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Dreitz, Hütthaler dominate Mallorca 70.3
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 10th May 2014


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Germany's Andreas Dreitz stunned the big name pre-race favourites to take the title today at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, with a monster solo bike effort, which he was able to back up on the run to hold on for a clear two minute victory margin. Defending champion Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) crushed the field in the women's race.

MEN

The German Andreas Dreitz has already proven his form this year in the Spanish islands, with victory weeks ago at Challenge Fuerteventura, where a fastest bike and run split combination was the key to his success.

With the likes of Aernouts, Raelert and Llanos racing today, a fastest run split for anyone was going to be a tough ask - but when you ride well over five minutes faster than all of that trio, who were part of a large chase pack arriving over six minutes behind at T2, you expect to have to pay some price for it on the run. Dreitz did, but still produced a strong 1:14:49 which put him well out of reach of even a 1:10:08 from the former Duathlon World Champion Aernouts who just managed to get the better of Andreas Raelert for second.

An impressive effort, and one which will certainly raise his profile as we move into the bulk of the summer season.

WOMEN

Last season Austria's Lisa Hütthaler took the title in Mallorca, and she'l return home as a two-time Mallorca champion with a huge victory, finishing over nine minutes clear of the Uplace-BMC pairing of Sofie Goos and Liz Blatchford.

Blatchford led out of the swim in swift (slightly short, we suspect) 23:32, which was 1:45 ahead of Hütthaler, with a group of other leading pro's including Great Britian's Tamsin Lewis and Sofie Goos within a few seconds of the Austrian. All change on the bike though as Hütthaler produced a 2:25:49 bike split, compared to the second-best of the day 2:32:06 from Blatchford, to reach T2 well clear. If that wasn't enough, she put the seal on the race with a 1:22:44 half marathon (provisionally, also fastest of the race) for a significant victory margin. Blatchford will likely be a little disappointed to a have slipped to a 1:28:32 run split, which enable her fleet-footed team mate Goos (1:23:06) to catch and pass in the late stages for second.

No detail yet, but Tamsin Lewis appears to have been a DNF during the bike section.

[UPDATE] From @sportiedoc - "not how envisaged today ending. Crashed avoiding a goat on the descent - hit head, got back on.Pulled off course. Just discharged from Hospital"

Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, Saturday 10th May 2014
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km - Pro Division

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Dreitz (GER) 3:51:38 Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 4:18:50
2nd Bart Aernouts (BEL) 3:53:33 Sofie Goos (BEL) 4:27:58
3rd Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:53:49 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 4:29:32
4th Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:56:20 Laura Philipp (GER) 4:30:49
5th Ivan Rana (ESP) 3:56:52 Astrid Ganzow (GER) 4:32:16
6th Jan Van Berkel (SUI) 4:00:21 Natascha Schmitt (GER) 4:33:38
7th Francisco Fernandez-Corles (ESP) 4:02:47 Verena Walter (GER) 4:38:47
8th Daniel Halksworth (GBR) 4:03:17 Jennifer Duffy (IRL) 4:46:29
9th Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 4:04:48 Maria Lemeseva (RUS) 4:54:24
10th Mike Aigroz (SUI) 4:05:24 Mareen Hufe (GER) 5:01:41

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