Van Lierde and Abraham tops at Ironman France

Frederik Van Lierde took his fifth Ironman France title in Nice, while Corinne Abraham set a new course record to take the women's race.

| June 24, 2018 | NEWS

Frederik Van Lierde wins Ironman France in 2017.

Frederik Van Lierde wins Ironman France in 2017.

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Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) took yet another title on what has to be his favorite Ironman course, running his way to his fifth Ironman France title thanks to a 2:44 marathon split.

The women's also came down to the run as Corinne Abraham (GBR) blasted through a 2:56 marathon to take the women's title after pre-race favorite Melissa Hauschildt pulled out early on in the run.

Abraham back to the top of the podium

Corinne Abraham burst into the spotlight in 2013 when she took the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne. She followed that up a year later with the Ironman European title in Frankfurt, only to get derailed for a while with injuries. She took Ironman Cozumel in 2015, too, and racked up runner-up finishes in Lanzarote, Austria and Copenhagen last year. She returned to the top of the podium at Ironman France thanks to a stellar bike/ run combination (she was nine-minutes down from swim leader Charlotte Morel out of the water).

Abraham managed to bike her way to the front of the race, coming into T2 13 seconds up on France's Manon Genet, with defending champion Carrie Lester (AUS) 2:19 down, Morel at 2:41 and Hauschildt at 4:20. Out on the run it was all Abraham as she blasted through a sub-three hour marathon to easily take the title. Hauschildt moved passed Morel through the first 5 km of the run, but by the second timing point was out of the race. Lester hung tough for the runner-up spot, while Genet finished third.

Van Lierde fantastic in France

2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde sure loves the course in Nice and he showed his affinity for the challenging bike and flat, fast run course once again with a decisive win. Robin Pasteur (FRA) took a flyer in the water, but Van Lierde was a close third into T2, 90 seconds down. Out onto the bike, though, the race quickly became the Cameron Wurf show as the former pro cyclist ripped through the challenging Nice bike course to take a six-minute lead over Van Lierde, Antony Costes (FRA), Giulio Molinari (ITA) and Romain Guillaume (FRA).

Out on the run there was no touching Van Lierde - he set off after Wurf and was in front by over two-minutes by the halfway point of the marathon. Costes would run his way to second, while Guillaume looked to have third locked up before a late surge by Wurf moved him up to third.

 

 

Ironman France | Men

June 24, 2018 | Nice, France

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Frederik Van Lierde

BEL

8:25:22

50:54

4:43:42

2:44:45

2

Antony Costes

FRA

8:35:42

50:56

2:55:14

3

Cameron Wurf

AUS

8:39:14

56:00

4:32:20

3:04:29

4

Romain Guillaume

FRA

8:39:51

50:55

4:43:51

2:58:47

5

Giulio Molinari

ITA

8:47:17

50:58

4:43:24

3:06:20

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Ironman France | Women

June 24, 2018 | Nice, France

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Corinne Abraham

GBR

9:11:39

1:04:10

5:03:45

2:56:45

2

Carrie Lester

AUS

9:27:30

55:23

5:15:00

3:09:23

3

Manon Genet

FRA

9:32:34

57:37

5:11:17

3:16:17

4

Lisa Roberts

USA

9:43:33

1:06:49

5:26:07

3:02:02

5

Charlotte Morel

FRA

9:46:43

55:12

5:16:12

3:28:23

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