Vincent Luis (FRA) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) lead out of the 750m swim in the clear and calm waters of the William Hawrelak Park lake, with Marten Van Riel (BEL), Marco van der Stel (NED) and Tayler Reid (NZL) forming a lead pack on the six-lap bike course. Halfway through the bike, the chase pack caught the lead, with Kristian Blummenfelt and Ryan Fisher working hard to bridge the gap and a massive group converged together moving into transition.
Behind Blummenfelt was a cluster of runners including early leaders Vincent Luis (FRA) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR). Fernando Alarza (ESP) and Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle ran with the group of men until the last 500 meters when Birtwhistle broke ahead to sprint himself into a third-place finish.
Blummenfelt showcased his tremendous power twice surging ahead of Mola in the bell lap before dropping back for a second place finish.
On a warm Edmonton evening British athlete Vicky Holland broke the tape for her second win of the 2018 season in 2018 WTS Edmonton. Holland led a fantastic day for the British squad, with her teammates claiming the third, fourth and fifth place.
Holland was a dominant force in the race from start to finish, coming out of the water in the lead pack, maintaining a lead pack position on the bike and breaking away from a cluster of athletes on the run to secure the gold medal position.
Holland is no stranger to Edmonton having raced there multiple times and winning the 2015 event in blustery and cold weather conditions.