Local hero Dreitz wins Challenge Roth
The day may have been overcast with clouds and drops of rain, but the home crowds were anything but when it became clear a home victory was likely, as local boy Andi Dreitz powered his way round.
Jesper Svensson from Sweden was first out of the 3.8km swim in 49:46mins, with Kiwi Braden Currie 30secs behind in a time of 50:16, followed by Andy Potts from the USA in 50:20. Fourth out was David McNamee from Britain in 50:21 and Dreitz was fifth in 51:28.
Dreitz led the race from 40km on the bike claiming the fastest 180km split of the day in 4:13:12, but his lead into T2 was tight with Andi Bocherer from Germany just 3secs behind and Potts 3:11 away. The three Andys had dominated the bike leg at Roth.
However, Dreitz wasn’t going to relinquish his lead and by 8km he had 1:28mins of daylight over Bocherer. Potts had slipped to fourth behind Australian Cameron Wurf, who, after a disappointing swim that left him at the back of the field, had powered through the pack on his bike, and was now doing the same on the run.
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Bocherer also started to fall down the field and swim leader Svensson soon overtook him, running a 2:48:43 marathon to claim second place in 8:02:20. Wurf finished in third, in a time of 8:04:08.