Jan van Berkel thrilled the crowd with a Swiss win at the last Ironman Switzerland event to take place in Zurich.
July 22, 2019 | NEWS|
The final Ironman Switzerland event to take place in Zurich (the race moves to Thun next year) was a pro men only race (August's Ironman Talinn will be a pro women only event) and the water was warm enough in Lake Zurich so the pros weren't allowed to wear wetsuits. Switzerland's Jan van Berkel showed that he was going for the win right fron the start, coming out of the water in 51:38 and leading the way into to T1. German Christian Kramer and van Berkel's countryman Sven Riederer were just a few seconds back, with Ruedi Wild in fourth.
The bike offered lots of lead changes as Spaniard Ivan Raña, known for his strength on the bike, rode to the front over the second half of the 180 km course, with Christian Kramer staying near the front and van Berkel riding in third. With 10 km to go van Berkel took the lead again and, thanks to a 4:35:14 bike split, led the way into T2. Four seconds later Sven Riederer followed thanks to the day's fastest bike split of the day (4:34:50), while Christian Kramer's 4:35:18 bike split and a fast transition got him out onto the run course in second place ahead of Riederer.
The marathon run includes four laps along the shores of Lake Zurich. Rieder and van Berkel ran the first 10 km together before van Berkel started to pull ahead. Kramer managed to hang on to third until 12 km but was then passed by France's Cyril Viennot. Another Swiss athlete, Ronnie Schildknecht managed to hang tough in fifth, but by 36 km into the marathon Australian Damien Collins surged ahead of Kramer and Schildknecht.
There was no touching van Berkel, though, as he cruised through a 2:46:41 marathon to finish in 8:16:50. Riederer was just under seven-minutes back in 8:24:07, announcing his retirement after his finish. Viennot rounds out the podium in 8:31:03 hours. Collins took fourth in 8:34:43, with Schildknecht (8:37:38 hours) passing Kramer just before the line to take fifth.
Ironman Switzerland | Pro Men
July 21, 2019 | Zurich, Switzerland
3.8 km Swim
180 km Bike
42.2 km Run
Jan van Berkel