With an incredible 2:39 marathon, Bart Aernouts takes Ironman Hamburg ahead of Joe Skipper and James Cunnama.
July 29, 2018 | NEWS|
After organizers were forced to cancel the swim in the Alster Lake in Hamburg due to blue-green algae, the swim was replaced by a 6 km run. At the end of the first leg all the favorites remained together starting the bike.
Markus Liebelt (GER) led the big group of 14 for much of the early stages of the bike, with Bart Aernouts (BEL) and Michael Raelert (GER) taking turns up front. The group went through the first of two flat, fast loops in 1:58 hours. It wasn't until about 130 km into the bike that things started to change as some of the lead group dropped off the pace. Last year's winner. James Cunnama (RSA), moved to the front and was joined by Aernouts. The two hit T2 together, finishing the bike in four hours. Behind them, Tim Don (GBR) came in 54 seconds back, with countryman Joe Skipper 1:16 down.
Aernouts runs to the win
Aernouts, a former world duathlon champ, is known as a strong runner and quickly moved into the lead. Behind him Skipper set a fast pace and passed Don after about 6 km. At 18 km Skipper overtook Cunnama to move to second, but there was no catching Aernouts, who put together a 2:39 marathon split to cross the line first. Skipper, fresh off an Ironman UK win two weeks ago, crossed the line in second, 7:09 behind. Third place went to last year's winner, Cunnama.
Ironman Hamburg | Men
July 29 2018 | Hamburg, Germany
6 KM Run
180 KM Bike
42.2 KM Run