Ironman Texas 70.3 2012 Results

Top pros do battle it out for top placings in Ironman Texas 70.3 2012 Results

In his first race as a pro, Lance Armstrong made believers of those who may have doubted his ability to make the transition from world class cyclist to pro triathlete.

AGE-GROUP RESULTS FOR 2012 IRONMAN TEXAS 70.3

He set the triathlon world on it’s ear by coming very close to winning his first race as a pro in Ironman Panama 70.3.

An incredibly strong field of pro triathletes will no doubt have a new respect for Lance as they wait expectantly at the Texas 70.3 swim start along Palm Beach on Sunday April 1, 2012.

The latest list of pro men who have entered this race is a veritable who’s who of the top pro triathletes in the world.

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Can Lance Win Ironman Texas 70.3?


Of course this list is subject to change and we will have to wait until race day to see who actually shows up at the swim start.

On that note, Chris Lieto has dropped out of the race because of his nagging Achilles tendon injury.

THE PRO MEN- tentative

Timothy O'Donnell.............USA
Sebastian Kienle..............DEU
Ronnie Schildknecht...........CHE
Lance Armstrong...............USA
TJ Tollakson..................USA
Justin Daerr..................USA
Bryan Rhodes..................NZL
Matthew Russell...............USA
Maxim Kriat...................UKR
Jozsef Major..................HUN
Tyler Lord....................CAN
Heath Thurston................USA
Axel Zeebroek.................BEL
Grant Glauser.................USA
Martin Lewinski...............POL
Robert Wade...................IRL
Trevor DELSAUT................FRA
Brandon Marsh.................USA
Dominik Berger................AUT
James Cotter..................NZL
James Duff....................USA
James LaMastra................USA
Csaba Kuttor..................HUN
Anthony Toth..................CAN
Jordan Jones..................USA
Trevor Wurtele................CAN
Herve FAURE...................FXX
Jack Smith....................USA
Jérémy JURKIEWICZ.............FRA
Dmitry Rostyagaev.............RUS
Rich Allen....................GBR
Brandon Jessop................USA
Balazs Csoke..................HUN
Stephane Poulat...............FRA
Michael Raelert...............DEU
James Bonney..................USA
Daniel Fontana................ITA
Marino VanHoenacker...........BEL
Logan Franks..................USA
Rusty Pruden..................USA

When the dust settles on the Ironman Texas 70.3 course on April 1st it will certainly be interesting to see which three of this impressive list of pro men will be standing on the podium.

It would be nothing short of a miracle to be able to pick the top three in this race(in any order), but I think I will give it a try because it really makes the race super-interesting when you stick your neck out and try and pick the winners.

There are a lot of excellent U.S.A. pros in this race but I have a feeling that there might only be one standing on the podium after the race. The international field is simply spectacular.

Ronnie Schildknecht, Sebastian Kienle, Axel Zeebroek, Balazs Csoke, Michael Raelert, and Marino Vanhoenacker are all quite capable of winning this race.

Michael Raelert, Marino Vanhoenacker, and Timothy O’Donnell are arguably the fastest runners in this field. However much depends on how much of a cushion the lead cyclists have heading into the bike/run transition.

There is no doubt in my mind that Lance realizes that he is going to have to push the pace on the bike course if he hopes to win this race. Most likely pushing right along-side him will be Sebastian Kienle and TJ Tollakson.

Sebastian Kienle has beaten Michael Raelert at the 70.3 distance and that sort of thickens the plot.

However my three picks are Lance Armstrong(who might just go into the run with a 4-6 minute lead), Marino Vanhoenacher, and Michael Raelert in that order. The really fast runners just might burn their legs out if they try and chase Lance on the bike.

The women’s race also promises to be hard-fought battle among a group of accomplished pros.

Once again Leanda Cave has had to withdraw from a race and she will not be at the start line. It’s believed she is fighting the same sickness that kept her out of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon.

It will be great to see Leanda racing again soon as she is certainly a force out on the Ironman Triathlon course and is missed.

THE PRO WOMEN- tentative

Kelly Williamson...............USA
Yvonne Van Vlerken.............NLD
Caitlin Snow...................USA
Amy Marsh......................USA
Heather Wurtele................CAN
Nina Kraft.....................DEU
Christie Sym...................AUS
Jessie Donavan.................USA
Margaret Shapiro.............. USA
Tami Ritchie...................USA
Tatiana Vertiz.................MEX
Sarah Piampiano................USA
Sierra Snyder..................USA
Anja Beranek...................DEU
Natasha Van Der Merwe..........ZAF
Erin Spitler...................USA
Corinne Abraham................GBR
Anne BASSO.....................FRA
Kim Schwabenbauer..............USA
Tamara Kozulina................UKR
Lesley Smith...................USA
Jennie Hansen..................USA
Jenny Fletcher.................CAN
JACQUI GORDON..................USA
Mandy McLane...................USA
Stephanie Jones................USA
Jessica Meyers.................USA
Caroline Gregory...............USA
Jessica Chong..................USA
Anna Cleaver...................NZL
Vanessa Berg...................USA
missy kuck.....................USA
April Gellatly.................USA
Jennifer Tetrick...............USA
Nicole Kelleher................USA
Carla Stampfli.................CHE

Most likely Kelly Williamson will go into this race as the favorite.

However my pick to win for the women is Nina Kraft who showed how tough she is while winning Ironman Louisville 2011. I sort of expect her to forge ahead in the bike and put up a hot pace on the run.

Heather Wurtelle is also a tough competitor and won Ironman Lake Placid 2011 and I pick Heather to finish in second place and Kelly Williamson to finish in third. Jessica Meyers also figures highly in this race.

Drop by Ironstruck.com on race day April 1, 2012 for the Ironman Texas 70.3 2012 race results as they unfold from the swim start to the finish line.

Don’t be shy. Make your picks and put them in the comment box below and see how you did once the dust settles.

For more information on the race and the Ironman Texas 70.3 course visit our Ironman Texas preview page.

RACE MORNING

It’s all business in the transition area as dawn breaks and the humidity hovers at 88% with an air temperature of 73F(23C) before the start gun even goes off.

Of course Lance Armstrong was the focus of attention at yesterday’s pre-race press conference and why not? He has injected a huge amount of interest in a sport that was already growing at a remarkable pace.

Even the best pros in the world are excited about having the chance to race against arguably one of the best cyclists the world has ever seen.

On a bit of a downer 2-time 70.3 World Champion Michael Raelert has been fighting a flu all week. However the good news is that he may try and compete anyway as the race commentators have spotted him in the transition area. He is one of my podium picks.

While waiting for the race to start have a look at the 2012 Ironman California 70.3 Results and the Ironman California 70.3 Age-Group results. It was a great race yesterday at Oceanside with gutsy performances by Andy Potts and Melanie McQuaid to hold on to their leads against a charging field and take the top spots on the podium.

THE RACE IS ON

As soon as the gun sounded Lance Armstrong was on the heels of the lead swimmer and got a great start.

Good to see that Michael Raelert is indeed racing and swimming well. Lance has settled back behind Michael, Stephan Poulat, and Tim O’Donnell.

Just a reminder that for more information on the race and the Ironman Texas 70.3 course visit our Ironman Texas preview page.

So often you will hear of an athlete being sick and then having a career day. Maybe it’s the forced rest, but spotters on the race course report that Michael Raelert is looking strongest of all in the water.

Marino Vanhoenacker is also looking great and so far my three picks to make the podium are in great position. Those picks are in order….Armstrong, Vanhoenacker, and Raelert. Not too late to put your picks in the comment section at the bottom of this page. After the swim it will be, but not yet.

Bryan Rhodes has been talking all week about how he was going to take on Lance Armstrong and now Bryan has powered to the front of the swim.

Michael Raelert and Stephan Poulat are trying to stay on his heels. Lance is in behind the leaders.

SWIM RESULTS

1 23:17 45 Michael Raelert Rostock DEU
2 23:18 0:02 32 Csaba Kuttor Budapest HUN
3 23:19 0:03 17 Axel Zeebroek Samr E BEL
4 23:20 0:03 44 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
5 23:20 0:04 2 Timothy Odonnell Boulder CO USA
6 23:22 0:06 28 James Cotter Austin TX NZL
7 23:22 0:06 38 Jeremy Jurkiewi Nice FRA
8 23:25 0:09 46 James Bonney Austin TX USA
9 23:25 0:09 9 Bryan Rhodes Rangiora CA NZL
10 23:26 0:10 39 Dmitry Rostyaga Rybinsk, Kamenn RUS
11 23:29 0:13 26 Brandon Marsh Austin TX USA
12 23:32 0:16 48 Marino Vanhoena Jabbeke BEL
13 23:34 0:18 7 Tj Tollakso Des Moines IA USA
14 23:35 0:19 27 Dominik Berger Hirschegg AUT
15 23:38 0:22 5 Lance Armstrong Austin TX USA

Basically the whole group of 15 came out of the water together and there is no real advantage here.

Obviously all the main players do not want to be left out of the front bike pack.

Timothy O’Donnell leads the way on the bike and all the main players are in contention.

Michael Raelert has now moved to the front. He’s pedaling at about 75-80 RPM.

Ann Cleaver is leading the way in the women’s race.

TOP PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM


1 25:20 85 Anna Cleaver Auckland AU NZL
2 25:33 0:14 61 Nina Kraft Clermont FL DEU
3 25:35 0:16 65 Tami Ritchie Ankeny IA USA
4 25:42 0:22 92 Carla Stamfli Solothurn CHE
5 25:46 0:26 55 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
6 25:51 0:31 59 Amy Marsh Austin TX USA
7 25:55 0:35 88 Missy Kuck Dayton OH USA
8 26:12 0:53 69 Anja Beranek Nuernberg DEU

Nina Kraft is my pick to win it all for the pro women.

Michael Raelert is in the front, but Lance Armstrong is passing pros like they’re pylons and is making a move.

Lance just went from fourth, third, second, and into the lead.

It’s carnage on the bike course deep in the heart of Texas.

Timothy O’Donnell and Michael Raelert continue to bike strongly as well.

TOP TEN WOMEN AT THE START OF THE BIKE

1 27:21 85 Anna Cleaver Auckland AU NZL
2 27:27 0:06 55 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
3 27:29 0:08 92 Carla Stamfli Solothurn CHE
4 27:35 0:14 65 Tami Ritchie Ankeny IA USA
5 27:39 0:18 61 Nina Kraft Clermont FL DEU
6 27:53 0:32 59 Amy Marsh Austin TX USA
7 28:10 0:49 88 Missy Kuck Dayton OH USA
8 28:18 0:57 69 Anja Beranek Nuernberg DEU
9 29:01 1:40 58 Caitlin Snow Brockton MA USA
10 29:02 1:41 91 Nicole Kelleher Charlotte VA USA

PRO MEN LEADERS AT MILE 10

Lance Armstrong 
Marino Vanhoenacker 
Bryan Rhodes 
Timothy Odonnell
Stephane Poulat

pro triathlete lance armstrong in panama

Lance showed in Panama that he can pretty good too.


Lance Armstrong is working on the minds of his competitors now. He just sat up and let all the other leaders pass him and got himself a drink at an aid station.

The other pros are looking back wondering what the Hell is going on. Nothing at all really. Lance is just messin’ with them and will take the lead back when he wants it.

Welcome to the Tour d’Texas.

The lead 8. Rhodes is in front, with Jeremy Jurkiewicz, O’Donnell, Vanhoenacker, Raelert, Poulat, Dmitry Rostyagaev and Lance Armstrong.

Kelly williamson pro triathlete

Kelly Williamson leads the women early on in the race


I still have this feeling that the only way Lance will win this race is to have a 3-4 minute lead going into the run. Have to see how this plays out and just what his strategy is.

TOP SIX WOMEN AT 10 MILES

Kelly Williamson 
Carla Stamfli  
Anna Cleaver  
Anja Beranek
Missy Kuck
Amy Marsh

A group of three men tried to break away and Lance just drew them back so they eased off.

Steven Poulat and Raelert are trying to make a break again but Lance is on the move once again.

Ironman pro Lance armstrong on Texas bike course

Lance has been taking on nutrition since the bike began.


Lance blows by everyone and is back in the lead once again. He just passed a group of eight leaders and they are trying to keep up.

Lance is pushing the pace and all the others are struggling to keep up. Michael Raelert has a flat tire and loses time to the leaders.

One theory is that Lance keeps waiting for the headwind to pick up and then forces the issue. According to on site reports the winds have picked up again just as Lance made his big move to the front.

Kelly Williamson is still leading the women’s race with Amy Marsh second, Anja Barenek 3rd, Missy Kuck fourth and Carla Stampfli fifth. Only 1:11 separates the lead women.

Lance Armstrong has made the turn and is on his way back to transition and is creating a break from the others. This may be where he tries to get the 3-4 minute break from the field I was talking about earlier.

PRO MEN AT 28 MILE MARK

1 1:32:17 5 Lance Armstrong Austin TX USA
2 1:33:06 0:49 2 Timothy Odonnell Boulder CO USA
3 1:33:08 0:52 44 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
4 1:33:10 0:53 38 Jeremy Jurkiewi Nice FRA
5 1:33:12 0:55 48 Marino Vanhoenacker Jabbeke BEL
6 1:33:51 1:34 3 Sebastian Kienle Hohenklingen DEU
7 1:33:54 1:37 45 Michael Raelert Rostock DEU
8 1:34:53 2:37 39 Dmitry Rostyaga Rybinsk, Kamenn RUS
9 1:34:57 2:40 9 Bryan Rhodes Rangiora CA NZL
10 1:35:06 2:50 46 James Bonney Austin TX USA
11 1:35:14 2:57 28 James Cotter Austin TX NZL
12 1:35:18 3:02 4 Ronnie Schildknecht Samstagern CHE
13 1:36:39 4:22 41 Rich Allen Statesville NC GBR

You would have thought that Sebastian Kienle and Lance Armstrong would have been fighting it out early on in the bike, but Kienle is just now starting to make a strong move.

It would be no surprise is he was into transition in second place.

It was also thought that strong cross winds would play into Lance’s hands in this race and that’s exactly what has happened. Lance can pull away and the others can’t really feed off each other with a cross-wind blowing them all over the road.

At the 35-mile mark Lance is leading by 50 seconds over Poulat and 1:20 over the chasing pack. With all the great runners in this field, Lance will most likely need a much bigger cushion in order to win.

Amy Marsh has taken over the lead for the pro women.

Poulat is 37 seconds back of lance Armstrong. Kienle, O’Donnell, Vanhoenacker and Jurkiewicz are 1:13 down. Michael Raelert is 2:40 down.

The biggest challenge for Lance might be from Kienle who is biking strongly and is also the only man to have beaten Michael Raelert in an Ironman 70.3 distance.

Lance has just 10 miles to go to the transition.

At 45 miles Lance has a 15 second lead on Poulat, 1:03 on Kienle, and 1:30 on O’Donnell and Vanhoehnacker.

Yvonne Van Vierken can run like the wind and this race may be setting up well for her.


It sure doesn’t seem like enough but I guess we will soon see how much Lance’s running has improved since Ironman Panama 70.3.

Amy Marsh still leads for the women just ahead of Anja Beranek, then Kelly Williamson 55 back, Missy Kuck 4th, and Yvonne(speedy Gonzales)Van Vierken in fifth. This race may be setting up for Yvonne who can run like the wind.

Nina Kraft where are you?? Probably jinxed Nina by picking her to win today.

The lead bikers should be in transition shortly. Poulat is virtually right behind Lance at mile 51.

Anja Beranek has moved to the front of the woman’s race.

Lance is just pulling into the Transition area with Poulat right with him. The gap to Kienle is 47 seconds, O’Donnell 1:40, Vanhoenacker is at 1:42. Jurkiewiecz is at 2:12, then a group that includes Schildknecht, Raelert and James Bonney at 3:36.

Before Ironman Panama I remember saying on the pre-race page that the only thing in question was Lance’s run fitness and he might be caught in the run. Of course he was by speed Olympian Bevan Docherty.

However, you can be certain that Lance worked on his run between then and now and we will soon know if it is enough for him to be able to hold on.

LEADERS OUT OF TRANSITION TWO

1 2:30:35 5 Lance Armstrong Austin TX USA
2 2:30:50 0:16 44 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
3 2:31:34 1:00 3 Sebastian Kienle Hohenklingen DEU
4 2:32:33 1:59 2 Timothy Odonnell Boulder CO USA
5 2:32:35 2:01 48 Marino Vanhoenacker Jabbeke BEL
6 2:33:36 3:02 38 Jeremy Jurkiewi Nice FRA
7 2:34:14 3:39 45 Michael Raelert Rostock DEU
8 2:34:17 3:43 4 Ronnie Schildknecht Samstagern CHE
9 2:34:23 3:49 46 James Bonney Austin TX USA

Poulat passes Lance early in the run and Lance is following close behind. As expected Michael Raelert is charging up through the field.

Kienle blows by Lance and is chasing after Poulat.

TOP TEN BIKE SPLITS FOR THE PRO MEN

1 2:31:54 5 Lance Armstrong Austin TX USA
2 2:32:05 0:11 44 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
3 2:32:34 0:41 3 Sebastian Kienle Hohenklingen DEU
4 2:33:30 1:36 2 Timothy Odonnell Boulder CO USA
5 2:33:43 1:50 48 Marino Vanhoenacker Jabbeke BEL
6 2:34:48 2:54 38 Jeremy Jurkiewi Nice FRA
7 2:35:14 3:21 45 Michael Raelert Rostock DEU
8 2:35:22 3:28 4 Ronnie Schildknecht Samstagern CHE
9 2:36:03 4:10 46 James Bonney Austin TX USA
10 2:38:37 6:44 28 James Cotter Austin TX NZL

Timothy O’Donnell is also making a move and it getting set to pass Lance Armstrong.

Kienle is struggling and all the leaders are coming together. Lance is moving back into second and Timothy is right behind him. Wow! What a race!

pro triathlete Lance Armstrong leads Ironman Texas bike

Lance Armstrong first to the bike/run transition


Raelert and Vanhoenacker are also closing on the front and will soon be joining the fray. Lance is now in second.

I wonder if Lance is playing possum? In Panama he took off like a shot right at the start of the run. His strategy may be to leave it until later this time and let others take the lead.

We will soon know.

TOP PRO WOMEN INTO BIKE/RUN TRANSITION

1 2:52:27 69 Anja Beranek Nuernberg DEU
2 2:52:37 0:11 59 Amy Marsh Austin TX USA
3 2:53:36 1:10 57 Yvonne Van Vler Schwarzach NLD
4 2:54:19 1:53 55 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
5 2:54:47 2:21 88 Missy Kuck Dayton OH USA
6 2:55:31 3:05 90 Jennifer Tetrick Millville CA USA
7 2:55:37 3:11 67 Sarah Piampian Los Angeles CA USA

PRO MEN AT 4.5 MILES INTO THE RUN

1 2:56:26 3 Sebastian Kienle Hohenklingen DEU
2 2:57:01 0:35 5 Lance Armstron Austin TX USA
3 2:57:01 0:35 44 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
4 2:57:17 0:52 2 Timothy Odonnell Boulder CO USA
5 2:58:45 2:20 45 Michael Raelert Rostock DEU
6 2:58:52 2:27 4 Ronnie Schildknecht Samstagern CHE
7 2:59:00 2:35 48 Marino Vanhoenacker Jabbeke BEL 

Timothy O’Donnell passes Lance and takes over second place, but Lance still looking strong.

PRO MEN AT 7.2 MILES

1 3:12:47 3 Sebastian Kienle Hohenklingen DEU
2 3:13:50 1:04 2 Timothy Odonnell Boulder CO USA
3 3:13:55 1:09 5 Lance Armstrong Austin TX USA
4 3:14:50 2:03 4 Ronnie Schildknecht Samstagern CHE
5 3:15:07 2:21 45 Michael Raelert Rostock DEU
6 3:15:09 2:23 44 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA

PRO WOMEN EARLY IN THE RUN

1 3:11:39 55 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
2 3:12:08 0:29 59 Amy Marsh Austin TX USA
3 3:12:42 1:03 57 Yvonne Van Vler Schwarzach NLD
4 3:12:59 1:20 69 Anja Beranek Nuernberg DEU

Kelly Williamson’s championship form is beginning to show. I picked her for third today and really thought Nina Kraft would be giving her a good challenge.

I have no idea where Nina is right now.

My other podium pick, Heather Wurtelle is currently in 9th place about 5 minutes back.

Kelly Williamson pro triathlete

Kelly Williamson is tough when she has the lead on the run.


Marino Vanhoenacker has virtually packed it in. The blistering bike pace is beginning to take it’s toll.

Timothy O’Donnell is making up time on the leader Kienle and Michael Raelert has just passed Lance Armstrong to move into 4th place behind Schildknecht.

There is just 1.5 miles to go!

It looks like a sprint to the finish between Timothy O’Donnell and Kienle.

They are taking turns surging to the front.

Timothy O’Donnell is the winner of Ironman Texas 70.3.

Top ten finishers and pro woman results to follow shortly…

TOP SEVEN PRO MEN

3:47:40..............Timothy O'Donnell 
3:48:03..............Sebastian Kienle 
3:48:49..............Ronnie Schildknecht 
3:50:08..............Michael Raelert 
3:52:35..............Stephane Poulat 
3:54:32..............Jordan Jones 
3:54:32..............Lance Armstrong

Well my three podium picks are in the top 7, but none were able to break into the top three.

A great finish by Jordan Jones who virtually came out of nowhere to take 6th spot.

Barring a major catastrophe Kelly Williamson should be the winner today for the pro women. She continues to build on her lead.

With less than a mile to go Kelly has a 5:01 lead on Van Lierken.

Kelly Williamson is the 2012 Ironman Texas 70.3 champion with a strong effort on the run course.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN

4:13:27...............Kelly Williams 
4:18:47...............Yvonne Van Vlerken 
4:20:16...............Amy Marsh 
4:22:03...............Caitlin Snow 
4:25:27...............Margaret Shapiro 
4:26:43...............Sarah Piampiano 
4:29:12...............Anja Beranek 
4:29:34...............Heather Wurtele 
4:30:00...............Jessie Donavan 
4:31:09...............Jennifer Tetrick

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