish line celebration
IRONMAN World Champion ‘trending in the right direction’ ahead of Kona validation race
ST GEORGE, UTAH - MAY 07: Lionel Sanders of Canada reacts as he approaches the finish line to place second during the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships on May 07, 2022 in St George, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
IRONMAN Lake Placid fields announced as Sanders, Skipper and more prepare for INSANE showdown
Sam Laidlow IRONMAN World Championship 2023 breaks tape for victory
IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz 2024: Start time, preview and how to watch live
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
WIN A 12-MONTH ROUVY SUBSCRIPTION
WIN ONE YEAR OF RIDING ON ROUVY
Share to...