Dreitz and Philipp ready to rule in Mallorca?

Andreas Dreitz has been unstoppable at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca the last three years. Can Laura Philipp make it two in a row?

| May 12, 2017 | NEWS

Andreas Dreitz wins the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Mallorca race.

Andreas Dreitz wins the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Mallorca race.

Photo >Michael Rauschendorfer

If you were to go off the official start list, this weekend's race in Mallorca would feature two of the biggest names in the sport - Daniela Ryf and Alistair Brownlee's names both appear on the official start list, but it turns out neither will be on the beautiful Spanish island for the race.

While it would appear that will take the fun out of the men's race, the women's race should still feature some exciting racing.

Can Philipp repeat?

Laura Philipp (GER) took the leap to full-time racing last year, quitting her job and committing to the sport. It turned out to be a good move - in addition to her win in Mallorca last May she finished seventh in Moloolaba at the Ironman 70.3 world championship. It would be truly ironic if she were to win again this year and Sweden's Lisa Norden were to take second. In 2012 Norden was involved in one of the closest races ever - she lost a sprint to Switzerland's Nicola Spirig by, well, it took officials ages to figure out that Spirig would be the champion, so suffice it to say not much. Last year Spirig took second to Philipp in Mallorca. This year she gets to take on the other half of the sprint-to-the-line duo.

Great Britain's Emma Pallant might spoil all of that ironic-finish talk, though. Three weeks ago she managed to take Challenge Gran Canaria (yet another Spanish event), catching country-woman Lucy Charles in the closing km of the run and relegating Daniela Ryf to third. Pallant was third in Mallorca last year and certainly will be one to watch at tomorrow's race.

All Dreitz?

It's hard to bet against the three-time defending champion Andreas Dreitz in the men's race. He's got three motivated Spaniards in Carlos Lopez Diaz, Joan Nadal Clar and Miguel Blanchart Tinto who will rack their bikes next to him and, in theory (his name is on the start list, but he's coming off a  former Olympian Will Clark (GBR) to contend with in a fairly large field. (Clark went 7:59 at Ironman Texas last month, so we wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't on hand this weekend.)