The pro from team erdinger-alkoholfrei finished third in a strong field of starters behind start-finish winner daniel baekkegard (denmark) and his german compatriot sebastian kienle.
Failed start a week earlier
One week after the race in davos (switzerland), which was cancelled due to a thunderstorm, the 31-year-old michelauer took on the ironman half-distance again in estonia. In 70.3 races were in tallinn over 800 athletes over the 1.9 kilometer swim, 90 kilometer bike and the half marathon (21.1 km), including over 100 from germany. The swim, however, was not in the baltic sea, but in lake harku. In the field of 17 professional men, baekkegard already set himself apart in the swim. The dane came out of the water after 22:45 minutes. The first chasers were nils frommhold (berlin) and the hungarian balasz csoke with a gap of 90 seconds. Dreitz had 30 seconds later solid ground under his feet again.
Dane can’t be caught
On the bike baekkegard kept the competition at a distance. From behind kienle closed the gap to dreitz and frommhold. The german trio further shortened the gap to the danes. When he switched to the half marathon, he still had a 15 and 18 second lead over dreitz and kienle, respectively. Frommhold was not able to follow the bike-asses, but finished the race in 5th place behind the finnish rider henrik goesch.