Alistair Brownlee won his second successive world series triathlon in Kitzbuehel and took the lead in the overall standings on Saturday.

Brownlee, who won in Madrid two weeks ago, was first out of the water, tied for the lead after the cycle leg, then powered home on the run to beat second-placed Alexander Brukhankov of Russia by 44 seconds. Sven Riederer of Switzerland was third.

Brukhankov also moved into second overall, while Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee, Alistair's brother, didn't race and dropped to third and fourth after three rounds.

Alistair Brownlee made light of the chilly rain and wind. Leading after the swim, he was joined by countryman Stuart Hayes and Brazil's Reinaldo Colucci on the bikes in pouring rain. As soon as they started running, however, the pair was ditched by Brownlee, who won Kitzbuehel for the second time in three years.

Brukhankov made his break halfway through the 10-kilometre run, and Riederer came through on the last lap for his second bronze medal in this year's series.

The women race on Sunday.The next series race is in Hamburg, Germany on July 16-17.