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Van Lierde and Felt take Ironman France
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Posted on: Sunday 26th June 2011


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The winning streak stopped at five. Marcel Zamora Perez, the man who has won the Ironman France title for the past five editions was pushed back to 'just' third today, as Belgium's Frederik Van Lierde continued with the form that secured him the biggest win of his career in Abu Dhabi in March.

Leading out of the water, Van Lierde was soon joined on the tough 180km ride by French cycling specialist Francois Chabaud, and the pair were able to build a significant margin over Zamora Perez , arriving at T2 together around 17 minutes clear of the course specialist. Between them, Britian's Paul Amey was having a good day too.

While Chabaud managed a sub-three hour run, van Lierde sealed the comprehensive win with a 2:51:08 marathon and to step up one place on the podium from this event in 2010. Paul Amey continued his strong form too, a 2:54:57 marathon leaving him just over six minutes short of Zamora Perez in fourth.

As we noted in the weekend preview, in the absence of Tine Deckers the race was wide open, and it was Germany's Silvia Felt (one of the three potential winners we suggested) who prevailed with an eleven minute victory margin over Italy's Martina Dogana. Her win was set up on the back of a powerful bike split.

Pos Men

Women

1st Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:28:30 Silvia Felt (GER) 9:34:41
2nd Francois Chabaud (FRA) 8:37:18 Martina Dogana (ITA) 9:45:46
3rd Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP) 8:40:55 Britta Martin (GER) 9:48:56
4th Paul Amey (GBR) 8:47:04 Kim Loeffler (USA) 9:53:08
5th Sergio Marques (POR) 8:49:55 Johanna Dauma (FRA) 9:53:29

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