Billard and Bilham capture Pays d'Aix titles

Bertrand Billard held off a huge charge by Denis Chevrot to win by a second while Emma Bilham ran her way to the win at Ironman 70.3 Pays D'Aix.

| May 15, 2017 | NEWS

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How close was that? Denis Chevrot (FRA) managed to claw back all but one second of a 6:38 deficit on the run, but in the end his countryman Betrand Billard would hang on for the win.

Robin Pasteur (FRA) led the men out of the water, but it didn't take long once the men were on the bike for Billard to move away and dominate on the bike. Chevrot would come off the bike in fifth, almost 7 minutes back while 2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) was another minute behind into T2.

The run would lead to that dramatic finish, but Billard was able to hang on for the win over Chevrot while Van Lierde would run his way to the final spot on the podium.

Bilham swims and runs her way to the win

Emma Bilham (SUI) led the way out of the water, only to be passed on the bike by Poland's Maria Czesnik. It didn't take long for the Swiss champ to move ahead on the run, though, and she would never look back as she cruised to a two-minute win. Natalie Seymour (GBR) rounded out the women's podium. 

 

Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix | Men

May 14, 2017 | Pays d'Aix, France

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km run

1

Bertrand Billard

FRA

3:55:18

0:22:59

2:10:55

1:16:38

2

Denis Chevrot

FRA

3:55:19

0:23:00

2:17:41

1:10:02

3

Frederik Van Lierde

BEL

3:59:39

0:23:49

2:17:44

1:13:02

4

Kevin Maurel

FRA

4:00:16

0:24:41

2:16:01

1:14:50

5

Markus Herbst

GER

4:00:50

0:24:45

2:15:50

1:15:25

6

Jan Van Berkel

SUI

4:02:06

0:23:50

2:17:22

1:15:55

7

Yvan Jarrige

FRA

4:02:50

0:23:03

2:18:25

1:16:44

8

Albert Moreno Molins

ESP

4:05:06

0:24:38

2:21:24

1:14:01

9

Julien Pousson

FRA

4:05:28

0:22:57

2:18:46

1:18:21

10

Anthony Pannier

FRA

4:05:51

0:23:52

2:17:26

1:19:27

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Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix | Women

May 14, 2017 | Pays d'Aix, France

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km run

1

Emma Bilham

SUI

4:29:36

0:26:05

2:36:34

1:21:52

2

Maria Czesnik

POL

4:31:40

0:26:09

2:35:19

1:24:37

3

Natalie Seymour

GBR

4:34:03

0:27:48

2:35:34

1:25:09

4

Asa Lundstrom

SWE

4:35:20

0:28:30

2:35:26

1:25:22

5

Manon Genêt

FRA

4:37:20

0:27:25

2:37:12

1:26:17

6

Gurutze Frades

ESP

4:37:24

0:29:55

2:41:24

1:19:45

7

Jeanne Collonge

FRA

4:39:09

0:28:31

2:39:35

1:24:41

8

Johanna Daumas Carrier

FRA

4:39:11

0:25:25

2:43:23

1:24:13

9

Simone Dailey

GBR

4:39:28

0:29:14

2:39:22

1:23:17

10

Céline Bousrez

FRA

4:39:29

0:31:15

2:34:07

1:26:39

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