© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
© Sebastian Kuhn
12. May 2014

Third place

start of the season

World record holder is a factor at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca – Thrilling duel on the run – Warm congratulations to winner Andreas Dreitz

Alcudia. Andreas Raelert has started successfully into the new season at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca. Thanks to a balanced performance the World record holder on the Ironman-distance took third place in a challenging race. The world's largest event of the Ironman-70.3-series was won by German Andreas Dreitz, who took the title in 3:51:38 hours after showing an outstanding bike ride. Andreas Raelert fought hard for second place in a close battle with previous year’s runner-up Bart Aernouts, but the Belgian finally sprinted to silver in 3:53:33 hours. "I am satisfied with my first race of the season," said Andreas Raelert after his finish in 3:53:49 hours. "It was a competition with many positive moments."

Frenchman Benjamin Sanson was the expected athlete to set the pace during the swim in the bay of Alcudia - and he delivered: After 20:20 minutes the remarkable swimmer exited the water. Andreas Raelert was positioned well in the chase group behind Sanson, which included a couple of the favorites for the title. The German came into T1 in seventh place after a swim of 21:55 minutes. After a quick transition to the bike Andreas Raelert was one of the athletes, who forced the level of speed to catch up with his compatriot. "Andreas drove incredibly," said Andreas Raelert full of respect after the race talking about his colleague Andreas Dreitz from the Erdinger Team. Andreas Dreitz took over the lead early on the bike and irresistibly pulled away. Even before the race Andreas Raelert had quoted the 25-year old on his list of favorites, after Andreas Dreitz had already won the Challenge Fuerteventura two weeks ago. "I can only say that his race today in Alcudia was absolutely amazing – huge congratulations, he was unbeatable today," said Andreas Raelert, congratulating warmly after a great victory.

Andreas Raelert jumped off his bike at the top of the chase group after 90 challenging kilometers, which he rode in 2:17:00 hours. Andreas Dreitz was off and away thanks to an impressive solo ride in 2:09:10 hours, in T2 Andreas Raelert and the pursuers were already 6:24 minutes behind. The final half-marathons began with a similar situation as last year: Andreas Raelert started into a fast run, side by side with the two top runners Eneko Llanos (Spain) and Bart Aernouts. While defending champion Llanos fell back some seconds after half of the run course, Andreas Raelert speeded up with the Belgian Bart Aernouts. Andreas Raelert ran into third with a good split of 1:10:20 hours, while Aernouts was able to secure second place and the best running time thanks to his final sprint. Andreas Raelert was nevertheless satisfied with the first start of the season: "After a long break from racing and injury-related hurdles I can live well with this re-entry into the competition scene," he said smiling, "at some point the race went even better for me than I had expected." The positive atmosphere at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca with its 3800 participants in total and the whole competition experience is a great motivation for the Raelert-Brothers to step forward into this new season.


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