Jan Frodeno might not have broken the course record at Ironman Austria, but he proved once again how formidable he has become at Ironman racing.
July 2, 2017 | NEWS|
Jan Frodeno had been talking down his original plan to go after Marino Vanhoenacker's course record at Ironman Austria all week - a month ago he managed to catch a virus brought home by his son Luca and was so sick he was unable to train for a couple of weeks. Not the pre-race preparation you need when you're trying to break one of the most impressive records in Ironman racing. (Vanhoenacker's 7:45:58, set in 2011, was the fastest race ever at an official Ironman race for over six years.)
Heading into today's race the feeling around Klagenfurt that the man most likely to push Frodeno was Spain's Ivan Rana, who has been racing against the German pretty much since they both started in the sport. Rana has won here in Austria before, too, and, as we posted in a headline yesterday, made it abundantly clear that his race plan was to try and go with Frodeno in the swim and early stages of the bike.
We got an answer to the headline for that interview - "Can Ivan Rana stay with Jan Frodeno?" - very quickly. The answer was a resounding "no."
Frodeno had opened up a gap of almost two minutes on the Spaniard (46:29 to 48:24) in the swim and never looked back as he blasted away on the bike. Rana would quickly get swallowed by the rest of the men and was well back on the bike and at the end of the day.
Eneko Llanos proved to the best of the rest as he pulled his way to second off the bike, alongside Antony Costas (FRA). Llanos, who hasn't had a great full-distance result for a few years thanks to gastrointestinal issues, was happy to put together a solid 2:47 marathon, which, considering Frodeno went 2:46 and enjoyed a lead of almost 14 minutes starting the run, didn't put any pressure on the two-time world champ, but did net Llanos a well-deserved and long-awaited runner-up spot.
Rounding out the top three was the ageless Viktor Zyemtsev, 44, a multiple Ironman Austria champion who took his first title here in Klagenfurt in 2002 and once again ran his way to a top finish.
Ironman Austria | Men
July 2, 2017 | Klagenfurt, Austria
3.8 km Swim
180 km Bike
42.2 km Run