Ironman World Championship 2019
The German star athlete has his third victory in the legendary Ironman Hawaii in his sights.
Preparations have been accompanied by an EQ model from Mercedes-Benz.
The sustainable crossover SUV marks the premium brand's departure into a new mobility era.
Stuttgart. He has already done it twice: in 2015 and 2016 Jan Frodeno won the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona on Big Island, Hawaii. Now the German top athlete and global Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz is reaching for the title for a third time. Following a break due to injury in 2018 and an average performance because of back problems in 2017, the 38-year-old feels on top form this year and relishes the challenge: "The 'Legend of Kona' gets a triathlete's heart racing", says Jan Frodeno. "I have an irrepressible urge to launch an all-out attack again here."
Perfect training partner
Jan Frodeno is putting the EQC Edition 1886 to intensive use in Girona. When he is not at the wheel himself, such as on his morning drive to the sea for swimming training, his physiotherapist accompanies him in it, mostly for cycling training. The EQC is impressive in all disciplines: the electric vehicle offers the familiar high comfort, the dynamism and the quality of a Mercedes-Benz with zero local CO2 emissions and a range of more than 450 kilometres, which makes it ideal for everyday use. Then there are the avant-garde aesthetics and a multitude of user-friendly services. The EQC thus marks Mercedes-Benz's departure into a new era of electric mobility. So Jan Frodeno is more than pleased with his climate-friendly training partner: "I've been pleasantly surprised by the EQC. It offers unadulterated dynamism and driving pleasure with its brilliant acceleration. All this with a good conscience, because thanks to the two electric engines there are zero local CO2 emissions." A further advantage from the athlete's point of view is the lack of background noise. "The EQC is the perfect support vehicle - for instance, you don't hear it at all when climbing a pass in the Pyrenees.