After an Achilles tendon injury forced him out of last month’s Ironman World Championship in St. George, German Olympic and three-time Kona champion Jan Frodeno will compete at Challenge Roth on July 3.
“In the last few months I’ve noticed I need a set goal again and there is no more fantastic race than Roth,” Frodeno said. “The spectators and the whole community there are just overwhelming. I hope to see as many fans there as possible. After my injury, I will be very careful and pull the plug if I have to and get out. But I don’t even want to think about that yet. I’m just looking forward to a great race. See you on the start line!”
Frodeno’s addition to the field means that the last three German Kona champions will be on the line – he joins Patrick Lange and Sebastian Kienle on the start list.
“I can hardly find the words: all previous German world champions who are currently racing are on the start line in Roth,” said Challenge Roth race director Felix Walchshofer. “We are honoured Frodo chose Roth for his comeback race. The whole Roth triathlon district and everyone who contributes to the success of the event can be very proud of this. That’s why I’m so happy to welcome all triathlon fans to the biggest triathlon festival of the year here in our region.”
Other big names in the field include Sam Long (USA), Maurice Clavel (GER) and Andi Bocherer (GER).
The women’s race sees all three of last year’s podium finishers return, led by defending champion and 2019 Kona champion Anne Haug. She’ll take on last year’s runner up, Laura Siddall (GBR) and her countrywoman, Fenella Langridge, who was third last year.