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16. May 2013

World record holder ranks third on Mallorca

Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3: Andy on the podium

Alcudia. Andreas Raelert claimed third place at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca. The winner of 2011’s edition finished the Middle-distance race in 3:54:43 hours on the podium behind the Spaniard Eneko Llanos (3:52:36 hours) and Bart Aernouts from Belgium (3:52:54 hours). "I can be happy with my performance today," said Andreas Raelert, "of course I would have liked to win, but Eneko and Bart showed an outstanding performance on the run course.”

From the start, Andreas Raelert was one of the leaders in the race. Already during the 1.9 km long swim in the bay of Alcudia, he was part of the front group. After fast 22:03 minutes Frenchman Stephane Poulat exited the water. Andreas Raelert was in 10th position (22:13 minutes) at that moment. In T1 he made it up to 5th place thanks to a quick transition. On the bike Bertrand Billard from France and the American Andrew Starykowicz made their move to the front from the leading group with Andreas Raelert and Eneko Llanos after 20 kilometers. After a third of the bike course, the duo was just two and a half minutes ahead, but shortly after a long downhill section Starykowicz attacked. He headed into T2 with a lead of 4:10 minutes ahead of Bertrand Billard. Starykowicz had an advantage of 4:55 minutes on the group with Andreas Raelert.

Andreas Raelert came off the bike after 90 kilometers (2:17:11 hours) in fourth position. "My second transition was not perfect," said Andreas Raelert, "But on the first kilometers of the run I was able to make up some ground." Already at kilometer three of the run Andreas Raelert had reduced the gap to Andrew Starykowicz, who was now three minutes ahead. Andreas Raelert was in second position then, followed by the strong runners Bart Aernouts and Eneko Llanos, who has already won Ironman Melbourne in this season.

At kilometer 14 Andreas Raelert finally caught up with Andrew Starykowicz just before entering the last of three run laps. However, the Spaniard Eneko Llanos intensified at that moment significantly the pace and took the lead. “I could not keep Enekos pace at this moment," said Andreas Raelert, "Eneko had a great run." Eneko Llanos was winning the race thanks to a half marathon of 1:08:42 hours. Andreas Raelert finished the race with a run of 1:11:03 hours.

Michael Raelert took over the swimming part in the Thomas Cook VIP relay team. He swam the 1.9 km in the bay of Alcudia in 22:35 minutes. Sebastian Grahl of Thomas Cook then biked 90 kilometers in 2:58:21 hours, before Frank Busemann took over as a runner. In 1:38:11 hours, the Olympic silver medalist in decathlon in 2004 finally ran the half marathon for the team. The Thomas Cook VIP relay team reached ninth place overall in 5:06:39 hours.

 

 

 

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