The fourth stop of the 2017 World Triathlon Series sees the athletes including Bermuda’s Flora Duffy traveling over to England to begin the European leg of the nine-city tour. Elites will line up for the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, an event that will appear on the WTS calendar for only the second time in its history.
WTS Leeds is one of the most popular events of the year due to its challenging and scenic course that gives the athletes a tour of the entire city with thousands of fans expected to cover every inch of the course.
The energy will be electric on Sunday, with the women's field providing a mix of local and international talent that will make for a great spectacle for all involved.
For the first time in her career, USA’s Kirsten Kasper will be wearing the number one to kick off the WTS women’s event. But with the rankings changing after every single race, it is the current World Champion Duffy who is going to want to take that number one spot.
Duffy returned to the WTS in true Duffy fashion – by winning. After missing out on the first two events of the season due to injury, she lined up in Yokohama and started up right where she left off, on top of the podium.
Now as she sets off to race WTS race number two, the aim is to keep climbing in the leaderboard. Last year in Leeds, Duffy took home the Silver Medal right behind USA’s Gwen Jorgensen. But with Jorgensen out of commission this season, the lane to the Gold Medal could be wide open.