Ryf and Brownlee dominate final tune up races before Nice

Daniela Ryf dominates in Austria while Alistair Brownlee does the same at Dun Laoghaire.

| August 27, 2019 | NEWS

Alistair Brownlee led from start to finish to take Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire.

Alistair Brownlee led from start to finish to take Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire.

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Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf tuned up for the tough climbs ahead at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice with a dominating performance at the Trans-Vorarlberg Triathlon in Austria. Ryf’s 4:01:47 for the 1.2-km swim, 93=km bike and 12-km run set a new course record and put her 16-minutes ahead of runner-up Annah Watkinson (RSA). Ryf’s countrywoman Nina Derron rounded out the podium.

Austria’s Thomas Steger took his fourth title at the race in Lech am Arlberg, winning in 3:41:59 ahead of South Africa’s Matt Trautman (3:47:19) and Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild (3:48:24).

Brownlee wins Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire

Alistair Brownlee was equally as impressive in his practice run for Nice, dominating Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire from the start. The two-time Olympic gold medalist won in 4:00:34, ahead of compatriot Elliot Smales (4:10:58) with fast-running Adam Bowden making it an all-British podium with his 4:13:47 finish.

The British domination continued in the women’s race, although it wasn’t a clean sweep of the podium. Nikki Bartlett took the win in was able to secure the victory in 4:46:44 hours with a fast half marathon and the fastest time of professional women. Second was Lucy Hall in 4:54:26 hours. American Lisa Roberts came in third (4:55:12 hours).