At 1.5km mark on the run and Frommhold has pushed out to a 2 minute lead over Bell.
The women through 150kms with Stteffen and Luxford together, Hauschildt now at 2:20, van Vlerken at 4:45, Lundstrom and Hufe at 10.00, and Emma Pooley at 14:30.
Frommhold is at 4:15 pace, some 30 secs per km faster than Bell in the opening two kms.
TOP 10 PRO MALES OFF THE BIKE
Nils FROMMHOLD GER 5:06:58
Luke BELL AUS +00:01:33
Timothy VAN BERKEL AUS +00:10:50
Jan VAN BERKEL AUS +00:11:38
Christian KRAMER GER +00:11:46
Callum MILLWARD NZL +00:11:52
Brad KAHLEFELDT AUS +00:11:53
Marko ALBERT EST +00:11:55
Todd SKIPWORTH AUS +00:11:56
Casey MUNRO AUS +00:12:00
Tim Berkel is 10:26 back through 1.6km - expect him to push hard.
Fastest male runner is Jan van Berkel and Marko Albert but they will have to ramp things up considerably to make any inroads into our leader.
Nils Frommhold ran 2:52 in Hawaii for his sixth place and so on his current pace then a course record is well on the cards.
At 5kms Frommhold is now 3min ahead of Bell.
Meanwhile Caroline Steffen and Annabel Luxford are heading back to transition in Frankston.
The leading two women are heading into Frankston - Caroline Steffen has snuck away through the traffic for a small lead as she and Annabel Luxford approach transition.
Through 5km on the run and Frommhold leads by 3:03 to Bell, Tim Berkel at 10:29, Albert at 10:51, Jan van Berkel at 11.27, Kahlefeldt at 11.37.
Callum Millward is at 12:07, Symonds12:12 all chasing Frommholdt.
Caroline Steffen unclips the shoes as she approaches transition.
Annabel Luxford is into transition also.
Luxford is 16 seconds down on Steffen into T2.
Luke Bell is looking laboured at present - now 4 minutes down at the 7.5km mark - right now Frommhold is the fastest runner on the course.
Steffen heads out on to the run - she has to run sub 2:54 to break her own course record.
Mel Hauschildt is into transition 4:13 behind Steffen in third place.
Yvonne van Vlerken is off the bike in fourth at 5:51.
Nils Frommhold is through the 10kms mark averaging 3:50 pace.
Luke Bell has now dropped to nearly 5 mins behind after 10kms and will fall into the clutches of the chase pack coming behind.
Asa Lundstrom and Mareen Hufe in to transition off the bike in fifth and sixth together at 10.06 from the leader.
Annabel Luxford has bridged back to Caroline Steffen and running side-by-side at 1.6kms. Mel Hauschildt is now 3:37 back.
Runners are pushing into a head wind on the run and our spotter Toby Coote says it will provide challenging.
By the way we have just lost power here at St Kilda so our live cover has stopped but we will keep going ... while it is fixed.
TOP 10 FEMALE PROS OFF THE BIKE
Caroline STEFFEN (31) 5:40:59
Annabel LUXFORD (39) +00:00:16
Mel HAUSCHILDT (34) +00:04:13
Yvonne VAN VLERKEN (33) +00:05:51
Asa LUNDSTROM (35) +00:10:06
Mareen HUFE (38) +00:10:11
Bree WEE (36) +00:14:17
Emma POOLEY (47) +00:16:25
Beth GERDES (37) +00:17:12
Mirinda CARFRAE (32) +00:17:15
Asa Lundstrom has pushed into fifth placed at 1.6km on the run.
Through 5km on the run and Caroline Steffen has a 20 second lead over Annabel Luxford, with Mel Hauschildt pushing to 3 mins behind.
At 7.5km our spotter Toby Coote says that Tim BErkel looks the best of the chasers in the men's race with Brad Kahlefeldt is looking strong.
In the women spotter Amanda Balding believe Caroline Steffen is looking very strong and now has a 150m lead over Luxford.
At 10km on the run Frommhold leads with Bell at 5m, Tim Berkel at 10m, Albert at 10:31, Kahlefeldt at 11:14, Van Berkel at 11.15, Millward at 11.31 and Symonds at 11:41.
Hauschildt is the big move in the women's race moving faster than anyone over the last 2kms while Emma Pooley and Mirinda Carfrae are also on pace in the run.
At 15kms Tim Berkel is less than a minute behind L:uke Bell in second with Nils Frommhold now with an 8:42 lead - even at this early stage the race is his to lose.
The other big mover is Jeff Symonds from Canada who Jason Shortis says is possible the strongest runner over the back-end of this race.
At 17kms Tim Berkel is into second place with Luke Bell now walking. Brad Kahlefeldt is almost into third with Symonds at fourth.
Our spotter Amanda Balding says the heat is becoming a real factor and they are all looking for nutrition at every aid station.
Caroline Steffen is looking strong in the lead through 7.5km with Annabel Luxford running well at 35s down, Mel Hauschildt third at 2.40 with van Vlerken 6.10.
Leader Nils Frommhold is through the 20km mark in 6:29 - so he needs to run 1hr28s for the remaining 22kms to set a new course record.
Through 10kms on the run Steffen lead is now 1:18 from Luxford with Hauschildt at 2:42 in third and van Vlerken at 6:08 in fourth.
Jeff Symonds had gone past Kahlefeldt in to third and looking at the back of Tim Berkel.
Through 20kms Nils Frommhold has a lead of 7:05 on Tim Berkel, with Jeff Symonds at 7:38 and Brad Kahlefeldt at 7:58, Callum Millward at 8:35 with Jan van Berkel.
Mel Haushildt has moved into second place over Annabel Luxford and looking strong at the 14km mark.
TOP 10 WOMEN AT 10KMS
Caroline STEFFEN (31) 6:24:43
Annabel LUXFORD (39) +00:01:18
Mel HAUSCHILDT (34) +00:02:42
Yvonne VAN VLERKEN (33) +00:06:08
Asa LUNDSTROM (35) +00:10:46
Mareen HUFE (38) +00:15:06
Mirinda CARFRAE (32) +00:15:12
Beth GERDES (37) +00:15:32
Emma POOLEY (47) +00:16:18