Daniela Ryf, four-time Ironman World Champion, has convincingly won the third race in the Spirit Tri Series, the iconic TIME Alpe d’Huez triathlon.
Expectations were high and Daniela did not fail to impress, creating exciting moments as she passed the leading male athlete, Romaine Guillaume, on the climb at Alpe d’Huez.
Daniela finished the race sixth overall in a time of 6:15:57, nearly 30 mins ahead of second place female Carrie Lester from Australia. Romaine Guillaume placed first in the men’s race with a time of 6:02:52.
The championship quality event attracted more than a thousand competitors ready to take on the famously challenging bike course made up of three mountain passes, including the 21 switching bends of the climb to Alpe d’Huez.
Competitors and coaches agree it is arguably the toughest triathlon event worldwide and a ‘bucket list’ race for athletes keen to test their mental and physical toughness.
Spirit Tri Series athletes fought hard on the tough course to improve their positions on the Spirit Tri Series leader board.
Overall standings following the race are:
Tripep (Germany) 5000 points
Home of Triathlon (Switzerland) 4200
Triangle Sports (Poland) 4100
Team ETE (Great Britain) 3500
Daniela Ryf Birds (Switzerland) 3000
ToDoTri (Italy) 1800
Chantal Cummings (Team ETE) 2800
Nina Derron (Home of Triathlon) 1900
Michelle Derron (Home of Triathlon) 1800
Chris Standidge (Team Triangle Sports) 2500
Arnaud Margot (Daniela Ryf Birds) 2100
Milosz Sowinski (Team Triangle Sports) 1800
Spirit Multisport CEO, Tom Sutton, said the TIME Alpe d’Huez Triathlon was an event that tested every athlete on the course.
“We were hoping for an epic race and it exceeded all expectations. Truly one of the great events of world triathlon. ” he said.
Mr Sutton said yesterday’s race confirmed the Spirit Tri Series was a real alternative to current long distance triathlon offerings.
The next race in the series will be the TRANSVorarlberg Triathlon, Austrian National Championships, held on August 25.
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