With Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix just over two weeks away, British athletes will make up an impressive third of the 18 female pros on the start line, including 2013 winner Susie Cheetham and 2014 Ironman Lanzarote winner Lucy Gossage.
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The other four Brits are Alice Hector, Eimear Mullan, Georgie Rutherford and Amy Forshaw. Their main rivals include Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen, who won the 2014 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champs in China – a remarkable comeback nearly a year to the day since a serious bike accident that left her in a coma.
In the men’s race there are 53 pros competing, including just two Brits – Scotland’s three-time Ironman 70.3 winner Fraser Cartmell, and fellow Wimbleball winner Ritchie Nicholls. Up against him are French athlete Romain Guillaume, who placed 10th at Kona last year, and Joe Gambles (AUS), who placed third at the 70.3 Worlds in 2013.