Daniela Ryf and Andreas Dreitz celebrated superb victories at the Thomas Cook IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca.
by Volker Boch
It was a day for great performances at the 2015 Thomas Cook IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca, which featured thrilling chases in both the men’s and women’s races. While Dreitz nailed down his second win after 2014 thanks to a superb bike ride, Ryf led the way from the swim to the finish line.
Dreitz takes lead on the bike
Erik Watson (BHR) exited the water in 22:12 ahead of Swiss Manuel Kueng and Michael Raelert (GER). Raelert took over the lead early in T1, but he had bad luck only minutes later. He had a technical issue due to a difficult puncture and lost a lot of time to fix it. He finished the race in a classic way, but he was out of the discussion while Dreitz dominated the bike like he had done the year before.
Dreitz got off the bike with a lead of more than seven minutes over Kueng. This outstanding bike performance was followed by a solid run and Dreitz won in 3:56:48. Behind him, Patrick Nilsson from Sweden ran into second place in front of David Mcnamee (GBR).
Ryf solos all day
The crowd was allowed to see a close race in the men’s top 10, but on the other side, an impressive solo by Ryf. 2014’s Kona runner-up started her one woman show right from the start. She had the best swim (23:14), was untouchable on the bike and then unbeatable during the run. In 4:17:25 she took a superb win at the beach of Alcúdia, while Germany’s Julia Gajer was more than nine minutes behind. Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) took third place.
Top 5 Women:
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:17:25
2. Julia Gajer (GER) 4:26:53
3. Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 4:29:03
4. Tine Deckers (BEL) 4:33:23
5. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 4:34:22
Top 5 Men:
1. Andreas Dreitz (GER) 3:56:48
2. Patrik Nilsson (SWE) 3:59:12
3. David Mcnamee (GBR) 3:59:43
4. Artem Parienko (RUS) 4:00:54
5. Patrick Lange (GER) 4:01:33