Leading group is led by Van Lierde, followed by Sudrie, Buckingham takes 3rd and Billard takes 4th
Portuguese amateur athlete, race number 540, Paulo Artunes, is in the group of female athletes, Deckers, Ferreira, Adam and Haresign
TOP 10 MEN PAST 42KM MARK
1. Frederik VAN LIERDE (#2) 01:52:46
2. Sylvain SUDRIE (#45) 01:52:48
3. Kyle BUCKINGHAM (#5) 01:52:52
4. Bertrand BILLARD (#11) 01:52:54
5. Ivan RANA (#40) 01:55:43
6. Eneko LLANOS (#33) 01:55:46
7. Alberto CASADEI (#14) 01:55:48
8. Mike AIGROZ (#9) 01:55:50
9. David MCNAMEE (#36) 01:55:52
10. Konstantin BACHOR (#10) 01:55:54
Headwind picking up, 22 degrees Celsius outside, leading positions are Buckingham, Van Lierde, Sudrie and Billard
Buckingham breaks into the lead - a strong position for the South African
Swallow has passed the 42km mark.
South African Gerard de Bruin is a mere 10 minutes and 54 seconds behind the leading pack, still headed by Van Lierde.
Leading four men going strong, steadily increasing their gap.
Camila Pedersen has crossed the 42km mark in a time of 02:07:28 - just under 4 minutes behind Swallow.
Top group of males is travelling at 42 km/h, speeding ahead of the pack
Maria Lemeseva seems to have taken the 3rd position - more info to follow.
Ackermann has dramatically lost speed, coming to a complete stop. More info to follow. Could this signal a change in the leading pack?
Diana Riesler is in fact the third female, coming up steadily behind Pedersen. Eva Wutti is in fourth.
Swallow is travelling at an average speed of 25km/h but flew down a hill at between 60 and 70km/h
Ganzow is in 4th position in the ladies' race - the German looks strong today.
Mike Aigroz has stolen the lead from Van Lierde - the competition is tight!
New Zealand born Britta Martin is moving fast uphill, claiming 8th position.
Ackermann had trouble with his timing device. He should be back on the road shortly.
Norwegian Allan Hovda is chasing to get into the lead.
Van Lierde has now dropped to 6th position.
Belgian Deckers has taken 4th, US Ferreira takes 5th position
Swallow is looking comfortable in her leading position.
Ackermann is back on the road. He will have to make up time to regain his position
Belgian athlete Adam, is hotly pursued by French athlete Basso with a 1 second time difference
Grueling bike course is taking its toll on Israeli athlete, Nina Peckerman, who is looking tired.
Livesey followed by Jones Meyes with a 3 second time difference
TOP 10 FEMALES TO PASS 42KM MARK
1. Jodie Ann SWALLOW (#51) 02:03:41
2. Camilla PEDERSEN (#38) 02:07:28
3. Eva WUTTI (#81) 02:11:42
4. Diana RIESLER (#75) 02:13:04
5. Susie CHEETHAM (#59) 02:14:10
6. Lucy GOSSAGE (#54) 02:15:15
7. Astrid GANZOW (#63) 02:15:53
8. Britta MARTIN (#72) 02:16:30
9. Lucie REED (#74) 02:17:39
10. Konstantin BACHOR (#10) 01:55:54
Kyle Buckingham has taken the lead, followed by Van Lierde, Sundrie and Billard.
Camilla Pedersen looking fantastic on the ride, smiling all the way.
Pedersen is travelling at 40km/hour
Athletes are contending with a steadily increasing wind speed.
Buckingham and Van Lierde are looking strong, firmly holding onto their lead.
The leaders are a mere 20km from completing the first lap.
France's Billard is taking in a lot of water. Important to keep hydrated as the weather conditions heat up this Sunday morning.
Eneko Llanas, David Mcnamee and Ivan Rana are closely following the leaders, trying to close a 2 minute gap.
Between Swallow and Pedersen there is a 4min gap. Pedersen will be wanting to push to close the lead. They are at the 60km mark
Average speed of the athletes is approximately 30km/h
3rd position is Eva Wutti - 10 minutes behind leader Swallow
Riesler is 4th, Cheetham is 5th. The ladies are looking strong and will want to chase Swallow down
Ackermann is taking it slowly, on the course on his own.
First position is held by Van Lierde, followed by Buckingham and Billard in 3rd. There is a small gap and Sudrie takes 4th position.
Swallow continues to dominate the women's race, having passed the 72km mark traveling at 42km/h.
Portuguese amateur Carlo Artunes passed 60km mark at 9:30