This year, the involvement of Mercedes-Benz in the IRONMAN European Tour includes nine races in eight countries. The starting shot will sound on 17 May 2014 on Lanzarote. Further competitions will be held in France, Denmark, Germany and Austria, to name but a few places. The IRONMAN European Tour is thus the most comprehensive and best-known long-distance triathlon series in Europe. It brings the myth of the competition founded on Hawaii and the world's hardest athletes to the heart of Europe where they compete in the water and on the road. Behind the scenes, the secret star on the asphalt is an automotive all-rounder: the new V-Class.