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Sam Laidlow joins Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria field

Another race in the Canary Islands attracts strong field

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Last year France’s Sam Laidlow made a huge splash in the pro ranks thanks to his “dust-up” with Sam Long at the Collins Cup, then his surprise runner-up finish at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, setting a new bike course record along the way.

The gear that helped Sam Laidlow set a new bike course record in Kona

That rise to fame has suddenly pushed him to headliner status as he looks to open his season at Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria on April 22. He’ll take on Germany’s two-time Kona champ, Patrick Lange and his countryman Florian Angert, along with two-time Aussie Olympian Aaron Doyle and former World Triathlon long-distance champ Pablo Dapena Gonzalez from Spain.

The women’s field is highlighted by Great Britain’s Ruth Astle, who will take on Ironman champ Svenja Thoes and a number of the top-finishers from last weekend’s Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote including runner-up India Lee (GBR), third-place finisher Elisabetta Corridori (ITA) and fourth-place finisher Kate Curran (GBR).

Laidlow led for much of the day at the Ironman World. Championship

Unfinished business

Two years ago Laidlow was in the lead at Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria when he crashed and would eventually drop out of the race.


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