van Vlerken and Costes win in Barcelona

Yvonne Van Vlerken is having quite a month, taking her second full-distance race (after winning Challenge Almere, too), while Antony Costes led the men at Ironman Barcelona.

| October 1, 2017 | NEWS

Yvonne van Vlerken wins Ironman Barcelona.

Yvonne van Vlerken wins Ironman Barcelona.

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What a month it has been for Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED). She won "at home," taking Challenge Almere in Amsterdam, which also served as the European Long Distance Championship, on September 9, then three weeks later took her second long-distance title of the month in winning Ironman Barcelona by running her way to the title over Lisa Huetthaler (AUT).

Antony Costes (FRA) took the men's race in a close race over Mike Phillips (NZL).

Van Vlerken runs to another Ironman win

Trailing by over six minutes starting the run, Van Vlerken set off after Germany's Daniela Sämmler, Huetthlaer and Great Britain's Kimberly Morrison, who were off the bike together after their 4:36 to 4:37 bike splits.

Van Vlerken rode a decent 4:41 to remain in contention, then cruised through a 3:05 marathon that was more than enough to get her the win. Sämmler was in front through the half marathon with a lead of a minute over Huetthaler, but shortly after the 22 km point Van Vlerken flew by them both.

Van Vlerken cruised on to her 14th sub-9 hour full distance race, taking the title by five minutes over Huetthaler, who finished four minutes up on Sämmler.

Ironman Barcelona | Women

September 30, 2017 | Barcelona, Spain

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42 km Run

1

Yvonne van Vlerken

NED

8:46:18

55:44

4:41:18

3:05:02

2

Lisa Hütthaler

AUT

8:51:21

53:49

4:36:41

3:16:22

3

Daniela Sämmler

GER

8:55:11

52:25

4:37:57

3:20:11

4

Katja Konschak

GER

8:57:12

52:11

4:54:41

3:03:27

5

Kimberley Morrison

GBR

9:12:49

52:28

4:37:23

3:37:17

6

Ewa Bugdol

POL

9:15:57

52:14

4:57:48

3:20:48

7

Anna Lechowicz

POL

9:21:19

1:07:39

4:51:58

3:16:17

8

Heidi Hyvarinen

FIN

9:22:41

57:46

4:58:15

3:20:46

9

Ewelina Pisarek

POL

9:25:52

1:07:25

4:56:07

3:16:01

10

Lilla Baranovska

UKR

9:29:28

57:33

4:55:24

3:30:15

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A close men's race

A huge group of 12 men exited the water within 14 seconds of each other led by Mike Phillips (NZL) with Germany's Horst Reichel right on his feet. Joe Skipper, the men's winner at Challenge Almere, was over 2:30 down after the swim.

Out on the bike course a group of nine formed at the front, led early on by Costes and fellow Frenchman Bertand Billard. It didn't take long for others to start pushing the pace at the front - Michel Blanchart would also drive the pace through the first 90 km, but the group of nine stayed close. Skipper found himself in chase mode almost three minutes behind. 

Costes made a move shortly after the half-way point of the ride and opened up a lead of almost 40 seconds through 109 km, but Phillips would bridge up to the Frenchman and the two hit T2 together with a lead of six minutes over Philip Graves (GBR) and eight minutes on a group that included Reichel, Billard, Bas Diederen (NED), Sven Riederer (SUI) and Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR).

Costes would win the running duel, posting a 2:46:50 marathon split to get him to the line 3:31 ahead of Phillips. The ageless Zyemtsev (who is 44) ran a 2:47 marathon split to round out the podium.

Ironman Barcelona | Men

September 30, 2017 | Barcelona, Spain

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42 km Run

1

Antony Costes

FRA

7:49:19

48:05

4:09:58

2:46:50

2

Mike Phillips

NZL

7:52:50

47:56

4:09:55

2:50:26

3

Viktor Zyemtsev

UKR

7:58:03

48:08

4:17:57

2:47:34

4

Miquel Blanchart Tinto

ESP

8:02:03

48:08

4:19:53

2:49:33

5

Bas Diederen

NED

8:04:51

48:05

4:17:52

2:54:18

6

Joe Skipper

GBR

8:15:17

50:38

4:17:19

3:02:22

7

Horst Reichel

GER

8:16:10

47:56

4:18:02

3:06:02

8

Marc Unger

GER

8:19:07

50:26

4:17:28

3:06:44

9

Egor Vinogradov

RUS

8:22:24

56:08

4:29:18

2:51:49

10

Michael Rünz

GER

8:25:52

53:50

4:29:27

2:57:26

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