Excellence on tap in Elsinore

This weekend's Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark features a stacked field.

| June 16, 2017 | NEWS

Nils Frommhold and Andi Boecherer are two of the men\'s favorites in Elsinore this weekend.

Nils Frommhold and Andi Boecherer are two of the men's favorites in Elsinore this weekend.

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It is a sign of just how competitive the women's field is for this weekend's Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark that the fastest women ever over the half-distance, Helle Frederiksen, doesn't arrive as the prohibitive favorite.

Frederiksen is coming off an injury, but even fully healthy she'd have her work cut out for her this weekend with the likes of her countrywomen Camilla Pedersen and Maja Stage Nielsen on hand meaning it will be tough to just be the top Dane in the race. Others to watch for include Germany's Anja Beranek, Annabel Luxford (AUS) and Canada's Angela Naeth.

 

Helle Frederiksen will be racing in Denmark for the first time in about five years this weekend at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship.

Helle Frederiksen will be racing in Denmark for the first time in about five years this weekend at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship.

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Dreitz, Wild, Raelert, Boecherer, Frommhold ...

And the list could go on. Germany's Andi Dreitz had to drop out of Challenge Denmark in Herning last weekend with neck issues - hopefully those are resolved and he'll be in the mix on Sunday. On form Dreitz is always super strong over the 70.3 distance. Ruedi Wild (SUI) took Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil last weekend and looks to be in great form heading into the European Championship.

Fresh off a solid third place finish at the Challenge Championship a few weeks ago Michael Raelert (GER) is rounding into top form - he's a two-time 70.3 world champion who will certainly be one to watch on Sunday, too. Another of the crazy-fast German's to watch for is Nils Frommhold, while Patrick Dirksmeier, who took the ETU Middle-Distance Championship in Herning last weekend is also in the field.

Sweden's Patrik Nilsson won Ironman Copenhagen last year, so he's no stranger to having good days in Denmark.

Here's the complete pro start list