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Andreas Raelert bei seinem Zieleinlauf in Roth (Bild by challenge-roth.com)
Andreas Raelert bei seinem Zieleinlauf in Roth (Bild by challenge-roth.com)

Andreas Raelert sets new standards on BMC in Roth, Ronnie Schildknecht successfully defends title in Zurich

11. July 2011

What a weekend for BMC in the triathlon! Andreas Raelert wrote his name in triathlon history with a new world-best time at the Challenge Roth triathlon. Raelert fought phenomenally and won his first ever Roth in an epic time of 7:41:33 hours, making him four minutes faster than the Belgian Marino Vanhonacker, who had only seven days to revel in his best time at Klagenfurt. Roth had previously held the world-best time for 14 years (from Luc van Lierde in 1997 with 7:50:27) and now reclaimed its crown. Andreas Raelert set a new world-best time on the bike course on the new BMC timemachine TM01 - with 4 h 11 min over 180 km! From that moment on his victory was never really in doubt. Although Sebastian Kienle almost closed the gap on him for a time, he soon had to let him break away, so he remained - just like the previous year - in the illustrious second place. Raelert finished with a new world record of 7:41.4 over the Ironman distance - a simply phenomenal achievement.

But Ronnie Schildknecht, of the ewz power team, also turned in a top performance in the Ironman Zurich, managing to celebrate his fifth victory in front of his home crowd. After an excellent swimming performance, Schildknecht (8:19:51) steadily gained ground on the leader, Mathias Hecht of Willisau, on the second part of the bike stage. Shortly after the transition to the running stage Schildknecht went into the lead, holding on to it until the finishing line. "Of course it sounds great if you can win a race five times but, for me, it's victory itself that matters because this is the sweetest triumph at home in Switzerland. I am really happy and it's a fantastic endorsement! My next major goal is now the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October." In second place was the Spaniard Clemente Alonso-McKernan, in third the Swiss Mathias Hecht. Among the women, Karin Thürig beat Amy Marsh of the USA and the Hungarian Erika Csomor.