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Ironman 70.3 St. Croix Preview

Naeth, Kriat, Bozzone, Potts, and Armstrong headline Sunday's race.

Sunday’s Ironman St. Croix is shaping up to be another day of exciting racing.

Featuring the famous “The Beast” climb (600 feet and averages 14 percent of incline), Ironman St. Croix’s challenging bike course favours the cycling skills of Canada’s own Angela Naeth, who finished second last year to the UK’s Catriona Morrison. Fellow Canadians Marie Danais, Jenny Fletcher, Stephanie Ossenbrink, and Sara Gross will join her on the start line. Challenging Naeth for the win will be Germany’s Nina Kraft, and Americans Mary Beth Ellis, and Kim Loeffler.

On the men’s side, the Ukraine’s Maxim Kriat is back to defend his title, and he can look forward to battling it out with the 2010 winner Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand, Argentina’s Oscar Galindez, Belgian Frederik Van Lierde, and Americans Andy Potts, and Lance Armstrong. Canadians Dave Harju, Grant Burwash, Tyler Lord, Eliot Holtham, and Ryan Power will be in the mix in a race that should feature on heck of a bike battle.

Ironman 70.3 St. Croix is one of the few 70.3 races that offers age groupers both Ironman Hawaii Qualifying spots (30), and Ironman 70.3 World Championship spots (30).

The list of professionals expected to race is below:

Men

Women

Dave Harju CAN

Grant Burwash CAN

Tyler Lord CAN

Ryan Power CAN

Eliot Holtham CAN

Lance Armstrong

Maxim Kriat

Andy Potts

Terenzo Bozzone

Oscar Galindez

Frederik Van Lierde

Mac Brown

Ed Donner

Ciro Violin

Alessandro Degasperi

Teemu Kyllonen

Damon Barnett

Andres Castillo

Erich Wegscheider

Kyle Pawlaczyk

Zach Ruble

St├ęphane Poulat

Edgardo Omar Velez

Mitch Robbins

Angela Naeth CAN

Sara Gross CAN

Marie Danais CAN

Jenny Fletcher CAN

Stephanie Ossenbrink CAN

Nina Kraft

Kelly Fillnow

Mary Beth Ellis

Stephanie Jones

Leslie LaMacchia

Kim Loeffler

Tamsin Lewis