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Kienle, Pedersen dominate 70.3 Kraichgau
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 7th June 2015

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As I highlighted in the weekend preview, the marquee name and race favourite for today's Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau in Germany was Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle. He showed his class for another huge win on the course, while Denmark's Camilla Pederesen lead home five German pro's to add another 2015 victory to her recent win at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona.


While Germany's Jens Toft lead out the swim in 24:05, the writing was perhaps on the proverbial wall barely 20 seconds later when the twice Ironman 70.3 and reigning Ironman World Champion Kienle came out of the water in tenth (24:27), within seconds of swim speedsters such as the British pairing of David McNamee and Fraser Cartmell, plus another German uber-biker,Andreas Boecherer. So much for a swim weakness...

The race quickly became a Kienle/Boecherer show at the front, with everyone else losing huge amounts of time behind as that German pairing showed their class on two wheels. Kienle and Boecherer swapped the lead in the early stages before Sebastain upped the tempo again in the second half of the ride, having also had to make up some additional time from a slow T1. His 2:08:44 bike split compared to the 2:11:07 of Boecherer gave him a lead of just short of two minutes starting the run - with most of the chasers in the 2:19 bike split range. Very impressive riding on home soil for the Germans.

It's a fool who thinks Kienle is all about the bike - he can run, and he can run very well off of hard bike too. Looking strong from the start, he produced a 1:15:25 split which would bring him home to a victory margin of more than six minutes, as Boecherer ran 1:19:58. Great Britain's David McNamee would produce the best half marathon on the day (1:14:00), to take third, with Fraser Cartmell sixth.


The Kraichgau swim saw Pederesen along with German's Julia Gajer, Svenja Bazlen and Anja Beranek emerge with just four seconds separating them, so it was all to play for on dry land.

Renowned biker Beranek set the pace throughout the ride, with only Pedersen able to keep pace - perhaps concerned about the foot speed of Gajer. They would reach T2 with a two minute buffer over Julia, while Svenja had lost an additional three minutes over the 90km bike course.

Beranek and Pederesen were closely matched in the early stages, before the Dane was able to pull away. While Gajer was closing on Beranek, for much of the run looked as though that would be for third place only, however Anja did drop her pace in the final stages which allowed both Gajer (1:12:35) and Bazlen (1:23:55) to come through and take second and third on the podium. They could not catch Pedersen however, who produced a 1:24:18 split for a very consistent and strong day.

IRONMAN 70.3 Kraichgau, Germany - Sunday 7th June 2015
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Sebastian Kienle (GER) 3:51:56 Camilla Pederesen (DEN) 4:24:56
2nd Andreas Boecherer (GER) 3:58:06 Julia Gajer (GER) 4:27:16
3rd David McNamee (GBR) 4:00:25 Svenja Bazlen (GER) 4:29:14
4th Anthony Costes (FRA) 4:01:18 Anja Beranek (GER) 4:30:40
5th Patrick Lange (GER) 4:02:40 Laura Philipp (GER) 4:32:40
6th Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 4:05:36 Natascha Schmitt (GER) 4:38:17

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