Ryf Repeats, Frodeno Wins at 70.3 World Champs

Credit: Jesse Thomas

Unless you’ve been hiding under an internet-less rock for the past week, you know that Ironman 70.3 Worlds was happening in Zell Am See, Austria this weekend. Check out TRS’s Race Preview for some excellent analysis of the athletes on deck and the course.

A smooth Lake Zell promised fast swim times this morning. The men hit the water and quickly separated into two packs with 10m between them, but then became a single 25m long line of swimmers (too much pool habituation following the black line?), with one unlucky soul 100m off the back. Andi Boecherer took an early lead, with Gomez, Frodeno, Michael Raelert, and Jimmy Seear following. Ultimately, Gomez was first out of T1, with Boecherer, Tim Don, Seear, Sam Appleton, and Terenzo Bozzone also amongst the lead group.

Lauren Brandon swam at the front of the women’s race, setting a new IMWC record with a 22:53 swim. Radka Vodickova exited in 2nd, with Daniela Ryf in 3rd. Alicia Kaye and Jodie Swallow weren’t far behind, and a big pack followed.

With a challenging bike course that included a 15km climb with an average 5% grade, and a speedy descent after, we expected to see things shake up on the next leg – first, Andreas Dreitz took over the lead from Boecherer, with the men seeing 50+kph averages at the front of the race. Frodeno stayed 25 seconds back, followed by Kienle and Ty Butterfield. At the 34.5km mark, 4 seconds separated Dreitz and Boecherer, with a group including Raelert, Frodeno, Frommhold, Ciavatella, and Gomez within 1:30. By 59km, Dreitz had created some additional space up front, with Boecherer falling 38 seconds back. With 25km to go and mostly flat roads, Frodeno and Dreitz were both hitting 53 kph. Looking at the 77km standings, it’s clear that if you want to ride a bike well, you should go to Germany:

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Frodeno passed Boecherer to move into 2nd, and came into T2 right on the heels of Dreitz.

On the women’s side, Magali Tisseyre made a major move to the lead group, while Daniela Ryf wasted no time moving out in front – no sitting back the first half of the bike this time for her. At 35km, Ryf had a 1:22 lead over Anja Beranek, while Alicia Kaye was 3:00 back in 3rd, Tisseyre 3:55 back in 4th, and Pedersen and Meredith Kessler 4:00 off the lead. Ryf showed no sign of slowing down, averaging 38kph. More big moves on the back half of the course: Tisseyre moved up past Kaye and into 3rd, and Heather Wurtele jumped past Kessler to 5th. Ryf came off the bike with over a 3 minute lead on Beranek and was out of T2 in a flash.

As the men and women hit T2, Ironman Live Coverage provided us with up-to-the-minute coverage on which athletes were wearing socks and which weren’t. Dreitz hit T1 and put on socks. Kienle did not put on socks. Gomez put on socks. #socks

Jan Frodeno took off at a smoking pace, quickly passing Dreitz, who ultimately finished in 9th. Gomez, however, was initially running the fastest of the lead men, moving into 3rd past Boecherer. But Gomez wasn’t able to hold off Kienle; the pair finished in 2nd and 3rd behind Frodeno. An impressive 1:14 run brought Bart Aernouts up past Raelert and Boecherer to take 4th, with the latter two finishing in 5th and 6th.

After coming off the bike in 4th, Alicia Kaye moved up past Tisseyre into 3rd, but the biggest push came from Heather Wurtele – running all the way from 5th to a 2nd place finish. Ryf, however, was unstoppable, making her the first woman to successfully defend her 70.3 World Championship title.

For some athletes predicted to finish at the top, it just wasn’t in the cards today.

Jodie Swallow crashed while training on the bike course Saturday when her front wheel blew out on a descent; she finished the swim this morning but then pulled out of the race.

Tim Don spent some time in the penalty box after receiving 2 blue cards, and also did time roadside with a flat. Terenzo Bozzone also received a penalty early and cramped up during the break, causing him to drop out of the race. Jesse Thomas’s otherwise stellar bike split was hampered by a 5 minute blocking penalty. Meredith Kessler ran into mechanical issues on the bike that left her stuck in her big ring, beating up her legs and leading to a med tent trip.

Men’s Results:

 

Swim

Bike

Run

Finish

$$$

Points

Jan Frodeno

22:14

2:09:04

1:16:32

3:51:19

$45,000

3000

Sebastian Kienle

24:04

2:09:54

1:15:22

3:52:48

$20,000

2700

Javier Gomez

22:12

2:13:38

1:15:35

3:55:05

$15,000

2430

Bart Aernouts

25:38

2:12:07

1:14:55

3:56:28

$10,000

2185

Michael Raelert

22:15

2:13:19

1:17:17

3:56:34

$7,500

1970

Andi Boecherer

22:12

2:09:00

1:21:44

3:56:52

$6,500

1770

Women’s Results:

 

Swim

Bike

Run

Finish

$$$

Points

Daniela Ryf

23:46

2:21:10

1:22:51

4:11:34

$45,000

3000

Heather Wurtele

26:33

2:27:39

1:24:56

4:23:07

$20,000

2700

Anja Beranek

24:32

2:24:18

1:31:17

4:24:10

$15,000

2430

Magali Tisseyre

24:55

2:27:56

1:28:45

4:25:33

$10,000

2185

Alicia Kaye

24:03

2:28:58

1:30:35

4:27:39

$7,500

1970

Julia Gajer

24:46

2:33:06

1:27:33

4:29:53

$6,500

1770

About the Author

Adrienne Taren
Adrienne is a MD/PhD in Neuroscience researching stress, your brain & the neuroscience of mindfulness training. She is also a fairly decent triathlete/runner/writer and an average ultra-distance swimmer, if there is such a thing. Visit her blog: http://www.adriennetaren.com/.