Bart Aernouts 4th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship31. August 2015 — Triathlon Team
Bart Aernouts of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team finished 4th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See, Austria, yesterday. The former European Champion finished just off the podium behind 2015 Ironman European Champion Jan Frodeno, reigning Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle and ITU World Champion Javier Gomez.
Bart started his race with a somewhat average swim (1,9km: 25:10) and left the water in 40th position 3 seconds behind the leading group of favourites. With one of the fastest bike splits of the day (90km in 2:12:07), Bart moved up to 13th place entering T2. On the run, he continued his incredible chase to finally come home in fourth place, thanks to the fastest run split of the day (21 km: 1:14:55).
Bart had mixed emotions after the race: “This was not my best swim. I started off well, but after 500m I started to struggle. I didn’t feel great. In the end, I was swimming on my own and I lost more time than I expected. So, it was not the best start (to the race). The first hour on the bike was a bit of a struggle. I didn’t have the best legs and it was not an easy course. It took some time to find my speed. After 50k, I caught a few guys and I started to feel better. The last 30km on the bike were quite strong and I arrived to T2 in the top 20, I was convinced that everything was still possible after the bike. But I had to work so hard today. The run leg here in Zell am See is a flat course but after such a tough bike leg, most of the athletes still suffered. The first lap was especially tough, in such a hot weather. On the second lap, I caught a few guys and moved up into the top 10. In the end, I even made the top 5. I didn’t expect that after the first few kilometres, but I just kept pushing and fighting today until I finally finished 4th. Next week, I leave for Kona to prepare for my major goal of the season, the IM World Championships.”