Europe hosted a myriad of races on the weekend with some of the hottest names in the sport coming out to play. The ETU middle distance champion was crowned while some big names grabbed the headlines in 70.3 racing.

Text By Rob Sheeley and Laura Siddall | Lead Image by James Mitchell Race Images By Getty and Witsup.


Pedersen Claims ETU Middle Distance Title In Denmark

Text By Rob Sheeley

Camilla Pedersen showed some vintage form in front of a parochial home crowd when she won Challenge Herning on Saturday. Pedersen also took out the ETU Middle Distance Championship with the race also allowing competitors to vie for that title.

Pederson, who bounced back from a recent bike crash, was victorious by three minutes from Laura Siddall who returned to form with a powerful bike/run effort. Last year’s winner Maja Stage Nielsen finished third, a further three minutes back.

“This is just incredible. It’s just amazing to be racing on home soil and with this amazing atmosphere,” Pedersen said after her victory.

Pedersen was always prominent, coming out of the water second behind Line Thams.

She took charge on the bike early, and maintained her lead throughout with a 2:20:56 effort holding her rivals at bay.

The Brithish duo of Sidall and Sarah Lewis were the big movers on the bike in relation to everyone bar Pedersen who rode a minute faster than anyone else.

Pedersen’s strong run meant she was unlikely to be headed, the only danger appeared to be Maja Stage Nielsen who is noted for her powerful race finishes. However, after coming off the bike in seventh place, it looked a huge task for her to be any threat,

Pedersen’s 1:25: 59 proved to be more than enough to secure the win, Sidall produced one of her best recent run-legs (faster than Pedersen) to claim second, while Nielsen flew home to grab third.

Challenge Herning 2017 Results

Camilla Pedersen Denmark DEN 4:15:01
Laura Siddall Great Britain GBR 4:18:04
Maja Stage Nielsen Denmark DEN 4:21:10
Sarah Lewis Great Britain GBR 4:21:35
Michelle Vesterby Denmark DEN 4:25:21
Amanda Wendorff United States USA 4:27:30
Hanna Maksimava Belarus BLR 4:32:25
Birgitte Krogsgaard Denmark DEN 4:34:55
Line Thams Denmark DEN 4:39:43
Nikola Corbova Slovakia SVK 4:45:52
Julia Mai Germany GER 4:48:37
Katerina Strnadova Czech Republic CZE 4:50:53
Pernille Linder Christensen Denmark DEN 4:56:21

Goos Returns In Style in Venice

Text By Laura Siddall

Sofie Goos shows she’s back in business with a commanding performance to take the win at Challenge Venice. The 2016 Czech Champion Simona Krivankova finished second, just under 20-minutes behind Goos, with promising youngster Sonja Skevin in third.

It was a great comeback for Goos who has gone through a long recovery after being randomly stabbed whilst out on a training run.

Challenge Venice 2017 Results

Rank Name Time
1 Sofie Goos (BEL) 9:17:17
2 Simona Krivankova (CZE) 9:36:25
3 Sonja Skevin (CRO) 9:49:21
4 Martina Dogana (ITA) 9:59:20

Philipp Lands Half-Distance Hat Trick

Text By Rob Sheeley

Laura Philipp is proving to be one of the powerhouses in European half-distance racing in 2017. The German racked up her third consecutive win for the year when she took the Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau title.

It was a pillar-to-post victory for Philipp, winning by a massive 12-minutes from the legendary Yvonne Van Vlerken with Lena Berlinger third.

Recent wins at both Ironman 70.3 Mallorca and Ironman 70.3 St. Poelten habe shown just how good the form of Philipp is and that she is going to be tough to beat throughout the European summer.


(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Phillip led the swim narrowly in front of her podium companions with the trio putting almost two minutes on the remainder of the field.

(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

The power that Philipp showed on the bike cannot be understated. She outrode her nearest rival by no less than eight minutes. Considering that the rival in question was Van Vlerken, noted for her biking, it is certainly no mean feat.

Berlinger held third throughout the ride and they had opened up a big space on the rest of the field.

(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Philipp iced the cake with a swift 1:23:08 run, meaning she had registered the fastest split in all three disciplines and put the result beyond doubt.

(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Van Vlerken and Berlinger both ran well to hold their places on the podium with the gap back to fourth being 12-minutes.

(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

The victory again sounds a warning to competitors that Philipp is likely to be one of the big players in Chattanooga later this year.

Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau 2017 Results


Ryf Runs To Another Swiss 70.3 Win

Text By Rob Sheeley

Reigning Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf added another Ironman 70.3 Switzerland title to her CV on Saturday with an four-minute victory over Swiss compatriots Emma Bilham and Nina Derron.

It was the fourth Switzerland title for the all-conquering Ryf who continues to improve from her back ailment.

“Very happy with the win, back held up well,” the ever-succinct champion said post race.

Ryf had some competition early in the race with Derron exiting the water in company with the champ and applying the pressure on the bike.

Derron rode a bike-split of 2:26:57 to put three minutes on Ryf heading into the run. Another Swiss national, Regula Rohrbach put herself in the picture with the fastest bike split of 2:24:43.

Once on the run, it was all Ryf. She carved out a 1:25:06 fastest run-split to power to victory.

The only competitior running anywhere near that time was Emma Bilham who ran her way into second courtesy of a quality gallop.

No one else managed to run within five minutes of the first two with Derron holding on for third in front of Bianca Steurer.

Ironman 70.3 Switzerland 2017 Results

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