Sudrie, Steffen Take ITU Long Distance World Titles

Sudrie, Steffen Take ITU Long Distance World Titles

By Brad Culp on 01/08/10 at 7:01 pm

The challenging bike course surrounding Immenstadt, Germany proved to be the difference in deciding this year’s ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champions. France’s Sylvain Sudrie and Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen powered away from their competitors on the very difficult 130-kilometre bike course, and then held on for the win on the 30-kilometre run.

Both Sudrie and reigning champion Tim O’Donnell (USA) were at the front of the pack after the 4-kilometre swim, which took the top men just under 49 minutes to complete. Sudrie took charge of the race once he got onto the hilly course, finishing the 130K ride in 3:35:59. Also riding well on the non-drafting course were France’s Francois Chabaud and Germany’s Konstantin Bachor, who were the only two men to finish the bike leg in under 3:35. O’Donnell lost over five minutes to Sudrie on the bike and couldn’t make up any ground on the final leg.

Sudrie posted the second-fastest run of the day (1:56:26) to finish first in 6:24:57. O’Donnell ran only a few seconds slower than the Frenchman to pull up to second, finishing almost four minutes later. Chabaud rounded out the podium, finishing more than two minutes behind O’Donnell.

In the women’s race, Steffen led the way out of the water in 54:01, with Spain’s Virginia Berasategui and Germany’s Anja Ippach only a few seconds behind. Dutch superstar Yvonne Van Vlerken finished the swim over six minutes later and started the tough bike course with a big gap to make up.

No one could make up any time on Steffen on the bike, as the Swiss talent charged through the ride in 3:48:00, which was seven minutes faster than Van Vlerken and Berasategui. Steffen finished off the day with a 2:09:45 run to win in 6:55:21. Van Vlerken was a distant second, but posted the day’s best run en route to finishing in 7:07:04. Berasategui rounded out the podium, finishing six minutes back of Van Vlerken.

Elite Men

1. Sylvain Sudrie FRA FR 06:24:57
2. Timothy O'Donnell USA US 06:29:35
3. Francois Chabaud FRA FR 06:32:04
4. Jonas Djurback SWE SE 06:32:32
5. Konstantin Bachor GER DE 06:33:01
6. Jimmy Johnsen DEN DK 06:35:14
7. Viktor Zyemtsev UKR UA 06:36:42
8. Esben Hovgaard DEN DK 06:36:48
9. Rasmus Stubager DEN DK 06:38:46
10. Olivier Marceau SUI CH 06:40:30

Elite Women

1. Caroline Steffen SUI CH 06:55:21
2. Yvonne Van Vlerken NED NL 07:07:04
3. Virginia Berasategi ESP ES 07:13:19
4. Anja Ippach GER DE 07:42:44
5. Tamara Kozulina UKR UA 07:45:15
6. Súsanna Skylv Sørensen DEN DK 07:51:36
7. Ewa Bugdol POL PL 07:54:51
8. Haley Cooper USA US 07:56:55
9. Lisa Ribes USA US 07:58:20
10. Bettina Zelenka AUT AT 08:01:41

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