2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde took another title on his favorite Ironman course on the French Riviera yesterday.
From the start of the race he had a good feeling, leading the chase pack in the swim that gave him already a first confidence boost. The bike leg announced to be hard since a lot of excellent riders were in the pack. At about 100 km Cameron Wurf (AUS) joined the front group and started his impressive move.
“I cannot describe how happy I am with this victory, the 5th here in Nice. No need to mention this is one of the most iconic races in triathlon. Seeing my name 5 times on that victory list is just a dream come true.”
Frederik Van Lierde
Wurf – a former pro cyclist – showed an incredible performance on the challenging bike course, set a new bike record and entered T2 with a six-minute lead over his closest rivals.
Cameron Wurf with a new bike course record
The men’s podium
Top 3 Men:
1. Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:25:22
2. Antony Costes (ESP) 8:35:47 – new bike course record 4:43:35
3. Cameron Wurf (AUS) 8:39:14
Corinne Abraham deliver a well balanced performance over the entire distance and broke the course record on her way to her first Ironman Nice title by beating defending champion Carrie Lester.
Top 3 Women:
1. Corinne Abraham (GBR) 9:11:39 – new course record
2. Carrie Lester (AUS) 9:27:30
3. Manon Genet (FRA) 9:32:34
Images by Daniel Pintens and GettyImages