Perfect Van Riel secures SLT Arena Games double in Rotterdam

While the women were separated by just one point, Belgium's Marten Van Riel was the class act in the men's race at STL Arena Games Rotterdam

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Three races and three wins within a space of around 40minutes. Following up his overall win in London, Belgium’s Marten Van Riel cemented his place as the king of the SLT Arena Games powered by Zwift in Rotterdam today.

After winning stage one with a perfectly timed Zwift sprint on the bike which saw six athletes finish within a second of each other, the Belgian athlete who trains with the impressive squad under the guidance of Joel Filliol, took every format in his stride. Not even the run pace of Alex Yee on the final leg could take a point away, as Van Riel showed his class across all three disciplines for a clear and decisive victory.

That run effort proved enough for Alex to take second spot overall by just one point from third-placed Aurelian Raphael (FRA).The day however belonged to the impressive Belgian, who finished sixth at Rio 2016.

Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam 2021

Race 1: Swim – Run – Bike

1st – Marten Van Riel (BEL)
2nd – Vasco Vilaca (POR)
3rd – Alex Yee (GBR)

Race 2: Run – Bike – Swim

1st – Marten Van Riel (BEL)
2nd – Anthony Pujades (FRA)
3rd – Jonas Schomburg (GER)

Race 3: Bike – Swim – Run

1st – Marten Van Riel (BEL)
2nd – Alex Yee (GBR)
3rd – Aurelian Raphael (FRA)


1st – Marten Van Riel (BEL) – 30 points
2nd – Alex Yee (GBR) – 23 points
3rd – Aurelian Raphael (FRA) – 22 points

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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