Returning to Ironman Frankfurt this July are two of the biggest names in long-distance triathlon both: reigning Kona king Sebastian Kienle (GER) and 70.3 world champ Daniela Ryf (SUI).
In the women’s race, Daniela Ryf – a protégée of top coach Brett Sutton – lines up as favourite after some amazing performances last year, including winning her Ironman debut in Zurich, a second title at Ironman Copenhagen, the 70.3 European title and 70.3 Worlds. She also finished runner-up at Kona 2014.
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She’ll be racing against fellow Swiss Caroline Steffen, two-time runner-up at Kona, and German athlete Julia Gajer, whose top results include victory at Ironman Arizona 2013 and sixth at Kona last year, where she finished just behind Steffen. “For German athletes, the Ironman European Championship is one of the most prestigious titles in the sport,” says Gajer.
Outside of the pro ranks, there will be more than 3,000 age-group athletes racing on 5 July in Frankfurt, which has hosted the Ironman European Championship since 2002. This year, the organisers will be offering live video coverage, a GPS tracking of the pros and enhanced age-group tracking on the event website.
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