Former world champion Non Stanford secured her first ITU world Triathlon World Series medal of the year after a dominant run saw her win gold in Hamburg.
It was Stanford’s team-mate, Sophie Coldwell, that was the leading Brit at the end of T1 and she quickly took charge of the bike leg.
After the first 3.5km of the ride, Coldwell was joined by Georgia Taylor-Brown, Stanford and Vicky Holland in the leading pack.
Stanford kept herself in contention by sitting in fourth place with one lap to go before T2 with Coldwell and Taylor-Brown ahead of her.
The 2016 Olympian had an impressive transition and took charge as the race entered the run leg. She carved out a dominant lead over Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) and never dropped her pace as she had her eyes set on victory.
Stanford stormed to the gold medal and took the tape seven seconds ahead of Beaugrand with Summer Rappaport (USA) taking the bronze.
“I didn’t expect to do that today,” Stanford said. “Everything has been going really well; my training has been really consistent. I’ve just been quite a bit off the podium in recent years and I was just trying to edge my way back there so to come away with the win today is absolutely fantastic.
“My aim was to get off the bike in one piece. The Test event is my next event. It’s a key event for us. We need to demonstrate how well we can compete on the course, and also in the heat and humidity. I want to go there and show the selectors that I am a genuine contender for that team.”
The next Brit to cross the finish line was Taylor-Brown who took fifth place with Olympic bronze medallist Holland finishing in ninth and Coldwell securing 14th place.
The men’s race saw the British athletes caught up in a number of crashes throughout the sprint course.
Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee was forced to withdraw due to damage to his bike following a crash. Tom Bishop and Alex Yee, who also found themselves involved in crashes, finished in 38th and 43rd place respectively.