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IRONMAN European Championship preview

Frodeno, Lange and Ryf headline the race weekend. Watch the race live from the comfort of your own home.

The 2018 triathlon season is well underway. This past weekend, Sebastian Kienle had a statement win at Challenge Roth, posting a finishing time of 7:46:23. Now, it will be Jan Frodeno’s and Patrick Lange’s turn to take on the Ironman at the European Championship this weekend in Frankfurt, Germany.

Jan Frodeno at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.

A month ago, Frodeno and Lange duelled it out at the half Ironman in Kirachagu, Germany. The race saw Frodeno triumph over Lange, but what will happen in Frankfurt? Will Lange’s run speed outlast Frodeno’s?

Patrick Lange on his way to set the course record at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championships.

The two Germans will not be alone to duel it out; they’re joined by contenders Josh Amberger of Australia, Michael Weiss of Austria and Andreas Raelert of Germany.

On the women’s side, the Queen of the Ironman distance, Daniela Ryf, will be entering her first Ironman of the season. She will be joined in Frankfurt by Sarah Crowley of Australia, Anne Haug of Germany and Sarah True of the United States.

Daniela Ryf on her way to winning her third IRONMAN World Championship in 2017.

Canadians Steph Corker and Rachel McBride will be competing in the women’s pro field. The two will be looking to score qualifying points for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.

Just two weeks ago, Facebook and IRONMAN announced a partnership which includes the live broadcast of 16 races this season. The IRONMAN European Championships will be viewable on the IRONMAN now Facebook page.

Watch the start of the race at 12:30 am ET on July 8th and 9:30 pm PT on July 7th.