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The pro men lined up to experience the choppy waters at the Jumeirah Beach today and, clad in wetsuits, made quick work of the two lap course. Andy Potts led after the first loop and again at the end of the swim, posting a 22:19 split. Right behind was Manuel Küng who in turn led a big bunch out of the water. Most athletes were where they were expected to be, but Luke McKenzie was likely unhappy with the 24:30 swim split.
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During the bike leg the men were spread out for miles with large gaps between the athletes, as the 20-meter rule that had already been enforced in Bahrain was put to use here. But most of the men were even further apart. Martin Jensen ended with the fastest bike split of the day; the tall Dane cranked out an impressive 2:02:43 bike split. He moved into the lead around the halfway point of the bike. At around 53km the 5 Pros we mentioned earlier accidentally exited a roundabout too early, cutting off a section of the course and, putting them back into the lead. Several pros riding behind them noticed the faux-pas, and who chose the correct route, filed protests. In defense of the five athletes who took the "shortcut," the route was not crystal clear. As a result Martin Jensen caught some riders of that group again and that made it clear to him that something was not right. The Dane was then seen gesturing to officials, but the race ran its course. Terenzo Bozzone looked very strong at the front and Manuel Küng had simply a spectacular outing in Dubai. Bozzone and Küng reached the bike-run transition about 30 seconds apart, and Jensen and Raelert made it in about 2 minutes after the Kiwi.