Fernandes and Chevrot tops in Cascais

One of the world's greatest triathletes, Vanessa Fernandes, continues her comeback to racing with a big win in Portugal, while Denis Chevrot takes the men's title at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Portugal.

| September 3, 2017 | NEWS

Vanessa Fernandes (silver) and Emma Snowsill (gold) at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Vanessa Fernandes (silver) and Emma Snowsill (gold) at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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Vanessa Fernandes has been touted by many as one of the greatest athletes to compete in the sport and today she thrilled the Portugues crowd as she took the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Portugal event in Cascais.

The 2008 Olympic silver medalist "retired" in 2011 with 20 ITU world cup wins, an ITU world championship (2007), the silver medal from Beijing, not ot mention two duathlon world championships and five European championships.

Fernandes trailed Sweden's Annie Thoren by over two minutes out of the water and was 8:30 down in fifth off the bike. (Thoren had led most of the way on the bike before getting a penalty and eventually coming into T2 1:42 behind Austria's Sylvia Gehnboeck.)

Out on the run course it looked like Spain's Sarah Loehr Munoz might run her way to the title, but the Spaniard was passed by the fast-running Fernandes (who ran a 2:31 marathon in 2015) in the closing kilometers of the race. Gehnboek hung on for third.

Chevrot out-duels Koutny

France's Denis Chevrot led the way out of the water with Switzerland's Philipp Koutny just over a minute behind. Koutny would join the Frenchman up at the front of the race and the two rode clear of the rest of the field, coming into T2 just seconds apart and over 13-minutes ahead of Portugal's Bruno Pais.

Out on the run course Chevrot steadily gained time on his Swiss competitor and cruised to the title in 3:55:02, just under three minutes ahead of Koutny. Pais would keep the Portuguese crowd happy by rounding out the podium, but he was over 20 minutes behind the champ.

 

Ironman 70.3 Portugal | Women

September 3, 2017 | Cascais, Portugal

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Vanessa Fernandes

POR

4:33:12

0:28:22

2:37:09

1:21:09

2

Sarah Loehr Munoz

ESP

4:34:02

0:28:31

2:32:23

1:27:01

3

Sylvia Gehnboeck

AUT

4:36:42

0:31:36

2:26:35

1:32:36

4

Annie Thoren

SWE

4:37:47

0:26:10

2:33:56

1:32:14

5

Saleta Castro

ESP

4:39:33

0:28:28

2:36:20

1:28:06

6

Tiina Pohjalainen

FIN

4:47:37

0:31:15

2:41:02

1:29:18

7

Sarah Bonner

CAN

4:48:43

0:31:36

2:38:15

1:32:22

8

Rachel Beck

SUI

4:50:20

0:27:37

2:36:29

1:38:28

9

Ilona Eversdijk

NED

4:50:21

0:27:46

2:35:43

1:39:49

10

Michela Menegon

ITA

4:52:34

0:26:30

2:45:31

1:33:41

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Ironman 70.3 Portugal | Men

September 3, 2017 | Cascais, Portugal

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21 km Run

1

Denis Chevrot

FRA

3:55:02

0:24:24

2:10:40

1:14:49

2

Philipp Koutny

SUI

3:57:45

0:25:26

2:09:46

1:17:35

3

Bruno Pais

POR

4:15:36

0:26:41

2:21:35

1:22:26

4

Kevin Sleegers

NED

4:18:00

0:26:36

2:22:28

1:23:17

5

Anthony Cadario

FRA

4:18:01

0:28:29

2:24:02

1:18:55

6

Vanrisch Mclean

GBR

4:19:37

0:30:55

2:20:02

1:22:15

7

Mário Machado

POR

4:20:30

0:27:38

2:24:23

1:22:14

8

Rowan Vorster

RSA

4:21:21

0:27:29

2:22:32

1:25:26

9

Carlos Cruz

POR

4:21:43

0:26:04

2:22:55

1:25:33

10

Sergi Tur Perez

ESP

4:21:50

0:28:45

2:20:13

1:25:57

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