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As the men headed back towards the transition area the 2014 IRONMAN World Champion Sebastian Kienle set the pace.
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Defending champion Jan Frodeno was at the front most of the day and rode a very smart race. His bike split was 4:29 even and eventually the 2nd win in Kona.
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American Andy Potts was among the early pace dictators but eventually he did pay the price for that effort. His bike time was 4:35:46
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With so many fast Germans here Andreas Raelert few a bit under the media radar, but that was not so with the referees and he got a penalty early. He ended up with a 4:46:07 bike time a dropped out during the run.
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American Ben Hoffman looked solid all day and he also was also always near the front. His bike time was 4:28:06 and he finished 4th.
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Sebastian Kienle put his head down and pushed hard, but in the end he had to settle for the second best bike split in a time of 4:23:55.
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Aussie Luke McKenzie dug very deep and set the pace for a long stretch coming back from Hawi. He had a 4:27:55 bike time but it cost him during the run.
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The custom Trek Speed Concept and matching kit of Tim O'Donnell was very distinctive. His bike split 4:29:10.
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German Boris Stein had the fastest bike split this year with a time of 4:23:04.
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Eneko Llanos had a 4:30:38 bike split, but his run was not as good as he wanted.
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German Andi Böcherer also came to Kona under the radar, but he cranked out a 4:28:07 and finished 5th overall.
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After a 56:41 swim Lionel Sanders rode a very fine 4:26:35 but his running legs were not there.
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South African James Cunnama likely had bigger hopes for Kona. In the end he rode a 4:38:33.
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Frederik Van Lierde was among several pros who were sent to the penalty tent. His bike split was 4:35:33.
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Ronnie Schildknecht rode the new BMC Timemachine in Kona to a 4:35:02.
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American Jordan Rapp was dropped from the chasing bike pack and he rode 4:35:03.
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Tim Berkel did not have a good day either and rode 4:48:11, but he run sub 3 to bring him inside the top 20.
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The front of the field not far from downtown Kona.
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Head down and go.
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Patrick Lange of Germany is the newest Canyon athlete and it paid well. He finished 3rd overall.
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