BMC Etixx Triathlon Team on the Podium at Challenge Roth and Ironman EC Frankfurt10. July 2017 — Triathlon Team
Bart Aernouts grabbed the victory in one of the most iconic races in the world yesterday - Challenge Roth. A monumental victory for the Belgian triathlete winning with a time of 7:59:07!
Just as impressive, Aernout's teammate, Maurice Clavel clinched 3rd place in his first ever full distance race with a time of 08:04:53! Joe Skipper (GBR; 08:03:00) crossed the line in 2nd. Meanwhile, 250km away, their Swedish teammate Patrik Nilsson crossed the finish line of the European Championship Ironman IM Frankfurt in 3rd place.
The day couldn’t have started any better for Maurice Clavel as he exited the water in first place. Bart Aernouts entered T1 in 17th position, 4’30 back from Clavel. While Maurice was riding attentively in front of the race, Bart smashed his way through the field to pass the 38k mark in 9th place. Halfway through the bike leg Clavel led the big chase group, 1’10 behind leader Frommhold. Aernouts moved up to 7th place at that point of the race. He kept his eyes set on the front as he built up his pace towards the end of the bike to enter T2 in 5th place. Meanwhile Maurice had taken over the lead of the race, after Frommhold crashed. Clavel decided to put the rest of the field under pressure and opened up a gap of 2’ over Bracht at the beginning of the run.
Aernouts Extremely Happy
Bart Aernouts found it hard to even believe he took the victory in Roth: “Of course I am extremely happy with the result, also a bit surprised maybe. It was the first time in my career I started in 2 full distance races in seven weeks, so in a way it was all new for me. I know I’m not the best swimmer, so I wasn’t in the leading group during the swim, but it felt acceptable. On the bike, it was tough. I thought Roth had a fast bike course, but today there was a lot of wind. In the last part of the bike race I felt good though. Once I had my running shoes on that good feeling continued and I knew that even though I was down about 7 minutes at the beginning of the marathon was still possible to catch up, even on this new run course which is more difficult than the previous one, I felt I could make up some time. In the end, I had to pinch myself to believe this was really happening. It is amazing to win here in Roth, one of the most legendary races. I can confirm that I’m really impressed by this race and the atmosphere here.”
Maurice Clavel Delighted with 3rd Place
Maurice Clavel looked back at his race with a big smile on his face. “It was a very hard race for me as it was my first ever long distance in my life. I tried to put a lot of pressure on the field during the swim. I swam in front most of the time. Then on the bike I tried to race smart in 3rd or 4th place. Frommhold attacked halfway on the bike and at 130K as leader of the chase group I tried to catch him, while chasing him I broke away from the rest of the field. Unfortunately, he crashed and I took over the lead. As I looked back I saw no one behind me. It was so crazy as leading man. I pushed hard and tried everything, but after 23k it was so tough. I struggled a lot, but I finished 3rd and I’m so happy about it.
Patrik Nilsson runs to bronze at the European Championship Ironman in Frankfurt
Patrik Nilsson crossed the finish line in 3rd place at the IM European Championship in Frankfurt on Sunday. The Swedish athlete displayed an astonishing running pace taking home the fastest running split. Sebastien Kienle (GER; 07:41:42) won the race as Andi Boecherer (GER; 07:46:07) finished in 2nd position.
Sub 8-hour performance
No problems during the swim for Patrik Nilsson as he exited the water in the big chase group battling for 2nd, 1’ behind the leader. On the bike a big chase group took form and Nilsson played things smart to settle in the bunch.
Almost the whole day on the bike Patrik sat in and around 9th position. As he knew he had good legs he didn’t overdo things. The BMC-Etixx athlete jumped of the bike in 7th place, 7’ down on 3rd place. In the early stages of the run Nilsson had to cope with the accompany of Tutukin as they both battled their way towards the front. At the halfway point the gap was still 6’30, but from that point onwards Patrik made the difference. He was able to step up his pace even more. With less than 10k to go the Swedish athlete made the pass over Lange to take over 4th place.
Nilsson wanted more and put down the hammer even more. In the final 5k he made another pass and ran in 3rd place. He kept digging deep to cross the finish line after 07:50:16. An amazing sub 8-hour performance, thanks to an incredible running split of 02:40:58. With his 3rd place Nilsson secured his points to clinch a slot for Kona in October. Very satisfied Afterwards
A satisfied Nilsson “To finish 3rd behind Sebastien Kienle and Andi Boecherer is a result I never thought would happen. I tried to play it safe to get my points for Kona and with the running splits it worked out well. I’m ready for Kona and looking forward to race there!”