Ironman Cozumel features stacked field

Michael Weiss and Frederik Van Lierde highlight the men's field at Ironman Cozumel, while Michelle Vesterby takes on countrywoman Camilla Pedersen and Corinne Abraham comes back to racing to try to defend her title.

| November 25, 2016 | NEWS

Michelle Vesterby will be one of the women\'s favorites in Cozumel.

Michelle Vesterby will be one of the women's favorites in Cozumel.

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Figuring out exactly who will be racing various Ironman events is always a bit of a challenge - this weekend's race in Cozumel has Tim Don down as one of the competitors but, based on the Twitter post and photo of he and his family enjoying an "off-season" breakfast, we're going to assume that he's not competing on Sunday.

Having Don at the race would certainly have made things interesting, but there are more than enough speedy folks ready to rip up the flat and fast course in Mexico on Sunday. Frederik Van Lierde posted some scary bike workouts on his new Cervelo P5X, so it would appear that the 2013 Ironman world champion is keen to erase the frustrating memory of his Kona performance. While he did finish 10th, it came after a frustrating drafting call (he got caught in a horrible position as the group ahead slowed down).

Van Lierde is likely the favorite on Sunday, but Michi Weiss is certainly another man to watch in Cozumel. He's also coming off a disappointing day on the Big Island, so he'll certainly be motivated to end the year on a more positive note, too. 

Fresh off a 12th place finish in Kona, Matt Russell is also someone to watch as he tries to improve on his runner-up finish in Mexico a year ago.

Abraham returns to racing

Michelle Vesterby is, on paper, the one to beat in Cozumel thanks to her sixth-place finish in Kona. Countrywoman Camilla Pedersen was 11th on the Big Island and is certainly another one of the women's favorites.

The big question mark for Sunday is Corinne Abraham. Between 2013 and 2015 Abraham won the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne (2013), the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt (2014) and Ironman Cozumel last year. She's coming off a fractured femur which has kept her from racing pretty much all year. Is she fit enough to get a full-distance win for the fourth year in a row?