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Loving Lanzarote: A tough day caught in pictures

Capturing the stark beauty of the Canary Island

Photo by: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.

Last week we talked about how tough a race Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote is.┬áThis year the conditions were about as tame as they could be, but that still made for a dramatic, and tough race, won by Kat Matthews and Leo Bergere. We’ll round out our coverage of the race with some great pictures courtesy of Club La Santa and James Mitchell. (Photo above: Anne Haug rides her Cervelo P5 through the lava.)

Jessica Learmonth made her long-distance debut in Lanzarote, leading out of the water and through the early stages of the bike. She learned quickly, though, exactly why most pros go with a triathlon bike rather than a road bike on this type of course once she hit the windy, long gradual uphill and downhill stretches of the course. Photo: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.
Florian Angert had an excellent day of St. George prep with a third-place finish. Photo: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.
Leo Bergere managed to ride his way back to contention, moving a two-minute gap down to 90 seconds, which was enough for him to overcome to take the win over New Zealand’s Kyle Smith. Photo: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.
Kat Matthews moved to the front on the bike and never looked back as she took an impressive win in the women’s race over defending world champion Anne Haug. Photo: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.
Matthews lost a bit of ground to Haug on the run, but was never threatened for the win as she powered through a big day. Photo: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.
A very happy Kat Matthews takes the win at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. Photo: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.
A good day celebrated with champagne. Anne Haug, Kat Matthews and Jess Learmonth celebrate their podium finishes. Photo: Club La Santa/ James Mitchell.