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IRONMAN France 2024: Start time, preview and how to follow live as Lucy Charles-Barclay chase Nice validation

The reigning IRONMAN World Champion, Lucy Charles-Barclay, will lineup in Nice this weekend to secure her spot at the IRONMAN World Championship in Nice in September.

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This was our preview of IRONMAN France 2024 – you can click here for a full report and results on how Lucy Charles-Barclay roared to a dominant victory.

IRONMAN France Nice takes place this weekend in the French Riviera, with IRONMAN World Champion Lucy Charles-Barclay headlining a female only professional field.

The British star, who is seeking to validate her spot at the upcoming IRONMAN World Championship in Nice, revealed that she would be racing last week, after spending time training in the area.

In our preview below, you can find details on who LCB will be up against, plus information on start times and how to follow live on Sunday.

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Start times and how to follow live

IRONMAN France Nice will take place on Sunday June 16. The pro women will begin at 07:30 local time. This corresponds to 06:30 in the UK, 01:30 on the East Coast and 22:30 on the West Coast on Saturday June 15.

Whilst there is no live broadcast in Nice, the ever reliable IRONMAN Tracker is the perfect data addition to support your viewing. If you haven’t got it on your phone already, where have you been?!

Pro Women

Coming in as the reigning IRONMAN World Champion and current PTO World #3, Charles-Barclay will be the overwhelming favourite to take the win in Nice this weekend.

Lucy Charles-Barclay IRONMAN World Championship Kona 2023 Tape
British triathlete Lucy Charles-Barclay takes the tape to win the 2023 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii (Getty Images for IRONMAN).

Following her recent announcement that she would seek to defend her title in the South of France in September, testing herself on a very similar course on Sunday can only be beneficial to her world championship preparations.

The Londoner has never finished off the podium in a professional long distance race, with a record of 5 wins, six second place finishes and one third place finish spanning eight years of pro racing.

In Nice, Charles-Barclay looks certain of extending that record, with only two other athletes, Sara Svensk and Julie Iemmolo, ranked inside the PTO Top 100.

Competing for the podium and a Nice slot, both Iemmolo and Svensk are fairly even matched, with Iemmolo coming out on top at IRONMAN Hamburg and Svensk getting the better of her counterpart at IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca so far this season.

Other podium contenders on the start list include French athlete Justine Guerard, who is making her full distance debut, plus Swiss athlete Nina Derron, who will be chasing a first professional podium in five years.

Prize Money: What’s on the line?

The prize purse on offer this weekend is $50,000 – with each of the winners collecting a $7,500 share of that total.

In addition to prize purse, there will be two qualifying spots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Nice later this season.

The total funds will be paid eight-deep, as follows:

  1. $28,000
  2. $5,000
  3. $3,750
  4. $3,000
  5. $2,000
  6. $1,500
  7. $1,250
  8. $1,000
Tomos Land
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Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.
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