17. Jun 2018


Michael Raelert can’t fulfill his dream of fourth European title

Rostockian has to drop out of the Ironman 70.3 European Championship Elsinore after the bike – Calf issues occur while leading the race – Congrats to the winners

Elsinore. Michael Raelert couldn’t fulfill his dream of defending the title at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship Elsinore this Sunday. He was in the lead when he had to drop out of the race after the bike. "It went really well for a long time,” said Michael Raelert, “until I came off the bike. I already noticed some calf problems during the first transition and later on the bike. Unfortunately, these signals got confirmed during the second transition on the way to the run." Due to that, the three-time Ironman 70.3 European champion couldn’t no longer fight for the title in the highly-competitive pro field. US-American Rodolphe von Berg finally won the competition in Elsinore, Denmark, in 3:40:22 hours in front of Great Britain’s Adam Bowden (3:40:52 hours) and Bart Aernouts from Belgium (3:44:38 hours). "Congratulations to the guys," said Michael Raelert, "I would have loved to fight for the win, but this was just not possible today."

During the swim, Michael Raelert set the pace together with Adam Bowden at the top of the field. He came out of the water in 22:10 minutes in second place just two seconds after the British. After this positive 1.9-kilometer long race-opener, Michael Raelert took over the command already in the first transition zone. Again, the Rostockian dominated the race on the bike together with Adam Bowden and the US-American Rodolphe von Berg, before he eventually managed a break-away with the American athlete. "The rhythm was good, it was a solid performance," said Michael Raelert, "I worked a lot at the front and felt good. The only thing was that I just could feel the calf problems wouldn’t become smaller." He completed the 90-kilometer course in cold and wet conditions in 2:01:37 hours and led the pro field into T2. "I entered transition ahead of Rodolphe,” he said. “Motivation was just there, but the signals I received from my calf were clear. These signals made it clear that I could not finish the race," said Michael Raelert.

While the American Rodolphe von Berg finally fought for the title against Adam Bowden, Michael Raelert was only able to complete a few meters of the run course. "It would have made no sense to run the half marathon course against the pain," said Michael Raelert, "as much as I would have liked it to do that today." The Rostockian now hopes to be back on track soon after a short recovery break.


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