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Half Challenge Barcelona: second for Lucy Gossage
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Posted on: Sunday 27th May 2012


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Two British athletes in the top five at Sunday's Half Challenge Barcelona-Maresme, with the 'Duracell Bunny' Lucy Gossage taking second place to Denmark's Camilla Pederson. Ironman UK 2010 winner Yvette Grice got her triathlon season going with a fifth place finish.


Bittner and Petersen take victory in fourth Half Challenge Barcelona-Maresme

Per Bittner (GER) and Camilla Pedersen (DEN) have taken out the top spots at the fourth Half Challenge Barcelona this weekend in a race that enjoyed perfect Mediterranean conditions and a sell-out field.

This was Bittner's first major international victory and his strong athletics background worked well in his favour with the race coming down to a battle between himself and Stanislav Krylov (RUS) on the 21.1km run. Rasmus Petreaus (DEN) took the fastest swim time in 22:51 with Krylov just two seconds behind while Bittner was a minute back in 10th. Krylov was first out onto the bike, a position he held for the duration. Bittner quickly rode up into second but couldn't close the now two minute gap. By the 5km mark on the run, Bittner had closed the gap to just a few seconds and soon took the lead taking the win in a 3:50:45, a comfortable 2:50 minutes ahead of Krylov. Spanish long distance champion, Raul Amatriain Arraiza, took out the final spot on the men's podium in 3:55:15

In the women's race Dane, Camilla Pederson, dominated the competition from the start exiting the water in 25:28, just under three minutes ahead of the UK's Lucy Gossage. By the 24km mark on the bike she had extended this lead to five minutes. The run started with Pederson nearly six minutes ahead of Finland's Tiina Boman who arrived in T2 in second with Gossage right on her heels just four seconds behind.

Bowman faded on the run while Gossage managed to close the gap to Pedersen by a couple of minutes but Pedersen proved too strong, taking the title in 4:14:24.

Camilla Pedersen / Per Bittner

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