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Llanos, Hütthaler take Mallorca 70.3
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 11th May 2013


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New names on the winners trophy after today's third edition of the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca. That was always going to be the case with the ladies in the absence of double winner Emma-Kate Lidbury, but Andreas Raelert was hoping to keep his family name a permanent fixture in the winners arena, taking over from younger brother Michael's win last year. Spain's own Eneko Llanos had other ideas and, along with Bart Aernouts, spoiled the party. For many, the party was spoiled by the ladies 'winner'...

Men

The swim did little to break up the field for the men. France's Stephane Poulet was first out of the water (22:02), but there were almost 20 athletes within half a minute of the Frenchman including Raelert, Llanos and the expected speedy biking legs of Andrew Starykowicz (USA) and Bertrand Billard (FRA). Britain's Mark Threlfall (22:11) was in the group, but Tom Lowe was over 3:30 back alongside Harry Springall.

While Billard headed the field early on the bike, it was Starykowicz who made a break stick and he went on to set the days fastest time on two wheels to build himself a buffer at T2 of over four minutes to German Andreas Dreitz and Billard, before the heavy hitters of Poulat, Llanos, Bart Aernouts (BEL), Jan Van Berkel (SUI), Tim Meyer (GER) and Tom Vander Hoogerstraete (BEL) arrived soon after, sights set on running themselves on to the podium.

The strongest runners proved to be Llanos and Aernouts with, perhaps surprisingly, Raelert unable to match their pace in the later stages. It took a 1:08:41 from Llanos to edge out Aernouts by just 19 seconds for the win, Andreas completing the podium two minutes later as Starykowicz ended up seventh after his biking efforts.

Harry Springall was first Brit Pro (23rd, 4:08:47) with Lowe 26th, Threlfall 31st, James Brown 44th and Steve Osborne 46th. For Threlfall and Lowe in particular, neither will be pleased with those results, quality field or not.

"Felt awful out there today. Just tried to enjoy the race and get around" said Threlfall post-race... before heading out to support his father who was racing too!

Ladies

Switzerland's Rachel Küng headed the opening swim in Mallorca with Canada's Lauren Groves, in her first middle distance event close behind. One of our pre-race podium picks Anja Beranek (GER) was third. An excellent swim for Tamsin Lewis saw her just 45 seconds back on Beranek at this stage and 1:15 ahead of Lucy Gossage; the Duracell Bunny would need to pull that back on the ride. Sandwiched between the pair was the controversial figure of Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) - click HERE and HERE for (a selection) on why - with the 'dangerous once on dry land' figure of Yvonne Van Vlerken well in the mix, less than a minute in arrears of Gossage. That is a solid swim for Van Vlerken and left her well in contention.

On the bike Van Vlerken and Hütthaler were the fastest on the road, the diminuitive dutch athlete setting the fastest time to catch and pass the British pair and reach T2 in close order with Hütthaler. After an excellent swim, Lewis was maintaining that on the bike too, and going head-to-head with Gossage. That seemed to work well for both as the threat of Beranek didn't materialise leaving Lewis and Gossage together, and well clear in third and fourth starting the run.

Though Van Vlerken set the early run pace, she couldn't fully drop Hütthaler who was to battle back in the second part of the run to regain the lead and pull away for the win. Yvonne held on for second while Gossage just got the better of Lewis for third. For Lewis, that in my opinion is perhaps her best performance to date. After a few years of indicating such potential, racing head-to-head with Gossage - who has been an athlete on a fast-tracked rise for two years now - must be a significant boost to her confidence. British long distance ladies just keep getting stronger.

Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, Saturday 11th May 2013
1.9k / 90k / 21.1k

Pos Men Women
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:52:35 Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 4:24:25
2nd Bart Aernouts (BEL) 3:52:54 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:27:17
3rd Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:54:43 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 4:30:03
4th Tim Meyer (GER) 3:55:58 Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 4:30:57
5th Boris Stein (GER) 3:56:08 Natascha Schmitt (GER) 4:33:16
6th Stephane Poulat (FRA) 3:56:08 Daniela Sammler (GER) 4:35:05
7th Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:56:35 Eva Nyström (SWE) 4:35:29
8th Bertrand Billard (FRA) 3:59:38 Anja Beranek (GER) 4:35:45
9th Jan Van Berkel (SUI) 4:00:51 Sofie Goos (BEL) 4:37:28
10th Andreas Dreitz (GER) 4:01:26 Silvia Felt (GER) 4:38:52

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