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    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.
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