15. Jun 2017


Michael Raelert wants to attack in Elsinore

Ironman 70.3 European Championship this Sunday in Denmark – Rostockian would like to take his third continental title

Elsinore. Michael Raelert wants to leave his marks on the Ironman 70.3 European Championship Elsinore this Sunday. The Rostockian is one of the favorites for the win at the competition in Denmark. "I hope I can improve my performance compared to Samorin," says Michael Raelert. Two weeks ago, he took third place in the elite race "The Championship" of the Challenge Family series in Samorin, Slovakia, behind Canada’s Lionel Sanders and Sebastian Kienle from Germany. "I'd like to do it a little bit better on Sunday," he says.

A course of 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21.1 kilometers of running is scheduled this Sunday in Denmark. "I am curious how the course will feel like in the race," says Michael Raelert. He is convinced, that there will be a fast competition right from the start. For the first time, the Ironman 70.3 European Championship will be held in Elsinore, after the championship had taken place in Wiesbaden for several years. "I was able to win the European title twice in Wiesbaden," says Michael Raelert. "For sure, Elsinore means a different race now. Especially the bike course has a completely different profile compared to the tough bike leg in Wiesbaden. However, I hope I can win the title here as well. I want to give everything for that goal on Sunday. "

In Elsinore, Michael Raelert will be part of a strong pro field. Among others, the defending European champion Andreas Dreitz is racing, who won last year in Wiesbaden. Other fast German athletes are Nils Frommhold and Andreas Boecherer, Ruedi Wild from Switzerland ranked third at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. More fast athletes are Patrik Nilsson (Sweden), Etienne Diemunsch from France and his fellow countryman Sylvain Sudrie as well as Ivan Tutukin from Russia.

"Fast swimmers, good cyclists, strong runners," says Michael Raelert, "there is everything at the start line that makes such a race fast. I hope that I’ll have a really good day in all disciplines." If the competition works out for him in a perfect way, Michael Raelert would like to celebrate his third Ironman 70.3 European Championship title after 2010 and 2012.


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