Ryf blasts at Alpe d'Huez as Guillaume takes the men's race

Daniela Ryf is rounding into frightening fitness once again, finishing sixth overall as she decimates the women's field at the challenging Alpe d'Huez Triathlon. Romain Guillaume used a stellar bike to take the men's race.

| July 25, 2019 | NEWS

Last month Daniela Ryf took Ironman Austria - she bounced back quickly to put on a impressive show at the Alpe d\'Huez Triathlon.

Last month Daniela Ryf took Ironman Austria - she bounced back quickly to put on a impressive show at the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon.

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For all those who were thinking that Daniela Ryf didn't seem to be in the same kind of shape we're used to seeing for her two full-distance wins at the Ironman North American Championship in Texas and at Ironman Austria, just check out her performance today at the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon to understand that her only real competition most days comes from her male competitors.

After a 2.2 km swim in Lac du Verney at an altitude of 700 m, the 118 km bike takes in three famous climbs often seen as part of the Tour de France -  the Alpe du Grand Serre (1375 m), the Col d'Ornon (1371 m) and the famous Alpe d'Huez with its 21 switchback turns. That's all followed by a 20 km, three loop run around Alpe d"Huez on a variety of trails and paved roads.

Today Ryf's incredible performance saw her finish sixth overall, just 13 minutes behind Romain Guillaume's winning time. The pro women left 15 minutes ahead of the men - Guillaume had almost caught the super-Swiss champion by the end of the bike, only to watch the four-time Kona champ run away from him over the 20 km run to be the first to cross the line. Ryf was by far the fastest of the day in all three disciplines and finished over 29 minutes ahead of runner-up Carrie Lester (AUS) and another 13 minutes ahead of third-place finisher Alexandra Tondeur (BEL).

Guillaume came out of the water just a couple of seconds ahead of Spain's Alberto Moreno Molins, but quickly put his stamp on the race thanks to a stellar bike that saw him open a gap of almost eight minutes on the Spaniard. That was more than enough of a lead to keep him in front as he crossed the line a shade under seven-minutes up on Molins. Belgium's Kenneth Vandendriessche rounded out the podium.

 

 

Alpe d'Huez Triathlon | Women

July 25, 2019 | Alpe d'Huez, France

Name

Country

Overall

2.2 km Swim

118 km Bike

20 km Run

1

Daniela Ryf

SUI

6:15:57

0:30:23

4:16:28

1:26:32

2

Carrie Lester

AUS

6:44:15

0:31:33

4:40:10

1:29:26

3

Alexandra Tondeur

BEL

6:57:32

0:35:22

4:45:01

1:33:55

4

Alice Meignie

FRA

7:02:11

0:41:08

4:47:15

1:30:39

5

Meredith Hill

AUS

7:04:50

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Alpe d'Huez Triathlon | Men

July 25, 2019 | Alpe d'Huez, France

Name

Country

Overall

2.2 km Swim

118 km Bike

20 km Run

1

Romain Guillaume

FRA

6:02:52

0:29:53

4:02:53

1:27:45

2

Alberto Moreno Molins

ESP

6:09:42

0:29:55

4:10:17

1:26:28

3

Kenneth Vandendriessche

BEL

6:11:36

0:33:00

4:11:08

1:24:20

4

Scott Defillips

USA

6:14:09

0:32:56

4:17:02

1:20:25

5

Gwenael Ouilleres

FRA

6:14:39

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