Ironman France 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This year was one the slowest conditions for IM France: The overall adjustment of -12:41 is almost 14 minutes slower than last year, mainly because of an extremely slow bike. The run was quick, but not quite as fast as in recent years. Consequently, both male and female winning times were slower than in recent years.

Male Race Results

Frederik Van Lierde didn’t allow any doubts that he wanted to win the race: He was in the front group on the swim, then quickly built a lead on the bike that even super-biker Cameron Wurf wasn’t able to close. He was able to take things easy on the run, even a 2:57 marathon allowed him to win by five minutes.

Second place went to Alessandro Degasperi who posted the fastest marathon with a 2:43 followed by Denis Chevrot with a 2:47. Eneko Llanos was in second place for a long run but then fell off the pace and was a disappointed fourth place finisher.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 00:49:21 04:39:00 02:57:19 08:31:31 -02:21 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:53:22 04:53:40 02:43:38 08:36:18 -04:10 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Denis Chevrot FRA 00:49:06 04:57:38 02:47:44 08:39:42 -06:41 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Eneko Llanos ESP 00:50:44 04:48:00 02:56:21 08:40:54 01:17 US$ 3,250 960
5 Victor Del Corral ESP 00:58:20 04:57:13 02:52:11 08:53:37 01:26 US$ 2,750 720
6 Arnaud Guilloux FRA 00:53:33 04:57:20 03:15:01 09:12:12 n/a US$ 2,000 540
7 Wouter Monchy BEL 00:51:10 05:24:08 03:08:54 09:29:51 01:27 US$ 1,500 405
8 Frederic Limousin FRA 00:53:32 05:15:06 03:28:19 09:43:02 11:36 US$ 1,250 305
9 Tomas Mika CZE 00:53:24 05:18:58 03:33:42 09:52:37 28:08 US$ 1,000 230
10 Cyril Pochon FRA 00:57:06 05:38:48 03:50:44 10:34:48 n/a US$ 750 170
11 Alain Djouad-Guibert MOR 01:16:00 05:28:40 03:49:01 10:40:50 -31:43   120
  Cameron Wurf AUS 00:53:38 04:35:14   DNF      
  Etienne Diemunsch FRA 00:49:16 04:56:24   DNF      
  Thomas Leboucher FRA 00:58:30 05:09:31   DNF      
  Ivan Jezko SVK 01:01:22 05:21:47   DNF      
  Sebastien Mulet FRA 00:55:20 05:30:29   DNF      
  Yuri Novikau BLR 01:01:24 05:49:09   DNF      
  Patrik Ericsson SWE 00:53:29     DNF      

Female Race Results

Annabel Luxford was the T1 leader and stayed in front for the first half of the bike. But then Carrie Lester stepped up the pace and entered T2 with a two and a half minute lead. Carrie also had the fastest run of the day and started to build a ten minute lead until the finish. Annabel Luxford posted a new marathon PR (3:14) and finished second. Nicole Valentine was also able to have a good run and finished third.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Carrie Lester AUS 00:55:32 05:19:12 03:06:14 09:27:53 -05:20 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Annabel Luxford AUS 00:52:19 05:24:50 03:14:21 09:38:31 -04:32 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Nicole Valentine USA 01:01:57 05:59:49 03:13:51 10:21:53 01:48 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Camille Donat FRA 00:52:20 05:49:18 03:40:40 10:29:22 n/a US$ 3,250 960
5 Sarah Jarvis GER 01:01:54 05:54:15 03:34:10 10:37:56 07:49 US$ 2,750 720
6 Elise Maury FRA 01:13:26 05:50:13 03:46:06 10:59:06 n/a US$ 2,000 540

Kona Qualifying Implications

A couple of the top finishers secured Kona slots by placing well in Nice:

  • Alessandro Degasperi is now at well over 4.000 points and safe for a July slot.
  • Both Carrie Lester and Annabel Luxford have also secured their slots.

Denis Chevrot has improved his total to 3.390 points, but that will likely not be enough to make it to Kona.

Fred Van Lierde had already validated his AQ slot before. 

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