Theuns wins Turkey GC, Wurf smashes Ironman bike record: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 16, 2017

Theuns wins final stage of Tour of Turkey, Ulissi takes overall; Van der Poel, Kaptheijns take Super Prestige victory in sand dunes of Zonhoven; Wurf smashes Ironman bike course record in Kona, finishes 17th; Elliott becomes first rider to win consecutive Warrnambool Classics; Howes extends with Slipstream Sports for two years; Leipheimer announces fundraising initiative to help those affected by California fires; Video: MAMIL (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) trailer.

Wurf smashes Ironman bike course record in Kona, finishes 17th

by Neal Rogers

In his first Ironman world championship as a professional, former WorldTour racer Cameron Wurf was fastest among several triathletes to break the existing bike course record Saturday in Hawaii. It was Wurf’s sixth Ironman event of 2017, and the second time he’d raced the Ironman world championship in Kona; he competed in 2015 with two broken metatarsals in his left foot.

The 34-year-old Tasmanian took the lead of the race 76 miles into the bike leg and was first into the second transition, however he surrendered his lead early on in the 26.2-mile run and finished 17th overall. The former Cannondale pro set a new bike course record of 4:12:54 over 112 miles (180.25km) for an average speed of 26.68mph (42.764kph), more than five minutes faster than Normann Stadler’s 2006 record.

Canadian Lionel Sanders logged the second-fastest time of 4:13:45. According to TrainingPeaks, Sanders maintained a normalized power of 313 watts, or 4.13 watts per kilogram, averaging 26.5mph for over four hours.

Overall winner Patrick Lange of Germany set a new record for the entire course, finishing in eight hours, one minute, and 40 seconds. Wurf finished 29 minutes later, in 8:30:29. All top 10 men logged sub-five-hour bike splits.

Wurf, who first turned to triathlon in 2015, qualified for the Ironman world championships in Kona with a second-place finish in Sweden in August. In September, he won his first Ironman distance triathlon in Wales.