Ironman 70.3 New Orleans results 2012

Despite Mother Nature not co-operating and high winds causing the cancellation of the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans swim, outstanding performances were still expected from the pros on race day.

The 1.9k swim leg was replaced by a 2-mile run before the athletes headed out onto the bike course. So actually the Triathlon became a Duathlon. The bike has been shortened to 52 miles because of debris on sections of the course.

Have a look at the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans age-group results as well.

The run will be two-loops as opposed to an out-and-back as originally scheduled.

It promised to be a blistering pace(weather permitting) as the out-and-back 52-mile bike course was followed by a fast, flat run along the lakefront.
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PRO MEN tentative

It would be no surprise to see a few pros drop out because of the change in the dynamics of the course. Michael Raelert was the first to opt out of the race due to an injury that has plagued him for some time now.

The field for the pro men in this race is exceptionally strong with T.J. Tollakson, Chris MacDonald, Rich Allen, Richie Cunningham, Christian Kemp, and Patrick Evoe all capable of winning the race for the pro men on their best effort.

The cancelled swim should help out Richie Cunningham who is a sensational runner and with the run course being fast and flat he might just steal this race. Richie is also having a great start to 2012. He was 3rd behind Lance Armstrong in the Ironman Panama 70.3 and was second at Oceanside, California just two weeks ago.

Terenzo Bozzone is coming off an injury and it will be interesting to see how quickly he rounds into form.

Rich Allen
Igor Amorelli
Jimmy Archer
Damon Barnett
Blake Becker
Terenzo Bozzone
Christopher Boudreaux
Mauro Cavanha
James Cotter
Richie Cunningham
Scott DeFilippis
Patrick Evoe
Derek Garcia
Grant Glauser
Andrew Hodges
Brandon Jessop
Ryan Kelly
Christian Kemp
Tyler Lord
Michael Lovato
Tom Lowe
Brandon Marsh
Chris McDonald
Kyle Pawlaczyk
Michael Raelert
Mitchell Robins
Dmitry Rostyagaev
Zach Ruble
Stefan Schmid
TJ Tollakson
Joe Umphenour
Robert Wade
Nick Waninger
Jason Watson
Tony White
Trevor Wurtele

PRO WOMEN

The race for the top spot on the podium for the women does not appear to be quite as cloudy.

Mirinda Carfrae certainly stands out in the crowd, but going into the race I personally am leaning toward Magali Tisseyre to regain her form soon and this could be the race. Heather Wurtelle and Amanda Lovato are also quite capable of landing a spot on the podium.

Kristin Andrews
Mirinda Carfrae
Morgan Chaffin
Ashley Clifford
Amber Ferreira
Annie Gervais
Jennie Hansen
Stephanie Jones
Rebekah Keat
Leslie LaMacchia
Heather Leiggi
Amanda Lovato
Amy Marsh
Mandy McLane
Jackie Pearce
Sarah Piampiano
Meldy Ramirez
Beth Shutt
Lesley Smith
CaitlinSnow
Jennifer Tetrick
Erica Urquiola
Magali Tisseyre
Natasha Van Der Merwe
Heather Wurtele

THE RACE

Although the race was greatly altered by Mother Nature it turned out to be an excellent race for top spot on the podium.

The short 2-mile run that replaced the cancelled swim meant that a large group of pro men hit the bike course together.

Ultimately it was the bike splits that decided the race.

It was just enough to give Trevor Wurtele of Canada a big enough cushion to hold off Richie Cunningham who ran the fastest run spit(1:13:02) of the day. Wurtele had the 2nd fastest run spit(1:13:36) but the cushion from the bike leg was just enough to allow him to hold on for the win.

TOP TEN PRO MEN IRONMAN 70.3(sort of)NEW ORLEANS

Wurtele, Trevor......................03:23:51 
Cunningham, Richie...................03:24:04 
Lowe, Tom............................03:24:05 
Tollakson, Tj........................03:24:51 
Evoe, Patrick........................03:25:43 
Kemp, Christian......................03:25:57 
Amorelli, Igor.......................03:27:02 
Lovato, Michael......................03:27:36 
McDonald, Chris......................03:28:11 
Ruble, Zach..........................03:32:26

Sarah Piampiano of Los Angeles used a great bike split to propel her to victory for the pro women.

TOP SEVEN PRO WOMEN IRONMAN 70.3 NEW ORLEANS

Piampiano, Sarah....................03:43:58 
Wurtele, Heather....................03:45:59 
Carfrae, Mirinda....................03:47:28 
Marsh, Amy..........................03:47:48 
Snow, Caitlin.......................03:48:59 
Tisseyre, Magali....................03:50:52 
Hansen, Jennie......................03:52:45

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