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Aernouts, Hütthaler at 70.3 Austria
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 27th May 2013


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Powerman Germany wasn't the only race in Europe suffering from the weather on Sunday, as Ironman 70.3 Austria, St Pölten was also experiencing cold conditions which caused the cancellation of the 1.9km swim on Saturday, ahead of Sunday's race. The race went ahead in a relatively unusual 'bike-run' format.

Those changes clearly didn't agree with three-time winner and defending champion Filip Ospaly who would eventually finish a distant ninth Pro. Ospaly aside, the top three went very much to form with Bart Aernouts (BEL) getting the better of Andi Böcherer (GER) for the win, with Spain's Eneko Llanos continuing his excellent start to the 2013 season with another podium, adding to big wins in Melbourne and Mallorca, plus second in Abu Dhabi.

Aernouts, 2010 ITU World Duathlon Champion and recent winner at the ETU Powerman European Long Distance Duathlon Champs was able to stay close to the speedy Böcherer on the bike before his customary super fast run took him to a two minute victory. Böcherer ran well to, preventing Llanos from taking second place, leaving Eneko with a comfortable margin back to fourth place.

In the ladies race it was 70.3 Mallorca winner and Austrian Lisa Hütthaler. and Austrian-based Dutch woman Yvonne Van Vlerken who were locked together at the bike to run transition, with Eva Nystrom (SWE) in third [Check out Yvonne's bike HERE and Eva's HERE]. As in Mallorca, Hütthaler was able to get the better of Van Vlerken on the run for the win, but this time it Eva Nystrom was able to split the pair, and finish just five seconds ahead of Van Vlerken to take second.

British athletes Lucy Gossage and Holly Lawrence finished sixth and eighth respectively, with Gossage putting in a final surge to pass Anja Beranek (GER) in the very late stages to grab the last of the prize money positions. Without her usual swim strength, that was a solid result for Holly Lawrence in a top ten which arguably is stronger in depth than the men's race was.

Both Gossage and Lawrence will race again in three weeks time at Ironman 70.3 UK, Wimbleball.

Ironman 70.3 Austria, St Pölten - Sunday 26th May 2013
90km bike / 21.1km run (swim cancelled)
- PRO Results

Pos Men Women
1st Bart Aernouts (BEL) 3:22:35 Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 3:49:55
2nd Andi Böcherer (GER) 3:24:45 Eva Nystrom (SWE) 3:51:30
3rd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:26:44 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 3:51:35
4th Dorian Wagner (GER) 3:32:14 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 3:56:27
5th Ruedi Wild (SUI) 3:33:38 Julia Gajer (GER) 3:57:00
6th Rinalds Sluckis (LVA) 3:34:48 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 3:57:40
7th Reto Stutz (SUI) 3:35:30 Anja Beranek (GER) 3:57:46
8th Bart Colpaert (BEL) 3:38:30 Holly Lawrence (GBR) 4:01:40
9th Filip Ospaly (CZE) 3:38:43 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:02:50
10th Georg Swoboda (AUT) 3:38:53 Sophie De Groote (BEL) 4:03:49

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