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Helle Frederiksen 2nd in IM 70.3 Monterrey

Helle Frederiksen took second place in her first race of the season, finishing the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Monterrey with a time of 04:13:35. Heather Wurtele (04:07:47) of Canada won the race; Caitlin Snow (US; 4:15:17) rounded out the pro women’s podium.

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Bart Aernouts 4th in Abu Dhabi SD, Ronnie Schildknecht 5th

Bart Aernouts has taken fourth place in today’s Abu Dhabi short distance triathlon. Ronnie Schildknecht finished fifth. Bart completed the 1.5 km swim, 100 km bike leg and 10 kilometer run in 3:17:11, just 12 seconds shy of a first podium finish of the season. Ronnie’s final time was 3:17:54. British powerhouse brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee crossed the finish line together for the win while setting a new course record of 3:12:21. Ruedi Wild (Switzerland; 3:16:59) came in third.

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Big race weekend with Abu Dhabi International Triathlon & IM 70.3 Monterrey

The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team is literally all over the map this weekend as Bart Aernouts and Ronnie Schildknecht take on the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon (short course) and Helle Frederiksen starts her season in the Ironman 70.3 Monterrey. Don't miss any of the action and we live blog both races live right here!

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Introducing the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team webshop

We have received many questions about the Uplace-BMC materials and their customized red, white and black design. That is why we are happy to announce the Uplace-BMC webshop is now open for business. It features Pearl Izumi tri tops and shorts, bike clothing and accessories, adidas eyewear sunglasses, fi'zi:k saddles, Tacx water bottles and more.

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Romain Guillaume forced to abandon Ironman New Zealand

Romain Guillaume’s first full distance Ironman of the year ended in disappointment today as the Uplace-BMC athlete had to retire from the Ironman New Zealand halfway into the marathon. Marko Albert from Estonia won the race in 8:17:33. Local favorites Cameron Brown (8:21:55) and Terenzo Bozzone (8:28:56) completed the podium. Meredith Kessler (USA; 09:08:46) won the women’s title for the third year in a row. Gina Crawford (09:15:53) and Candice Hammond (09:30:04), both from New Zealand, came in second and third.

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Follow it live: Romain Guillaume in IM New Zealand

On March 1, Romain Guillaume tackles one of his most important races of the year, IM New Zealand. Follow the race live on the team web site or via http://http://storify.com/UplaceBMCtri/follow-it-live-im-new-zealand-01-03-2014

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Bart Aernouts fifth in Xterra South Africa

Bart Aernouts of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team has finished fifth in today’s Xterra South Africa. Dan Hugo (South Africa) won the off-road triathlon (1.5k swim, 28k mountain bike leg and 11k run). His countrymen Stuart Marais and Conrad Stoltz completed the podium.

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Liz Blatchford wins 2014 Husky Long Course Triathlon

Liz Blatchford of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team has started her season with a win in today’s Husky Long Course Triathlon. Liz, the defending champion in Huskisson (NSW, Australia), completed the 2 kilometer swim, 80 kilometer bike ride and 20 kilometer run in 04:07:19. Lisa Marangon (04:08:51) finished second; Carrie Lester (04:12:28) came in third.

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Up next: Liz Blatchford in Husky Long Course, Bart Aernouts in Xterra South Africa

February 23rd will be a double race day for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team. Back home in Australia, Liz Blatchford will defend her title and start her season in the 2014 Husky Long Course Triathlon. Bart Aernouts is competing in the offroad Xterra South Africa as he wraps up four weeks of training in South Africa. We'll bring live Husky race updates from 6:30 am local time/8:30pm -1D in Europe) with a race report to follow both races.

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Axel Zeebroek 8th in IM 70.3 Panama

Axel Zeebroek has finished eighth in today’s half Ironman Panama. His final time: 3:51:24. Javier Gomez (Spain; 3:38:28) won the race. Second and third place went to Matt Chrabot (USA; 3:42:12) and Bertrand Billard (France; 3:43:24) respectively.

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