Liam Bromilow | pic ironman.com
It was a case of two big favourites taking two big wins today at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria, as Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf took ominous wins. In the backdrop of the stunning Austrian Alps, Frodeno and Ryf motored away from their main rivals on the bike, and then blasted their way to victories, which for Frodeno was his first, and the second in a row for Ryf.
As expected in the men, Javier Gomez led the field out of the water, showing how strong his ITU swim is. But joining him was Andi Boecherer, Michael Raelert, and Frodeno among others. Jostling for position through transition, Gomez led the men into the first few kilometres, but as soon as the climb up the Hochkönig began, Andreas Dreitz, Frodeno and Boecherer took over.
The fireworks were lit by Dreitz as he rode clear of everybody over the climb, but some exceptional descending from Frodeno and Boecherer allowed them to limit the time gap to their fellow...