The Winners of the XXXII Ironman Lanzarote

The Winners of the XXXII Ironman Lanzarote
By: Local News Posted On: May 19, 2024 View: 1045

The Belgian Kenneth Vandendriessche and the German Anne Haug have been crowned this Saturday as the absolute winners of the thirty-second edition of the Ironman Lanzarote, the longest running of those held in Europe.

The test once again had excellent weather conditions throughout the day, with the presence of more than a thousand professional and amateur athletes at the start in Puerto del Carmen.

The Lanzarote event, considered one of the toughest in the world triathlon, kicked off at 7:00 a.m. in the municipality of Tías, thus beginning an itinerary that included 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of cycling and 42, 2 kilometers of running.

The Spanish Mikel Ugarte took advantage in the initial swimming section along with the German Michael Kalb, although in the cycling segment, both the Dutch Milan Brons and the British Ben Goodfellow soon hooked up with the Basque triathlete to lead the test in the first ramps cycling.

However, behind both the Dane Matthew Palmer and the Norwegian Jon Breivold were making ground, while Ugarte maintained his position among the top positions at the same time that Jordi Montraveta - fourth in the last edition - demonstrated his class with the pedals, placing himself fifth. at the beginning of the walking test.

In this last segment of the race, numerous changes continued to occur. Montraveta managed to become the leader of the race, overcoming Ugarte who began to falter, as a result of the great effort made in the first half of the competition. However, it would be the Belgian Kenneth Vandendriessche who finally took the lead after a spectacular comeback that led him to take first place with just over ten kilometers to go.

Vandendriessche - winner in 2022 - crossed the finish line as the winner after spending 8 hours, 29 minutes and 54 seconds. Second place went to Montraveta (8:32:26), while third place would go to Mikel Ugarte (8:36:39), who knew how to manage the advantage to certify a creditable Spanish double on the podium.

In the women's category, the German Anne Haug - silver in 2012 and bronze in 2013 in the World Triathlon, as well as Ironman world champion in 2019 - dominated the test from start to finish, taking distance from the swimming sector at the cost of the British Lydia Dant , winner of the last two editions, and the French Jeanne Collonge.

Haug, with a time of 9 hours, 6 minutes and 40 seconds, spared no effort to put ground between both the bike terrain and the third of the race on foot, clearly increasing the advantage over Dant, who finished ceding second place to a Collonge that went from less to more.

Collonge - who was third last year - thus sealed second place in this edition with a time of 9:50:24, while Dant completed the box with a time of 9:54:54. With this, Haug, who has lived in Lanzarote for 20 years, improved Dant's record from last year by more than 52 minutes.

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