IRONMAN Pro Series 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne Vendee France Preview

Friday 28 June 2024
Over 80 top professional triathletes are expected to converge in the seaside town of Les Sables d’Olonne to compete in the tenth race of the IRONMAN Pro Series™. The 2024 IRONMAN® 70.3® Les Sables D’Olonne Vendée triathlon will offer professionals a maximum of 2,500 points towards IRONMAN Pro Series standings, a $50,000 event total pro prize purse, and the final three PRO qualifying slots for each gender to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon taking place in Taupo, New Zealand.? 
 
The race, which is taking place on Saturday 29 June, a day earlier than originally planned, to accommodate the snap presidential elections in France on the Sunday, will be broadcast for free across multiple platforms for global viewers including?proseries.ironman.com, Outside TV, DAZN and L'Equipein France, and YouTube among others.?
Among those to watch, and making their IRONMAN Pro Series debut, will be 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, Rico Bogen (DEU), who will be wearing bib number one, and if he finishes the race will validate his start at the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race in Taupo, New Zealand. He will be up against 2022 VinFast IRONMAN® World Champion, Gustav Iden (NOR), who willreturn to race in the IRONMAN Pro Series in an attempt to validate his place for the 2024 VinFastIRONMAN World Championship® triathlon in Kailua-Kona, after also completing IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw earlier in the year. 
 
Home favourite, Clément Mignon, will also return to the IRONMAN Pro Series following a third place position at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas. Fellow countryman, Arnaud Guilloux who currently sits just inside the top 20 of the IRONMAN Pro Series, will also be looking to build on his current position, following his fourth place finish at Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns over the weekend.  
 
Nicholas Quenet (ZAF) who finished in the top five at both the IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder and Intermountain Health IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship St. George races, and Nicolas Mann (DEU), who won the Zafiro IRONMAN 70.3 Alcudia-Mallorca race will also be putting up a fight in order to clinch maximum points and climb up in the standings.  
 
In the women’s professional field, last year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables D’Olonne-Vendée runner-up Emilie Morier (FRA) will wear bib number one as she makes her IRONMAN Pro Series debut, alongside fellow French athletes Justine Mathieux and Marjolaine Pierre. 
 
Maja Stage Nielsen, who came second at the IRONMAN European Championship Hamburg race and currently sits in seventh place in the standings is also expected to toe the line, alongside a strong British contingent made up of Kate Curran, Ruth Astle, Nikki Bartlett, Rebecca Anderbury, and Rachel Brown. 
 
The race will also welcome approximately 3,000 registered age-group participants looking to earn age group qualifying slots to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race on Dec. 14 and 15 in Taupo, New Zealand.?
 
Athletes will take on a one-loop 1.9k (1.2-mile) sea swim in the Vendée Globe canal, famous for theVendée Globe yacht race. They will then traverse through the breathtaking French countryside on a one-loop 90km (56 mile) bike course, which takes athletes to the east of the city and into the Olonne forest. Finally, a two loop run course of 21.1 km (13.1-mile) will see athletes run on the promenade along the Tanchet Lake and cross the finish line in the centre of town, not forgetting a 200m sandy run on the “Grande Plage” beach!?? 
 
IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables D’Olonne Vendée is the fastest selling IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Europe, and as announced earlier this week, will transition for a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon next year.  
 
The full professional start lists are below (subject to change): 
 
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S START LIST 
BIB NUMBER 
FIRST NAME 
LAST NAME 
COUNTRY REPRESENTED 
F1 
Emilie 
Morier 
FRA (France) 
F2 
Justine 
Mathieux 
FRA (France) 
F4 
Marjolaine 
Pierre 
FRA (France) 
F5 
Kate 
Curran 
GBR (United Kingdom ) 
F6 
Maja 
Stage Nielsen 
DNK (Denmark) 
F7 
Charlene 
Clavel 
FRA (France) 
F8 
Kaidi 
Kivioja 
EST (Estonia) 
F9 
Pâmella 
Oliveira 
BRA (Brazil) 
F10 
Daniela 
Bleymehl 
DEU (Germany) 
F12 
Katrine 
Græsbøll Christensen 
DNK (Denmark) 
F13 
Julie 
Iemmolo 
FRA (France) 
F14 
Ruth 
Astle 
GBR (United Kingdom) 
F15 
Nikki 
Bartlett 
GBR (United Kingdom ) 
F16 
Sara 
Svensk 
SWE (Sweden) 
F17 
Anna 
Bergsten 
SWE (Sweden) 
F18 
Caroline 
Pohle 
DEU (Germany) 
F20 
Rebecca 
Anderbury 
GBR (United Kingdom) 
F22 
Renee 
Kiley 
AUS (Australia) 
F23 
Laura 
Mathews 
USA (United States ) 
F24 
Anne-Sophie 
Pierre 
FRA (France) 
F26 
Rachel 
Brown 
GBR (United Kingdom) 
F27 
Franziska 
Reng 
DEU (Germany) 
F28 
Emma 
Claisse 
BEL (Belgium) 
F29 
Katharina 
Krüger 
DEU (Germany) 
F30 
Jenny 
Jendryschik 
DEU (Germany) 
F31 
Zoé 
Leurs 
BEL (Belgium) 
F32 
Sophie 
Delguste 
BEL (Belgium) 
F33 
Margie 
Santimaria 
ITA (Italy) 
F34 
Luisa 
Iogna Prat 
ITA (Italy) 
 
 
MEN’S PROFESSIONAL START LIST 
BIB NUMBER 
FIRST NAME 
LAST NAME 
COUNTRY REPRESENTED 
M1 
Rico 
Bogen 
DEU (Germany) 
M2 
Gustav 
Iden 
NOR (Norway) 
M3 
Clément 
Mignon 
FRA (France) 
M4 
Arnaud 
Guilloux 
FRA (France) 
M5 
Nicholas 
Quenet 
ZAF (South Africa) 
M6 
Nicolas 
Mann 
DEU (Germany) 
M7 
Antonio 
Benito López 
ESP (Spain) 
M8 
Mattia 
Ceccarelli 
ITA (Italy) 
M9 
Thor 
Bendix Madsen 
DNK (Denmark) 
M10 
Franz 
Loeschke 
DEU (Germany) 
M11 
Filipe 
Azevedo 
PRT (Portugal) 
M12 
Mathias 
Petersen 
DNK (Denmark) 
M13 
Michael 
Raelert 
DEU (Germany) 
M14 
Andrea 
Salvisberg 
CHE (Switzerland) 
M15 
Cameron 
Wurf 
AUS (Australia) 
M16 
Paul 
Schuster 
DEU (Germany) 
M17 
Rasmus 
Svenningsson 
SWE (Sweden) 
M18 
Quentin 
Barreau 
FRA (France) 
M19 
George 
Goodwin 
GBR (United Kingdom ) 
M20 
James 
Teagle 
GBR (United Kingdom) 
M21 
Christophe 
De Keyser 
BEL (Belgium) 
M22 
David 
Plese 
SVN (Slovenia) 
M23 
Pamphiel 
Pareyn 
BEL (Belgium) 
M24 
Nick 
Emde 
DEU (Germany) 
M25 
Vincent 
Clavel 
FRA (France) 
M26 
Andy 
Krueger 
USA (United States ) 
M27 
Stenn 
Goetstouwers 
BEL (Belgium) 
M28 
Jonas 
Hoffmann 
DEU (Germany) 
M29 
Nick 
Thijs 
BEL (Belgium) 
M30 
John 
Thelwell 
GBR (United Kingdom ) 
M31 
Corentin 
Chouvelon 
FRA (France) 
M32 
Lukas 
Stahl 
DEU (Germany) 
M33 
Lasse 
Schöfisch 
DEU (Germany) 
M34 
William 
Even 
FRA (France) 
M35 
Finn 
Arentz 
GBR (United Kingdom ) 
M36 
Dylan 
McCullough 
NZL (New Zealand) 
M37 
Casimir 
Moine 
FRA (France) 
M38 
Yegor 
Martynenko 
UKR (Ukraine) 
M39 
Matthew 
Collins 
GBR (United Kingdom) 
M40 
Arne 
Leiss 
DEU (Germany) 
M41 
Paul 
Loiseaux 
FRA (France) 
M42 
Johannes 
Vogel 
DEU (Germany) 
M43 
Merten 
Breye 
BEL (Belgium) 
M44 
David 
Verzella 
ITA (Italy) 
M45 
James 
McCallum 
ZAF (South Africa) 
M46 
Mikel 
Txopitea 
PSE (Palestine, State of) 
M47 
Tobias 
Vinther 
DNK (Denmark) 
M48 
Jonas 
Weller 
DEU (Germany) 
M49 
Renning 
Elischer 
DEU (Germany) 
M50 
Jonathan 
Wayaffe 
BEL (Belgium) 
M51 
Nathan 
Guerbeur 
FRA (France) 
M52 
Julen 
Lopetegi 
ESP (Spain) 
M53 
Youri 
Keulen 
NLD (Netherlands) 
 
For more information on the IRONMAN Pro Series visit here.?
For more information on the 2024 IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables D’Olonne-Vendée triathlon visit: www.ironman.com/im703-les-sables-dolonne. To learn more about the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 brands and series of events, please visit?www.ironman.com.
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