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IRONMAN Maastricht - Limburg

  • Welcome to the inaugural IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg!
  • Athletes will embark on a stunning course on Sunday - by the way, this race will lead them into the history of world class cycling. Read more...
    The course: The swim is in the river Maas and goes under the Provincial Government Building, which is partly built over the river. The two-loop bike course follows roads that are famous in the world of cycling—it is the same course as the yearly Amstel Gold Race and also hosted the 2012 UCI Road World Championships. Athletes will enjoy spectacular scenery that has long drawn recreational cyclists and runners, who are increasingly discovering Limburg as the number one location for their sport. The splendid, but difficult, Cauberg Hill in Valkenburg will remain the traditional make-or-break feature of the bike course. The run loop in Maastricht heads up the Sint Pieter Hill and by the beautiful Jeker valley (Jekerdal). The finish line will be in the historic city centre of Maastricht on the Market in front of the City Hall.
  • Pro Startlist Men:

    1 Diederen Bas MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    2 Viennot Cyril MPRO FRA (France)
    3 Duinisveld Wouter MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    4 Le Guellec Ludovic MPRO FRA (France)
    5 Dekker Martijn MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    6 Brydenbach Tim MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    7 Ciotti Emanuele MPRO ITA (Italy)
    8 Cool Hannes MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    10 Holvoet Rinus MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    11 Kaiser Thomas MPRO DEU (Germany)
    12 Krivosheev Roman MPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
    13 Lyatskiy Andriy MPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
    16 Nagel Mathias MPRO DEU (Germany)
    17 Oude Bennink Mark MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    18 Schaffner Frederic MPRO FRA (France)
    19 Thissen Andreas MPRO DEU (Germany)
    20 Torrades Xavier MPRO ESP (Spain)
    21 Verhaegen Hendrik-Jan MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    22 Vasseur Remy MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    23 Casadei Alberto MPRO ITA (Italy)
    24 Cartmell Fraser MPRO GBR (Great Britain)
    25 Schifferle Mike MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
    26 Modic Matic MPRO SVN (Slovenia)
    27 Vansteelant Joerie MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    28 Candel Bart MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    29 Eichheimer Stefan MPRO DEU (Germany)
    30 Polan Lukas MPRO CZE ( Czech Republic)
    31 Largajolli Cedric MPRO FRA (France)
    33 Mueller Urs MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
    34 Svoboda Josef MPRO CZE (Czech Republic)
  • Pro Startlist Women:

    51 Van Vlerken Yvonne FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    53 De Vries Sarissa FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    54 Kinnegim Irene FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    55 Lehrieder Carolin FPRO DEU (Germany)
    56 van Rooijen Carla FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    57 Lemeseva Maria FPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
    58 Jensen Anne FPRO DNK (Denmark)
  • Two Dutch want to take the win at the inaugural IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg on Sunday. Bas Diederen and Yvonne van Vlerken are in a great shape, really willing to make it on Sunday. Follow the race here, the pro start will be at 7 am CET.
  • Press conference in Maastricht. Thomas Dieckhoff, CEO IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and South Africa, and his team are really looking forward to race day.

  • A great race in the Netherlands is coming up - including two champions from the Netherlands? Yvonne van Vlerken and Bas Diederen are two big names on favorite's list.

  • Calm place - at the moment: transition will heat up tomorrow.

  • IRONMAN is in town. It's a beautiful day in Maastricht - this will the place for the swim start tomorrow

  • Athletes will pass the Sint Servaas Bridge tomorrow during their swim in the river Maas..

  • Good morning and welcome on race day at the inaugural IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg! The pro race will start in 15 minutes for the men. Pro women will follow at 7.02, followed by a rolling start for the age group field. At 7.45 there will be the start signal for the team relay.
  • 10 minutes to go!
  • Pro Startlist Men:

    1 Diederen Bas MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    2 Viennot Cyril MPRO FRA (France)
    3 Duinisveld Wouter MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    4 Le Guellec Ludovic MPRO FRA (France)
    5 Dekker Martijn MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    6 Brydenbach Tim MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    7 Ciotti Emanuele MPRO ITA (Italy)
    8 Cool Hannes MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    10 Holvoet Rinus MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    11 Kaiser Thomas MPRO DEU (Germany)
    12 Krivosheev Roman MPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
    13 Lyatskiy Andriy MPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
    16 Nagel Mathias MPRO DEU (Germany)
    17 Oude Bennink Mark MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    18 Schaffner Frederic MPRO FRA (France)
    19 Thissen Andreas MPRO DEU (Germany)
    20 Torrades Xavier MPRO ESP (Spain)
    21 Verhaegen Hendrik-Jan MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    22 Vasseur Remy MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    23 Casadei Alberto MPRO ITA (Italy)
    24 Cartmell Fraser MPRO GBR (Great Britain)
    25 Schifferle Mike MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
    26 Modic Matic MPRO SVN (Slovenia)
    27 Vansteelant Joerie MPRO BEL (Belgium)
    28 Candel Bart MPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    29 Eichheimer Stefan MPRO DEU (Germany)
    30 Polan Lukas MPRO CZE ( Czech Republic)
    31 Largajolli Cedric MPRO FRA (France)
    33 Mueller Urs MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
    34 Svoboda Josef MPRO CZE (Czech Republic)
  • Pro Startlist Women:

    51 Van Vlerken Yvonne FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    53 De Vries Sarissa FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    54 Kinnegim Irene FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    55 Lehrieder Carolin FPRO DEU (Germany)
    56 van Rooijen Carla FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
    57 Lemeseva Maria FPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
    58 Jensen Anne FPRO DNK (Denmark)
  • Beautiful morning in Maastricht, it's sunny, 14 degrees Celsius at the moment. The weather forecast says that we are going to have up to 25 degrees today.
  • Pre-race atmosphere in Maastricht - only 3 more minutes to wait.

  • They are off! The pro men are on the way at the 2015 IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg.
  • This is the swim course. It's a one-loop-course in the river Maas.

  • Pro women are on their way!
  • We wait for the huge age group field now - five minutes to go. At 7.45 we have a relay start. The inaugural IRONMAN Maastricht offers a unique and spectacular IRONMAN team relay.
  • Athletes seem to have perfect race conditions today. The wind is always a question, but the temperatures seem to be ideal.
  • This is your race: The age group field has started!
  • Mark Oude Bennink, Martijn Dekker and Bas Diederen are all from the Netherlands, they are all in one team - and very fast swimmers. Bennink had the fastest swim at IRONMAN Lanzarote in May, Dekker was fifth out of the water at the IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt four weeks ago. Diedern ranked ninth in Frankfurt in the swim.
  • And that's how it is, Dekker leads in front of Diederen and Oude Bennink. Alberto Casadei from Italy is in fourth.
  • Top 10 Men Swim split:

    1 5 Dekker, Martijn (NED) PRO Team4Talent +00:00 00:19:22
    2 1 Diederen, Bas (NED) PRO Team4talent +00:03 00:19:25
    3 17 Oude Bennink, Mark (NED) PRO +00:04 00:19:26
    4 6 Brydenbach, Tim (BEL) PRO TRILLE +00:05 00:19:27
    5 23 Casadei, Alberto (ITA) PRO Fiamme Oro +00:09 00:19:31
    6 20 Torrades, Xavier (ESP) PRO C.N.Reus Ploms +00:10 00:19:32
    7 13 Lyatskiy, Andriy (RUS) PRO Exceed +02:00 00:21:22
    8 2 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO Beauvais Triathlo... +02:03 00:21:25
    9 8 Cool, Hannes (BEL) PRO CSG +02:05 00:21:27
    10 10 Holvoet, Rinus (BEL) PRO Durance Triathlon +02:22 00:21:44
  • Sarissa De Vries is at the front in women's race. She has a huge lead of about 1:40, in 2nd we have Carolin Lerrieder from Germany ahead of Yvonne van Vlerken.
  • Top 6 Pro Women Swim split:

    1 53 De Vries, Sarissa (NED) PRO MSTV Ferro Mosae 00:21:55
    2 55 Lehrieder, Carolin (GER) PRO SV Würzburg 05 +01:43 00:23:38
    3 51 Van Vlerken, Yvonne (NED) PRO RV Dj's Bikeshop ... +01:45 00:23:40
    4 57 Lemeseva, Maria (RUS) PRO trilife.ru +07:19 00:29:14
    5 54 Kinnegim, Irene (NED) PRO Team Fusion Raidl... +07:29 00:29:24
    6 56 van Rooijen, Carla (NED) PRO Trivio Long dista... +07:35 00:29:30
  • Atmosphere shortly before the start today

  • Martijn Dekker is our first men out of the water - 46:17 minutes
  • The top 5 is very close - within 7 seconds.
  • Bennink, Casadei, Diederen, Brydenbach - this is the boy group behind Dekker.
  • Cyril Viennot is 5:28 behind in the water. The French is one of the favorites. When he won IRONMAN UK last year, he was 4:24 behind in the water. Still a very long day ahead.
  • Top 10 Pro Men Swim Exit:

    1 5 Dekker, Martijn (NED) PRO Team4Talent +00:00 00:46:17
    2 17 Oude Bennink, Mark (NED) PRO +00:02 00:46:19
    3 23 Casadei, Alberto (ITA) PRO Fiamme Oro +00:03 00:46:20
    4 1 Diederen, Bas (NED) PRO Team4talent +00:05 00:46:22
    5 6 Brydenbach, Tim (BEL) PRO TRILLE +00:07 00:46:24
    6 20 Torrades, Xavier (ESP) PRO C.N.Reus Ploms +00:35 00:46:52
    7 8 Cool, Hannes (BEL) PRO CSG +05:26 00:51:43
    8 2 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO Beauvais Triathlo... +05:28 00:51:45
    9 13 Lyatskiy, Andriy (RUS) PRO Exceed +05:30 00:51:47
    10 10 Holvoet, Rinus (BEL) PRO Durance Triathlon +06:50 00:53:07
  • Sarissa De Vries is out of the water - 52:24 minutes
  • Bike start for the favorites: Bas Diederen (left) is ready for the 180 k course

  • Carolin Lehrrieder and Yvonne van Vlerken are out of the water. Lehrrieder is at 3:57, van Vlerken is 4:02 down.
  • Top 10 Women Swim Exit:

    1 53 De Vries, Sarissa (NED) PRO MSTV Ferro Mosae 00:52:24
    2 261 Schemmann, Elke (NED) 45 Hellas Triathlon +01:03 00:53:27
    3 238 Van Gossum, Deborah (BEL) 30 Go Like Hell Sche... +02:44 00:55:08
    4 55 Lehrieder, Carolin (GER) PRO SV Würzburg 05 +03:57 00:56:21
    5 51 Van Vlerken, Yvonne (NED) PRO RV Dj's Bikeshop ... +04:02 00:56:26
    6 116 Obreno, Nancy (BEL) 50 3TK +07:06 00:59:30
    7 237 Tessaro, Evelyn (ITA) 30 ASD TRIATHLON 3V +07:37 01:00:01
    8 839 Kowalska, Olga (POL) 25 TRINERGY TEAM +08:35 01:00:59
    9 268 Roth, Cornelia (NED) 50 +09:04 01:01:28
    10 910 Kuenzel, Leila (GER) 35 SV Handwerk Leipz... +09:09 01:01:33
  • The five-boys-group is still setting the pace. Dekker, Diederen, Oude Bennink, Casadei and Brydenbach are close together.
  • The lead of te group is more than five minutes - Xavier Torrades is at 5:22 in 6th place through 30 km
  • The bike course includes some nice parts of the famous cycling pro race Amstel Gold race

  • Km 30, women: Yvonne van Vlerken is at 3:24.
  • Top 10 Pro men Bike Km 30:

    1 5 Dekker, Martijn (NED) PRO Team4Talent 01:29:21
    2 1 Diederen, Bas (NED) PRO Team4talent +00:02 01:29:23
    3 17 Oude Bennink, Mark (NED) PRO +00:04 01:29:25
    4 23 Casadei, Alberto (ITA) PRO Fiamme Oro +00:05 01:29:26
    5 6 Brydenbach, Tim (BEL) PRO TRILLE +00:07 01:29:28
    6 20 Torrades, Xavier (ESP) PRO C.N.Reus Ploms +05:22 01:34:43
    7 2 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO Beauvais Triathlo... +08:03 01:37:24
    8 8 Cool, Hannes (BEL) PRO CSG +08:05 01:37:26
    9 13 Lyatskiy, Andriy (RUS) PRO Exceed +08:06 01:37:27
    10 26 Modic, Matic (SLO) PRO TKL +09:03 01:38:24
  • Top 5 Women Bike Km 30 overall:

    1 261 Schemmann, Elke (NED) 45 Hellas Triathlon 01:41:16
    2 53 De Vries, Sarissa (NED) PRO MSTV Ferro Mosae +00:01 01:41:17
    3 51 Van Vlerken, Yvonne (NED) PRO RV Dj's Bikeshop ... +03:25 01:44:41
    4 238 Van Gossum, Deborah (BEL) 30 Go Like Hell Sche... +07:15 01:48:31
    5 55 Lehrieder, Carolin (GER) PRO SV Würzburg 05 +12:00 01:53:16
  • Through 50 kilometers the situation on the men's side is quite the same. The group of five is leading by more than 7 minutes now.
  • Update men, Km 70: Martijn Dekker is still in front of the group - Bas Diederen lost a bit of time. He is at 22 seconds in fifth.
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