European Championship 70.3
Bart Aernouts wins Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden
Sunday 10th of August 2014
It’s another great Sunday for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team. Bart Aernouts won his first European Championship Ironman 70.3 today in Wiesbaden. His Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team mate Ronnie Schildknecht finished 7th. In a very strong female field, Liz Blatchford from the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team took 5th.
Bart Aernouts wins European Championship Ironman 70.3 in Wiesbaden
Bart took his first European Ironman 70.3 title in 4:05:07. Peter Robertson (AUS; 04:08:15) finished second; Maurice Cavel (GER; 4:08:34) came in third.
Bart looked confident from start to finish. He came out of the water as part of a chasing group behind the leaders including Manuel Küng (SUI), Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) and Clavel Maurice (GER). Determined to start running in a good position, Bart pushed hard on the bike and his plan seemed to work. He moved up to take the lead at the 60km mark on the bike. Entering T2, Bart had gathered a lead of 3’11” on Maurice Clavel and Pieter Heemeryck. Bart ran a strong half marathon and got a well-deserved victory with a 2’48” lead on Peter Robertson (AUS).
“A perfect day”
Bart confirmed: “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.”
Bart started off well. “I had a decent swim and ended up in the 2nd group. Today, I have put everything into the bike. I raced hard and was happy realising that I had lead of 3 minutes on the second and 5 minutes on the chasing group. This was enough to control my position and keep my victory.