In the absence of the world elite around three-time world champion Jan Frodeno, Frenchman Denis Chevrot won the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

The 34-year-old triathlete prevailed on Sunday after swimming 3.86 kilometers, cycling 180.2 kilometers and the final marathon over 42.195 kilometers in 7:52:54 hours ahead of Poland's Robert Wilkowiecki and his compatriot Clement Mignon.

The best German was Paul Schuster from Darmstadt in fourth place.

For Chevrot it was the third Ironman victory in his career.