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Aernouts, Ryf take European 70.3 Championships
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Posted on: Monday 11th August 2014

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Two weeks ago Switzerland's Daniele Ryf won the European 5150 Championships and Ironman Switzerland on the same weekend. Any thoughts that she would not be recovered to defend her title at the Sparkassen Finanzgruppe IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship yesterday were swiftly eliminated as she crushed the field on the bike and then exteneded that further on the run for a huge margin of victory over 2012 Ironman World Champion Leanda Cavem in course record time.

Belgium's Bart Aernouts made light work of his swim deficit to power through the bike and run and take the men's title.

Bart Aernouts’ smile at the finish line of the Sparkassen Finanzgruppe IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship was far from being forced. There was a special fan waiting for the 30-year-old Belgian as daughter Paulien was the first to congratulate the new IRONMAN 70.3 European Champion. It was Aernouts’ second big win within a short period of time after the native of Antwerp had taken his first IRONMAN win at the IRONMAN France/Nice on June 29th.

Finishing the race in 4:05:27, Aernouts was the first to cross the finish line. More than two minutes behind the leaders after the swim the Belgian steadily made up time and took the lead around 60km into the bike course. After that the BMC Uplace athlete never let go keeping Australian Peter Robertson a constant thee minutes away on the run.

A very happy Bart Aernouts spoke to Uplace-BMC media after the race:

"I had a great day, which I did not expected only 6 weeks after the Ironman of Nice, although I had the same preparation as last year, but then I couldn't start due to insufficient recovery. This is a beautiful race that suits me with a lot of attention and a strong field of contenders.

"I had a decent swim and ended up in the second group. Today, I have put everything into the bike. I raced hard and was happy realising that I had lead of thee minutes on the second and five minutes on the chasing group. This was enough to control my position and keep my victory."

Looking back at the season so far even Aernouts’ accomplishments pale compared to those of old and new IRONMAN 70.3 European Champion Daniela Ryf who recently not only won her first IRONMAN race at IRONMAN Zurich, Switzerland powered by ewz but also added wins at this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Rapperswil-Jona and the 5150 Triathlon Series European Championship to her quickly growing résumé. Finishing her race in 4:26:12 Ryf not only defended her title in an impressive manner but also shattered her own course record (2013) which stood at 4:31:34. An estimated 120,000 spectators watched the race.

After finishing in fifth place, speaking to Uplace-BMC media Liz Blatchford sid of her fifth place:

"It was definitely not my perfect day, I just finished an altitude training camp and I probably wasn't recovered enough from my travel. During the swim, I didn't feel great today. On the bike I did all I could to stay in contention with the other girls. The run was horrible today, disappointing, as my running was going really well in training. I was hanging in though and saw it as a great training for Kona."

Ironman 70.3 European Championships, Wiesbaden - Sunday 10th August 2014
1.9km / 9-km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:05:27 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:23:13
2nd Peter Robertson (AUS) 4:08:15 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:34:50
3rd Maurice Clavel (GER) 4:08:34 Laura Philip (GER) 4:36:23
4th Ruedi Wild (SUI) 4:09:33 Camilla Pederesen (DEN) 4:36:57
5th Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 4:10:07 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 4:41:07

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