Ironman France 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

The main featuresĀ of the IM France course are a salty swim, a hard, mountainous bike course and a fast, flat run course. Conditions were typical, this year’s race adjustment of 1:45 is in line with the course rating of 3:36.

Even though the bike was slower than normal (-7:56 adjustment vs. bike rating of -2:44), Tine Deckers stormed to a new bike course record – her 5:03:03 improved Christel Robin’s bike leg from 2009 by 19 seconds.

Male Race Results

Even with the harder conditions on the bike course, all of the Top5 finishers ran sub-2:50. Victor Del Corral had the best run and won the race by 35 seconds – he ran down overtaking James Cunnama who was leading for a good part of the marathon. Stefan Schmid bounced back quickly from his DNF in Brasil a week ago to claim third place. Frederik Van Lierde had a slower than normal swim and bike after breaking his collar-bone a mere six weeks ago, but he still ran a 2:48 marathon to finish fourth.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Victor Del Corral ESP 00:54:16 04:48:04 02:42:28 08:30:00 -03:39 US$ 14000
2 James Cunnama ZAF 00:50:10 04:47:13 02:47:54 08:30:35 -01:57 US$ 7000
3 Stefan Schmid GER 00:51:01 04:49:53 02:45:51 08:33:18 -02:22 US$ 4500
4 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 00:50:06 04:51:43 02:48:09 08:35:36 14:48 US$ 3000
5 Andrej Vistica CRO 00:54:13 04:55:17 02:44:07 08:39:19 00:16 US$ 2500
6 Miquel Blanchart Tinto ESP 00:50:02 04:53:23 02:50:56 08:39:41 03:53 US$ 2000
7 Gwenael Ouilleres FRA 00:50:08 04:50:28 02:54:45 08:40:51 -08:10 US$ 1500
8 Christian Brader GER 00:52:57 05:02:41 02:49:48 08:51:15 -01:08 US$ 1250
9 Cedric Lassonde FRA 00:52:57 04:56:20 02:56:55 08:52:41 -11:29 US$ 1000
10 Wouter Monchy BEL 00:50:13 05:00:40 02:58:35 08:55:56 -29:28 US$ 750
11 Olivier Marceau SUI 00:52:58 05:00:13 03:03:46 09:02:39 01:03
12 Seppe Odeyn BEL 01:04:48 05:04:24 02:49:51 09:05:28 n/a
13 Felix Haupt GER 00:53:03 05:02:54 03:02:49 09:05:44 n/a
14 Rafael Wyss SUI 00:59:15 05:02:46 03:00:10 09:08:34 00:42
15 Pierre-Yves Facomprez FRA 01:01:04 05:08:24 02:58:40 09:15:28 -27:31
16 Ivan Jezko SVK 00:59:33 05:08:50 03:01:24 09:17:29 -22:54
17 Jerome Joussemet FRA 00:53:58 05:26:02 02:55:23 09:21:50 n/a
18 Antony Costes FRA 00:50:04 04:53:38 03:41:10 09:30:49 39:09
19 Matt Shanks USA 00:57:44 05:22:39 03:23:42 09:50:49 18:03
20 Simon Billeau FRA 00:54:50 04:56:18 04:02:13 09:59:28 1:05:25
21 Martin Charles FRA 00:52:15 05:24:44 03:39:43 10:03:30 n/a
22 Ludovic Le Guellec FRA 01:03:32 05:41:05 03:12:09 10:05:29 00:28
23 Santiago Abad de Agueda ESP 01:02:13 05:31:51 03:48:04 10:28:52 n/a
24 Alain Djouad-Guibert MOR 01:04:08 05:35:58 04:03:22 10:55:55 n/a
25 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:14:50 06:29:02 04:15:31 12:14:08 21:01
26 Yu Shinozaki JPN 00:54:45 05:30:02 06:35:28 13:07:17 1:16:02
Bertrand Billard FRA 00:50:09 04:44:53 DNF
Robin Pasteur FRA 00:47:41 04:55:40 DNF
Herve Banti MCO 00:50:10 04:53:26 DNF
Kevin Rundstadler FRA 00:47:45 05:10:31 DNF
Remmert Wielinga NED 01:06:44 04:51:47 DNF
Julien Marcq FRA 00:54:10 05:16:10 DNF
Guillaume Jeannin FRA 00:51:41 DNF
Jeremy Morel FRA 00:54:47 DNF

Female Race Results

Leanda Cave was leading the race after the swim, but Tine Deckers quickly took the lead on the bike, set a new bike course record and managed to run a solid 3:13 marathon to win her fifth IM France title. Second place went to Iron-rookie Emma Balham who had a solid overall race with the second fastest bike (even though she was 16 minutes slower than Tine!) and the second fastest marathon. Leanda Cave had a flat on the bike and lost time, she still finished third. Towards the end she was almost caught by Leslie DiMichele Miller who had the fastest run split of the day.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Tine Deckers BEL 00:57:36 05:05:03 03:13:29 09:22:04 -05:20 US$ 14000
2 Emma Bilham SUI 00:53:17 05:21:30 03:07:19 09:28:55 n/a US$ 7000
3 Leanda Cave GBR 00:51:53 05:32:51 03:13:48 09:45:06 25:40 US$ 4500
4 Leslie DiMichele Miller USA 00:57:38 05:35:17 03:05:42 09:45:38 -11:27 US$ 3000
5 Stephanie Reymond FRA 01:05:12 05:26:57 03:09:19 09:49:53 -15:54 US$ 2500
6 Kate Comber GBR 00:51:55 05:33:14 03:20:26 09:52:29 00:22 US$ 2000
7 Karen Thibodeau CAN 00:53:18 05:41:24 03:12:22 09:54:05 04:06 US$ 1500
8 Corina Hengartner SUI 01:01:39 05:23:07 03:28:42 10:00:05 -07:08 US$ 1250
9 Petra Krejcova CZE 01:01:23 05:45:45 03:09:43 10:04:33 n/a US$ 1000
10 Tineke Van den Berg NED 01:03:07 05:26:20 03:35:15 10:12:27 11:40 US$ 750
Caroline Livesey GBR 01:00:50 05:25:26 DNF
Natascha Badmann SUI 01:06:02 05:28:27 DNF
Maggie Rusch USA 01:05:00 05:46:13 DNF
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