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The 2023 triathlon season continues in Europe this Sunday with men and women professionals battling it out at IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea, and a professional women’s only field racing at IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz.

IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea

Following in the footsteps of Alistair Brownlee and Kat Matthews who took the win at the inaugural edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea will be fellow Brits Joe Skipper, Andrew Horsfall-Turner, Emma Pallant-Browne, and Nikki Bartlett.

Both Pallant-Browne and Bartlett have started their season strongly, with Pallant-Browne coming off a second-place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Andorra earlier this month and a victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Aix-en-Provence in May, whilst Bartlett took the win at IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella in the same month. Lizzie Rayner who came 6th in last year’s edition will undoubtedly be looking to improve on this position with a podium finish.

In the men’s field, this will be Joe Skipper’s first IRONMAN 70.3 race since his DNF at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai in March 2021. However, he is no stranger to tasting victory on Welsh soil, having won last year’s IRONMAN Wales event. Skipper will be looking to emulate last year’s victory with the likes of Jesper Svensson (SWE), Justus Nieschlag (DEU) and Andrew Horsfall-Turner (GBR) looking to stop him. The men’s field will also feature the likes of Cameron MacNair (ZAF), Jack Moody (NZL) and Thomas Davis (GBR) to name but a few. New to the professional scene this year and coming hot off a third place at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire in June will be Benjamin Goodfellow who no doubt will be looking to make a statement in his first professional year.

This year will be the second edition of the event and is set to see almost 2 000 athletes taking part. This much anticipated Welsh event which reached sell out status last year will offer men’s and women’s Qualifying slots to the VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupō, New Zealand on December 14 – 15, 2024.

Here is the full 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea professional start list

1 Pallant-Browne, Emma, United Kingdom

2 Bartlett, Nikki, United Kingdom

3 Rayner, Lizzie, United Kingdom

5 Anderbury, Rebecca, United Kingdom

6 Gillies, Brooke, United Kingdom

7 McDonald, Megan, United Kingdom

9 Bendix Madsen, Sif, Denmark

10 Skipper, Joe, United Kingdom

11 Nieschlag, Justus, Germany

12 Horsfall-Turner, Andrew, United Kingdom

14 Svensson, Jesper, Sweden

15 Davis, Thomas, United Kingdom

16 MacNair, Cameron, South Africa

17 Moody, Jack, New Zealand

19 Halliwell, Brett, United Kingdom

20 Lloyd, Liam, United Kingdom

21 Goodfellow, Benjamin, United Kingdom

22 Grabowski, Michal, Poland

23 Munch, Adam, Denmark

24 Hutchens, Jack, United Kingdom

25 Palmer, Harry, United Kingdom

26 Crudgington, Will, United Kingdom

27 Benito López, Antonio, Spain

28 Arentz, Finn, United Kingdom

29 Munday, Will, United Kingdom

30 Comhair, Dieter, Belgium

31 Steenberg, Scott, Denmark

IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz

The Spain’s Basque Country welcomes athletes to the fourth edition of IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz. With over a decade of triathlon heritage, Vitoria-Gasteiz is a well-known triathlon playground offering astonishing natural landscapes, rich culture, unforgettable Basque gastronomy, and the most passionate and vibrant fans. The event will see over 1 500 athletes take part, including small women’s professional field who will be fighting for a piece of the $50,000 prize purse and a chance to secure a slot for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii later this year.

The professional women’s field may be small but promises to be exciting, with the event broadcast live on, IRONMAN YouTube and IRONMAN Facebook channels. The professional battle will see home favourite Gurutze Frades Larralde (ESP) taking on Els Visser (NLD), and Svenja Thoes (DEU), who unfortunately had to pull out of Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt just a few weeks ago. The last time Frades Lrralde took to an IRONMAN start line; she produced a memorable performance claiming victory at last year’s IRONMAN Cozumel. She will be looking to replicate that kind of performance again on her home-turf this year.

Here is the full 2023 IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz professional start list

1 Frades Larralde, Gurutze, Spain

2 Visser, Els, Netherlands

5 Thoes, Svenja, Germany

6 Tondeur, Alexandra, Belgium

8 Alberdi, Helene, Spain

9 Uderstadt, Jana, Germany

11 Iemmolo, Julie, France

12 Moriarty, Fiona, Ireland

15 Vesterby, Michelle, Denmark

17 Karlsson, Mirella, Sweden

18 Dahan, Carla, France