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© John Levison
Abu Dhabi Ladies: Dibens repeats
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Saturday 12th March 2011

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"Julie is such an animal on the bike!" was the complement Rachel Joyce said to me about Julie after finishing her race today, which just about - briefly in the quick update - sums up the race. First out of the swim, first off the bike, first across the finish. Throw up, and still in the medical tent... yes, she might make winning look easy, but as last year, Dibens has to hurt herself to do it.

Swiss Miss Caroline Steffen was really the only athlete who could stay within the same metaphorical post code as the now two-time champion, finishing 5:32 in arrears. "20km is just not enough time to catch Julie - she's an amazing athlete!" said a clearly impressed teamTBB athlete at the finish.

It was three Brits in the top four through Morrison and Joyce, who finished close together but 17 odd minutes back from Dibens both having had very different races. Cat said "I felt great to about 120km, then my power seem to just fall instantly." She pulled herself together on the run to get up to third. For Joyce it was the reverese, "I had a poor swim, and then for the first 100km I think I forgot how to ride a bike." Recovering the situation in the second half with some food and caffeine, it was a good end to the day for the Team Abu Dhabi member, and certainly a lot better than severing tendons in her foot a year ago.

Leanda Cave (sixth) and Emma-Kate Lidbury (tenth), made it five from the top ten for the talented British ladies. Remeber, Chrissie wasn't here, Bella is pregnant: strength in depth.

More from Abu Dhabi later - I might need a shower first...

If you want to re-live the race on a play-by-play, then the Tri247 Twitter was busy (and seemingly popular) all day today. I'm just pleased I wasn't talking to myself with nobody listening!

Pos Women
1st Julie Dibens (GBR) 7:14:13
2nd Caroline Steffen (SUI) 7:19:45
3rd Catriona Morrison (GBR) 7:31:02
4th Rachel Joyce (GBR) 7:31:59
5th Angela Naeth (CAN) 7:32:24
6th Leanda Cave (GBR) 7:34:10
7th Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 7:36:24
8th Joanna Lawn (NZL) 7:47:50
9th Belinda Granger (AUS) 7:48:49
10th Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 7:51:20

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