Cheetham and Hogenhaug hammer in Hamburg

Susie Cheetham blasted through the bike and held off Sarah Piampiano, while Kristian Hogenhaug made his move two-thirds into the bike in the men's race and never looked back at Ironman Hamburg.

| July 28, 2019 | NEWS

Susie Cheetham takes the win at Ironman Hamburg.

Susie Cheetham takes the win at Ironman Hamburg.

Photo >Frank Wechsel / spomedis

On a day when it looked like German hero Andreas Raelert might finally be back in Kona contention, it was Norway's Kristian Hogenhaug who took the day at Ironman Hamburg. For the women Great Britain's Susie Cheetham returned to her winning ways thanks to a dominating bike that gave her enough of a lead to win the race over a fast-charging Sarah Piampiano.

Raelert's start strong

Two-time 70.3 world champ Michael Raelert led a group of five out of the water that included countrymen Horst Reichel, Paul Shuster, his brother Andreas and Switzerland's Ruedi Wild. 

Hogenhaug led a chase group of three out of the water, but they were over two minutes back.

Once on the bike Hogenhaug managed to ride his way up to the group, trailing by 20 seconds at the halfway point, then biding his time until about 120 km before starting a push that would get him over three-minutes clear of Raelert into T2, with Wild another 40 seconds back and Michael Raelert out of the race.

Out on the run Hogenhaug get up a steady pace as behind him first Wild pulled ahead of Raelert, then the German pulled ahead as both seemed to be gaining time on the Norweigan. Shortly after the halfway point Raelert suddenly started walking, Wilde moved into second, and shortly afterwards the other Raelert brother was out of the race.

Hogenhaug gained more time on Wilde by the time he hit the finish line, taking the race by over five minutes. Germany's Paul Shuster would take the final spot on the podium.

Cheetham charges on the bike

In the women's race Switzerland's Caroline Steffen led the way out of the water with German Julia Gajer on her feet. Cheetham would be next out, but she was four minutes back and one of the other pre-race favorites, Sarah Piampiano trailed by 9:30 as she hit the bike.

Out on the ride Steffen led the way through the first half of the ride with Gajer staying close. By the halfway point, though, Cheetham had moved into second, just 20 seconds behind Steffen, who would fade over the final half of the ride and come off the bike third, over five minutes behind Cheetham. Second off the bike, almost three minutes behind, was Gajer.

Fourth off the bike was Piampiano, but she was a seemingly distant 10 minutes behind.

Emphasis on that "seemingly." Cheetham's 3:03 marathon split was enough to net her the win, a sub-9 performance (8:58:02) and another trip to Kona, but Piampiano's blazing 2:56 split moved her to second, 2:40 behind by the time she got to the finish line. Gajer hung in for third, while Steffen took fourth.

Ironman Hamburg | Women

July 27, 2019 | Hamburg, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Susie Cheetham

GBR

8:58:02

1:00:58

4:46:57

3:03:56

2

Sarah Piampiano

USA

9:00:42

1:06:27

4:50:54

2:56:21

3

Julia Gajer

GER

9:09:39

56:57:00

4:53:30

3:12:31

4

Caroline Steffen

SUI

9:19:28

56:56:00

4:56:16

3:19:35

5

Martina Kunz

SUI

9:29:03

1:06:26

4:53:54

3:21:09

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Ironman Hamburg |Men

July 27, 2019 | Hamburg, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Kristian Hogenhaug

DNK

8:11:26

52:03:00

4:17:29

2:54:03

2

Ruedi Wild

SUI

8:16:34

50:13:00

4:24:16

2:55:37

3

Paul Schuster

GER

8:24:25

50:05:00

4:25:32

3:02:37

4

Arnaud Guilloux

FRA

8:29:14

52:07:00

4:34:20

2:55:05

5

Philipp Mock

GER

8:35:11

1:00:51

4:29:13

2:56:54

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