Great Britain's Jodie Stimpson asserted her status as the female triathlete to beat in 2014, collecting her second consecutive World Triathlon Series win as the Series made its debut in Africa on Saturday.
After being part of a 12-strong lead group on the bike that left T2 just over two minutes up on the chase, Stimpson hit the run course in Cape Town with intent. While it initially looked like it would be a repeat of Auckland, where Stimpson was not headed across the 10km, Helen Jenkins had other ideas. The two-time ITU World Champion caught Stimpson at the halfway mark, before a frenzied final five kilometres where the lead changed multiple times. But Stimpson pulled out another gear in the final 500m and as the blue carpet came into sight, as she stormed home for her second win of 2014.
"When Helen passed me it was just all about trying to hang on, I was going through a bad bit, I had a stitch and I was just like, come on, just hold on to Helen," Stimpson said. "I tried to break her going onto the last lap and then I couldn't, so I just sat behind and I just gave it all I've got and managed to get on top today."
While Stimpson and Jenkins' battle rightly headlined Cape Town, the USA's Gwen Jorgensen almost stole the show with another breath-taking run. Jorgensen was part of the chase that left the second transition 2 minutes and 12 seconds behind the leaders, but the American speedster didn't let that deter her as she blew through every other member of the lead group - including Sarah Groff in the final kilometres - to take her place on the podium with bronze.
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