Good result for Alan, but lets not get ahead of ourselves...the was a World Cup race, not a World Series race. The big boys would not be racing an event like this. The real test will be in a couple weeks in the WTS race- IF he can get out of the water with the 2nd pack and ride his way up, we'll see where his run will really put him against the best in the World. Beating guys like Billington and Kanute is a good thing for his prospects of getting an Olympic spot.
I highly doubt Kanute and Zafares used this as a training run...Zafares seemed pretty disappointed on Twitter after the race. He's not the strongest runner though (probably the best tri swimmer that the USA has though). I was surprised that Kanute ended up as low as he did. Jefferson generally seems out of contention at this level of racing. He was handled pretty easily by Maloy and Lagerstrom a few weeks back at the Tritonman season opener and I think he got off the bike with those guys.