Von Berg and Lawrence excellent in Elsinore

Rodolphe Von Berg managed to hold off Javier Gomez by 12 seconds, while Holly Lawrence added a third regional 70.3 title of the year (fourth since last December) at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark.

| June 23, 2019 | NEWS

Rodolphe Von Berg defends his Ironman 70.3 European title.

Rodolphe Von Berg defends his Ironman 70.3 European title.

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If there was any doubt that Rodolphe Von Berg has quickly put himself at the top of the 70.3 racing scene around the world, those doubts should be long gone now - the American successfully defended his Ironman 70.3 European title with a huge win over one of the sport's greatest athletes in Elsinore today, adding the European 70.3 title to the North American one he took in St. George, Utah last month.

Gomez has been competing in a number of sprint and Olympic distance races of late, so it came as no surprise that the Spaniard led the way out of the water with his countryman, Pablo Dapena Gonzalez right on his heels. Von Berg was just off the lead group, trailing by 38 seconds after the swim. Initially Denmark's Miki Taagholt blasted to the front of the bike, but it was Von Berg who would lead the way into T2 with a lead of 1:44 on Florian Angert and Taagholt and a whopping 3:34 on the big chase group that included, among others, Swede Patrik Nilsson, Belgian Pieter Heemeryck, along with Dapena and Gomez.

Once on the run it looked like Gomez was going to close the gap on Von Berg - through 10.9 km the lead was down to 49 seconds, but Von Berg managed to hang tough and hold on to the lead through the line. Gomez would blast through a 1:07:45 run split, but it wasn't enough as Von Berg made it across the line just ahead. Dapena Gonzalez rounded out the podium.

Lawrence wire to wire

As is her usual race strategy, Great Britain's Holly Lawrence led the way out of the water, but she had some company at the front - Denmark's Helle Frederiksen was right on her heels, as was Czech Republic's Radka Kahlefeldt. Great Britain's Fenella Langridge was next out, 51-seconds down.

Kahlefeldt and Frederiksen hung tough through the initial stages of the bike, but by 30 km Lawrence had broken the pair and started to pull away. By the end of the bike the lead was almost four minutes on a group that included Kahlefeldt, Frederiksen and Langridge. Those three pushed the pace together through the beginning of the run, but eventually Frederiksen was dropped by the other two. After the 15 km point Langridge was able to get clear of Kahlefeldt, but while the Brit was gaining time on her countrywoman, Lawrence won the way we're used to seeing her win, holding off the field for another win and her third Ironman regional championship of the year after her wins in St. George (70.3 North American Championship) and Viet Nam (70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship). She also won the Ironman 70.3 Middle-East Championship in Bahrain last December. Langridge held on for second, with Kahlefeldt rounding out the podium.

Ironman 70.3 European Championship | Men

June 23, 2019 | Elsinore, Denmark

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km swim

90 km bike

21.1 km run

1

Rodolphe Von Berg

USA

3:39:31

21:41

2:01:36

1:11:23

2

Javier Gomez

ESP

3:39:42

21:02

2:05:32

1:07:45

3

Pablo Dapena Gonzalez

ESP

3:40:59

21:03

2:05:32

1:09:08

4

Patrik Nilsson

SWE

3:42:52

21:52

2:04:49

1:11:10

5

Florian Angert

GER

3:43:05

21:34

2:03:14

1:13:19

6

George Goodwin

GBR

3.43:54

22:49

2:06:49

1:09:12

7

Ruedi Wild

SUI

3:44:25

21:54

2:05:08

1:12:35

8

Thomas Davis

GBR

3:46:06

21:29

2:05:31

1:14:07

9

Filipe Azevedo

POR

3:46:33

21:59

2:07:24

1:11:52

10

Felix Hentschel

GER

3:47:13

24:44:00

2:07:17

1:09:44

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Ironman 70.3 European Championship | Women

June 23, 2019 | Elsinore, Denmark

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km swim

90 km bike

21.1 km run

1

Holly Lawrence

GBR

4:03:16

23:21

2:15:10

1:19:45

2

Fenella Langridge

GBR

4:06:14

24:12:00

2:18:04

1:18:47

3

Radka Kahlefeldt

CZE

4:07:28

23:24

2:19:02

1:20:04

4

Helle Frederiksen

DEN

4:08:02

23:24

2:18:55

1:20:35

5

Sara Svensk

SWE

4:09:26

25:34:00

2:17:12

1:21:04

6

Leonie Konczalla

GER

4:12:55

29:34:00

2:16:08

1:21:34

7

Maja Stage Nielsen

DEN

4:14:34

26:52:00

2:21:30

1:20:03

8

Katrien Verstuyft

BEL

4:16:37

25:33:00

2:20:39

1:24:57

9

Chantal Cummings

GBR

4:16:41

25:30:00

2:20:41

1:24:50

10

Claire Hann

GBR

4:17:27

24:19:00

2:19:47

1:27:16

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