With the cancellation of the Hawaii Ironman, Aernouts, who finished second in Kona in 2018, chose Mallorca as his second Ironman of the season, also his second since October 2019.
Aernouts was only 32nd after the swim, but after a passage on the bike and a marathon in 2:43, he still moved up to seventh place. Good for an end time of 8 hours 12 minutes and 3 seconds.
Frenchman Léon Chevalier won his first Ironman in 7 hours 57 minutes and 3 seconds. German Florian Angert and Australian Cameron Wurf complete the podium in Mallorca. The latter is also a professional rider for Ineos Grenadiers.
The triathlon also took place in Mallorca at medium distance. Alexandra Tondeur finished seventh in the women’s competition. She finished the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run in 4:25:52. The Swiss Nicola Spirig could write the victory to her name.
In the men’s race, Dries Matthys became the best Belgian in 21st place in 3:58:30, just under 13 minutes slower than the German winner Frederik Funk.