Brownlee was clearly sick or injured at Challege Samorin- it was even mentioned by Keinle in his post race interview, and more than likely a factor in his withdrawal from Chattanooga, and the remainder of the season.
Except was it a week or 2 weeks later he went and won ITU Leeds.....I think the other guy was simply saying Ali looked dominant in the Challenge race until he couldnt even hold himself up. You want to claim "sick" or "injured", that's fine.
That's being objective...dont claim it was a likely season ending injury at Challenge Champs but same athlete raced an ITU field and WON shortly after Challenge event. He's the greatest, but he isnt immune from racing himself into trouble either....
Agree 100%. Brownlee has a history of racing himself into trouble, but keep in mind the Leads is a home course for him, and did not have a strong field. Very unlikely that he had to push too hard. I am fairly certain that Leads was 6 days later. My primary point on Brownlee, is that he has proven over and over, that when he is healthy, and it is a â€śbigâ€ť race, he wins- nobody has been able to beat him when he is 100%.
I enjoy watching athletes like Brownlee and Sanders who will literally kill themselves to get a win. They both remind me of Prefontaine :-)