Germany’s top triathlete Jan Frodeno left the long-distance classic in Roth, Franconia, as the leader in the final marathon.
The three-time Ironman World Champion, who celebrated his comeback in Middle Franconia after injuring his Achilles tendon, gave up after a few kilometers with a pained face. “Unfortunately, I messed it up,” said Frodeno as he high-fived his team.
Until then, the 40-year-old had led the field. Cheered on by tens of thousands on the edge of the Main-Danube Canal, Frodeno was the first to get out of the water after swimming 3.86 kilometers. Even after 180.2 kilometers on the bike, the man from Cologne was in the lead. Then the pain was too great and Frodeno let the second-placed Dane Magnus Ditlev pass.
At the beginning of May, Frodeno was not able to take part in the World Championships in St. George in the US state of Utah. A tear in the Achilles tendon had stopped the German.