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Lining up in Nice

A look at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship pro start lists that include four Canadians who will line up against the world’s best for the challenging races in Nice, France on September 7 and 8.

Jackson Laundry wins Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon


2012 Olympian Paula Findlay and Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant champion Jackson Laundry will lead the small Canadian pro contingent to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France on September 7 and 8. Findlay has struggled with injuries for much of 2019 after posting some impressive half-distance results in 2018, including the win at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship in St. George and a runner-up finish at Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz. Findlay has shown some promising results of late, though, including a third-place finish at Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa last month and another third-place finish on day one of the Super League race in Ottawa over the August long weekend. (Findlay had to pull out of day two of the event due to concerns over her Achilles tendon.)

Paula Findlay competes at the Super League event in Ottawa. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Laundry’s win at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant continued an impressive run of podium finishes Laundry has enjoyed over the last couple of years. In 2018 the Guelph, Ont. resident won Ironman 70.3 Raleigh and finished on the podium in Chattanooga and Santa Rosa. He continued that impressive string with third-place finishes in Augusta and the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship in St. George, a runner-up finish in Chattanooga, then the win in Mont-Tremblant, where he held off Brent McMahon for the win.

The other Canadian woman in the field is Quebec’s Pamela-Ann Bachelder St-Pierre, who is fresh off a break-out performance at last weekend’s Ironman Mont-Tremblant race, where she finished fourth. Bachelder St-Pierre earned her slot for Nice thanks to a seventh-place finish at Ironman 70.3 Victoria. According to a post on her Facebook page, Bachelder St-Pierre hadn’t intended to complete the run in Mont-Tremblant due to an injury and because she wanted to save herself for Nice, in the end she decided to “go for it.”

Rounding out the Canadian pro men is Calgary, Alberta’s Jason Pohl, who took sixth (he was the fifth-place pro) at Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast in May to nail his spot on the start line in Nice.

The Canadians will face some incredible competition in Nice. Four-time 70.3 world champion Daniela Ryf leads the impressive list of women’s contenders, with last year’s second and third-place finishers, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Anne Haug also lining up. 2016 world champ Holly Lawrence will wear race number 4 and will certainly be one to watch in the race as well.

For the men, defending champion Jan Frodeno won’t be on the start line, but there’s a literal who’s who of long-distance racing set to line up including two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee, two-time 70.3 world champ (just a couple of his nine world titles) Javier Gomez, two-time Kona champ Patrick Lange and two-time 70.3 world champ Sebastian Kienle all on the start list.

Below you’ll find the official start lists for both the men and women:

Name Race # Country
Daniela Ryf 1 SUI
Lucy Charles-Barclay 2 GBR
Anne Haug 3 GER
Holly Lawrence 4 GBR
Pâmella Oliveira 5 BRA
Radka Kahlefeldt 6 CZE
Imogen Simmonds 7 SUI
Ellie Salthouse 8 AUS
Emma Pallant 9 GBR
Laura Philipp 10 GER
Lauren Goss 12 USA
Haley Chura 14 USA
India Lee 16 GBR
Sarah Crowley 17 AUS
Danielle Dingman 18 USA
Manon Genet 19 FRA
Jackie Hering 20 USA
Fanella Langridge 21 GBR
Carrie Lester 22 AUS
Lisa Norden 23 SWE
Barbara Riveros 24 CHI
Frankie Sanjana 25 GBR
Chelsea Sodaro 26 USA
Sara Svensk 27 SWE
Annah Watkinson 28 RSA
Pamela-Ann Bachelder St-Pierre 29 CAN
Lauren Barnett 30 USA
Maria Eugenia Barrera Anduaga 31 MEX
Gisele Bertucci 33 BRA
Jeanne Collonge 34 FRA
Judith Corachan 35 ESP
Luiza Cravo 36 BRA
Laura Dennis 37 AUS
Nina Derron 38 SUI
Dimity-Lee Duke 39 AUS
Amber Ferreira 41 USA
Paula Findlay 42 CAN
Alexandra Ganzon 43 PHI
Ewa Komander 44 POL
Leonie Konczalla 45 GER
Kinsey Laine 46 USA
Xenia Luxem 47 BEL
Rachel Olson 48 USA
Palacio Balena 49 ARG
Romina Pesch 50 USA
Anne Reischmann 52 GER
Katrina Rye 53 GBR
Kaisa Sali 54 FIN
Mariella Sawyer 55 RSA
Jenny Schulz 56 GER
Felicity Sheedy-Ryan 57 AUS
Bianca Steurer 58 AUT
Grace Thek 59 AUS
Alexandra Tondeur 60 BEL
Amelia Watkinson 61 NZL
Kyra Wiens 63 USA
Laura Wood 64 NZL


Name Race # Country
Javier Gomez 1 ESP
Alistair Brownlee 2 GBR
Sebastian Kienle 3 GER
Patrick Lange 4 GER
Ben Kanute 5 USA
Pieter Heemeryck 6 BEL
Sam Appleton 7 AUS
Adam Bowden 8 GBR
Rodolophe Von Berg 9 USA
Kristian Blummenfelt 11 NOR
Frederik Van Lierde 12 BEL
Tim Don 14 GBR
Ruedi Wild 15 SUI
Andrew Starykowicz 16 USA
Igor Amorelli 17 BRA
Florian Angert 18 GER
Santiago Ascenco 19 BRA
Andi Boecherer 20 GER
Kevin Collington 21 USA
Eric Lagerstrom 22 USA
Sam Long 23 USA
Elliot Smales 24 GBR
Bart Aernouts 25 BEL
Daniel Bækkegård 26 DEN
Maurice Clavel 27 GER
Andreas Dreitz 28 GER
George Goodwin 30 GBR
Jackson Laundry 32 CAN
Paulo Roberto Maciel Da Silva 34 BRA
Mike Phillips 36 NZL
Bradley Weiss 37 RSA
Josh Amberger 38 AUS
Filipe Azevedo 39 POR
Mark Bowstead 40 NZL
Matt Burton 41 AUS
Alan Carillo Avila 42 MEX
Pablo Dapena Gonzalez 43 ESP
Thomas Davis 44 GBR
Robbie Deckard 45 USA
Romain Guillaume 46 FRA
Gustav Iden 47 NOR
Yvan Jarrige 48 FRA
Ivan Kalashnikov 49 RUS
Mitchell Kibby 50 AUS
Andre Lopes 51 BRA
David Mainwaring 52 AUS
Jack Moody 53 NZL
Banjo Norte 54 PHI
Joaquin Pereda 55 MEX
Sam Pictor 56 GBR
Jason Pohl 57 CAN
Alexander Polizzi 58 AUS
Tim Rea 59 AUS
Horst Reichel 60 GER
Markus Rolli 62 GER
Francisco Serrano 63 MEX
Dominik Sowieja 64 GER
Milosz Sowinski 65 POL
Cyril Viennot 66 FRA
Iuri Vinuto Josino 67 BRA