Degasperi and Gossage times two in Lanzarote

Alessandro Degasperi and Lucy Gossage both claim their second Ironaman Lanzarote titles thanks to stellar all-around races.

| May 26, 2018 | NEWS

Lucy Gossage is thrilled with another Ironman Lanzarote title.

Lucy Gossage is thrilled with another Ironman Lanzarote title.

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A show of mastery in all three sports helped Lucy Gossage (GBR) and Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) claim their second Ironman Lanzarote titles.

Gossage calls it early (the win, that is!)

Earlier this week Lucy Gossage talked about coming to Ironman Lanzarote with few expectations. The 2014 champion finished third here last year, just months after returning to work part time as, as she describes it, a "cancer doctor." She went on from that performance to take three straight Ironman titles at Ironman UK, Ironman Wales and Ironman Emilia Romagna. She kept the string alive in style thanks to a dominating performance on the bike that put her in a perfect position to take the race.

France's Camille Donat led the way out of the water a few minutes ahead of Michelle Vesterby (DEN), who was here in Lanzarote just a month after an 8:45 at the speed-fest that was Ironman Texas. Gossage and Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) trailed by another five minutes starting the bike.

Vesterby quickly moved to the front, but it was Gossage who pulled out all the stops on the challenging Lanzarote bike course that had been changed in 2018, adding an additional 400 m of climbing to the already crazy-challenging bike course on the Canary Island just 100 km off the coast of Africa. Gossage felt so good early on in the bike she actually told a friend early in the bike she was going to win the race. She was true to her word, moving to the front of the race on the final major climb up Mirador del Rio and never looking back. She turned a four-minute lead off the bike into a six minute victory after a solid marathon.

Vesterby would hang on to second in the pro race, but second overall went to Simone Mitchell (GBR) who won the women's 30-34 age group and put a monstrous target on her back heading into Kona thanks to a blistering 3:08 marathon - an impressive time for anyone coming off the challenging Lanzarote bike course. Rounding out the pro podium was Nikki Bartlett (GBR).

Degasperi's amazing day

Alessandro Degasperi told us at the pre-race press conference that he'd been working on his swimming this year and felt it would be much better than year's past, and lived up to that prediction by coming out of the water with the lead pack that included Romain Guillaume (FRA), Peru Alfaro (ESP), Martijn Dekker (NED) and Ivan Rana (ESP). Guillaume was expected to ride away from the rest of the field, but despite his early surge to the front he wasn't able to drop Degasperi, who took the lead at about the 20 km point and steadily pulled away from the field.

Rana appeared to have nailed his pacing for the race, moving to second place on the steep climbs leading up to the top of Mirador del Rio, but would come off the bike over four minutes behind Degasperi. The Italian powered through the early stages of the run to open up a gap of almost eight minutes through the first half-marathon. Rana would close the gap by a minute over the final stages of the marathon, but it wasn't nearly enough to threaten Degasperi's lead. Cyril Viennot (FRA) ran his way to third.

Alessandro Degasperi takes Ironman Lanzarote

Alessandro Degasperi takes Ironman Lanzarote

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Ironman Lanzarote | Men

May 26, 2018 | Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km swim

180 km Bike

42 km Run

1

Alessandro Degasperi

ITA

8:52:16

49:20

5:03:32

2:54:23

2

Ivan Rana

ESP

8:58:37

49:24

5:07:38

2:56:38

3

Cyril Viennot

FRA

9:01:36

51:34

5:13:31

2:51:00

4

Jens Petersen-Bach

DEN

9:04:04

51:43

5:14:26

2:52:31

5

Andrej Vistica

CRO

9:06:08

56:24

5:06:57

2:57:05

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Ironman Lanzarote | Women

May 26, 2018 | Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km swim

180 km Bike

42 km Run

1

Lucy Gossage

GBR

9:49:27

58:43

5:29:06

3:15:39

2

Simone Mitchell

GBR

9:54:29

1:00:53

5:38:06

3:08:00

3

Michelle Vesterby

DEN

9:57:11

54:10

5:38:08

3:19:19

4

Nikki Bartlett

GBR

10:01:46

1:00:04

5:36:51

3:16:43

5

Saleta Castro

ESP

10:04:26

56:02

5:58:02

3:03:45

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