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Potts and Piampiano take 70.3 New Orleans
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 21st April 2015


Tags  Alice Hector  |  Andy Potts  |  Joe Skipper  |  New Orleans  |  Sarah Piampiano


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Great Britain's Joe Skipper eighth, while Alice Hector (sixth) clinches final prize money spot in "The Big Easy"

It was a USA double this past weekend in New Orleans as Andy Potts defended his 2014 title after a race long battle with Matt Chrabot, while Sarah Piampiano stepped up one spot from her 2014 second place, to take victory by two minutes.

Men

A renowned swimmer of course, Potts had company in the water with Eric Limkemann and Matt Chrabot making it a lone U.S. trio exiting the water in 18:35, 45 second clear of the in form Tim Reed (AUS) and Drew Scott (USA). In the first race of his U.S. tour, Joe Skipper (22:07) was a little of the pace that he'd hoped, having made great efforts in training this year to improve his competitiveness in the water, to utilise his bike and run strengths.

Potts and Chrabot quickly made the leading trio a pairing on the the road to reach T2 in close order. Behind, the Canadian pairing of Trevor Wurtele and Cody Beals were setting the two fastest rides of the day - though only gaining 30 seconds on Potss/Chrabot - to bring them in to transition around 1:30 in arrears, passing Reed and Scott in the process.

The battle between Potts and Chrabot at the front of the race continued late into the half marathon until, as he's done many times before, the former Ironman 70.3 World Champion Potts was able to pull away and take another New Orleans win. Chrabot held strong for second place 41 seconds back, while Tim Reed was able to run himself back on to the podium courtesy of the fastest run aplit for the day, though still over two minutes behind Chrabot.

After coming off the bike in ninth, Joe Skipper started the run "in heat and humidity I have never experienced... was a bit of a deathmarch", but moved up to eighth, coming close to catching Wurtele for seventh at the line. Frustratingly though, with prize money for the top six, no dollars to help towards the reaminder of his trip. He'll get another chance this coming weekend, as he'll be racing Ironman 70.3 Texas.

Women

The women's swim, like the men, was dominated by the U.S. with Jennifer Spieldenner and Lauren Goss well over a minute clear on exiting the water, from a trio of Tami Ritchie, Katy Blakemore and Ashley Clifford. Great Britain's Alice Hector (23:00) was just over three minutes back on the leading duo starting the bike leg.

Swim leaders Spieldenner and Goss proved that their early lead was one they aimed to maintain, leading through the bike leg too to reach T2 in close order and set out on to the half marathon heading the race. Goss quickly assumed the lead, pulling away from Spieldenner, who would eventually DNF during the run.

Having started the bike ride five minutes in arrears however, Sarah Piampiano and Danielle Mack had moved through the field strongly on the bike with the fastest two bike times, putting them in to contention with a strong run. Piampiano did just that, running more than two minutes quicker than anyone else - and seven faster than Goss - to take the lead late in the run and continue on to cross the line first, as Mack also added to her fine bke ride with a strong run to take second place and a $3,000 cheque.

Like Joe Skipper, Alice Hector is also heading to Ironman 70.3 Texas next weekend and after a solid performance "behind my current mediocrity I know I am a lot stronger than before, and it will come together soon", but she goes there with a $1,000 prize from her efforts in New Orleans.

Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - Sunday 19th April 2015
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:39:49 Sarah Piampiano (USA) 4:15:17
2nd Matt Chrabot (USA) 3:40:30 Danielle Mack (USA) 4:17:16
3rd Tim Reed (AUS) 3:42:36 Katy Blakemore (USA) 4:17:24
4th Cody Beals (CAN) 3:43:14 Lauren Goss (USA) 1:33:12
5th Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:43:41 Hallie Blunck (USA) 4:21:10
6th Mark Bowstead (NZL) 3:44:56 Alice Hector (GBR) 4:22:43
7th Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:50:20 Dani Fischer (USA) 4:25:46
8th Joe Skipper (GBR) 3:50:26 Tamara Kozulina (UKR) 4:25:55

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