Van Vlerken takes Lanzarote Duathlon

Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) took her sixth title, while Kenneth Vandendriessche (BEL) took the men's race at the Lanzarote Duathlon on the weekend.

| January 16, 2017 | NEWS

The women\'s lead pack on the run at the 2017 Lanzarote Duathlon.

The women's lead pack on the run at the 2017 Lanzarote Duathlon.

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From a Club La Santa press release:

Kenneth Vandendriessche of Belgium and Yvonne van Vlerken from the Netherlands took home the honors inthis weekend's 21st edition of the International Lanzarote Duathlon in Club La Santa, Lanzarote. Athletes competed in a 5 km run, 20 km bike and 2.5 run.

Vandendriessche cruises to men's title

The men took off in blistering pace for the first 5km, where Vandendriessche and Antoine Mechin from France took the lead. They made the two loops of 2.5km look easy and reached T1 in 15.25. Out on the bike, Vandendriessche took charge and shook off his competitors in Famara to arrive alone in T2 for a swift transition and a commanding lead into the last 2.5 km. The Belgian won by over 90 seconds, while Mechin and Argentinian Leon Martin Drajer took the other podium spots.

"The first 5 km was very fast, but I got a very good start and when the Mechin passed me going out of the track I just followed him. Just before Soo on the bike I made an attack and I rode solo from Famara, over Soo and back to Club La Santa. I had a comfortable lead for the last 2.5km, and I'm quite happy with that. I did not go 100 percent on the last loop, but my coach Luc van Lierde said that today was a good training session to produce some lactate, so I could not run easy to the finish line, but I did the best I could. This year I hope to win an Ironman 70.3 race, and I want to have my revenge at the the Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote, where I finished second last year," the Belgian said after crossing the line.

Top three men
1) Kenneth Vandendriessche, Belgium - 55:03
2) Antoine Mechin, France - 56:44
3) Leon Martin Drajer, Argentina - 57:05


Kenneth Vandendriessche runs to the Lanzarote Duathlon win.

Kenneth Vandendriessche runs to the Lanzarote Duathlon win.

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van Vlerken takes sixth title

In the women's race, five-time winner Yvonne van Vlerken from the Netherlands pushed the pace along with Alexandra Tondeur and Spain's Maria Varo Zubiri in the first 5 km, while van Vlerken and Tondeur tried to ride away on the bike. Van Vlerken tried to lose the Belgian, but she came back in transition and the two stayed together on the last 2,5 km. Heading into the last 300 metres, van Vlerken hit the throttle and opened up a gap Tondeur could not close and the veteran won her sixth title with Tondeur taking second place, 13 seconds down. In third was the Spaniard Maria Varo Zubiri.

"I feel like I own this race, because I have now won it six times," van Vlerken said. "The first time was in 2002, so even though I’m getting old, it’s not always the person that’s in the best shape, that wins, it's also about the mind. The first 5 km wasn’t fast but I did not want to go out on the run in a big group because there were some really good cyclists there. I tried to go just a little bit faster to lose some of the girls and it worked. I tried to use the downhill to get away, but Alexandra closed the gap coming into T2. I knew from the first run that Alexandra was under pressure and that I would probably be the quicker runner, so I felt in control. When I come to Lanzarote I plan it so I can do the race  because I just really love the event, and I think it was a very good race in the girl's field today. It’s so well organized and It’s just nice when nothing changes and it stays the same. It’s very nice here."

Top three women

1) Yvonne van Vlerken, Netherlands - 1:01:40
2) Alexandra Tondeur, Belgium - 1:01:53
3) Maria Varo Zubiri, Spain - 1:05:41

For full results - click here.


Yvonne van Vlerken takes her sixth Lanzarote Duathlon.

Yvonne van Vlerken takes her sixth Lanzarote Duathlon.

Photo >Club La Santa Press Office