Frodeno, Ryf win IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt

Monday 09 July 2018
Both the men’s and the women’s competitions at the 2018 Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt delivered even more than the dramatic racing predicted. On the men’s front, Jan Frodeno took the win again after 2015, showing he's ready for the IRONMAN World Championship in just a few months. The 36-year-old took the race into his hands and fulfilled his goal. 

As imagined, Australia’s Josh Amberger proved his outstanding talent in the Lake Langener Waldsee, opening up a slightly larger lead than Frodeno might have expected before. While Amberger came out of the water after a great solo, Frodeno was working hard at the front of the chase group to keep the distance to first place in check. The Frodeno group included the most important co-favorites, but Amberger didn’t care—even onto the bike where he increased his advantage with no one willing to attack. 

On the second lap, things became more efficient in the chase group due to Frodeno and Patrick Lange’s initiative. Everyone was focusing on a huge run battle, but Frodeno pushed the button early. With about 10 kilometers to go on the 185 kilometer long bike course, the 2015 and 2016 IRONMAN world champ hammered to the top of the famous Heartbreak Hill, opening up a gap and closing in on Amberger. When he got off the bike only 20 seconds behind the Aussie leader, it was clear Frodeno was on a mission. He stormed onto the marathon course where he nailed a solid run pace from start to finish. He ran a first half of 1:18 and eventually finished the run in a record time of 2:39:06. Lange remained in second, working hard to downsize the gap. But he had to pay for this hunt and the tough bike ride on the final kilometers. Frodeno ran to the win, and Lange ultimately lost the battle for second to Swede Patrik Nilsson.

Swiss Daniela Ryf had nothing to fear on the run. When she started the marathon, different questions had to be answered in Frankfurt: Can she sustain this gutsy performance to the end? Is this the best Daniela Ryf we've ever seen, or the best performance in the history of IRONMAN? Less than 3 hours later, the answer was clear: The three-time IRONMAN world champion put on one of the best performances of her career to date. She set a bike record of 4:40:55 (despite a course that was 5k longer due to construction) on top of outstanding performances both in the swim and run. 

There were other world-class athletes in the mix such as defending champion Sarah Crowley (AUS), Sarah True (USA) and Anne Haug from Germany. But this trio was, to Ryf's advantage, out of the title game early. They got dropped tremendously when the 31-year-old hit the gas early on the bike. Ryf came off the bike with a lead of more than 27 minutes, focused and ready to go for it on the marathon, too. It was a tough, hot battle alongside the Main river, but Ryf had a perfect day. A new course record by almost 10 minutes highlighted a historic race for Ryf. The brilliant IRONMAN debut of Sarah True put her in runner-up position, and a strong defending champion finished third.   
  
Top 5 Pro Men
1 Frodeno, Jan GER 8:00:58
2 Nilsson, Patrik SWE 8:08:15
3 Lange, Patrick GER 8:09:26
4 Kastelein, Nicholas AUS 8:18:45
5 Amberger, Josh AUS 8:26:16

Top 5 Pro Women
1 Ryf, Daniela SUI 8:38:44
2 True, Sarah USA 9:05:15
3 Crowley, Sarah AUS 9:11:31
4 Haug, Anne GER 9:14:06
5 Konschak, Katja GER 9:36:11
IRONMAN Triathlon (Photo: Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

24

Nov

2018

Knysna Extreme

Knysna, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

25

Nov

2018

Sufferfest Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Website Google Map

01

Dec

2018

HITS Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

09

Dec

2018

Patagonman

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Website Google Map

06

Jan

2019

Tri North Africa

Tight, Algeria

Website Google Map

06

Jan

2019

HITS Sarasota

Sarasota, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

25

Jan

2019

Israman

Eilat, Israel

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Mar

2019

HITS Ocala

Ocala, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

13

Apr

2019

HITS Napa Valley

Napa Valley, CA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

14

Apr

2019

Strongman

Miyakojima, Okinawa, Japan

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

03

Nov

2018

Ironman Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

17

Nov

2018

Ironman Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Website Google Map YouTube

18

Nov

2018

Ironman Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

18

Nov

2018

Ironman Arizona

Tempe, Arizona, United States

Website Google Map

18

Nov

2018

Ironman Cozumel

Cozumel, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

02

Dec

2018

Ironman Western Australia

Busselton, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

02

Dec

2018

Ironman Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Website Google Map YouTube

02

Mar

2019

Ironman New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

07

Apr

2019

Ironman African Championship

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

27

Apr

2019

Ironman Texas

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

27

Oct

2018

Ocean Lava Lanzarote

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Website Google Map

27

Oct

2018

Trick Or Tri

Irwindale, California, United States

Website Google Map

28

Oct

2018

Challenge Forte Village

Sardinia, Italy

Website Google Map

04

Nov

2018

Murray Man

Barmera SA, Australia

Website Google Map

04

Nov

2018

Ocean Lava Azores Island's

Azores Island's, Portugal

Website Google Map

04

Nov

2018

Oilman texas Tri

Montgomery, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

10

Nov

2018

River Roux Tri

New Roads, Louisiana, United States

Website Google Map

10

Nov

2018

Sufferfest Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island WA, Australia

Website Google Map

11

Nov

2018

Challenge Shepparton

Victoria, Australia

Website Google Map

11

Nov

2018

MiamiMan

Miami FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

28

Oct

2018

70.3 Turkey

Belek, Turkey

Website Google Map

28

Oct

2018

70.3 Waco

Waco, TX, United States

Website Google Map

04

Nov

2018

70.3 Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

04

Nov

2018

70.3 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website Google Map YouTube

17

Nov

2018

70.3 Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Website Google Map

18

Nov

2018

70.3 Xiamen

Xiamen, Fujian, China

Website Google Map

25

Nov

2018

70.3 Fortaleza

Fortaleza - Ceara, Brazil

Website Google Map

25

Nov

2018

70.3 Western Sydney

Penrith, NSW, Australia

Website Google Map

25

Nov

2018

70.3 Phuket

Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Website Google Map YouTube

02

Dec

2018

70.3 Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Website Google Map YouTube

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

70.3 Coquimbo, American sweep in Chile

70.3 Coquimbo, American sweep in Chile

Monday 22 Oct 2018 [Triathlon News]

Riding the high of a top-ten finish at the IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon just seven day earlier, Andy Potts (USA) flew into Chile to take on the competition at IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo. Exiting the Pacific Ocean with the lead, Potts rode off the front with Felipe Van de Wyngard (CHL) for much of the 90K more

Pablo Dapena, Lucy Gossage claim victory at Challenge Peguera Mallorca

Pablo Dapena, Lucy Gossage claim victory at Challenge Peguera Mallorca

Monday 22 Oct 2018 [Triathlon News]

Incredible victories of the spanish Pablo DAPENA and the british Lucy GOSSAGE at the fifth edition of Challenge Peguera Mallorca, on a day full of triathlon in the superb setting of Calvia. A sunny day dawned in Peguera, with the weather becoming once more an ally for a magnificent event, converging in an epic and visual race. The sea, totally in calm was perfect to enjoy a great triathlon day. more

Running prowess proves key at 70.3 Shanghai

Running prowess proves key at 70.3 Shanghai

Monday 22 Oct 2018 [Triathlon News]

Racers were treated to picture perfect race conditions at the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai. The men’s field saw a bunch of 10 charge the fast and flat bike leg around the stunning Mingzhu Lake Park on Chongming Island. The group was whittled down on the run, though, when the stronger runners asserted themselves. Portugal’s Filipe Azevedo produced a 1:12 effort to outrun South African Matt Trautman more

CHALLENGE Family Arrives in Brazilian Carnival Capital Salvador

CHALLENGE Family Arrives in Brazilian Carnival Capital Salvador

Friday 19 Oct 2018 [Triathlon News]

Challenge Salvador middle distance race (1.9k / 90k / 21k) will take place in the Brazilian carnival capital, also known as the land of magic, in October this year. The swimming will be at the Piatã beach, where the event will also be located. Piatã beach is one of the most popular addresses of the city, famous for 35 kilometers of waterfront, surrounded by coconut trees, crystal clear water and mild temperatures. more

Trautman/Dellow, Steffen/Seymour highlight 70.3 Shanghai

Trautman/Dellow, Steffen/Seymour highlight 70.3 Shanghai

Friday 19 Oct 2018 [Triathlon News]

Taking place in the western portion of Chongming Island, IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming race will begin with a 1.2-mile (1.9-km) swim in freshwater Mingzhu Lake. The swim will be a single-loop rolling start format with expected water temperature to be mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Athletes will then embark on a generally flat two-loop 56-mile (90-km) bike course that finishes at Mingzhu Lake Park. Finally, athletes will take on a three-loop 13.1-mile (21-km) run course circling the lake in Mingzhu more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.