Llanos and Jackson victorious in Vitoria-Gastiez

Eneko Llanos takes a huge win in his hometown in an impressive sub-eight clocking, while Heather Jackson blasted through the bike and run for an impressive sub-nine hour performance to win the women's race.

| July 14, 2019 | NEWS

Heather Jackson blasted on the bike to take the win at Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz - just as she did last fall when she won Ironman Arizona. (Archive photo.)

Heather Jackson blasted on the bike to take the win at Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz - just as she did last fall when she won Ironman Arizona. (Archive photo.)

Photo >Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman

Eneko Llanos and Heather Jackson will have to start planning their calendars together - last November the two topped the podiums at Ironman Arizona and the pair did the same today in Llanos' hometown of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Llanos, 42, thrilled the Spanish crowd with an impressive win at the inaugural Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz (Ironman took over the race this year) thanks to an impressive all-around performance. Jackson rode her way to a decent lead off the bike that only grew once she was running to take the women's title.

Llanos and two of his countrymen, Carlos Lopez Diaz and Peru Alfaro trailed Aussie Josh Amberger by about 1:20 after the swim, but Llanos and Alfaro were able to ride up and join Amberger at the front of the race. Halfway through the ride Llanos and Amberger pulled clear and would ride into T2 together, enjoying a 10-minute lead over Alfaro as they started the run. There was no stopping Llanos once he got running as he quickly pulled away from Amberger - his 2:46:51 marathon got him across the line in 7:55:16 with an 11-minute cushion over Amberger. Alfaro rounded out the podium.

In the women's race there was no touching Heather Jackson once she hit solid ground as the American rode away from the rest of the field and kept pulling away on the run. Spain's Judith Corachan and Switzerland's Nina Derron were ahead of Jackson out of the water and the American took her time building through the bike - it wasn't until around 100 km into the bike that she finally pulled ahead, but once she did she really opened up time, enjoying a six-minute lead over Derron into T2. The lead steadily grew through the marathon and by the time she was done Jackson was over 13-minutes ahead. Derron took second with Corachan rounding out the podium.

Chalk up another Ironman win for Eneko Llanos - he\'s seen here after winning Ironman Arizona in November, 2018.

Chalk up another Ironman win for Eneko Llanos - he's seen here after winning Ironman Arizona in November, 2018.

Photo >Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman

Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz | Men

July 14, 2019 | Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Eneko Llanos

ESP

7:55:16

48:11

4:16:15

2:46:51

2

Josh Amberger

AUS

8:06:55

46:45

4:18:03

2:58:02

3

Peru Alfaro

ESP

8:08:02

48:06

4:27:27

2:47:45

4

Miquel Blanchart Tinto

ESP

8:19:39

54:09

4:31:06

2:50:14

5

Carlos Lopez Diaz

ESP

8:27:20

48:03

4:36:55

2:57:11

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Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz | Women

July 14, 2019 | Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Heather Jackson

USA

8:52;10

58:07

4:43:43

3:06:03

2

Nina Derron

SUI

9:05:33

55:30

4:52:26

3:12:55

3

Judith Corachan

ESP

9:13:37

54:32

5:08:31

3:06:05

4

Joanna Soltysiak

POL

9:19:00

59:01

4:52:18

3:23:22

5

Federica De Nicola

ITA

9:25:18

1:04:22

4:54:36

3:21:10

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