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    Unique tunnel passage from beach swim to T1 @IronmanTaiwan.

    First mission: accomplished!

    PRO WOMEN
    Dede Griesbauer @dedegriesbauer has seized the lead on the bike @IronmanTaiwan
    PRO MEN BIKE
    We’re getting reports that Patrick Jaberg (SUI) leads at 55K on the bike.

    SWIM
    Duan Kun-hao of Taiwan made it to shore just before the swim cut-off. The swim is now closed.

    PRO MEN BIKE
    Cameron Brown‭ (‬NZL‭) ‬confirmed as‭ ‬race leader‭ ‬at 55K with 2‭ ‬min‭. ‬margin‭ ‬over Patrick Jaberg‭ (‬SUI‭) ‬and Fredrik Croneberg‭ (‬SWE‭)‬.
    The climbing portion of IM Taiwan over, Domenico Passuello (ITA) has moved into the lead on the bike. Still a long way to go.
    Men's leader Passuello is fresh off a victory last weekend at Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya.

    Domenico Passuello (ITA) still in lead at 80K of bike @IronmanTaiwan.

    WOMEN'S BIKE
    Dede Griesbauer ahead of the pack at 74K, heading into long descent.

    Russian athlete Ivan Chumachenko (M30) picked up and continued riding after getting banged up in a crash. Way to go! It’s a long day ahead and there’s plenty of time to finish and become an IRONMAN!

    MEN’S BIKE
    With under 10K to go in bike, race leader Domenico Passuello (ITA) is closing in on T2.

    Domenico Passuello (ITA) is first off the bike and into transition! Only a marathon to go…

    Men’s leader Domenico Passuello completed the bike in 4:32:16, for an average speed of 39.67 km/hr., unbelievable on this course and these conditions!

    With Domenico Passuello (ITA) up the road in the lead, pre-race favorites and super runners Cameron Brown (NZL) and Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) are neck and neck and hot on his trail!

    MEN’S RUN LEADERS
    1 Domenico Passuello (ITA)
    2 Cameron Brown (NZL)
    3 Fredrik Croneborg (SWE)
    4 Patrick Jaberg (SUI)
    5 Patrick Evoe (USA)

    PRO WOMEN
    Dede Griesbauer (USA) is out of transition and on the marathon course!

    LEADING MALE PROS AFTER BIKE
    1 Passuello, Domenico ITA 5:27:35 0:52:26 4:32:16
    2 Jaberg, Patrick SUI 5:36:22 0:52:21 4:40:53
    3 Brown, Cameron NZL 5:36:25 0:50:57 4:42:30
    4 Croneborg, Fredrik SWE 5:36:33 0:50:36 4:42:57
    5 Schifferle, Mike SUI 5:40:50 0:58:23 4:37:51
    6 Evoe, Patrick USA 5:41:24 0:55:42 4:42:27
    7 Dzalaj, Karol SVK 5:41:40 0:52:13 4:45:36
    8 Bartsch, Mauro SUI 5:43:58 0:52:42 4:47:51
    MEN’S TOP 10 RUN LEADERS
    1 Domenico Passuello (ITA)
    2  Fredrik Croneborg (SWE)
    3  Cameron Brown (NZL)
    4  Patrick Jaberg (SUI)
    5  Patrick Evoe (USA)
    6  Karol Dzalaj (SVK)
    7  Mike Schifferle (SUI)
    8  Mauro Bartsch (SUI)
    9  Nick Baldwin (SYC)
    10 Samuel Huerzeler
    First amateur male, Guillaume Lecallier (FRA) is out on the marathon course.

    Women's leader Dede Griesbauer fills up at 2nd aid station on marathon.

    Currently in 2nd, Fredrik Croneborg has opened a 4'20" gap on Cameron Brown.
    Current Top 3 women on run:
    1 Dede Griesbauer
    2 Dimity-Lee Duke
    3 Keiko Tanaka
    TOP FEMALE PROS OFF THE BIKE
    1 Griesbauer, Dede USA 6:00:06 0:51:10 5:05:18
    2 Duke, Dimity-Lee AUS 6:18:36 0:58:07 5:16:14
    3 Tanaka, Keiko JPN 6:19:12 0:54:39 5:21:01
    4 Schwabenbauer, Kim USA 6:19:49 1:00:08 5:15:41
    5 Potuckova, Eva CZE 6:22:02 0:51:18 5:27:31
    6 Li, Shiao-Yu TPE 6:33:35 1:07:09 5:22:36
    7 Kohnlein, Angela GER 6:35:22 1:01:02 5:30:53
    8 Morrison, Samantha USA 6:35:52 0:51:05 5:40:57
    WOMEN'S RUN:
    Dimity-Lee Duke 15:40 back of Dede on lap 2; Kim Schwabenbauer charging hard just 1:19 back in 3rd.
    WOMEN'S RUN:
    Keiko Tanaka now running 4th, 2:50 of 3rrd.
    WOMEN'S RUN:
    Eva Potuckova (CZE) holding strong in 5th.

    Toyomi Taki, 74, is the oldest competitor in the field today.

    Race leader Domenico Passuello on 3rd and final lap of run.
    With ~10K left, Fredrik Croneborg has cut Domenico's lead to 3:30.
    Domenico Passuello is 3 min. up on Fredrik Croneborg on the final lap of the marathon. Well back of the lead pair, Patrick Evoe (USA) has moved ahead of Cameron Brown (NZL) by a 1:25 margin to seize third place.
    Two-time IM Hokkaido champion Shiao-Yu Li (Jenny) of Taiwan has moved into 4th place in the women’s race!
    The men’s winner is expected to reach the finish line in less than 15 minutes. Who will it be, Domenico Passuello or Fredrik Croneborg?
    It's coming down to the wire!

    Who will break the tape first?

    Italy's Domenico Passuello has held on to win IRONMAN Taiwan in 8:25:55, winning by 2:43 from the fast finishing Fredrik Croneborg from Sweden. Both have enjoyed success in Asia with Passuello winning IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya in Malaysia recently and Croneborg won IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan in 2013.
    Passuello, the former professional cyclist for Quick Step, showed he has some future in IRONMAN with a 52min swim, followed by the race winning 4:32 ride on a tough course in super-hot conditions, and a solid 2:55 marathon.
    Croneborg earned plenty of plaudits with a remarkable 2:49 marathon run, coming from nine minutes back off the bike for second place. American Patrick Evoe clocked 2:57 run to claim the final spot on the podium ahead of last year's IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan winner and top seed, Cameron Brown.

    Congratulations to Domenico Passuello, 2015 Ironman Taiwan champion!

    LEADING MALE PROS
    1 Passuello, Domenico ITA 0:52:26 4:32:16 2:55:53 8:25:55
    2 Croneborg, Fredrik SWE 0:50:36 4:42:57 2:49:48 8:28:38
    3 Evoe, Patrick USA 0:55:42 4:42:27 2:57:06 8:40:58
    4 Brown, Cameron NZL 0:50:57 4:42:30 3:04:22 8:43:14
    5 Jaberg, Patrick SUI 0:52:21 4:40:53 3:05:48 8:44:47
    6 Baldwin, Nick SYC 0:52:25 4:53:01 2:54:32 8:46:00
    7 Bartsch, Mauro SUI 0:52:42 4:47:51 2:59:17 8:46:33
    8 Dzalaj, Karol SVK 0:52:13 4:45:36 3:01:12 8:46:40
    MEN’S TOP 5
    1 Domenico Passuello (ITA)
    2 Fredrik Croneborg (SWE)
    3 Patrick Evoe (USA)
    4 Cameron Brown (NZL)
    5 Patrick Jaberg (SUI)

    Congratulations on a battle hard won and a victory well earned.

    The countdown begins for the ladies winner. We're expecting her to break the tape soon.
    The victory was Domenico’s first at a full Ironman race. The former pro cyclist credited “crazy legs” on the bike for powering him to the front to stay from 40K into the bike portion of the race.

    Dede Griesbauer (USA) is our 2015 Ironman Taiwan women’s champion!

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