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  • Interest in former cycling time trial world champion Emma Pooley who was 17min 25sec down on the leader out of the water and after 45kms on the bike she has taken 90 secs from that lead to move up to 16th.
  • The leaders are approaching back to Frankston at the halfway park on the bike - Nils Frommhold went around from Luke Bell ... just as our expert commentators Emma Snowsill and Craig Alexander are live on our coverage.
  • Still now sign of third man around - so Bell and Frommhold are really stretching things.
  • The next group is around at 90kms at 4:09 - Albert, Kahlefeldt, Skipworth, Kramer. At 4:57 is Bittner, Robertson and Munro.
  • Through at 5:05 is Tim van Berkel, Raphael, Jan van Berkel, Millward and Symonds.
  • Our spotter Toby Coote says the wind is starting to freshen and will be a factor on the second half of the bike.
  • Word from our spotter Amanda Balding is that Mel Hauschildt is not looking as smooth and starting to rock more on her bike - now back at 3:15 behind our leaders Caroline Steffen and Annabel Luxford through 75kms.
  • Yvonne van Vlerken continues to move forward to be 6:05 back in fourth - the strongest looking of the lead riders. Bree Wee is fifth at 7.30 back.
  • Mirinda Carfrae is through in sixth at 9:05.
  • The women are nearing the turn at Frankston at the 90kms mark.
  • Caroline Steffen is around at 90kms ahead of Annabel Luxford who is hanging in tough in her first IRONMAN.
  • Annabel Luxford has a rich heritage in the sport. She is a former junior world champion at the Olympic distance, a podium finisher at the world championships in 2005, a multi winner at the IRONMAN 70.3 mark including the Asia-Pacific title in 2013 and third place in the world championship in the same year. Add to that she is an insightful character - take the time to read her blogs on her website. Over the last year, fearing she was falling out of love with the sport, she also went back to a career mixed with training. It all seems to be working so far in her IRONMAN debut.
  • Nils Frommhold leads Luke Bell.

  • Nils Frommhold and Luke Bell are through 105kms and our spotter Toby Coote says the wind is getting up and will be in the face of our riders heading back out to the turn. It is not super strong but will play a part.
  • Word is the second men's chase pack is moving strongly up to the first chase pack to form one big pack. Toby Coote believes this will play into the hands of our leaders.
  • Mel Hauschildt is through third at 3:17 down, Yvonne van Vlerken at 6:09, Bree Wee at 8:16 and Mirinda Carfrae continues to lose ground at 10mins behind at 90kms.
  • Through 110kms our men's leaders are now 5:30 clear - with now one big chase back of 12 riders together as our leaders continue to stretch it out.
  • Our spotter Toby Coote has spoken to Luke Bell who indicated he is not feeling great and right now hanging on to leader Nils Frommhold at the 120km mark. Their lead is 5:30 on the big chase group of 12 riders.
  • TOP 15 FEMALES THROUGH 90KMS ON THE BIKE
    Caroline STEFFEN Pro 3:14:39
    Annabel LUXFORD Pro +00:00:03
    Mel HAUSCHILDT Pro +00:03:17
    Yvonne VAN VLERKEN Pro +00:06:09
    Bree WEE Pro +00:08:16
    Mirinda CARFRAE Pro +00:10:01
    Ashley CLIFFORD Pro +00:11:17
    Asa LUNDSTROM Pro +00:12:38
    Mareen HUFE Pro +00:12:40
    Beth GERDES Pro +00:13:40
    Kym COOGAN Pro +00:14:20
    Emma POOLEY Pro +00:16:14
    Stephanie JONES Pro +00:16:43
    Jessica MITCHELL Pro +00:16:45
    Marina JURJEVIC Pro +00:18:25
  • Women through 105km - Steffen and Luxford lead by 2:50 from Hauschildt and Van Vlerken at 5:50.
  • At 120kms the men's leaders Bell and Frommhold are now 6.30 ahead of the big chase pack and moving away.
  • Nils Frommhold has not raced here before but has a strong background in the sport with IRONMAN wins in Arizona in 2012 and South Africa last year - with fifth at the IRONMAN 70.3 Worlds and sixth at Hawaii.
  • The men are nearing the turn for the final time on t he bike at 135km.
  • Caroline Steffen and Annabel Luxford are through the 120km mark on the bike.
  • Nils Frommhold and Luke Bell are around the turn at 135km and head back to Frankston. Has their lead stretched to breaking point?
  • Mel Hauschildt is closing now 2:10 behind the leaders at the 120km mark.
  • We are waiting on the big pack of 12 riders in the men's race to go around the turn at 135kms.
  • The 12 chasers are around - and they are now 8:20 down. Looks like the big bunch are looking at each other - they have dropped four minutes in the 45kms to the turn - is this the losing of the race for anyone in this group?
  • That chase back is Skipworth, Millward, Robertson, Symonds, Tim Berkel, Bittner, Kramer, Kahlefeldt, Raphael, Munro, Van Berkel and Albert.
  • At the 120km mark on the bike Steffen and Luxford lead Hauschildt at 2.10. Then Van Vlerken at 5:15, Wee at 10:40, Asa Lundstrom and Mareen Hufe at 11:40, Carfrae at 13:45, Ashley Clifford at 15:00, Beth Gerdes at 15:15 and Emma Pooley at 15:30
  • Caroline Steffen and Annabel Luxford are around the turn at 135km for the final time. But the big news is that Mel Hauschildt has closed to just 1:40 behind in third. The race is on.
  • TOP 10 MEN THROUGH 135KM ON THE BIKE
    Nils FROMMHOLD GER 4:09:05
    Luke BELL AUS +00:00:02
    Todd SKIPWORTH AUS +00:08:21
    Callum MILLWARD NZL +00:08:23
    Peter ROBERTSON AUS +00:08:24
    Jeffrey SYMONDS CAN +00:08:25
    Timothy VAN BERKEL AUS +00:08:27
    Per BITTNER AUT +00:08:30
    Christian KRAMER GER +00:08:31
    Brad KAHLEFELDT AUS +00:08:33
  • Yvonne van Vlerken is around at 5mins down on the lead at 135km.
  • At 165km mark Nils Frommhold has pulled away from Luke Bell to be 27 seconds ahead.
  • But at 150kms the chasers are now 9m30s behind the leaders and continuing to go backwards.
  • Women at 135kms - Mareen Hufe the mover up to fifth ant 10:33 back with Asa Lundstrom at 10:35 and Bree Wee at 11:28.
  • Emma Pooley has pushed up to eighth place at 14:25 and Mirinda Carfrae is around in ninth at 14:29.
  • TOP 10 WOMEN PROS AT 135KM ON THE BIKE
    Caroline STEFFEN AUS 4:35:50
    Annabel LUXFORD AUS +00:00:05
    Mel HAUSCHILDT AUS +00:01:40
    Yvonne VAN VLERKEN AUT +00:04:59
    Mareen HUFE GER +00:10:33
    Asa LUNDSTROM SWE +00:10:35
    Bree WEE USA +00:11:28
    Emma POOLEY AUS +00:14:25
    Mirinda CARFRAE USA +00:14:29
    Beth GERDES USA +00:15:40
  • Our leader Nils Frommhold is off the Eastlink Freeway and heading back to T2 at Franklin.
  • Frommhold is pushing hard to stretch his lead to Luke Bell - now he is in the main street of Frankston ...
  • Nils Frommhold is unclipping his shoes and entering transition now at the end the bike.
  • 150kms on the bike for the women and our leaders Caroline Steffen and Annabel Luxford are now 2:20 ahead of Mel Hauschildt. Yvonne van Vlerken is four at 4:45.
  • Luke Bell enters transition at 1:33 down - she he lost a minute in the final 5kms.
  • Nils Frommhold is on the run - out of transition in 5:08 overall so the rac record of 7:57:44 held by Craig Alexander is well and truly on.
  • Tim Berkel in to transition more than 10 minutes behind the leader.
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