Van Berkel Wins Ironman 70.3 Vietnam!
Tim Van Berkel won the Ironman 70.3 Vietnam race in the coastal city of Danang over the weekend, breaking through for the victory after finishing second here last year. The 32-year-old Australian put in a strong ride on his Giant Trinity Advanced Pro bike and was the only man to break the 4-hour mark with a time of 3:56:19.
“I’m thrilled to get this win in Vietnam,” said Van Berkel. “After a pretty rough start to the year, it’s great to finally see some form.”
Van Berkel came out of the swim trailing a group of strong contenders, and he started to make his move on the 90km bike ride. Wearing the Giant pursuit helmet, he posted the day’s second-best bike split at 2:06:18.
“I was able to ride away from the group with Kiwi Mike Phillips right around the 70km mark,” Van Berkel said. “That really set up my race so that I could run away with the win.”
The Aussie said the heat and humidity were a challenge, especially in the last 5 kilometers of the 21km run, but he was able to hold off contenders Ivan Kalashnikov, who finished second, 4:14 back, and Phillips, who was third with a time of 4:02:14.
Van Berkel said the win in Danang was just what he needed at this point in his season: “It was a great hit out for my title defense at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in a month’s time.”
May 8, 2017