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It is very rare to see athletes in close proximity on this undulating and very scenic course. Here Robert Franzin passed Giuliano Conconi on a climb. Conconi however finished the race in 14:22:53, 23 minutes ahead of Franzin.
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It was still very dark when the athletes emerged from the Lago Maggiore after that 1,000 meter swim.
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Once on the bikes it does not take very long for the course to point uphill. And with the rainy conditions in place athletes surely bundled up.
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The course has plenty of switchbacks and other athletes at times appear so close but still so far away.
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Smart decisions about gearing will help athletes on this course, but the climbing still has to be done. And with the focus required the scenery sometimes is impossible to appreciate.
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As mentioned earlier, road bikes are a very popular choice on this course, and aero helmets are also not very common.
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Up, up, and up we go.
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In the higher sections there was still plenty of snow.
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Sébastien Granié with bib 69 on the way to 25th place in a time of 13:33:04. Renaud Boulvert with bib 48 in the end finished 34th and a time of 14:00:33.
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On that final climb to the Kleine Scheidegg athletes are required to have a support person along, and here Valentine Moschini from Switzerland is all smiles on the way to a 15:23:04 time and 78th place overall.
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Colin Robinson from Ireland could have competed at home today at Ironman Cork, but he opted to challenge himself in Switzerland instead. His time of 14:56:51 meant 64th place for him.
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Swiss Chantal Hager finished right behind Colin Robinson in 14:57:27, and when you look closer you see that her support person is also displaying a badge with the matching bib number. This way officials know that everything is in order.
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Swiss Christian Bächli arm in arm with his support person.
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Brit Flora Colledge grabbed the win and thus repeated her title from 2018. Colledge also has a 3rd place at the 2018 Norseman Extreme Triathlon on her resume. Her winning 2019 Swissman time of 12:40:52 was good enough for 12th place overall.