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Emma Pallant takes third at 70.3 Mallorca
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 8th May 2016


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Three-peat for Andreas Dreitz, while Laura Philipp tops Olympic Champion at IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca

3500 athletes headed to Alcudia, Mallorca on Saturday expecting sunshine for the sixth edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca. All would have been disappointed... especially the Brits, ironic as the weather at home was rather splendid for this Editor's Saturday morning bike ride in glorious sunshine through the Chiltern's. Little consolation for those still defrosting of tending to road rash from multiple crashes, I'm sure!

Germany's Andreas Dreitz has dominated this race (on the bike in particular), for the last two years, and in my preview I said that "there is no reason to think he would be changing his tactics this year". He didn't... and he won again. While BMC-Etixx team member Bart Aernouts (BEL) produced the fastest run, it was not enough to close down and catch the impressive German athlete who is building quite a triathlon C.V. It wasn't a great day for the British men, with multiple crashes, mechanicals and bodies that were simply struggling to cope with the cold conditions - many athlete in particular struggling to recover after freezing on the descent on the bike course.

It was a more positive outcome for the British women as Emma Pallant took her first Ironman 70.3 podium. Marquee name in the race was Nicola Spirig, working her way back to fitness after a bike crash / broken bones at World Triathlon Abu Dhabi earlier in the season and while she lead for much of the ride, it was Dreitz's ERDINGER Alkoholfrei team mate Laura Philipp who was setting the pace on two wheels. After a two minute deficit to Spirig in the water, she gained back six on the bike and only gave up one on the run to home champion by a clear margin of three minutes.

Emma Pallant swam with Spirig, lost eight minutes to the Olympic champion on the bike in the wet conditions but then returned the fastest run of the day (1:19:41) to make her way back up to the podium in third. Her attentionn will now be on defending her ITU World Duathlon Championship in Aviles, Spain next month.

Related Article: 70.3 Mallorca 2016 - GB Age-Group podiums

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IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca - Saturday 7th May 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Dreitz (GER) 4:04:14 Laura Philipp (GER) 4:32:38
2nd Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:05:51 Nicola Spirig (SUI) 4:35:35
3rd Thomas Steger (AUT) 4:09:10 Emma Pallant (GBR) 4:40:58
4th Migel Angel Fidalgo Rosello (ESP) 4:10:12 Natascha Schmitt (GER) 4:41:03
5th Henrik Hyldelund (DEN) 4:10:36 Astrid Stienen (GER) 4:43:41
6th Markus Fachbach (GER) 4:11:46 Sofie Goos (BEL) 4:45:19
7th Mike Aigroz (SUI) 4:13:21 Mirjam Weerd (NED) 4:45:26
8th Victor Del Corral (ESP) 4:13:51 Gurutze Frades (ESP) 4:45:37
9th Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:14:24 Michaele Herlbauer (AUT) 4:46:35
10th Marcus Fernandes (BRA) 4:15:09 Kate Comber (GBR) 4:56:46

12th - Emma Pooley - 4:57:51
13th - Natalie Seymour - 5:06:23

14th - Mark Threlfall - 4:19:50
21st - Chris Walker - 4:27:48
22nd - Stuart Hayes - 4:28:21
25th - Brennan Townshend - 4:30:00
32nd - Oliver Simon - 4:42:49
33rd - Hywel Davies - 4:43:21
36th - Richard Westover - 5:07:15
DNF - Tim Don
DNF - Craig Twigg


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