Cyril Viennot of France won it on the run line to win the men’s at Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix.
Viennot overcame a 2:48 deficit to rival Stephane Poulat at T2 with a race-best 1:14:29 half marathon run to finish in 4:01:00 with a 1:03 margin of victory over runner-up Poulat and a 2:41 advantage over 3rd-place Hervé Banti.
In a deep European field, the Dane Jacobs Peterson-Bach led the field out of the water with a race-best 22:06 for the 1.9-kilometre swim. Peterson-Bach was joined by a couple of hardened European racers in Stephane Poulat and Manuel Küng in the lead group out of the water.
In the second group, a little more than a minute down, was Australia’s David Dellow, who was using this as his last hit out before Kona. Viennot was well back in seventh out of the swim, but he regrouped to lay down a 2:17:35 on the bike to put back into the top five going into the final leg. Needing to make up 2:48 to Poulat on the run, Viennot was a man on a mission, and his race-best 1:14:29 enabled him to punch past everyone for the victory. (source: slowtwitch.com, firstoffthebike.com)