The swim was fast pace and a group of 11 men exited the swim course within a short period of time. Amongst them were some of Europe's best professional athletes like Horst Reichel, Antony Costes, Bas Diederen, Miquel Blanchart and Sven Riederer.
The group stayed together for the better part of the bike course until Antony Costes decided to break away. Costes not only talked the talk but also walked the walk and the rest of the field with the exception of New Zealand's Mike Phillips couldn't keep up
Phillips made a move on the run course but Costes stayed with him and finished his race with the fastest time ever recored at IRONMAN Barcelona clocking in at 7:49:19.
|4||Blanchart Tinto, Miquel||ESP||00:48:08||04:19:53||02:49:33||08:02:03|
Van Vlerken dominates the run
The women's race saw almost countless changes of position as Kate Comber – first out of the water – was being chased by a pack of Daniela Sämmler, Ewa Bugdol and Judith Corachan. It was Daniela Sämmler who set the tone on the bike course with Austrian Lisa Hütthaler and Kimberely Morrison in striking distance.
But Van Vlerken proved to be a comeback girl making up 6 minutes on the run course and sitting in second position at the half marathon mark. Sämmler fell back as Van Vlerken delivered one of the strongest runs of her recent career winning the race in 8:46:18. Lisa Hütthaler came in second 8:51:32. Both winners set new course records.
|1||Van Vlerken, Yvonne||NED||00:55:44||04:41:18||03:05:02||08:46:18|