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  • Leading men have just completed the first bike lap with Van Lierde in the lead accompanied by Billard in 2nd, Sudrie in 3rd and Buckingham dropping to 4th.
  • Swallow has 80km under her belt, only 10km away from completing her first bike lap.
  • Athletes are enjoying perfect conditions after wind died down.
  • South African contender, James Cunnama, is 13 minutes behind the leading pack.

    1. Bertrand BILLARD (#11) 03:07:01
    2. Frederik VAN LIERDE (#2) 03:07:03
    3. Sylvain SUDRIE (#45) 03:07:04
    4. Kyle BUCKINGHAM (#5) 03:07:10
    5. Eneko LLANOS (#33) 03:12:17
    6. Bas DIEDEREN (#6) 03:12:18
    7. Cyril VIENNOT (#1) 03:12:21
    8. David MCNAMEE (#36) 03:12:24
    9. James CUNNAMA (#18) 03:12:26
    10. Ivan RANA (#40) 03:12:27
  • The split between 1st and 2nd pro female is 3:51
  • Swallow averaged 35km/h over the first 45km
  • Pedersen is 2min 40 sec behind Swallow who still comfortably leads the female race. She looks uncontested at this stage.
  • Eva Wutti is just over 8 minutes behind Pedersen.
  • Swallow then averaged 34km/h over the next 45km. She is holding consistent speed and is looking strong.
  • Riesler is in 4th position, 2:30 behind Wutti
  • Wutti has just completed her first bike lap, firmly holding onto her 3rd place position.
  • Riesler is now closing in on Wutti, reducing the gap to only 20 seconds.
  • Pro females Lucy Gossage, Astrid Ganzow and Susie Cheetham are following in a pack approximately 2 minutes behind the top 4 females.

    1. Jodie Ann SWALLOW (#51) 03:28:25
    2. Camilla PEDERSEN (#38) 03:31:33
    3. Eva WUTTI (#81) 03:36:29
    4. Diana RIESLER (#75) 03:38:33
    5. Lucy GOSSAGE (#54) 03:40:44
    6. Astrid GANZOW (#63) 03:40:48
    7. Susie CHEETHAM (#59) 03:40:51
    8. Tine DECKERS (#60) 03:46:18
    9. Britta MARTIN (#72) 03:46:22
    10. Amber FERREIRA (#61) 03:46:23
  • Top 10 men:
    1st position (Van Lierde) - averaging 38.86km/h
    10th position (Bachor) - averaging 37.53km/h
    this is leading to a very tight race

    in the ladies race, Swallow is in 28th overall, averaging 33.99km/h
    Pedersen, 31st overall, averaging 34.25km/h
    Pedersen is set to catch Jodie with a slightly faster average speed
  • Pedersen is out of the saddle, averaging at 20km/h as she pushes up the hills.
  • Very hot on the course at the moment, athletes taking in a lot of water.
  • Top 3 men have pushed past the 132km mark with Van Lierde increasing his lead between both Sudrie and Buckingham who trail 5 minutes behind.
  • Pedersen is now only 00:01:27 behind Swallow.
  • Windy conditions making a tougher ride for the athletes on the bike course.
  • Pedersen 30 seconds behind Swallow ready for an overtake!
  • Kyle Buckingham is pedaling at 100rpm
  • Camilla Pedersen is making a push for the lead behind Swallow.

    1. Frederik VAN LIERDE (#2) 04:07:04
    2. Sylvain SUDRIE (#45) 04:11:53
    3. Kyle BUCKINGHAM (#5) 04:12:01
    4. Ivan RANA (#40) 04:14:55
    5. Bart AERNOUTS (#3) 04:15:25
    6. Bertrand BILLARD (#11) 04:15:27
    7. Bas DIEDEREN (#6) 04:15:28
    8. Cyril VIENNOT (#1) 04:15:39
    9. Eneko LLANOS (#33) 04:15:42
    10. Matt TRAUTMAN (#7) 04:15:46
  • Wutti holds 3rd place and Riesler is 4th
  • Friedrik Van Lierde still sitting comfortably in first place at he races the last stretch of the bike course at 42km/h.
  • Buckingham and Sudrie are both pushing for 2nd place
  • Swallow and Pedersen are neck and neck as they cross the 132km mark.
  • Riesler takes 3rd position at 25km/h
  • Swallow has slowed down to 20km/h with Pedersen still hot on her heels.
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  • Third and fourth female athletes, Riesler and Wutti, are approximately 30km from the run-bike transition.
  • Kyle Buckingham exits the transition as the second man on the run, pushing for a win this year in his home town.
  • Buckingham needs to close a fourteen minute gap in order to steal the lead from Van Lierde.
  • Van Lierde averaged 39.6km/h on the bike course.
  • Bas Diederen is the fourth man to enter the run, while Van Lierde has already crossed the 4km mark.
  • Swallow, followed by Pedersen, Riesler and Wutti, followed by Reed at the back end of the pack
  • Diederen and Buckingham are neck and neck in the run. They will want to push to catch Van Lierde
  • Van Lierde has developed at least a 4km lead in front of Diederen and Buckingham.
  • In the women's race, Jodie is about 5km from T2 with Pedersen dropping behind her.
  • Leading amateur age grouper, Sam Gyde from Belgium, is currently sitting in 29th place.
  • Pedersen is now speeding up in an attempt to catch up to Swallow.
  • Moldan, Cunnama and Mcnamee appear to be struggling in the heat as they begin to slow down in the run.
  • Swallow is about 5km out of transition, heading towards the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
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