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Amorelli comes back from a broken arm in April, Ellis returns to winning ways, earthquake torn community bounces back and Buckingham and Piampiano prevail at Vineman.

| July 29, 2016 | NEWS

Igor Amorelli Wins Ironman Maastricht

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Ironman Vineman

Piampiano and Buckingham Uncork Fine Wins at First Ever Ironman Vineman

Sarah Piampiano spotted the swim leaders 11 minutes heading into T1 and then proceeded to crushed the field with a race-best bike split that was over 30 minutes faster than anyone else in the field. The American carried a 20 minute advantage out onto the run and she and continued to pile on to her lead throughout the entire run. Piampiano went on to cross the finish line for the win by more that 44 minutes on the second place finisher.

In the men's race Kyle Buckingham took control of the race midway through the bike and never conceded the lead for the remainder of the day. The South African pedaled his way to a five minute lead on a pair of pursuers (Chris McDonald and Richie Cunningham) as the race transitioned to the run. Buckingham displayed the poise of a veteran as he controlled his effort throughout the run to claim the i inaugural win in Calafornia by a seven minute winning margin.

Pro Men

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Buckingham, Kyle

ZAF

8:27:58

2

McDonald, Chris

AUS

8:34:53

3

Shearon, Jonathan

USA

8:39:24

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Pro Women

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Piampiano, Sarah

USA

9:19:05

2

Paulson, Ashley

USA

10:03:38

3

Smith, Jessica

USA

10:17:17

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Ironman Maastricht

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They Shall Overcome

In April, Igor Amorelli crashed on his bike while preparing to compete in the South American Championship in his home country of Brazil. As a result of his injuries the 2014 Ironman Brazil champion required surgery and had plates and pins place in his arm. Fast forward three months and Amorelli took on a strong European field and came out on top thanks to his speedy swim and bike and backed it up with a solid run to earn the win in The Netherlands.  Amorelli is on a mission this month to garner sufficient points to earn a starting spot in Kona in October.

Mary Beth Ellis was diagnosed with Lyme disease in the late spring and the symptoms have prevented her from completing a full Ironman race in 2016. Her return to racing was impressive as at one point she was in sixth place overall on the bike. The American jumped off her bike with a 22-minute lead and cruised the run for the victory.

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Ironman Maastricht

Place

Name

Country

Place

1

Amorelli, Igor

BRA

8:28:17

2

Oude Bennink, Mark

NLD

8:33:44

3

Diederen, Bas

NLD

8:35:57

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Pro Women

Place

Namw

Country

Timw

1

Ellis, Mary Beth

USA

9:24:42

2

Castro Noqueria, Saleta

ESP

9:51:07

3

van den Berg, Tineke

NLD

10:03:30

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Ironman 70.3 Ecuador

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Proud city devastated by earthquake proud to host race

The host city of Ironman 70.3 Ecuador was crippled by an earthquake in April of this year. The community is recovering and still in the midst of rebuilding their city, however that did not deter them from hosting the race on Sunday.

Canadian Cody Beals stormed to the front of the race at 40 km into the bike and put the hurt on the rest of the field with the exception of Davide Giardini, who managed to to limit the loss to just two minutes at the end of the bike. Beals was untouchable throughout the run and claimed his second Ironman 70.3 win of the season by a margin of over nine minutes.

Lauren Goss and Laurel Wassner were attached for all the swim and much of the bike, where just seconds separated the lead pair. Goss prove the stronger on the day as she pulled away from Wassner during the run, bettering her by over five minutes at the end of the race.    

Pro Men

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Beals, Cody

CAN

3:48:04

2

de Elias, Mario

ARG

3:57:01

3

Mercado, Eduar

VEN

3:58:32

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Top Women

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Goss, Lauren

USA

4:20:41

2

Wassner, Laurel

USA

4:26:21

3

Tastets, Pamela

CHL

4:35:04

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Ironman 70.3 Budapest

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Billard and Huetthaler the best in Hungary

Bertrand Billard was at, or near, the front of the race from the swim to the first 40 km of the bike. The Frenchman then surged to the front of the race and carried a three-minute-plus advantage over Horst Reichel and David Hanko. Billard struggled momentarily on the run and Reichel began closing the gap to the leader, however Billard prevailed and took the win by a 35-second margin.

In the women’s race Lisa Huetthaler spotted the leaders close to three minutes exiting the water. It took the Austrian just 25 km to storm to the front of the race and she padded her lead, which was four minutes getting off the bike. Huetthaler put in a solid run to hold off all challenges and claimed the victory by over three minutes.

Pro Men

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Billard, Bertrand

FRA

3:41:11

2

Reichel, Horst

DEU

3:41:46

3

Tuukin, Ivan

RUS

3:43:05

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Pro Women

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Huetthaler, Lisa

AUT

4:06:36

2

Pallant, Emma

GBR

4:09:31

3

Halasz, Anna

HUN

4:12:16

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