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Dreitz, Ryf dominate 70.3 Mallorca
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 9th May 2015

Tags  Alcudia  |  Andreas Dreitz  |  Daniela Ryf  |  David Mcnamee  |  Gill Fullen  |  Jane Hansom  |  Jo Haley  |  Mallorca

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Did someone once say it's not all about the bike? Germany's Andreas Dreitz wasn't listening (again) at today's Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, using the same tactic as 2014 to crush his opposition on two wheels on his way to a victory margin on almost two and half minutes.

No surprise in the women's race to see the ever impressive Ironman 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf added to her early season win at Challenge Dubai with a comprehensive swim / bike / run display which showed she is looking, perhaps, even stronger in 2015.


Eric Watson (AUS) lead out the swim in a swift 22:12 with Switzerland's Manuel Kueng, Artem Parienko (RUS) and Michael Raelert (GER) right with him. Dreitz may not be the absolute best swimmer - but unlike several past and present uberbikers, he has no significant weakness in the water either, refelected in the fact that he was barely 30 seconds in arrears at T1, with swimmers of the quality of Ivan Rana (ESP), Mike Aigroz (SUI) and David Mcnamee (GBR) among the closely bunched group of chasers. In 2014 he rode more than five minutes faster than anyone... a few seconds would not be a concern here, on a course that includes a significant climb that starts within the first 20km of the ride.

Dreitz would lay down a bike split of 2:10:14 which to give context, was more than seven minutes faster than the 'best of the rest'. With his performances on two wheels over the past 18 months, you have to but Dreitz alongside the likes of Kienle, Starykowicz and Molinari when discussing 'fastest cyclist in triathlon' over a post-race beer... No luck for Michael Raelert (who beat Dreitz at Challenge Bahrain last year), who we believe had a mechanical issue on the bike very early into his ride.

With such a significant lead at T2, Andreas could afford to produce a solid run and still expect to win. He did just that, with a 1:19:06 bringing him home almost 2:30 clear of his chasers. From the group behind, Patrik Nilsson (SWE) produced a fine 1:12:56 around Alcudia Bay to take second while Great Britain's David Mcnamee (1:13:31) ran well to secure his first Ironman™ podium finish, and also come home just under the four hour mark.

Age Group results are still coming in, but at the time of writing it appears that Christopher Ashford took the win in the Male 30-34 Age Group.

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Switzerland's Daniele Ryf had an incredible 2014 season which, but for the sensational running of Mirinda Carfrae in Kona, would have been close to perfection. It would seem as though we can expect - indeed, are seeing - even better form Angry Bird in 2015.

First in the swim (23:15), fastest on the bike (2:29:31) and then finishing with another race-best effort (1:20:01) on the run, all adds up to a victory margin of over nine minutes. A seriously impressive all-round performance, which must even at the early stage of the year make the possibility of a 70.3 / Ironman World Championship double - and perhaps a Triple Crown win too - a realistic possibility.

Behind Ryf, Tine Deckers (BEL) and Julia Gajer (GER) started the run six minutes back, with the seemingly always racing Yvonne Van Vlerken, a known runner, less than a minute behind and looking strong in fourth. Van Vlerken was able to pass Deckers (who had the second fastest ride, just two minutes slower than Ryf), but couldn't close to the German as Gajer (1:23:13) had a little more than the Dutch athlete (1:24:32) on the half marathon to take second and third respectively.

In the Age Groups, our March Athlete of the Month, Gill Fullen (50-54), Jane Hansom (45-49) and Jo Haley (35-39) all look to have taken top spots. The race is till in progress at the time of writing, so we'll update in due course if we spot any other British victors.

IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca, Saturday 9th May 2015
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Dreitz (GER) 3:56:48 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:17:25
2nd Patrik Nilsson (SWE) 3:59:12 Julia Gajer (GER) 4:26:53
3rd David Mcnamee (GBR) 3:59:43 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:29:03
4th Artem Parienko (RUS) 4:00:54 Tine Deckers (BEL) 4:33:23
5th Patrick Lange (GER) 4:01:33 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 4:34:22
6th Ivan Rana (ESP) 4:02:56 Kristin Moller (GER) 4:36:15
7th Jan Van Berkel (SUI) 4:04:40 Verena Walter (GER) 4:38:32
8th Manuel Kueng (SUI) 4:05:14 Diana Riesler (GER) 4:39:57
9th David Plese (SLO) 4:06:02 Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR) 4:43:18
10th Allan Steen Olesen (DEN) 4:06:29 Natascha Schmitt (GER) 4:43:40

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