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  • The lead group through 15 miles: Filip Ospaly (#37) currently leads the men's field. Behind him:
    * Kyle Leto (#33)
    * Sudrie SYLVAIN (#4)
    * Daniel FONTANA (#2)
    * Timothy ODONNELL (#10)
    * Brian FLEISCHMANN (#9)
  • Watching @ironmanlive from Germany. Michael Raelert go go go - defend your title!! #IMCLEARWATER
  • The word is that the chase group is 30 seconds behind. It consists of: * Joe GAMBLES (#5)
    * Michael RAELERT (#1)
    * Reinaldo Colucci (#22)
    * Alberto CASADEI (#7)
  • Jodie Swallow continues to pound away at the front of the race. Like so many Brett Sutton trained athletes, she's pushing a really big gear.
  • Through 20 miles Filip Ospaly (#37) is the current leader.

    Behind him are:
    * Kyle Leto (#33)
    * Sudrie SYLVAIN (#4)
    * Daniel FONTANA (#2)
    * Timothy ODONNELL (#10)
    * Brian FLEISCHMANN (#9) then we have a gap of about 30 seconds to:
    * Joe GAMBLES (#5)
    * Michael RAELERT (#1)
    * Reinaldo Colucci (#22)
    * Alberto CASADEI (#7)
  • Swallow continues to maintain her lead. Julie Dibens hasn't been able to close that gap on the woman from Great Britain to this point. Swallow finished second this year at Ironman 70.3 Singapore, but has definitely improved since then since she moved to a new coach in May.
  • Swallow is flying! She just went past one of the male pros.
  • Dibens has closed on Swallow - the gap at 20 miles is down to 1:30.
  • The women through 20 miles: Jodie Swallow (#81) leads followed by:
    * Julie Dibens (#51) at 1:30
    * Leanda CAVE (#84) at 3 minutes
    * Amanda Stevens (#57)
    * Pip Taylor (#63)
  • The chase pack has caught the lead group! Now we have 10 men in the lead group, and the defending champion, Michael Raelert has got himself in the lead.
  • Watching @ironmanlive from UK and cheering Jodie Swallow, Julie Dibens and Leanda Cave. GO GIRLS!! #IMCLEARWATER
  • Brit girls 1,2,3 at #imclearwater love it
  • The men through 25 miles: Kyle Leto (#33) is in the lead, followed by:
    * Paul MATTHEWS (#45)
    * Filip Ospaly (#37)
    * SYLVAIN Sudrie (#4)
    * Brian FLEISCHMANN (#9)
    * Timothy ODONNELL (#10)
    * Daniel FONTANA (#2)
    * Reinaldo Colucci (#22)
    * Michael RAELERT (#1)
    We're assuming that Joe Gambles remains in the group, too.
  • The men's splits through the first bike check at 25 miles:
    1 1:22:55 33 Kyle Leto Walnut Creek CA USA
    2 1:22:57 0:02 45 Paul Matthews
    3 1:22:59 0:04 37 Filip Ospaly Lelekovice CZE
    4 1:23:00 0:05 4 Sudrie Sylvain Villenave D'orn FRA
    5 1:23:03 0:08 9 Brian Fleischm Colorado Spring CO USA
    6 1:23:05 0:10 10 Timothy Odonnell Boulder CO USA
    7 1:23:06 0:11 22 Reinaldo Colucci Descalvado BRA
    8 1:23:08 0:13 2 Daniel Fontana Settimo Milanes ITA
    9 1:23:10 0:15 5 Joe Gambles Boulder CO AUS
    10 1:23:12 0:18 1 Michael Raelert
  • Matty Reed remains in the mix, despite the fact that we haven't seen his name in the top 10 so far. He's riding in 11th place overall right now.
  • Dibens gains more time - in the last five miles she's gained another 30 seconds and now trails our women's leader, Jodie Swallow, by a minute.
  • The men through 30 miles: Kyle Leto (#33) is the current leader.

    Behind him are:
    * Paul MATTHEWS (#45)
    * Filip Ospaly (#37)
    * SYLVAIN Sudrie (#4)
    * Brian FLEISCHMANN (#9)
    * Timothy ODONNELL (#10)
    * Daniel FONTANA (#22)
    * Michael RAELERT (#1). Matty Reed remains in the mix, too, according to our spotters.
  • The women at 25 miles: Jodie Swallow (#81) leads, followed by: * Julie Dibens (#51) at 1 minute
    * Leanda CAVE (#84) at 2:40
    * Amanda Stevens (#57)
    * Pip Taylor (#63)
  • I wonder what the power output difference is between Swallow and @juliedibbens right now. Dibbens looks more efficient. #imclearwater
  • Gearing up for a sprint? At 42 miles on the bike is the Timex Bike Prime, which is worth $2,500 for the first man and the first woman. With nine or ten athletes in the lead group, we could see some fireworks.
  • Julie Dibens looks amazing out on the course. She's extremely relaxed as she powers away on her bike. It looks like she's going to ride her way to the front over the next 10 miles or so.
  • Paul Matthews has taken his turn at the front now. It looks like he might try to make a break to get that bike prime.
  • Things shake up in the men's race! Through 35 miles a few names we haven't heard much of, including Richie Cunningham, have appeared in the mix: Paul MATTHEWS (#45). Chasing the leader, however, is:
    * Csaba Kuttor (#32)
    * Kyle Leto (#33)
    * SYLVAIN Sudrie (#4)
    * Richie Cunningham (#13)
    * Filip Ospaly (#37)
    * Joe GAMBLES (#5)
  • TOP 10 WOMEN PRO- THRU BIKE TURN 1

    Place Bike1 Tot Dif No. Name City St Count
    ===== ======= ======= ===== ============ ======== =============== == =====
    1 1:29:51 81 Jodie Swallow Brentwood GBR
    2 1:31:13 1:22 51 Julie Dibens Boulder CO GBR
    3 1:32:34 2:43 84 Leanda Cave
    4 1:32:36 2:45 57 Amanda Stevens Colorado Spring CO USA
    5 1:32:38 2:48 63 Pip Taylor Lennox Head NS AUS
    6 1:34:43 4:53 53 Magali Tisseyre St. Sauvier QC CAN
    7 1:34:56 5:06 73 Emma-Kate Lidbury Oxford GBR
    8 1:34:58 5:08 69 Malaika Homo Salt Lake City UT USA
    9 1:36:53 7:03 85 Nina Kroft
    10 1:37:15 7:25 61 Angela Naeth Boulder CO CAN
  • Aaron Scheides is leading the way in the battle between the three athletes competing who are sight impaired. Ryan Van Praet, who is wearing race number 179 in memory of Jon Blais, is about seven minutes behind Scheides.
  • Well, so much for that last prediction! Jodie Swallow has gained more time on the women behind her through 30 miles: Jodie Swallow (#81) currently leads the women, she's being pursued by:
    * Julie Dibens (#51) at 1:30 and a group of three that includes
    * Leanda CAVE (#84)
    * Amanda Stevens (#57)
    * Pip Taylor (#63) at 3 minutes
  • At mile 40, things haven't changed much: Paul MATTHEWS (#45) is the current leader.

    Behind him are:
    * Csaba Kuttor (#32)
    * Kyle Leto (#33)
    * SYLVAIN Sudrie (#4)
    * Richie Cunningham (#13)
    * Filip Ospaly (#37)
    * Joe GAMBLES (#5)
    Also in the group are Raelert and Matty Reed.
  • Gambles takes the Timex Watch Prime! Joe Gambles accelerated by the flags on the bridge to take the $2,500 bonus.
  • Swallow's lead grows again - through 35 miles she's 1:35 ahead of Julie Dibens.
  • The women through 35 miles: In the lead is Jodie Swallow (#81), followed by:
    * Julie Dibens (#51) at 1:35
    * Leanda CAVE (#84) at 3:20
    * Amanda Stevens (#57)
    * Pip Taylor (#63)
  • Gambles makes a move: Through 45 miles he's opened up a gap of 20 seconds: Paul MATTHEWS (#45) is the current leader.

    Behind him are:
    * Timothy ODONNELL (#10) at 20 seconds
    * Richie Cunningham (#13)
    * Paul MATTHEWS (#45)
    * Balazs Csoke (#24)
    * Kyle Leto (#33)
    * Joe GAMBLES (#5)
  • The lead remains at 1:30 for Jodie Swallow over Julie Dibens through 40 miles. It looks like Swallow will take the $2,500 Timex Bike Prime.
  • The women through 40 miles: Jodie Swallow (#81). Right behind her, however, are:
    * Julie Dibens (#51) at 1:30
    * Leanda CAVE (#84) at 3:20
    * Amanda Stevens (#57)
    * Pip Taylor (#63) is dropping off a bit at 3:30
  • Gambles's lead grows to 40 seconds! The winner of Ford Ironman Wisconsin looks great as he nears the end of the bike ride.
  • The men's race breaks up: Through 50 miles Joe Gambles is the current leader.

    Behind him are:
    * Timothy ODONNELL (#10) at 40 seconds
    * Paul Mathews (#45)
    * Michael RAELERT (#1)
    * Richie Cunningham (#13)
    * SYLVAIN Sudrie (#4)
    Then we have, at 48 seconds,
    * Kyle Leto (#33)
    * Matty REED (#3) at 1:05
  • The gap stays at 1:30 between Julie Dibens and race leader Jodie Swallow.
  • Jodie Swallow (#81) continues to lead the women through 45 miles. She's being pursued by:
    * Julie Dibens (#51) at 1:30
    * Leanda CAVE (#84) at 3:30
    * Amanda Stevens (#57) at 3:30
    * Pip Taylor (#63) at 3:30
  • Joe Gambles is on fire - he's flying towards the finish of the bike here in Clearwater. The only downside for him? He's got some speedy runners not too far behind him.
  • Gambles is into T2. He looks really good as he sprints towards the change tent.
  • Raelert off in second at 1:20 behind, closely followed by Matty Reed, Filip Ospaly, David Kahn and a tight group.
  • Sylvain Sudrie fell coming into T2 and appears to be hurt. The defending ITU Long Distance world champion won't be continuing the race, it appears. He's standing up, but is waiting on medical attention.
  • No, Joe Gambles didn't cut off the back of his helmet! In answer of the question on Twitter, that was the design of his helmet.
  • Raelert flies out of T2, closest to Joe Gambles starting the run, but he's about 1:30 down.
  • The top men starting the run: 1 GAMBLES, Joe 20/1/-- 28/MPRO 00:24:18 02:02:24 00:00:00 00:00:00
    2 RAELERT, Michael 15/2/-- 30/MPRO 00:24:16 02:03:58 00:00:00 00:00:00
    3 REED, Matty 11/3/-- 35/MPRO 00:23:25 02:04:24 00:00:00 00:00:00
    4 ODONNELL, Timothy 10/4/-- 30/MPRO 00:23:20 02:04:52 00:00:00 00:00:00
    5 MATTHEWS, Paul 7/5/-- 27/MPRO 00:23:19 02:04:57 00:00:00 00:00:00
    6 Cunningham, Richie 13/6/-- 37/MPRO 00:23:54 02:04:17 00:00:00 00:00:00
    7 Ospaly, Filip 6/7/-- 34/MPRO 00:23:19 02:04:56 00:00:00 00:00:00
    8 Amorelli, Igor 14/8/-- 26/MPRO 00:24:14 02:03:58 00:00:00 00:00:00
    9 GUILLAUME, Romain 21/9/-- 25/MPRO 00:24:19 02:03:50 00:00:00 00:00:00
    10 Leto, Kyle 1/10/-- 24/MPRO 00:23:06 02:05:17 00:00:00 00:00:00
  • Matty Reid looks great as he gets rolling on the run - he's running with Richie Cunningham and Tim O'Donnell as they chase Raelert, who is in second.
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