Timo Bracht has lead a world class field and taken out one of the biggest triathlon races on the planet. The former Ironman Western Austalia winner showed some more fancied opponents a clean set of heels to win Challenge Roth 2014.
July 20, 2014 “Germany’s Timo Bracht stormed home to take an historic victory at the 30th anniversary race of the DATEV Challenge Roth on Sunday. Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae ran herself in the history books posting the second fastest ever run split (2:53:27) to claim a ‘rookie’ Roth win.
The win delighted the record crowd gathered in Roth willing Bracht to a home victory with the father of two crossing the finish line in 7hrs 57min 44sec.
The 39-year-old is a veteran and produced a controlled and patient performance to over come Nils Frommhold at the 31km mark of the run, after Frommhold led the race for most of the day just falling short of a dream win.
For Bracht it was an emotional and satisfying win to finally stand on top of the podium after finishing second in 2012 and third last year.
“I dreamed ten years to win this race, the whole day has been very emotional the crowd were amazing when I felt down they brought me back,” said Bracht.
“It was a fantastic day you need that day to win big races and today I brought it all to the race course,” he said.
“But dreaming along doesn’t work and the will to go was the key to success today,” said Bracht.
Frommhold was first to exit the 3.8km swim from Pete Jacobs (Aust), defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), Eneko Llanos (ESP), and Bracht in the top ten. The surprise was pre race favourite Luke McKenzie exiting 3mins behind the leaders.
It wasn’t the best of days for McKenzie losing his nutrition on the bike but like the champion he is battled on to eventually finish 11th.
Onto the bike it was a group of 11 that formed at the front of the field and they settled in to a steady pace.
There were a number of lead changes in the early stages Andreas Niedrig took a turn at the front along with Jacobs for a short spell. For Jacobs it was not his finest day in Roth as he struggled in the final stages of the bike and battled on to finish.
As they approached the 130km mark it was Frommhold who opened up a lead of over a minute to the chasers and eventually had a gap of 2min 40sec at the changeover from Markus Fachbach, Bracht, Bockel and Llanos. Frommhold’s bike split (4:15:16) was the eight fastest on record.
As they hit the final 42.2km run leg Frommhold’s lead was out to 4min 33sec but the experienced pair of Bracht and Bockel set about taking back time.
Behind was a real battle for third; Bockel was holding on but Australia’s Joe Gambles was making a real charge. Bockel couldn’t hold the pace as the heat was taking its toll on the field.
At the half-marathon mark the gap between Frommhold and Bracht remained at over 3mins but the experience of Bracht showed, his patience and ability to stick to his plan paid off as he finally took the lead at the 31km mark and never looked back, eventually winning his first DATEV Challenge Roth in a time of 7:56:01.
Frommhold was thrilled with his second place and Llanos won the battle for the final podium spot.
“On the bike I wanted to show them what I got. And it went even better than planed,” said Frommhold. “I’ve given it my all, but in the end it wasn’t enough. I’ll definitely be back, because this was an incredible event,” said Frommhold.
|Bracht, Timo (GER)
|Frommhold, Nils (GER)
|Llanos, Eneko (ESP)
|Gambles, Joe (AUS)
|Cunnama, James (RSA)
|Bockel, Dirk (LUX)
|RÃ¼nz, Michael (GER)
|Vistica, Andrej (CRO)
|Smits, Roeland (NED)
|Mckenzie, Luke (AUS)