The Women’s Race
The lack of swim immediately played to the advantage of defending champion Van Vlerken as she is used to coming from behind out of the swim. Van Vlerken dominated the bike ride in 4:55:57, giving her a nearly 18-minute lead over Sweden’s Camilla Lindholm to start the run. Van Vlerken followed her strong performance on the bike with an equally impressive performance on the run, turning in a 3:03:06 marathon. She crossed the finish line for the win at 8:01:47. It was more than 35 minutes before American Ashley Clifford crossed the finish line at 8:36:55. Because of the time trial start, she was second across the line but third in the results. Lindholm claimed the second spot with a time of 8:36:28.
Top 5 Women
1. Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 8:01:47
2. Camilla Lindholm (SWE) 8:36:28
3. Ashley Clifford (USA) 8:36:55
4. Rachel Jastrebsky (USA) 8:39:43
5. Michelle Bozarth (USA) 8:50:13