World Triathlon Series champions miss season opener

England's gold medal winning Commonwealth Games mixed relay triathlon team
Only Jonathan Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson (both centre) from England's successful Commonwealth Games mixed relay team will feature at Abu Dhabi
World Triathlon Series
Venue: Abu Dhabi Date: 7 March
Coverage: Live on BBC Sport Website and BBC Red Button (Women's race replayed from 12:00 GMT plus live men's race live at 13:00); Highlights, Monday 9 March, 14.45-15.45, BBC Two

Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee and Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson head the British racers at the opening round of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi.

However Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee misses out on the 7 March race with an ankle injury.

And former world champions Helen Jenkins and Non Stanford have opted to continue with their winter training.

"It's a shame for Alistair that he's not racing," his brother Jonathan said.

"It's a big year for us all with Olympic qualification and it's still very early in the year at the moment."

Commonwealth medal winner Vicky Holland is is also missing the race in favour of completing winter training.

A British Triathlon spokesperson said: "With Olympic selection races set for August and September, many British athletes will place emphasis on performances later in the season."

Athletes must complete five of the nine World Series rounds, and the Grand Final in Chicago in September, to compete for the world title.