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Dominance of the BMC triathletes in Zurich and California!

16. July 2012

Ronnie Schildknecht wins the Ironman Zurich for the sixth consecutive time, Andrea Salvisberg celebrates the greatest win of his career with a victory at the 5i50 in Zurich, and Greg Bennett wins at the Vineman 70.3 and asserts his ambitions for the World Champion title in the half distance.

Schildknecht chasing the record

Schildknecht was under unusually high pressure: At the beginning of June, an injury forced the athlete from Zurich to exit his second race on home soil, the Ironman 70.3 in Rapperswil. This was not only a personal disappointment, it also cost Schildknecht important points in the early qualification for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. But the critics forgot Schildknecht's class when he's focused on his greatest goal of the season, the race on home soil in Zürich. After meticulous preparation, Schildknecht maintained his proximity to the lead following the opening discipline and picked up the pursuit on the timemachine TM01. After 130 windy and wet kilometers, the BMC athlete took the lead, and he did so despite the fact that Schildknecht had up close and personal with the wet asphalt after the front wheel slid off on a crosswalk. Following this, Schildknecht constantly continued building up his lead. When changing from the bike split to the final marathon, he had a lead of an entire 10 minutes. Schildknecht then refused to let go of the lead: With an outstanding marathon, the record Swiss champion secured his sixth consecutive Zurich Ironman title and once again showed the class of athlete he is.

Salvisberg shines

The day before this, it was the second-oldest of the Salvisberg brothers who was celebrating in Zurich. The non-drafting series over the Olympic distance (5i50) lured an internationally manned field of starters to the Zurich Landiwiese. Salvisberg took the lead as early as the 1.5 kilometers in Lake Zurich and flew to a start-to-finish victory. After a solid bike split, Salvisberg ran toward his greatest success at top speed. After one hour and 50 minutes, the BMC athlete was certain of his victory and enjoyed the excellent atmosphere when crossing the finish line.

Bennett wins Vineman 70.3

In Healdsburg, California, Greg Bennett won his second Ironman 70.3 this year just one week after his victory in Munice. While the distance of the race had to be shortened the week before due to record high temperatures, the Australian-American dual citizen was victorious across the entire distance in California. Bennett completed the swim split with his usual speed and exited the Russian River right behind the best swimmers of the day. Bennett showed his class on the bike and catapulted to the front of the race with the day's best time. Bennett was confident and in control during the final half marathon and won the race with less than a thirty second lead over Joe Gambles. With this success, Bennett is invigorated in the final preparation phase, particularly for the 5i50 and Ironman 70.3 World Championships.