Canada's Simon Whitfield got a harsh taste of reality Saturday, finishing a distant 30th in his first triathlon World Championship Series race of the season.
Competing in his first elite race in nearly a year, the Victoria native posted a time of one hour 54 minutes 12 seconds on the one-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike leg and 10-kilometre run.
"I honestly don't know what happened. It is my first race in a long time so it's always a shock at how fast everything goes," said Whitfield, a two-time Olympic medallist. "Training has been OK and I'm injury free so I can't use that as an excuse. I wish I could."
Britain's Allistair Brownlee won in a time of 1:51.06, while his brother, Jonathan Brownlee, was second in 1:51.09. Spain's Javier Gomez finished third with a time of 1:51.51.
The Brownlees pushed the pace from the start and Whitfield was unable to respond. The pair worked the hardest in a lead pack of 11 that opened a two-minute gap on the field into the second transition, before taking the run to a new level.
The Brownlees ran side-by-side until the final kilometre when Allistair, the older of the two brothers, broke away to secure his third consecutive World Championship Series race in Spain.