It's comeback time for Bozzone and Steffen

After Terenzo Bozzone's impressive comeback last weekend, he looks for a third straight win in Busselton, while Caroline Steffen also makes her return to Ironman racing, too.

| November 30, 2018 | NEWS

Can Terenzo Bozzone take his third straight Ironman Western Australia title?

Can Terenzo Bozzone take his third straight Ironman Western Australia title?

Photo >Delly Carr | Ironman

After his terrible bike accident in July, Terenzo Bozzone had a tough road back to racing. The New Zealander was able gradually increase his training over the months, but he wasn't able to get back in time to compete at the Ironman World Championship. Last weekend Bozzone finally made an impressive comeback and won over a competitive field at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney. The 33-year-old seems to be looking for more and will be after his third straight title this weekend at Ironman Western Australia.His strong bike-run splits from last weekend (2:01/ 1:15) suggests that Bozzone could be the one to beat again. Bozzone has proven he does well with several competitions back-to-back in the past. Whether Bozzone, after his long injury and his minimal training time, especially in running, can transfer the power of a half-distance race to a full-distance one will be exciting to watch.

Bozzone will face a tough field in Busselton. Last year's fifth-place finisher in Kona, James Cunnama (RSA) and veteran Luke McKenzie (AUS) are on the starting list. Super-biker Cameron Wurf (AUS) is on the start list, too, but it's not certain he'll be racing as he's expected to compete at Challenge Daytona next weekend. Guy Crawford (NZL), Jens Petersen-Bach (DNK) and David Dellow (AUS) have good chances at a top finish.

Steffen makes her comeback, Riveros makes debut

For the women, Switzerlands Caroline Steffen returns to full-distance racing after a few years of half-distance focus and also giving birth to baby Xander earlier this year. Despite her break, the 40-year-old arrives in Western Australia as the women's favorite. She'll have some competition, though - there's the much-anticipated long-distance debut of former ITU star Barbara Riveros. The Chilean will certainly be one to watch. Others to keep an eye on include another super-mom, Beth McKenzie (USA) and Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS), who had a great race in Laguna Phuket two weeks ago.