Kienle and Lewis take Turku

Sebasitan Kienle ripped through the bike posting his fastest half-distance bike split ever, while Sarah Lewis ran her way to the win at Challenge Turku in Finland.

| August 13, 2018 | NEWS

Sebastian Kienle\'s 1:55:32 bike split was the fastest half-distance ride of his career.

Sebastian Kienle's 1:55:32 bike split was the fastest half-distance ride of his career.

Photo >José Luis Hourcade

Sebastian Kienle made up for a somewhat slow start with a big win at Challenge Turku in Finland. The German trailed a lead trio of Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP), Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) and Thomas Davis (GBR) by three minutes, but it didn't take long before the 2014 Kona champ was in control of the race thanks to a screaming-fast 1:55 bike leg. Kienle led Dapena by over four minutes off the bike and would maintain that lead through the run - Dapena managed to chop about 40 seconds off the gap through 17 km, only to see Kienle regain his four-plus minute lead by the finish line.

Great Britain's Sarah Lewis led the way out of the water in the women's race (alongside Kienle - the men and women pros left at the same time), but was passed by Australian Kerry Morris on the bike, with Bianca Steurer also sneaking by before T2, which put Lewis in third position starting the run. Once out on the run course, though, Lewis took control and ran her way to the win. Morris would hang on for second while Yvonne Van Vlerken managed to run her way to the final spot on the podium.