Massive field set for Marbella

Highlighted by two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee, a stacked field is set to line up at Ironman 70.3 Marbella.

| April 26, 2019 | NEWS

Alistair Brownlee wins the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dubai triathlon.

Alistair Brownlee wins the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dubai triathlon.

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This weekend promises to be an exciting one for triathlon fans with many of the best in the sport on tap to race at either WTS Bermuda, the Ironman North American Championship, Challenge Cancun or Ironman 70.3 Marbella. The last race on the list will feature the return to racing of two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee.

"After finishing second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship back in September, Brownlee went to ground at home in Yorkshire working on his fitness and also dialing in his aero position as he has shifted focus toward long-distance racing," according to a release from Brownlee's team, Bahrain 13 Endurance.

The British star is hardly the only big name in the field, though. He'll take on Germans Andreas Dreitz, the runner-up at Challenge Roth last year, and former Ironman record holder Andreas Raelert. The 69-strong pro men's field also includes names like American Chris Leiferman and Spain's Ivan Rana, who are certain to keep Brownlee honest should he ease up at all - although that's hardly likely to happen.

For the women, Germany's Laura Philipp will arrive in Marbella as the prohibitive favorite. The German has been steadily improving her swim times to go along with a killer bike and run, so she's certainly going to be tough to beat. Sweden's Lisa Norden, the 2012 silver medalist, is also in the field, though, and if she's healthy will certainly provide lots of competition to Philipp. Belgium's Tine Deckers is another consistent performer who knows how to win races who could also be a factor this weekend.