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Triathlon – Victory for Andreas Raelert in Challenge Kraichgau

6. June 2011

Kraichgau, Deutschland

He kept the spectators on tenterhooks. But he finally stood tall on the winner's podium in his second start of the season: Andreas Raelert won the Challenge Kraichgau after swimming 1.9 km, cycling 90 km and running 21.1 km in a time of 3:51:05 hours. In second place was Sebastian Kienle in 3:52:49 hours. Third place went to Frenchman Francois Chabaud, who crossed the finishing line in 3:54:49 hours.

Half-marathon in 1:09:27 hours

As in the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca 3 weeks ago, Andreas Raelert waited until the final half-marathon to show the competition who is the best. With an incredible time of 1:09:27 hours, he gave his rivals no chance and ran almost 6 minutes faster than second-placed Sebastian Kienle, overtaking the then leader over the last few kilometers.

Wrong bag = 40 seconds

The Challenge Kraichgau was truly a battle of the giants. The duel between Sebastian Kienle and Andreas Raelert had been eagerly anticipated on the triathlon scene even before battle commenced. It was looking very good for the 35-year-old BMC athlete from Rostock after the swimming, when he was the only one of the favorites in the first group to emerge from the water. The excitement started in the first transition zone: the 35-year-old German mistakenly grabbed the wrong kit bag. He lost a valuable 40 seconds as a result of this mishap. Kienle's race to catch up began just at that moment.

From 3:30 behind to victory

Known for being a strong cyclist, Sebastian Kienle moved up through the field of professionals from the back. His advantage over Andreas Raelert increased to 3:30 minutes on the bike stage. It was still just short of 3 minutes in the second transition zone. It became obvious that the race was by no means over during the first few meters of the run, as Andreas Raelert quickly sprinted away. The Ironman world championship runner-up needed 18 kilometers to make up the 3-minute gap with Kienle. "I had phenomenal legs", was how Andreas Raelert described his decisive performance in the race.

Duel of the German giants: ready for more in Roth!

The Kraichgau was the scene of this year's first duel between the German giants. The duel between Kienle and Raelert reaches its climax July 10, when these two elite athletes battle it out in the Challenge Roth, not only to beat one another but also the long-distance world record.