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  • The Frodeno stride

  • Kienle is currently holding a pace about 5-8 seconds faster than Frodeno. #IMFrankfurt
  • Bocherer is apparently not looking great, he's lost 2 minutes to Kienle. Butterfield has caught Llanos at 6km. #IMFrankfurt
  • Top 10 Men Bike Finish:

    1 3 Frodeno, Jan (GER) PRO LAZ Saarbrücken 04:57:45
    2 1 Kienle, Sebastian (GER) PRO Bahrain Endurance... +06:02 05:03:47
    3 7 Boecherer, Andy (GER) PRO TriTeam Kaiserstu... +06:03 05:03:48
    4 2 Van Lierde, Frederik (BEL) PRO LTTL +11:04 05:08:49
    5 4 Llanos, Eneko (ESP) PRO Bulletbike +11:09 05:08:54
    6 16 Butterfield, Tyler (BER) PRO +11:11 05:08:56
    7 6 Diederen, Bas (NED) PRO Team4Talent +11:14 05:08:59
    8 5 Raelert, Andreas (GER) PRO TriZack Rostock
    9 13 Albert, Marko (EST) PRO 21CC Triatloniklu... +26:52 05:24:37
    10 18 Dekker, Martijn (NED) PRO Team4Talent +30:22 05:28:07
  • Top 10 Men Bike Splits:

    Frodeno, Jan DEU 04:08:43
    Kienle, Sebastian DEU 04:11:07
    Boecherer, Andy DEU 04:14:05
    Van Lierde, Frederik BEL 04:17:42
    Llanos, Eneko ESP 04:17:48
    Butterfield, Tyler BMU 04:18:08
    Diederen, Bas NLD 04:18:01
    Raelert, Andreas DEU 04:24:04
    Albert, Marko EST 04:33:35
    Dekker, Martijn NLD 04:37:15
  • Frodeno beginning his second lap. #IMFrankfurt

  • Ryf at km 175 now sits a comfortable 7 minutes ahead of Gajer.
  • Ryf is heading into T2 with a sizeable lead! #IMFrankfurt
  • Ryf rode a 4:47:51. #IMFrankfurt
  • Ryf's 4:47:51 carried her into T2 first. #IMFrankfurt

  • Julia Gajer is into T2, 7:38 behind Ryf. #IMFrankfurt
  • Julia Gajer has one IRONMAN title to her name, the 2013 IRONMAN Arizona. She was runner-up at IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca this year, and won IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg just two weeks ago.
  • Steffen is heading into T2 now, 10 minutes back of Ryf. #IMFrankfurt
  • Daniela Ryf looking strong on the first few k's.

  • Vesterby is out on the run, 14 minutes back of Ryf. She pulled on compression socks in T2. #IMFrankfurt
  • Top 8 Men Run Km 10.5:

    1 3 Frodeno, Jan (GER) PRO LAZ Saarbrücken 05:38:21
    2 1 Kienle, Sebastian (GER) PRO Bahrain Endurance... +06:10 05:44:31
    3 7 Boecherer, Andy (GER) PRO TriTeam Kaiserstu... +10:31 05:48:52
    4 2 Van Lierde, Frederik (BEL) PRO LTTL +12:39 05:51:00
    5 4 Llanos, Eneko (ESP) PRO Bulletbike +14:38 05:52:59
    6 6 Diederen, Bas (NED) PRO Team4Talent +14:49 05:53:10
    7 16 Butterfield, Tyler (BER) PRO +16:04 05:54:25
    8 5 Raelert, Andreas (GER) PRO TriZack Rostock 0+19:34 05:57:55
  • Andreas Ralert on the first lap. #IMFrankfurt

  • Frodeno is maintaining the quickest pace 18 km (11.5 miles). Behind him, Kienle is 6:20 back. Bocherer is 14:20 back, with Van Lierde 16:41 back. #IMFrankfurt
  • Frodeno, Kienle, Van Lierde and Ralert are running similar paces. #IMFrankfurt
  • Butterfield stopped briefly looking like he had some stomach cramps, but has started up again.
  • Raelert is running very fast and closing in on Llanos and Butterfield. #IMFrankfurt
  • Pre-race tidbits from Frodeno: "Obviously the big rivalry is between Sebastien and myself. But it doesn’t do it justice to just call it a duel—just us two. There are certainly some guys here who have the caliber to do well here. I never discount Andreas Raelert. He's destroyed me so many times in training camps, and on windy, crazy climbs in Lanzarote. I always have that fear in the back of my mind."
  • Ryf told us pre-race that she usually gets a pop song in her head. In Kona last year, where she placed 2nd in her debut on the Big Island, it was "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift.
  • TOP 10 FEMALE BIKE SPLITS

    Ryf, Daniela CHE --4:47:50
    Gajer, Julia DEU -- 4:55:22
    Steffen, Caroline CHE --04:58:52
    Vesterby, Michelle DNK -- 05:02:41
    Deckers, Tine BEL -- 04:58:19
    Tajsich, Sonja DEU --04:56:05
    Stienen, Astrid DEU --05:08:07
    Woysch, Nicole DEU -- 5:08:25
    Brennan-Morrey, Ruth USA --05:04:26
    Holst, Tine DNK -- -- 05:12:14
  • Frodeno is looking positive and confident. He's still 8 minutes ahead of his countryman Kienle and likely feeling pretty good right now. #IMFrankfurt
  • At 17km, Gajer is 7:19 back of Ryf, Steffen 14:00 back. #IMFrankfurt
  • Raelert is closing in on Van Lierde and Bocherer is looking strong. #IMFrankfurt
  • Top 6 Men Run Km 24:

    1 3 Frodeno, Jan (GER) PRO LAZ Saarbrücken 06:31:29
    2 1 Kienle, Sebastian (GER) PRO Bahrain Endurance... +08:17 06:39:46
    3 7 Boecherer, Andy (GER) PRO TriTeam Kaiserstu... +14:10 06:45:39
    4 2 Van Lierde, Frederik (BEL) PRO LTTL +16:03 06:47:32
    5 6 Diederen, Bas (NED) PRO Team4Talent +18:01 06:49:30
    6 5 Raelert, Andreas (GER) PRO TriZack Rostock +19:42 06:51:11
    7 4 Llanos, Eneko (ESP) PRO Bulletbike +20:24 06:51:53
  • Jan Frodeno has 9 km to go. He has a 10+ minute lead now over Kienle. #IMFrankfurt
  • Fun fact from #IMFrankfurt: Ryf ran a 1:29:06 half marathon.
  • We've hit 37 degrees Celcius (98 degrees Fahrenheit) with 25% humidity and just the slightest bit of wind. #IMFrankfurt
  • Frodeno picking up energy from the crowd. #IMFrankfurt

  • Gajer's half-marathon was 1:28:15--just a hair quicker than Ryf's--not enough to start making any kind of threat .#IMFrankfurt
  • Despite Frodeno's massive lead, he's really struggling--walking through aid stations, and running on the soft dirt surface. He came into this race with some knee trouble, so is likely giving his joints a break.
  • Van Lierde has been bouncing back and forth from 3rd to 5th, similarly to his race in Kona. He's currently running in 3rd.
  • Spectators getting hosed off on the steaming, 4-lap run course.

  • Boecherer, Van Lierde, and Diederen have been running consistently in 3rd, 4th, and 5th on the run course today, trading places occasionally.
  • The finish line ready to welcome Frodeno home. #IMFrankfurt

  • Ryf...never letting up. #IMfrankfurt

  • Frodeno smashes the IM Frankfurt record in 7:49:48

  • "I didn't quite realize how fast I was riding, and that was probably partly responsible for the suffering," Frodeno said at the finish line. #IMFrankfurt
  • "I died 100 times today," Boecherer said at the finish line. #IMFrankfurt
  • Frodeno welcomes his friend, countryman, and competitor, Sebastian Kinele.

  • Top 6 Men Finish:

    1 Frodeno, Jan DEU 1 1 00:46:02 04:08:43 02:50:49 07:49:48
    2 Kienle, Sebastian DEU 2 2 00:50:03 04:11:07 02:56:44 08:01:39
    3 Boecherer, Andy DEU 3 3 00:46:56 04:14:05 02:58:14 08:03:49
    4 Diederen, Bas NLD 4 4 00:48:17 04:18:01 02:54:57 08:05:36
    5 Van Lierde, Frederik BEL 5 5 00:48:11 04:17:42 02:57:30 08:07:09
    6 Raelert, Andreas DEU 6 6 00:49:58 04:24:04 02:52:05 08:09:53
  • Top 7 Women Through Run Km 28.7:

    1 52 Ryf, Daniela (SUI) PRO Bahrain Endurance... +00:00 07:48:59
    2 53 Gajer, Julia (GER) PRO Team ERDINGER Alk... +07:18 07:56:17
    3 51 Steffen, Caroline (SUI) PRO +17:16 08:06:15
    4 66 Tajsich, Sonja (GER) PRO Team Erdinger Alk... +26:28 08:15:27
    5 54 Deckers, Tine (BEL) PRO TDL +29:42 08:18:41
    6 57 Brennan-Morrey, Ruth (USA) PRO +30:44 08:19:43
    7 55 Moeller, Kristin (GER) PRO SC Delphin Ingols... +33:16 08:22:15
  • Ryf, steady and solid.

  • Sebastian Kienle: "I just did all I could. I felt like Icarus, wih his wings coated in wax, flying too close to the sun. On a day where Jan had such a great performance, I just wasn't allowed to have any weaknesses." #IMFrankfurt
  • Daniela Ryf is your 2015 #IMFrankfurt champion in 8:51:24, taking down Chrissie Wellington's 2008 course record.
  • Ryf was 11th overall today. #IMFrankfurt
  • Daniela Ryf's splits: 52:46 swim / 4:47:51 bike / 3:06:06 run #IMFrankfurt
  • Video: Daniela Ryf smashes the #IMFrankfurt course record in brutal, hot conditions and places 11th overall.

  • Ryf: "It was such tough conditions today. I had a lot of respect. For me to have a win and such a good performance makes me happy and also really confident for Kona. I've worked on my nutrition a lot--today was my fourth IRONMAN, and I finally felt like I finally got everything sorted. I'm really happy with today." #IMFrankfurt
  • Julia Gajer is second, and the top German, at the 2015 #IMFrankfurt. Her finish time: 9:01:58.
  • Gajer: "I can't believe it. What a day. I didn't think it was possible to finish second here. On the run everyone was shouting my name--it was goosebumps, just goosebumps." #IMFrankfurt
  • Gajer: "I knew that I've improved on the bike a lot but I didn't expect to ride with Daniela the first whole loop. I'm really happy because normally I lose a lot of time on the bike. Kona is my next big goal." #IMFrankfurt
  • Ruth Brennan-Morey (USA) finished 5th (9:21:09) and had the fastest marathon on the day. 3:05:00. #IMFrankfurt
  • Ryf crosses the tape (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Read the race recap:

    Frodeno and Ryf Set Frankfurt on Fire

    IRONMAN.comIt was a day for Kona runner-ups, as Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf shattered course records at the IRONMAN European Championship.
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