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FVL shatters course record on P5X

Frederik Van Lierde’s impressive victory in Cozumel, Mexico, was also the first Ironman win for Cervélo’s new ultimate triathlon bike.

Sunday’s performance was a credit to the Belgian athlete’s hard work in recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in April. After setting a new course record of 8:03:09, including a blazing 4:22:37 bike split, Freddy is clearly back at full strength — and looking forward to 2017.

“This victory really feels like a new start,” the 2013 Ironman World Champion said. “Let's forget about 2016 and focus on Hawaii 2017 from now on!”

Freddy was at or near the front of the field for the entire race. Coming out of the Caribbean waters just behind leader Barrett Brandon, he soon pushed his way toward the front of the bike leg. The P5X “performed excellent” in the typically windy conditions, Freddy said, adding that he “felt really comfortable. My nutrition setup on the P5X was great. Averaging 301 watts is not bad at all for an end-of-season race.”

A well-fuelled FVL then delivered a very strong marathon to nail down the victory, which shaved more than 9 minutes off the previous record.