Andy Potts (USA) set the tone quickly in the race, pushing his way to front of the race in the choppy and windy conditions on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Swimming the entire swim off the front, Potts established a solid lead of over five minutes on Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR), Maik Twelsiek (DEU) and defending champion, Ben Hoffman (USA).

Once on the bike Potts heroically held off the chase pack of Zyemtsev, Twelsienk and Hoffman for the first half of the ride. The trio started to make small gains into Potts’ lead but nothing substantial was gained until mile 75, when the field bunched up and Twelsiek forged his way into the lead. Zyemtsev was first to fade with from the pace as Potts settled for keeping Twelsiek close, while Hoffman was looking strong and closed the gap to only a minute on the lead pair up front.

Hoffman went down at mile 95, due to an accident with an age group athlete. Stopping to help the athlete and repairing his bike set Hoffman back over 13 minutes. Up front, Twelsiek made his move, gapped Potts, and carried a two-minute lead at the completion of the bike. Zyemtsev was next into T2, 11 minutes off the leaders pace, as Hoffman was facing almost a 14-minute deficit to overcome.
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