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A beautiful day greeted the SWISSMAN athletes, volunteers and crew, and with only 241 athletes at the start there is very little congestion on the course, and non of those pesky drafting pelotons.
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After a boat trip across Lake Maggiore the athletes arrive early in the morning in Brissago to start their 226km adventure at 5am.
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During that 3.8km swim in Lake Maggiore surrounded by majestic alpine peaks.
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Finally reaching land again in Ancona and ready for a long and challenging bike ride across three mountain passes.
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Kristian Horne exited the water in just about an hour and this Norwegian with plenty of NORSEMAN experience counted as one of the favorites
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Relaxed in the aerobars before it goes up, up and up, but many athletes in this race opt to compete on a road bike.
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Swiss Alain Friedrich took charge on his Cervelo P5 early on and pulled away from the competition, to be not seen again.
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A blue sky and moderate temps made going up these switchbacks much more enjoyable.
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This early in the morning the mountain towns are still quiet.
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Definitely more cow bell. Welcome support along the course.
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As we said earlier, many athletes chose to ride road bikes to tackle the three mountain passes.
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The view from above shows the challenging switchbacks.
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Race leader Alain Friedrich had a massive advantage but did not know how close the competition was.
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Kristian Horne on the way to 8th place in the race. This however meant he did not beat his bib number #6.
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Thank god for friends being allowed to join athletes during the run, otherwise it could be a very lonely affair.
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Swiss Gabriel Hopf had a tight battle with Norwegian Trond Atle Smedsrud all day but he prevailed in the end to grab second place.
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Belgian Dieter Debruyne on the way to 6th place.
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Race champion Alain Friedrich after the finish. His Garmin Fenix watch shows a running time of 4:20:46 for the hilly 42.64 km segment.
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The female champion Tabea Rügge looked completely relaxed - or possibly happy that it is over.