A standard distance for the second year running, the swim was non-wetsuit, while the 10-lap 40km bike and 10km run legs were, for the first time, held on the UAE capital’s F1 course. With 180° turns and plenty of switchbacks, the technical bike course favoured strong riders.
Spain’s Carolina Routier led from the horn to T1 with 2016 Edmonton WTS winner Summer Cook (USA) in second. Cook was followed in by compatriots Katie Zaferes and Sarah True, who together made up the lead pack out onto the 40km bike leg. Returning WTS Abu Dhabi champ Jodie Stimpson exited the swim 40secs behind, to collect the chase group alongside Kiwi Andrea Hewitt.