7th victory in a row for Daniela Ryf in Rapperswil
Daniela Ryf remains the woman to beat in Rapperswil. The athlete from Solothurn won the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland for the 7th time in a row. It was Ryf’s fourth win in as many starts this season.
With just nine weeks to go until the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, Daniela Ryf appears to be in good form. In Rapperswil, she dominated her competition, crossing the finish line over seven minutes ahead of runner-up Julie Derron from Zurich. It was Ryf’s seventh straight win at the event around the upper portion of Lake Zurich.
Fresh off a one-month training block in St. Moritz, the 34-year-old was satisfied with her performance: "It was a solid race. For me, this was an excellent opportunity to get back into competition mode while also allowing me to test my equipment during race conditions."
“I felt good overall”, Ryf said but the five-time world champion also admitted to some fatigue at the beginning of both the bike and run course and needed some time to find her rhythm. A two-time Swiss Sportswoman of the Year, Ryf has won all four of the competitions she’s entered in 2021 (Dubai, St. Georges/USA, Tulsa/USA and Rapperswil/SUI), but knows she still has some work to do before reaching her peak level: "After the race in Tulsa in mid-May, I needed a bit more recovery time than usual," the Solothurn native admitted. “But I feel like I am on track with my fitness and look forward to two more weeks of training in St. Moritz.”
Ryf's next competition is the Collins Cup in Slovakia, where she’ll be a member of Team Europe, which will compete vs. Team USA and an international team on 28 August in this newly designed competition format.