He was the home town athlete, he has an American passport but he lived many years near Nice, and he didn’t ignore the predictions. Released in the first group from the water, a few seconds away from the leader Kanute, he created the best bike split riding his Colnago Kone thanks to a very fast descent. Together with him the Englishman Alistair Brownlee (twice gold at the Olympics) and the Norwegian Gustav Iden, the first to leave T2. Thank to his last fast fraction, Iden immediately dug a strong gap on Von Berg and took about 5 km to bend Brownlee’s resistance. Thanks to a half-marathon race run at 3’16 “per kilometer, the Norwegian took the first step of the podium followed by Brownlee and Von Berg. For Rudy it is the best result ever that allows him to project himself among the best athletes of the middle distance Ironman.