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Van Lierde combined a 5th-best 25:25 swim, a 2nd-fastest 2:02:43 bike split and a 2nd-quickest 1:13:25 half marathon to finish in 3:46:02 with a 3:24 margin of victory over Andi Bocherer of Germany and 5:18 over 3rd-place finisher Antony Costes of France.
Van Lierde began his day 40 seconds behind swim leader Manuel Küng of Switzerland and one second behind his day-long rival Böcherer. Böcherer maintained a 4 seconds lead over Van Lierde with a race-best 2:01:59 bike split. After 10 kilometers of the run, Van Lierde took a slim 3 seconds lead on his German rival. At the 16 kilometer mark, Van Lierde pulled away to a 1:30 lead. After a men’s second-fastest 1:13:25 run, Van Lierde finished in 3:46:02 with a 3:24 margin of victory on Bocherer, who ran 1:16:51. Antony Costes of France ran 1:16:09 to finish 3rd, 1:54 behind Bocherer. Dominik Sowieja of Germany closed with a race-best 1:12:01 run split to take 5th, 56 seconds behind 4th place Arnaud Guilloux of France.
Van Lierde, the 2013 Ironman World Champion, continues a summer hot streak that started with a victory at the challenging and prestigious Ironman France in Nice.