Bart Aernouts (BEL) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team finished 4th today in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See. European Champion, Jan Frodeno (GER: 3:51:19), was outstanding in Austria today. Sebastian Kienle (GER: 3:52:48) came second with the fastest bike split, while former World Champion Javier Gomez (ESP: 3:55:05) finished 3rd. In a sprint finish for 4th place, Bart Aernouts (BEL: 3:56:28) edged out Michael Raelert (GER).
Fastest run split
Bart Aernouts (BEL) had a decent swim (1,9km: 25:10). He came out of the water in 40th position 3’ behind the leading group of favorites. With the 6th bike split of the day (90km: 2:12:07), Bart moved up to 13th place entering T2. On the run, Aernouts continued his comeback, and with the fastest run split, he succeeded to move up to 4th place (21 km: 1:14:55).
Bart had mixed emotions after his result today: “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 today. The first hour on the bike was a bit of a struggle. I had not the best legs and it was not an easy course. It took some time today to find my speed. After 50k, I caught a few guys and I got a better feeling. The last 30km on the bike were quite strong. I arrived in T2 in the top 20, I was convinced that everything was still possible after the bike. But I had to work hard today. The run leg here in Zell am See was a flat course, but after such a tough bike leg, most of the athletes suffered. The first lap was tough, especially with such a hot weather. In the second lap, I caught a few guys and moved up to the top 10. In the end, I even made top 5. I didn’t expect it after the first few kilometers, but I got a better feeling afterwards. I just kept pushing and fighting today until I finally finished 4th. Next week, I already leave to Kona to prepare for my major goal of the season, the IM World Championship.”