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Raelert Brothers – Andreas Raelert wins at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca

16. May 2011

It was a start into the season a professional athlete can only hope for: Andreas Raelert won the first edition of the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 on Mallorca. It took him 3:53:07 hrs. to complete the 1.9-kilometer swim, the 90-kilometer bike ride, and the half marathon run (21.1k). That performance put him a full 3 minutes ahead of second-placed Bertrand Billard from France (3:56:56 hrs.) and countryman Sylvain Sudrie (3:59:00 hrs.). German Challenge Roth 2009 winner, Michael Göhner, followed in fourth with a time of 4:02:32 hrs., reaching the finish in Alcudia Bay almost 10 minutes after Andreas Raelert.

"I was feeling very strong today", commented Andreas on his dominating performance. His tactics worked out equally well. The race stayed close until the last running leg. Andreas was able to save up some energy on the hard bike course in the mountains of Mallorca's west coast and let Bertrand Billard get a gap on him. In the final half marathon, however, Andreas played his cards and ran away from the field with a split of 1:11:46. That time put him 7 minutes ahead of Billard. Third-placed Sudrie finished the half marathon leg with the second-best split of the day and almost 6 minutes slower than Andreas Raelert.

Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca signified the first holding of a WTC triathlon event on Spanish soil. Mallorca is normally known as the summer holiday destination for beer-drinking Germans who limit their physical exercise to walking from the pub to the beach and back to the hotel. During spring time, however, the island has been popular amongst cyclists for being the perfect training camp destination. Now with the holding of Ironman 70.3 event, it is the most versatile species of endurance athletes that are lured to Mallorca for training and racing purposes.

BMC had its own premiere on the island as well. It was the first time that one of the Raelert Brothers raced on our BMC TT01 time trial bike. The sponsorship deal was signed in February. Now the German world-class triathletes are in action on their custom-made, custom-paint bikes that were biometrically measured and wind tunnel-tested in Milan 10 days prior to the Mallorca race. "The TT01 feels really good" to Andreas Raelert. His brother Michael is excited about his new bike with world-champion rainbow stripes. The Ironman 70.3 World Champion will put it to race test at the City Triathlon Heilbronn in two weeks.


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