IRONMAN Mallorca results: Ruth Astle and Leon Chevalier win thrillers – Elite News

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The last full distance IRONMAN Mallorca took place five years ago, but after the crisp 2021 revival in Alcudia on Saturday, let’s not wait that long until the next one!

Two first-time IRONMAN champions, both won in very close and high quality races, including a new British IRONMAN champion in the form of Ruth Astle. Great viewing.

PRO Men РA first for L̩on Chevalier

Based in the bay of Alcudia, it was not at all surprising to see the German Florian Angert leading the way through the two towers, opening a 3.8 km swim. Winner of IRONMAN Barcelona in 2019, he was also an impressive winner this year at the Samorin of Challenge Family’s The Championship over the half distance.

While Angert was clearly the leader in solo after finishing the swim in 46:03, this advantage was not significant. Valentin Wernz (GER) led the pursuers to just 36 seconds, followed closely by Peru Alfaro (ESP), Challenge Almere-Amsterdam champion Kristian Hogenhaug (DEN) and Adam Bowden. Elliot Smales (+2: 35) was next in sixth, leading a huge field that included Cameron Wurf (AUS) and long distance debutant Jackson Laundry (CAN) with many more in the running.

Fast forward 90 km on the bike – which included a long climb at the start of the race – and team INEOS rider Wurf had taken the lead. He was not alone however, as he had Leon Chevalier (FRA) and LD triathlon world champion Kristian Hogenhaug with him.

Angert was solo in fourth place at this point, two and a half minutes behind, with a small chase group made up of William Mennesson (FRA), Dylan Magnien (FRA) and Boris Stein (GER) five minutes behind the leaders. Adam Bowden was 10 minutes back in a huge group alongside Smales and Laundry.

The leading trio continued to extend their advantage over the second half of the bike. They arrived at T2 in close order, with Angert now almost four minutes late. Boris Stein was six minutes late (5th) with Mennesson and Sebastian Neef (GER) approaching 11 minutes late in 6th / 7th. Anyone else would be really hard pressed if they still had ambitions for the podium.

Supported by Susie and Rob Cheetham, the Bath-based French Chevalier set out on the running course seconds before Wurf and Hogenhaug – and stayed there for the next 42.2km. He built a nearly five-minute lead over Wurf in the 25km, but the race was far from over.

Angert was following his pace almost to second, then in the last 10 kilometers the German started to gain ground and Chevalier started to go into ‘hang on’ mode. Entering the last mile, he must have stopped briefly and had a drink – and with Angert now seconds rather than minutes away, would that be critical?

Having also won the full distance Embrunman in France in August, shortly after that third place at IRONMAN UK, the welcome sight of the finish line came just in time.

“I was empty, I couldn’t even see anything in these final stages,” Leon said after the race, adding “I’m so glad it’s over.”

Angert took second – very happy with his Kona location – while Wurf held on for third.

PRO Women – Astle reigns in a nail rodent

In the third full-distance start of her season, Fenella Langridge led the way in swimming alongside Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden. Among the pre-race favorites, 2016 champion Jocelyn McCauley (USA) was at 2:33 (4th), with Sara Svensk (SWE), Justine Mathieux (FRA) and Ruth Astle five and a half minutes behind. In terms of the weather, it was perhaps the best race of Ruth’s career, a good start to her day.

Multiple Swedish national cycling champion, Norden is one of the best riders in the sport and has used this skill to reach T2 on her own. As she started the race four minutes ahead, Astle had actually closed the gap, setting the best bike time of the day (4:51:44). This brought her to T2 alongside McCauley. Could the American still win, five years after the last IRONMAN Mallorca?

The gaps were not huge either in T2 – Svensk (+ 8:01), Langridge (+ 8:48), Mathieux (+ 9:44) – and a marathon offers many opportunities for change.

Norden and Astle ran practically second after second for the first 10km, but that all changed in the second quarter of the race as a four-minute gap was reduced to just one minute. Norden was starting to fade, while Astle was in metronome mode. The only problem? Mathieux third and Liepold fourth both ran faster!

It took the Briton 26km to catch up with Norden – only to have the French athlete a little over a minute behind and get closer quickly. There were a lot of races left in this one! Mathieux would pass Norden and continue to get closer to the lead, but Astle never wavered. Her advantage was only 30 seconds, but she hung on for a famous victory.

Ruth – who had little training before the race due to a calf injury – maintained her pace until the finish line and had the best result of her career. Fantastic races – and it was not over!

While Mathieux took second place, third was only decided on the red carpet, in a final sprint between Liepold and Norden, the veteran German arriving just first to complete the podium.

IRONMAN Mallorca 2021 results

Saturday, October 16, 2021
3.8 km / 180 km / 42.2 km

PRO Men

  • 1. Léon Chevalier (FRA) – 7:57:03
  • 2. Florian Angert (GER) – 7:57:59
  • 3. Cameron Wurf (AUS) – 8:04:03
  • 4. Boris Stein (GERMANY) – 8:09:40
  • 5. Kristian Hogenhaug (DEN) – 08:06:01
  • 6. Dylan Magnien (FRA) – 8:10:17
  • 7. Bart Aernouts (FRA) – 8:12:03
  • 8. Samuel Huerzeler (SUI) –
  • 9. Mikel Ugarte Ramos (ESP) – 08:13:39
  • 10. Michael Weiss (AUT) – 8:16:18
  • 12. Elliot Smales (GBR) – 8:19:35
  • DNF. Adam Bowden (GBR)

PRO Women

  • 1. Ruth Astle (GBR) – 8:59:15
  • 2. Justine Mathieux (FRA) – 9:00:39
  • 3. Kristin Liepold (GERMANY) – 9:02:53
  • 4. Lisa Norden (SWE) – 9:02:57
  • 5. Anne-Lena Best-Pohl (GER) – 9:15:24
  • 6. Elena Illeditsch (GERMANY) – 9:16:18
  • 7. Fenella Langridge (GBR) – 9:16:27
  • 8. Verena Watler (GERMANY) – 9:24:58

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