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Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team: Ready for 2015!

2014 was an amazing year for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team with 21 victories and a total of 46 podium finishes, including 4 continental Championship titles and the women’s victory in Challenge Bahrain. In almost 70% of the races, the Uplace-BMC athletes placed on the podium. The team also delivered a solid performance in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii with 5 athletes in the top 12.

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Liz Blatchford 3rd and Romain Guillaume 4th in the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia

The last race weekend of 2014 was another success weekend for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team. After the impressive performance of Helle Frederiksen yesterday in Challenge Bahrain, Liz Blatchford and Romain Guillaume were triggered to do the same in the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia. With a strong 3rd place of Liz and a solid 4th place of Romain, the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon ends the 2014 season with 21 victories and 46 podium finishes. In the women's race, Britta Martin (NZE), the winner of 2012, took the victory in 08:56:33, breaking the race record with more than 3 minutes. Maureen Hufe (GER), who was leading most of the race, came second 03:47 behind Martin. Liz Blatchford from the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team, who lost 8 minutes due to 2 drafting penalties, finished third 5:36 behind the winner. In the men's race Denis CHEVROT (FRA: 8:05:57) took the win followed by Patrik NILSSON (SWE: 8:12:10) and Per BITTNER (GER: 8:14:36). Only 2 months after his top 10 finish in Hawaii, Romain GUILLAUME from the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team took fourth after a strong performance in 8:21:14.

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Helle Frederiksen wins Challenge Bahrain

What an excellent result for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team, Helle Frederiksen won in spectacular style Challenge Bahrain. In a world-class field, Helle won in an amazing time of 03:55:50, Rachel Joyce (GER) came second 2:25 behind, while Jodie Swallow (GBR), who was leading most of the race, came third 2:49 back. In the men's race, it became a German duel to battle for the win on the flat and fast roads of Bahrain. After a great run, Michael Raelert (GER) won in 03:36:04, Andreas Dreitz (GER) who was outstanding on the bike came second 02:19 back, Tim Reed (AUS) completed the podium 03:22 behind Raelert. Dirk Bockel from the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team had to withdraw halfway through the bike leg due to a recurring hip injury.

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Liz Blatchford wins Challenge Forster

It was a master class performance of Liz Blatchford from the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team to win her Challenge debut in Forster. Liz BLATCHFORD (AUS) led from start to finish and won in 04:15:02. Lisa MARANGON came second (AUS: 04:26:02), while Jessica FLEMING finished third (AUS: 04:28:07).

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Helle Frederiksen 2nd in the Challenge Paguera-Mallorca (European championship half distance)

Another great performance of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team, Helle Frederiksen came second in the Challenge Paguera-Mallorca, which is also the European championship half distance. Lisa Hütthaler (AUS), won in 04:25:27, Helle Frederiksen who was leading most of the race came second on 1:54 (DEN; 04:27:21), while Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN; 04:44:17) took bronze and gave Denmark a second European medal.

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A very solid team performance: 5 top 12 places in Ironman Hawaii

After a great season for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team with 19 victories and 42 podiums, the team delivered a solid performance in the Ironman World Championship of Hawaii with 5 athletes in the top 12. The race conditions on the Big Island proved its iconic status with the strongest field of contenders and extreme weather today: strong currents, heavy winds and a burning heat. In the men's field, Sebastian Kienle performed the race of his life by blowing away the competition. The 28-year-old German realized his childhood dream with a strong finish in 8:14:18 before - the surprise of the day - Ben Hofman (USA: 8:19:23) and his fellow countryman Jan Frodeno (GER: 8:20:32). Bart Aernouts came 9th in 8:28:28, while the young French man, Romain Guillaume, made the perfect race and pushed himself into the top 10 in the last 3km of the race in 8:30:15. Ronnie Schildknecht had a consistent race and moved up through the race to a top 12 position in 8:33:35. Axel Zeebroek did what he could today, but the legs went after 60k and withdrew from the race. In the women's race, Miranda Carfrae started in T2 11:15 back on Daniela Ryf, like last year she ran an incredible marathon in 2:50:26 - 4 minutes faster than Kienle. Daniela Ryf (SUI: 9:02:57) who was in the lead for 90% of the race had to consolidate for second. Rachel Joyce (GBR: 9:04:23) took the third place. Our Liz Blatchford came 10th after a consistent race. European Champion Corinne Abraham had a difficult swim, a tough bike leg with a penalty, but with the 3rd fastest marathon she managed to get 11th. It was not the day of Sofie Goos, she left the chubby sea much later than expected, the bike went well until 140km but then it was over. Her start of the marathon was slow, it was both conditional and mentally demanding. She did not give up and finished in 42nd position. For the post-race reactions, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cH36hXoQnQ&list=PLro3Y6W3uz771Ox5s9GMg8CF7Qp3nxfKN&index=14

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Will Clarke & Helle Frederiksen win Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote Romain Guillaume 3rd, Axel Zeebroek 9th

The red squad of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team was well represented in Lanzarote with 4 athletes at the start line: Helle Frederiksen, Will Clarke, Romain Guillaume and Axel Zeebroek. In the men's race, Will Clarke (GBR: 04:04:16) took the win in a close battle with Victor Del Corral (ESP: 04:04:22) and his team mate Romain Guillaume coming in third (FRA: 04:06:53). In the women's race, our Hy-vee US Champion, Helle Frederiksen (DEN: 04:29:58) dominated from start to finish smashing the course record by 10 minutes. Lucy Gossage (GBR: 04:50:04) came second more than 20 minutes behind Frederiksen, while Nicole Woysch (GER: 05:03:28) came third with a gap of 33 minutes on our winner.

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Bart Aernouts finished 8th in the Subaru Ironman 70.3 World Championship Mont Tremblant, Will Clarke 10th, Helle Frederiksen did not finish

Today Mont Tremblant in Quebec was the scenery of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. With an amazing world class field, it became the clash of the titans. The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team was present with 3 athletes: Bart Aernouts and Will Clarke finished respectively 8th and 10th, while Helle Frederiksen withdrew after losing her podium chances due to a penalty call. In the men's competition, the race is won by Javier Gomez (ESP: 03:41:30), followed by Jan Frodeno (GER: 03:42:11) and Tim Don (GBR: 03:44:38). We notice two world Olympic-distance champs along with an Olympic gold medalist on the podium. In the women's field, the rising star, Daniela Ryf (SUI:04:09:19) takes the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, after winning the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden and the Ironman of Copenhagen earlier this year. Jodie Swallow (GBR: 04:11:43) took the silver medal on 2:24 of Ryf, while Heather Wurtele (CAN: 4:14:55) got bronze with a gap of 5:36 on Ryf.

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Helle Frederiksen wins Hy-Vee 5150 US Pro Championships; Liz Blatchford 11th

Another great weekend for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team, Helle Frederiksen has won today’s Hy-Vee 5150 US Pro Championships. Clocking in at 01:54:44, Helle Frederiksen edged out Alicia Kaye (CAN; 01:55:52) and Jodie Swallow (UK; 01:56:09) for the win in Des Moines. Her Uplace-BMC teammate Liz Blatchford finished eleventh.

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The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team is ready for the championships

After a very successful start of the season, our team is ready for the championships. We will be widely present in the different championships. Starting this Sunday with the US Championships 5150 in Hyvee, where Helle Frederiksen and Liz Blatchford will fight for the title.

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