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IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland

  • Bozzone and Van Berkel are 7:35 and 7:40 down on the leader at 44km
  • @mbkessler back in front at 44km of bike. She leads @Gina_Crawford by a handy 36 seconds
  • Bowstead has extended bike lead to 50secs on the bike at St Heliers.
  • Amelia Watkinson is 3:08 down in third and Anna Russell 5:08 back in fourth at 44km mark on the bike.
  • The men's elite race approaching the two-hour mark and it is wide open.
  • Stunning surrounds on the bike with Mark Bowstead. Photo Daryl Carey

  • The second half of the bike ride is flat as a pancake, so the elites will be reaching high speeds.
  • Terenzo Bozzone along the Auckland city waterfront. Photo Daryl Carey

  • The home crowd will be delighted to see a Kiwi leading the men's elite field. Six New Zealanders in the top 11.
  • @MBowstead has just started out on his final lap of the bike with a sizeable lead #im703Auckland
  • Kessler has turned at St Heliers and extended her lead in the women's elite race to just over one minute
  • At 67km @MBowstead holds a 1:06 advantage from a chasing group of ten #im703Auckland
  • Among the chasing pack on the bike are IRONMAN legends Cameron Brown and Craig Alexander combined age 83!
  • The men's race might be close but the women's race by contrast is very stretched.
  • Mark Bowstead first around the St Heliers turn for the last time.
  • Thoughts now will surely be turning to the run as the chasing pack round the St Heliers turn.
  • @MBowstead leads chasing pack by 1:30 around the final St Heliers turn #im703Auckland
  • @mbkessler up by 1:28 on @Gina_Crawford at 67km on the bike #im703Auckland
  • Amelia Watkinson remains third on the bike at 3:55 down on Kessler at 67km on the bike.
  • Terenzo Bozzone update: At 67km he was in 13th 8:38 down.
  • Auckland-based Anna Russell remains fourth in the women's race 6:22 back at 67km on the bike.
  • Bowstead will shortly enter second transition. A stellar ride. Now what can he do on the run?
  • Crunch time! Race leader Bowstead about to step off the bike.
  • @MBowstead holds a 1:01 lead from the ten-strong pursuing pack through T2 #im703Auckland
  • Craig Alexander and Cameron Brown among the chasers. The slightly adjusted time difference is 1:38 behind Bowstead.
  • What a next hour or so of action we are set to enjoy in the men's elite race. Who will prevail?
  • Tim Reed and Craig Alexander have opened up a slight gap and are currently best placed to catch Bowstead.
  • Bozzone almost nine minutes down on the leaders through T2 in 13th
  • Kessler at the final turn at St Heliers had extended her advantage to 1:40 in the women's elite race.
  • Race leader Mark Bowstead out on the run. Photo Daryl Carey

  • @mbkessler in T2 with a sizeable lead in the elite women's race.#im703Auckland
  • Can second placed Gina Crawford catch Kessler? The gap is 57 seconds going into the run.
  • Bowstead has just rounded the first turn on the first lap (around 5km) just 15 seconds clear.
  • Apologies. A small technical glitch. The gap between Kessler and Crawford was 2:02 through T2.
  • Major development in the men's race as @Timboreed takes the lead in men's elite race #im703Auckland
  • The men's elite race is starting to unravel as the leaders approach the end of the first of two laps.
  • Complete with baseball cap on backwards, Reed looks controlled at the head of affairs.
  • Amelia Watkinson 4:27 back in third through T2 in women's elite race.
  • @Timboreed completes lap one of the run nine seconds clear of @grifffo - half distance #im703Auckland
  • In third and fourth are the veterans Craig Alexander and Cameron Brown 36 and 52 seconds down on the leader, respectively.
  • Long-time leader Mark Bowstead reached the 10.5km mark fifth 1:04 down on the leader with Callum Millward sixth at 1:15.
  • The battle for victory now appears an all-Aussie tussle between Tim Reed and Leon Griffin.
  • Tim Reed head down is still grinding it out at the front as he advances towards the final turn.
  • In their own private battle for a podium spot are the golden oldies - Craig Alexander and Cameron Brown.
  • @Timboreed hits the final turn and has extended his advantage #im703Auckland
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