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Schildknecht scores another podium after a dramatic race in Galveston!

3. April 2012

A strong field was lining up at the Ironman 70.3 US Championships in Galveston last weekend. Schildknecht managed to step on the podium once more, while Lance Armstrong was thought a lesson by the top professionals.

During the last weeks a few athletes rescheduled their race plans for the opportunity to race the US Ironman 70.3 championships in Galveston (Texas). The reason behind those individual changes of the racing programs could have been cycling legend Lance Armstrong who was announced to line up in Galveston after his brilliant runner-up finish at the Ironman 70.3 in Panama earlier this year. Swiss BMC triathlete Ronnie Schildknecht had very good memories of Austin after preparing his Sub8 performance at Iroman Florida last fall in the texan city. He therefore enjoyed another stay in the southern state. Schildknecht already finished 3rd at Ironman 70.3 in South Africa in January and was confident to show another solid performance in the US. Beside Schildknecht also Michael Raelert rescheduled his race calendar for being able to line up in Galveston. The German was one of the major favorites as he dominated nearly every 70.3 race in which he participated during the last few years. Raelert wasn't very optimistic though as he suffered from a bad cold and was missing his bike after the flight to Texas. Nevertheless Raelert didn't forfeit and came out of the water in first place. During the bike leg it was Armstrong that set the pace and led the field into T2. The fastest bike split belonged to the German Sebastian Kienle who was chasing the leaders after missing the field with the favorites early in the swim. While Schildknecht suffered from muscular problems on the 90 Kilometer bike leg Michael Raelert was forced to wait for the neutral support after flatting his rear wheel. On the run Kienle took over the lead early and tried to keep up the distance to Timothy O'Donnell who wasn't far behind. Schildknecht recovered from his issues on the bike and showed a fantastic half marathon ending up with the fastest run split of the day that put him into 3rd. Raelert suffered heavily on the run and was already been said to have pulled out but managed to keep up a solid pace and finishing in 4th place. Armstrong showed a solid performance but was continously slowing down after about 15 Kilometers which allowed several pros to catch him before the finish line.