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17. Mar 2017

Raelert-Brothers

Target Taitung: Michael Raelert aims for a success

Strong pro field at the Ironman 70.3 Taiwan – Second competition for Michael Raelert within eight days – Highly motivated for Sunday after racing in the Philippines

Taitung. Michael Raelert sets off on the second part of a double-start journey in Asia within eight days. This Sunday, he takes part at the Sinox Ironman 70.3 Taiwan as one of the favorites after ranking fourth at the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay in the Philippines last Sunday. "The race last week didn’t work out as well as I had hoped for and as I had expected," says Michael Raelert, "I am highly motivated to achieve a much better result now."

For the second time, the competition takes place in Taitung on the east coast of Taiwan. The eighth edition of the Ironman 70.3 Taiwan will be hosted here on Sunday, and the race will include a strong professional line-up and a fast course. "I'm expecting a really fast competition," says Michael Raelert. He is looking forward to race hard on the flat course and to compare himself to a strong field. "There are some well-known faces," he says. Among others, the start list includes the champion of last Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay, Ruedi Wild from Switzerland. In addition, American Timothy O'Donnell is listed to race in Taitung as well as Guy Crawford from New Zealand, who won the competition in 2015. Moreover, there is the strong Australian cyclist Jake Montgomery expected to race as well as Johannes Moldan (Germany), Ritchie Nicholls from Great Britain, Swiss Sven Riederer, Tim van Berkel (Australia) and Fredrik Croneborg from Sweden.

Michael Raelert is looking forward to a fast race, and he hopes for his first win of the season on the classic Ironman 70.3-distance. "I'm in a good shape," says the Rostockian, "two races in such a short period of time are always demanding. But I feel good, and I’m ready to hit the gas on Sunday." After his victory at the Bangsaen Triathlon in Bangkok in February, Michael Raelert wants to take the second title of the year 2017 this Sunday.

 

Foto: AsiaTRI.COM
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