Boris Stein was 17th in St. George, for Andreas Dreitz the race ended prematurely and painfully. The native of Lichtenfels collided with a motorcycle that, according to his description, “suddenly” stopped on a narrow road with no alternative. The 33-year-old also sustained an injury to the lumbar vertebra in the impact, as he wrote on Sunday night on social networks. The front fork on his bike broke.
In 2019, more than 900 days ago, Anne Haug was also crowned Ironman World Champion. When a miniature cannon sent the 40 professional men into the water of the Sand Hollow Park Reservoir at 6:15 a.m. local time on Saturday, they still had five minutes more time. The water was around 16 to 18 degrees cold, unlike in Hawaii in the warm Pacific, everyone was wearing warm neoprene suits. Haug, who began her strenuous working day with a total of 20 professional women, wore a neoprene cap under her red bathing cap with the inscription F1.
In the almost four kilometers of swimming, no Ironman is won, but lost, they say. So for Angert, who is considered the strongest swimmer of the four German professional men, and for Haug, who only has her strength at the end of the day when she runs, it was about being either directly in the leading group or in a chasing pack , who is strong on the wheel. It worked out for Angert, who got out of the water and onto his blue-metallic bike in fifth place, and Haug, who was able to keep Ryf among others in the chasing group.
Things went worse for Kienle, who was almost four and a half minutes slower than Angert. When he switched to the bike, he couldn’t get his racing suit on properly at first, and the helmet buckle also squeaked. Blummenfelt, who was riding a very idiosyncratic new high-tech bike, was in pursuit and rode his own race first. His time would come.
Like Anne Haug? After struggling to push the wet neoprene suit over her ankles, she had to let the chasing group ride away with Ryf as the bike progressed and for a while she reeled off kilometer after kilometer all by herself. Another mental burden. No eye for the sometimes impressive scenery in bright sunshine and the massive red canyons.
Almost two and a half thousand meters of altitude, always up and down, and the bike course had little to do with the one in Hawaii. Kienle was about 30 kilometers before changing into running shoes, more than seven minutes behind the leaders. A place on the podium like third in Hawaii in 2019 – far away.
Just like first place for Anne Haug. She was more than a quarter of an hour behind when she switched to the running track on Ryf. “Anne will not run tactically,” announced Coach Lorang. Motto: All in! “She doesn’t want to take it easy.” And so Haug attacked, made up minute by minute, while Angert missed his special food package, which first had to be digested and then fought hard towards the end: “I only had cramps for the last five kilometers.”