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Lionel Sanders’ path to Kona will go through Ironman Mont-Tremblant

On August 18th, Lionel Sanders will be on the start line at Ironman Mont-Tremblant. The goal will be to earn a qualification spot for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Sanders has spent the better part of 2019 recovering from a sacral stress fracture. The injury was first observed in mid/late April and forced him to withdraw from Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.

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Lionel Sanders at the 2018 Ironman World Championships

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Sanders is not the first elite male triathlete to have suffered a sacral fracture in the past year. Jan Frodeno and Ben Hoffman suffered similar injuries at the end of 2018 in the lead up to the Ironman World Championship. Both athletes have returned to racing and have had success. Frodeno most recently won Ironman Frankfurt – European Championship. Hoffman won Ironman South Africa in April, after finishing third at Ironman 70.3 Campeche.