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IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d'Aix

    Welcome to the Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix! The pro race starts on Sunday at 7.40 a.m.
    Good morning and welcome at the IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d'Aix. The pro race will start in about 3 minutes!
    And they are off!

    This is the swim course. Lake of Peyrolles en Provence is located about 20 km from Aix en Provence. We will have 7 wave starts today.

    We have 2434 registered athletes today including a strong pro field.

    Let's have a look at some of the favorites today.

    In the men's field we have among others:

    Filip Ospaly (CZE)
    Fraser Cartmell (GBR)
    Ritchie Nicholls (GBR)
    Frederic Belaubre (FRA)
    Romain Guillaume (FRA)
    Joe Gambles (AUS)
    Boris Stein (GER)
    Sylvain Sudrie (FRA)
    In the women's field we have among others:

    Camilla Pedersen (DEN)
    Eimear Mullan (IRE)
    Alexandra Tondeur (BEL)
    Amy Forshaw (GBR)
    Susie Cheetham (Hignett/GBR)
    Jeanne Collonge (FRA)
    Half time in the water: Sylvain Sudrie and German Andreas Boecherer are in the lead.
    Andreas Boecherer is first man out of the water - 23:09 minutes.
    What a super close Top 20:

    1 6 BOECHERER, Andi (GER) PRO TRIATHLON +00:00 00:23:09
    2 3 SUDRIE, Sylvain (FRA) PRO GUIDEL TRIATHLON +00:06 00:23:15
    3 2 OSPALY, Filip (CZE) PRO EKOL TEAM, KOMETA... +00:25 00:23:34
    4 30 VAN BERKEL, Jan (SUI) PRO IMPULS TRIATHLON ... +00:26 00:23:35
    5 14 CARTMELL, Fraser (GBR) PRO STIRLING TRI CLUB +00:31 00:23:40
    6 2466 PANNIER, Anthony (FRA) PRO TRIATHL'AIX +00:33 00:23:42
    7 12 BIGOT, Benoit (FRA) PRO 2 +00:34 00:23:43
    8 2474 JARRIGE, Yvan (FRA) PRO SGDB +00:35 00:23:44
    9 40 GOETSTOUWERS, Stenn (BEL) PRO TEAM 185 +00:35 00:23:44
    10 36 ANDRE, Thomas (FRA) PRO SAINT RAPHAEL +00:36 00:23:45
    11 2467 RUVIRETA, Joan (ESP) PRO CN VIC ETB +00:37 00:23:46
    12 2464 NICHOLLS, Ritchie (GBR) PRO PPR TEAM +00:37 00:23:46
    13 4 GUILLAUME, Romain (FRA) PRO TRIATH'LONS +00:39 00:23:48
    14 37 BANTI, Herve (MON) PRO AS MONACO TRIATHL... +00:39 00:23:48
    15 2470 VERSTRAETE, Maxime (BEL) PRO +00:40 00:23:49
    16 25 ROUX, Manu (FRA) PRO GTVHS SCOTT +00:41 00:23:50
    17 2468 STEGER, Thomas (AUT) PRO PEWAG RACING TEAM +00:42 00:23:51
    18 5 GAMBLES, Joe (AUS) PRO +00:42 00:23:51
    19 10 ROTA, Sylvain (FRA) PRO +00:44 00:23:53
    20 2465 FERNANDEZ, Nicolas (FRA) PRO AS MONACO +00:45 00:23:54
    Andreas Boecherer already started the bike part - 4 seconds ahead of Sylvain Sudrie and 12 seconds ahead of Jan van Berkel. Filip Ospaly is in fourth (+23).
    Fast bike splits behind: Boris Stein (+2:16) and Domenico Passuello (ITA/+2:19) started the bike together... They are very strong cyclists.
    Top Women Swim Finish:

    1 58 PEDERSEN, Camilla (DEN) PRO ETOM +00:00 00:25:24
    2 191 MENEGON, Michela (ITA) 35 GC VAL DI MERSE, ... +00:58 00:26:22
    3 44 BELKADI, Laurie (FRA) PRO TCG79 PARTHENAY +01:01 00:26:25
    4 52 ZELINKA, Gabriella (HUN) PRO PEPERONCINO TEAM +01:07 00:26:31
    5 45 CORACHAN, Judith (ESP) PRO 1 +01:22 00:26:46
    6 212 WASSINK-HITZERT, Sandra (NED) 35 AV TRIATHLON +01:46 00:27:10
    7 56 KOMANDER, Ewa (POL) PRO +01:51 00:27:15
    8 49 TONDEUR, Alexandra (BEL) PRO URBAN TRI SPORTS +02:07 00:27:31
    9 87 MORRISON, Kimberley (GBR) 25 TRI-ANGLIA +02:42 00:28:06
    10 211 VETSCH, Petra (SUI) 35 TRIVIERA/TRISTAR ... +02:42 00:28:06
    11 64 SIMMONDS, Imogen (GBR) 18 IMPERIAL COLLEGE ... +02:43 00:28:07
    12 214 YNDESTAD, Cathy (USA) 35 FCA ENDURANC +02:45 00:28:09
    13 73 CROISSANT, Lucie (FRA) 25 TRIATHL'AIX +02:45 00:28:09
    14 82 MARKHAM, Tracy (RSA) 25 +02:47 00:28:11
    15 48 STEURER, Bianca (AUT) PRO ÖAMTC RV DJ'S BIK... +02:47 00:28:11
    16 323 DUSS, Steffi (SUI) 25 TEAM KOACH +02:48 00:28:12
    17 57 MULLAN, Eimear (IRL) PRO ALAMEDA O.N +02:56 00:28:20
    18 93 PUECH, Marion (FRA) 25 TRI 12 +03:01 00:28:25
    19 164 VIVET, Delphine (FRA) 30 SARDINES TRIATHLO... +03:03 00:28:27
    20 181 HASLEBACHER, Andrea (SUI) 35 TRI TEAM STEFFISB... +03:37 00:29:01
    No question: Camilla Pedersen wants to start into the IRONMAN European tour as she has done in 2014: with victories. She started the bike with an advantage of 1:08.

    Attention: stunning bike course ahead... 90 kilometers through the beautiful heart of French Provence.

    Andreas Boecherer seems to hammer on the bike. His lead should be more than a minute. In 2nd is Sudrie, together in 3rd/4th are Gambles/van Berkel.
    We hear from the course: A group of about 12 pursuers is 2 minutes behind the lead - including Ospaly and Cartmell.
    Andreas Böcherer leads by 1:13 over Sylvain Sudrie after 30 km.
    Top 20 Men Bike Km 30.8:

    1 6 BOECHERER, Andi (GER) PRO TRIATHLON 01:14:09
    2 3 SUDRIE, Sylvain (FRA) PRO GUIDEL TRIATHLON +01:13 01:15:22
    3 5 GAMBLES, Joe (AUS) PRO +01:33 01:15:42
    4 30 VAN BERKEL, Jan (SUI) PRO IMPULS TRIATHLON ... +01:34 01:15:43
    5 14 CARTMELL, Fraser (GBR) PRO STIRLING TRI CLUB +02:52 01:17:01
    6 2465 FERNANDEZ, Nicolas (FRA) PRO AS MONACO +02:53 01:17:02
    7 10 ROTA, Sylvain (FRA) PRO +02:54 01:17:03
    8 7 PASSUELLO, Domenico (ITA) PRO AS MONACO TRIATHL... +02:55 01:17:04
    9 37 BANTI, Herve (MON) PRO AS MONACO TRIATHL... +02:56 01:17:05
    10 2466 PANNIER, Anthony (FRA) PRO TRIATHL'AIX +02:57 01:17:06
    11 2464 NICHOLLS, Ritchie (GBR) PRO PPR TEAM +02:58 01:17:07
    12 2 OSPALY, Filip (CZE) PRO EKOL TEAM, KOMETA... +02:59 01:17:08
    13 4 GUILLAUME, Romain (FRA) PRO TRIATH'LONS +03:00 01:17:09
    14 12 BIGOT, Benoit (FRA) PRO 2 +03:01 01:17:10
    15 2470 VERSTRAETE, Maxime (BEL) PRO +03:03 01:17:12
    16 2468 STEGER, Thomas (AUT) PRO PEWAG RACING TEAM +03:05 01:17:14
    17 40 GOETSTOUWERS, Stenn (BEL) PRO TEAM 185 +03:06 01:17:15
    18 2469 STEIN, Boris (GER) PRO RSG MONTABAUR +03:08 01:17:17
    19 2471 WEISS, Michael (AUT) PRO TRIRUNNERS BADEN +04:09 01:18:18
    20 36 ANDRE, Thomas (FRA) PRO SAINT RAPHAEL +05:21 01:19:30
    Domenico Passuello seems to be in a good shape after winning IRONMAN Taiwan. He is one of the pace makers in the strong second group.
    Camilla Pedersen is on her way - 2:30 minutes ahead of Gabriella Zelinka (HUN) through 25 kms. In third is Alexandra Tondeur (+4:00).
    Camilla Pedersen has passed the timing at Km 30.8 - 1:25:53. Waiting for Gabriella Zelinka.
    Zelinka is 2:10 behind.
    Tondeur in third (+4:07)
    Eimear Mullan is a very strong biker - and in fourth place after 30.8 km. She is 4:35 minutes behind.
    Top 10 Women Bike Km 30.8:

    1 58 PEDERSEN, Camilla (DEN) PRO ETOM 01:25:53
    2 52 ZELINKA, Gabriella (HUN) PRO PEPERONCINO TEAM +02:10 01:28:03
    3 49 TONDEUR, Alexandra (BEL) PRO URBAN TRI SPORTS +04:07 01:30:00
    4 57 MULLAN, Eimear (IRL) PRO ALAMEDA O.N +04:35 01:30:28
    5 56 KOMANDER, Ewa (POL) PRO +04:44 01:30:37
    6 87 MORRISON, Kimberley (GBR) 25 TRI-ANGLIA +05:14 01:31:07
    7 48 STEURER, Bianca (AUT) PRO ÖAMTC RV DJ'S BIK... +05:44 01:31:37
    8 50 VAN DEN BERG, Tineke (NED) PRO TVR, ROTTERDAM AT... +06:19 01:32:12
    9 191 MENEGON, Michela (ITA) 35 GC VAL DI MERSE, ... +06:23 01:32:16
    10 80 HOOIJMAN, Pleuni (NED) 25 DOLFIJN AMSTERDAM +06:39 01:32:32
    It's a tough part of the bike course - and Sudrie seems to attack. We hear from the course that the gap between Boecherer and Sudrie is less than 30 seconds now.
    Waiting for the leaders in Pourrières at Km 57.5. Here is the next timing.
    Andreas Boecherer is still in his own orbit. 1:51:29 race time.
    Waiting for Boecherers pursuers.
    Sylvain Sudrie is together with Jan van Berkel - and they are way behind. It has not been Sudrie to hit the gas in the last kilometers - it was Boecherer!
    The lead is 2:42.
    We see Boris Stein - he is in the Top 5 now. Don't forget: He won 2014 IRONMAN Switzerland and 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland thanks to outstanding bike-run-combinations.
    Top 10 Men Bike Km 57.5:

    1 6 BOECHERER, Andi (GER) PRO 01:51:29
    2 30 VAN BERKEL, Jan (SUI) PRO IMPULS TRIATHLON ... +02:42 01:54:11
    3 3 SUDRIE, Sylvain (FRA) PRO GUIDEL TRIATHLON +02:43 01:54:12
    4 5 GAMBLES, Joe (AUS) PRO +02:44 01:54:13
    5 2469 STEIN, Boris (GER) PRO RSG MONTABAUR +02:52 01:54:21
    6 7 PASSUELLO, Domenico (ITA) PRO AS MONACO TRIATHL... +03:03 01:54:32
    7 2471 WEISS, Michael (AUT) PRO TRIRUNNERS BADEN +03:33 01:55:02
    8 2468 STEGER, Thomas (AUT) PRO PEWAG RACING TEAM +03:44 01:55:13
    9 4 GUILLAUME, Romain (FRA) PRO TRIATH'LONS +03:45 01:55:14
    10 2465 FERNANDEZ, Nicolas (FRA) PRO AS MONACO +03:54 01:55:23
    2013 IRONMAN 70.3 European champion Ritchie Nicholls is in 12th - 3:57 behind. In 18th is Filip Ospaly (+4:14).

    Andreas Boecherer is hammering his way. After a serious bike crash last spring he is on his way back to the top again.

    Sylvain SUDRIE is on the hunt.

    Boris Stein is in third!
    Boris Stein is in second!
    German Boris Stein has made his way onto the podium in 65 kilometers. After the swim he was 2:12 minutes behind.
    Camilla Pedersen is still in the lead: race time 2:09:00 through 57.5 km of the bike.
    Domenico Passuello seems to be side-by-side with Joe Gambles and Jan van Berkel. Austrian Michael Weiss seems to be right behind those three as well = thrilling bike course.
    Gabriella Zelinka is 2:33 behind Camilla Pedersen thru 57.5 km.
    Time for the big gaps: Alexandra Tondeur and Eimear Mullan lost time - they are 6 minutes behind Camilla Pedersen.
    Top 10 Women Bike Km 57.5:

    1 58 PEDERSEN, Camilla (DEN) PRO ETOM 02:09:00
    2 52 ZELINKA, Gabriella (HUN) PRO PEPERONCINO TEAM +02:33 02:11:33
    3 49 TONDEUR, Alexandra (BEL) PRO URBAN TRI SPORTS +06:04 02:15:04
    4 57 MULLAN, Eimear (IRL) PRO ALAMEDA O.N +06:08 02:15:08
    5 87 MORRISON, Kimberley (GBR) 25 TRI-ANGLIA +06:17 02:15:17
    6 56 KOMANDER, Ewa (POL) PRO +07:09 02:16:09
    7 50 VAN DEN BERG, Tineke (NED) PRO TVR, ROTTERDAM AT... +07:35 02:16:35
    8 48 STEURER, Bianca (AUT) PRO ÖAMTC RV DJ'S BIK... +07:50 02:16:50
    9 80 HOOIJMAN, Pleuni (NED) 25 DOLFIJN AMSTERDAM +08:06 02:17:06
    10 55 HENGARTNER, Corina (SUI) PRO TRI CLUB BODENSEE... +08:09 02:17:09
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