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Sanders and Lawrence repeat wins at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant

An all-Ontario podium for the men and Lawrence continues to dominate on the women's side, followed by True and Tisseyre.

Lionel Sanders and Holly Lawrence repeated their wins at this morning’s Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, each proving they are the hottest stars on the 70.3 scene right now. For Sanders, this was a three-peat at the race he says “feels like home.” It’s an equally as special event for Lawrence as last year it was her first 70.3 win and marked the start of an ascent up the pro rankings and a winning streak.

Sanders had a great swim with just a 2:40 deficit to the leaders coming into T1. It didn’t take long before he fully took control of the bike, clocked a race-best split of 2:01:53 and left the rest of the men’s field to battle for the two remaining podium spots. The men’s race had a great Canadian story to it this year as Sanders was up against his former C3 teammate Taylor Reid and two other Ontario half distance stars, Cody Beals and Jack Laundry. All strong runners, it wasn’t obvious until the final kilometres of the run who would finish in second and third. Reid ended up holding onto his second place position out of T2, while Beals delivered a solid run split of 1:15:37 to pass Laundry and take the final podium spot.

Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches placed fifth and received extra cheers at the finish line as a hometown athlete.

Holly Lawrence led from start to finish and developed an impressive seven-minute cushion while on the bike, on the way to her repeat victory. USA Olympian Sarah True battled with Mont-Tremblant’s own Magali Tisseyre on the run and the two women finished in second and third respectively. The three women all finished in under 4:20 this morning.

Full results here. We will have more post-race updates including athlete quotes up later.