Belgian Argonette and IRONMAN Champion Tine Deckers won IRONMAN France for the fifth time. She won the race in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and now 2016. Tine made it a real tour de force today, recording the fastest bike split ever (5:05:03) and a strong final time (09:22:04). Halfway in the season, Tine has already put together an impressive winning streak, including earlier victories in the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico and the Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix.
Tine was not the fastest swimmer of the pack and with the presence of Leanda Cave, she had hoped to reduce her deficit in the water to 10 minutes or better. The result was much better: a fifth position coming out of the water, 5:30 behind Cave.
Tine Flies on the Bike
After 37 kilometers, she had taken over the lead and was off solo. After 180 kilometers, she was 12 minutes ahead of Emma Bilham (2nd) and 23 minutes ahead of Leanda Cave (3rd). Next up: a strong, smart marathon. Overcoming a painful 5k halfway through the run, she was able to control the rest of the race.
“Winning in Nice is always special,” says Deckers. “Things didn’t start well for me today. I’m swam really hard all by myself. I was even dizzy when I came out of the water. Luckily that passed quickly once I was on the bike. I felt really strong the entire 180 kilometers. The scenario played out differently than I had anticipated: instead of having to overcome a larger post-swim deficit, I was able to build a lead and go after that bike record. This victory definitely gives an extra boost to do just as well the rest of the year.”
About Tine Deckers
Tine Deckers started triathlon in 2005, but turned professional in 2008. Since then, she qualified for Kona every year (except the year she gave birth to her son), for a total of 4 participations. Tine takes part in about 7 races per year, including 2 or 3 full IRONMAN. When her child was only 4 months old, Tine finished 4th at the IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote, with the best bike split.