They went in as the race favourites and nailed their performances – defending Ironman world champion Anne Haug and third-place finisher at this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship Daniel Baekkergard took the wins at Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote yesterday.
The difficult course in Lanzarote features 1,200 m of climbing on the bike and 300 m on the run, making it one of the toughest 70.3 races in the world. Coming off a big win at Challenge Roth last month, Haug appears to have bounced back in style, running her way to an impressive win after trailing Great Britain’s India Lee off the bike, then finding herself being challenge by another Brit, Nikki Bartlett, on the bike. Haug used a 1:20:48 run split to pull well clear and take the title in 4:30:31, Bartlett would take second in 4:38:04, with Lee rounding out the podium in 4:47:35.
Canada’s Sarah Bonner, who lives in Lanzarote, finished sixth in the women’s pro race in 5:13:58.
We caught up with Haug after her win:
Baekkegard happy with win on tough course
Baekkegard trailed super-swimmer Slovakia’s Richard Varga out of the water, but quickly put his stamp on the race, going to the front and never looking back as he took the win in 4:03:30. Germany’s Mika Noodt kept the Dane honest to the finish line, running about 30 seconds faster to hit the line in 4:04:25, while another Dane, Thor Bendix Mandsen rounded out the podium in 4:08:14.
We caught up with a very happy Baekkegard after his win: