IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna: Start time, live stream and preview – Elite News
The fifth edition of IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna will take place this weekend, with a strong professional women’s field tackling the full distance event on Saturday 17 September.
After three years without a pro field at the event, this year’s race has spots up for grabs at the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua Kona, Hawai’i.
Start time and how to watch live
The 2022 IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna Women’s Pro Field will start at 7:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, September 17, which is 6:30 a.m. UK, 1:30 a.m. Eastern.
Live coverage of IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna will be streamed via IRONMAN Now on Facebook Watch, YouTube and Twitch. For viewers in the UK, the coverage will be available here same day via embedded video.
As always, the ever-reliable IRONMAN Tracker is the perfect data complement to support your viewing. If you don’t already have it on your phone, where have you been? !
One of the big questions of the weekend is how the Swiss athlete Julie Derron will compete in its first-ever IRONMAN distance event. Despite being a newcomer to IRONMAN, Derron is the highest ranked athlete heading into the weekend and has had excellent preparation for the race, stating that “I trained well over the summer in St. Moritz and I feel fit to race IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna”.
Speaking about his future plans, Derron said: “IRONMAN Italy will be my first IRONMAN long distance race. Therefore, the main objective will be to overcome the distance and gain experience in IRONMAN racing. After this weekend, I will mainly focus on the Olympic distance races and try to qualify for the Paris Olympics in 2024. ”
Derron recently won the tough Gerardmer XL Triathlon in France by a significant margin for a second year, and also finished fifth at the PTO Canadian Open. She is a quality athlete.
Also ready to be back in the IRONMAN action is Svenja Thoes (ALL). Winner of IRONMAN France and second in the Long Course of Alpe d’Huez, she recently crossed the finish line at IRONMAN Ireland, but was later disqualified after the race for outside assistance.
Alongside Derron will be fellow Joanna Ryter, who finished third at IRONMAN Texas earlier this year. The Swiss athlete also finished second at IRONMAN Brazil in May after finishing 17th at the IRONMAN World Championships in St George. Ryter finished fifth here in 2019, just a few minutes ahead of Catherine Grohmann (GER), who is also racing again.
Another podium challenger could be the Briton Chantal Saintier. Sainter finished fifth earlier in the year at IRONMAN Hamburg before earning an impressive third place last month at IRONMAN Ireland in Cork.
British friend, Tara Grosvenor, finished fifth in Ireland – with the fastest split – with arguably his best Pro performance to date. This will hopefully add confidence to his prospects in Cervia.
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Recent winners of the IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna Pro Women
- 2019 – Carolin Lehrieder (GER)
- 2018 – Daniela Saemmler (GER)
- 2017 – Lucy Gossage (GBR)
Prize money: what’s to be won?
The purse on offer this weekend is $50,000 – and as this race is a Pro race for women only, that means the winner will receive $15,000 for her efforts.
In addition to the cash, there will be a qualifying spot for the 2023 IRONMAN World Championship – more than a year before the event.
The total funds will be paid out in ten depths, as follows:
Of course, thanks to training from the Professional Triathlete Organization, the financial rewards for performance don’t just come from day-to-day performances.
The PTO Global Ranking will see a total of $2 million awarded at the end of 2022, based on the final ranking of these point tables. The rewards can be substantial, with moving up or down in the ranking system potentially earning you more than any individual event.