8 August 12:14 (BST)

TR: ALARZA (ESP) - 'If I am physically well, I can take gold'

GLASGOW - Comments from Fernando ALARZA (ESP) ahead of the triathlon competition, which starts at Strathclyde Country Park on Thursday.

Fernando ALARZA (ESP)

On his goals for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships:

"I fully recovered from my injury at the achilles tendon but I lost two months of training. I have a good season so far and had a good performance in Edmonton [at the World Triathlon Series in July] so if I am physically well and do a good run, I can take gold."

On his strongest opponents:

"Joao SILVA from Portugal is not in his best year but his run is very strong so he can do a good race. If Alistair [BROWNLEE, GBR] is here, he's certainly a favourite but all of us want to win."

On the Spanish triathlon team:

"We are a strong team. In 2017 [at the European championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria] we had three men in the top six."

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