23/9/2017: Tine has finished second in the 2017 Ironman Italy. Lucy Gossage of the UK took the title in 09:06:39. Tine’s final time was 09:13:35. Marta Bernardi (Italy; 09:20:04) completed the top three. With this podium finish added to her victories in the Challenge Geraardsbergen, the Alpe d’Heuz Triathlon and the Embrunman, Tine has already made it a stellar 2017. What is more, she got off to good start in her goal for this fall: collecting maximum points for the 2018 Ironman Hawaii.
It does not happen often, but Tine was in the lead group the entire swim leg. She even took the lead for a large part of the swim! As a result, Tine was able to make an immediate break on the bike, together with Lucy Gossage. After about 50 kilometers, Tine decided to make her move and she ended up building a lead of about a minute. But Gossage came back and around 130 km, the Brit was off solo. Tine had no juice left to chase her. She reached T2 six minutes behind Gossage. Tine started well in the marathon; at the halfway point, she had made up more than a minute on Gossage. However, that was as close as she was going to get today. With the rest of the field at a safe distance, Tine had to settle for a strong second place.
Tine was pleased with her second place finish. “As an athlete, you always want to win. And maybe the race would have been different if I didn’t force the early breakaway. But I’m happy with second. If you would have told me before the race, I would have been elated. After all, my preparation was far from ideal. After the Embrunman, I took a break and when I started training again, I got sick on the last day. Sinusitis, so nothing serious, but it messes up your race prep. On the other hand, I really swam so well, I can’t complain too much. I think I lost the race at the end of the bike leg. I lost too much time right there. I probably came out of the gate too fast and I paid for it in the last 50 kilometers. My wattage just fell, hard. Then again, even if we would have started the marathon together, Gossage would not just have faded. She is super tenacious. I think second really was my place today. And I’ve got a nice amount of 2018 Kona points. In December, I am doing the Ironman Argentina. I want to be in top shape for Hawaii 2018 and that is only possible if I ensure my qualification this fall and winter. I am happy I got off to a good start here in Italy.”