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There were quite a few expectations resting on those shoulders.
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Julie Dibens was also considerate a favorite for the title despite her recent podium finish in Kona.
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All lined up for the prayer before the race.
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The bikes meanwhile await the action.
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Branden Rakita storming out of the water.
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Conrad Stoltz took the lead in no time.
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While some people opt to walk up, others have less issue riding here.
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Melanie McQuaid was riding in 3rd position and had high aspirations.
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Carina Wasle catching age grouper James Schnauer
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Defending champion Eneko Llanos is nicely camouflaged here.
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The bike course in Maui is quite tough.
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Oh yes, we are in Hawaii.
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Michael Weiss on his way to 3rd place.
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Time for the running action.
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Olivier Marceau can taste the finish line at this point.
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A very happy Conrad Stoltz crosses the line with 5 minutes to spare and his 4th XTERRA World Championship title.
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Marion Lorblanchet grabbed 3rd place.
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Not a bad performance by Shonny Vanlandingham at age 41.
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Utterly exhausted in paradise.
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Just in case we forgot where we were.