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Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team becomes BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace

• BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team is the new name of the team from 2016 onwards; • BMC officially extends its title sponsorship of the team until 2017, with the intention of continued partnership thereafter; • Etixx becomes the new title sponsor for the same period; • Uplace, as the founding partner, continues the operational running of the team and its unique professional support to optimize performance; • Sustainable approach of a professional triathlon team is unprecedented in triathlon.

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Bart Aernouts wins Enea Challenge Poznan (half distance)

It became an exciting and historical day for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon team with the announcement of the continuation of a real triathlon legacy this morning in Paris with the announcement of the new team title sponsor. Bart Aernouts (BEL: 3:49:35) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team also won the inaugural Enea Challenge Poznan (half distance) in Poland ahead of James Cunnama (SAF: 3:52:11) and Markus Hörmann (GER: 3:54:46) who moved up from the 5th place to the 3rd place in the last kilometer. The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team’s 2015 victory tally now stands at 12 wins and 24 podium places.

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Ronnie Schildknecht wins Ironman Switzerland for a record breaking 8th time!

Ronnie Schildknecht of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team created history today, taking his 8th Ironman Switzerland title of his career. In a very hot edition, Ronnie dominated the bike and run leg, clocking in with a final time of 08:21:19. Jan Van Berkel (Switzerland; 08:28:57) and Alessandro Degasperi (Italy; 08:31:36) completed the podium. Today’s record breaking 8th Ironman Switzerland title brings IRON-RONNIE’s total to 10 Ironman wins in his career. The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team’s 2015 victory tally now stands at 11 wins and 23 podium places.

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Romain Guillaume 3rd in Ironman France Ronnie Schildknecht 6th in ITU Long Distance World Championchips Motala (SWE)

Today, Romain Guillaume (FRA: 8:34:44) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team raced on home soil and finished 3rd in Ironman France. Boris Stein (GER: 8:27:32), last year’s winner of Ironman Switzerland, won after a strong run, while Victor Del Corral (ESP: 8:30:00), who ran the fastest marathon today, came 2nd. Yesterday, Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI: 4:58:41) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team came 6th in ITU Long Distance World Championships in Motala, Sweden. It was a tight battle, the top 7 finished within 4 minutes. This edition was won by Cyril Viennot (FRA: 4:54:33), followed by Martin Jensen who was leading most of the race (DEN: 4:54:46), while Joe Skipper (GBR: 4:55:11) finished 3rd.

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Bart Aernouts wins Citytriathlon Bruges (olympic distance) & Sofie Goos 3rd in Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg

Yesterday, Bart Aernouts (BEL) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team won the Citytriathlon of Bruges (olympic distance) on home soil in style with the strongest bike split and a fast run leg, followed by Hannes Vandermoere (BEL), while Tom Mets (BEL) finished third. A few hours earlier, his teammate Sofie Goos (BEL: 4:24:46) started off at Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg. The 2013 winner came 3rd in this edition behind the strong winner Gulia Gajer (GER: 4:17:25) - who led the race from start to finish - and Natascha Schmitt (GER:4:24:46). It ended up being another successful weekend for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team with 1 title and a 3rd place. This brings our 2015 total already to 10 wins and 21 podium finishes for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team.

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Liz Blatchford wins Ironman Cairns; Romain Guillaume 3rd & Will Clarke 4th in Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire

Yesterday, Dirk Bockel (LUX) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team made his comeback in style after a long recovery period from a hip injury by winning Challenge Denmark (half distance). His teammate, Liz Blatchford followed that example and realized a threepeat at Ironman Cairns. The 3 times consecutive winner in Cairns led from start to finish and finished in a time of 9:11:49, followed by Gina Crawford (AUS: 9:20:56), while Michelle Bremer (GER: 9:35:32) finished third. A few hours later, her teammates Romain Guillaume and Will Clarke started off at the first edition of the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire. This inaugural edition was won by Javier Gomez (ESP: 04:02:13), followed by Thomschke Markus, who had the fastest bike leg, while Romain Guillaume (FRA: 04:09:07) and Will Clarke (GBR: 04:11:10) came respectively third and forth It ended up being another successful weekend for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team with 2 titles, a 3rd place and a strong top 5 finish. This brings our 2015 total already to 9 wins and 19 podium finishes for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team.

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Dirk Bockel wins Challenge Denmark (half distance)

Today, Dirk Bockel (LUX) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team made his comeback in style after a long recovery period from a hip injury. He led strong from start to finish to win in a time of 3:51:16, followed by Thomas Strange (DEN: 3:52:12) and Markus Fachbach (GER: 3:52:45). This is perfect start of the weekend for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team. This brings our 2015 total already to 8 wins and 17 podium finishes for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team.

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Launch Uplace-BMC Age Group Team

The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team proudly presents the launch of the Uplace-BMC Age Group Team. From now on, every age group triathlete can grab the opportunity to join the Uplace-BMC Triathlon Team and become a teammate of Dirk Bockel, Will Clarke and Corinne Abraham. They can wear the same outfit as Ronnie Schildknecht, Sofie Goos and Helle Frederiksen and receive first hand tips and advice from Liz Blatchford, Bart Aernouts and Romain Guillaume.

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Ronnie Schildknecht 4th in Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil

Today, Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI: 3:54:19) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team – who came 3rd in the North American Ironman Championship in Texas only 3 weeks ago - came 4th in Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil. It is always special to race on your home soil. On Twitter, the ambitions of the Swiss triathletes were clear, they aimed on nothing less than a ‘Swiss only’ podium and they succeeded. This edition was won by Ruedi Wild (SUI: 3:51:27), followed by Manuel Küng who was leading most of the race (SUI: 3:52:38), while Jan Van Berkel (SUI: 3:53:38) finished 3rd.

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Bart Aernouts 3rd in Challenge Rimini ETU European Half Distance Championship; Will Clarke 8th in Ironman Lanzarote

Today, Bart Aernouts (BEL) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team came 3rd in Challenge Rimini, the ETU European Championship Half Distance, his second Championship podium in 2 months. Filip Ospaly (CZE) won the ETU European Half Distance Championship after a strong run, while Giulio Molinari (ITA), who dominated the bike leg, came 2nd. Yesterday, Will Clarke (GBR: 9:28:31) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team came 8th in his debut Ironman in Lanzarote. This extremely tough edition was won by Alessandro Degasperi (ITA: 8:56:49), followed by Christian Kramer who was leading most of the race (GER: 8:59:30), while Mauro Baertsch (SUI: 9:04:45) finished 3rd. Just like last week, it ended up being another successful weekend for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team with 1 championship podium finish and a decent debut performance on the long distance. This brings our 2015 total already to 7 wins and 16 podium finishes for the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team.

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