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Austrian 2004 Olympic mountain biker Michael Weiss wasn't satisfied with his 2nd, 3rd and 3rd placer finishes at Maui. So he uncorked a dominating 1:19:32 bike and won his first XTERRA world title.
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Jimmy Riccitello won the first XTERRA World Championship in 1996, and offers some of his wisdom to good friend Juan Pelota aka Lance Armstrong
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XTERRA Maui starts with the Star Spangled banner and a traditional Hawaiian blessing.
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Six hundred age groupers and 75 pros charge into the tropical blue waters of Kapalua.
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Lance Armstrong emerges from the swim just 35 seconds back of Jan Frodeno's 20:24.
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Marion Lorblanchet of France swam 24:17, biked 1:37:12 and ran 46:50 to finish 2:09 behind winner Lesley Paterson -- improving on her 3rd place finish of 2010.
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XTERRA armies hit the beach.
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Beijing Olympic men's triathlon champion Jan Frodeno said he was just on vacation. But he had a TV helicopter escort as he started the day close to the front.
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Josiah Middaugh had the second fastest bike split, just 91 seconds slower than Michi Weiss, but Middaugh said he didn’t have his run legs and finished 4th.
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Lesley Paterson suffered a flat and finished the bike a seemingly impossible 6 minutes back of Melanie McQuaid. But her 43:54 run matched the men's winner and propelled her to the lead with a mile to go.
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Dan Hugo carried the flag for South Africa when asthma attacks took Conrad Stoltz out of the game. At the end, Hugo was 33 seconds out of the victory.
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Lance Armstrong took the lead about 4 miles into the bike and held on until Michi Weiss made a surge at Mile 14. Ultimately, Lance said he paid the price for redlining the swim and the bike and fell back to 23rd place.
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Brian Astell charged through the trees on his way to 35th place.
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Michael Weiss started the run with a 45 seconds lead and held off Dan Hugo by 33 seconds for the win.
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Like Michael Weiss, 3-time XTERRA World Champion Eneko Llanos was on a mission to atone for a DNF at Kona two weeks prior. To a lesser degree, the Spaniard did so with a 3rd place finish.
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Llanos' countryman Ivan Rana, the 2002 ITU Olympic distance World Champion and 5th place finisher at the Beijing Olympics, parlayed the 4th fastest 42:26 run to 5th place in his XTERRA debut.
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Olivier Marceau of Switzerland, the 2000 ITU Olympic distance World Champion and 2004, 2006 and 2007 XTERRA Worlds runner-up, placed 6th.
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Lesley Paterson tumbled on the rocks with a mile to go but jumped right up to take the win.
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Sadly, Melanie McQuaid's brave quest to take her 4th XTERRA World Championship ended when she collapsed a quarter mile from the finish.
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Renata Bucher of Switzerland celebrated her 4th place finish by jumping in the Ritz Carlton pool.