Spain’s Eneko Llanos and Austria’s Lisa Hütthaler claimed the wins at Ironman 70.3 Mallorica in Spain against tough fields made predominantly of Europeans.
Llanos, who earned a big victory at Ironman Melbourne earlier this year, exited the water with the main group and spent his day slowly working his way through the field. He started the run in eighth position and quickly went to work on the half marathon. His blazing 1:08:41 run split was the fastest of the day and propelled him ahead of his competitors, giving him the win in 3:52:36. He narrowly beat out Belgium’s Bart Aernouts, who finished 18 seconds later in second. Pre-race favorite Andreas Raelert (GER) finished second two minutes later.
Hütthaler was seventh out of the water with a time of 26:13, but she quickly worked her way to the front of the field on the 56-mile bike ride thanks to a 2:32:13 bike split. She followed that bike performance with the strongest run of the field, taking the victory in 4:24:25. The Netherlands’ Yvonne Van Vlerken used her strength on the bike to earn second at 4:27:17. Great Britain’s Lucy Gossage finished third.
Ironman 70.3 Mallorca
Alcúdia, Mallorca – May 11, 2013
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:52:36
2. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 3:52:54
3. Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:54:43
4. Tim Meyer (GER) 3:55:58
5. Boris Stein (GER) 3:56:08
1. Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 4:24:25
2. Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:27:17
3. Lucy Gossage (GBR) 4:30:03
4. Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 4:30:57
5. Natascha Schmitt (GER) 4:33:16
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