Cyril Viennot put together a solid race to take the title at Ironman Copenhagen while Tim Don's quest for Kona after recovering from a broken neck unfortunately came to an end.
August 21, 2018 | NEWS|
Cyril Viennot ran his way to the win at the men's-only pro race (the women raced the day before in Kalmar, Sweden) as Tim Don's inspirational attempt to get to Kona came to an end. Don broke his neck last year just days before the Ironman World Championship and is coming back from the horrific injury that required him to wear a "halo" with screws in his skull until earlier this year.
Don goes for it
Jesper Svennson (SWE) and Johann Ackermann (GER) led the way out of the water with Don (GBR) and Spain's Clemente Alsonso-McKernan on their heels - they had a lead of just over three minutes on the chase group that included Italy's Giulio Molinari, Denmark's Jens Petersen-Bach, Germans Marcus Fachbach and Boris Stein, along with Viennot.
Once out on the bike it looked like Don was back to his old self as the Brit blasted through the opening stages of the ride. He would run into some issues, though, that forced a number of stops and by 110 km into the ride it was Alonso-McKernan in front. The Spaniard would hold a four-minute lead on Denmark's Kristian Hogenhaug, with Don, Stein and Viennot another 90 seconds behind.
Once on the run Viennot quickly took control (Alonso-McKernan would drop out before the 10 km point) with Don seeming to be ready to make a challenge. By 26 km Don's continued issues proved to be too much and he was forced to pull out, leaving Viennot to cruise in to take the title after a 2:47 marathon. Hogenhaug put together a 2:51 marathon split to run his way to second, while Molinari rounded out the podium.
Ironman Copenhagen | Men
August 19, 2018 | Copenhagen, Denmark
3,8 km Swim
180 km Bike
42.2 km Run