Guillaume and Roberts tops in Taiwan

Romain Guillaume rode his way to the men's title while Lisa Roberts ran her way to the win in the women's race at Challenge Taiwan's full-distance race.

| April 29, 2019 | NEWS

Romain Guillaume

Romain Guillaume

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert (GER) appeared on track for an impressive performance in Taitung's oppressive heat and humidity, but after leading the way out of the water he was caught halfway through the bike by France's Romain Guillaume. Eventually Per van Vlerken (GER) and Spain's Michael Patrick Alonso-McKernan were also able to ride by the German, relegating him to fifth off the bike.

Guillaume got stronger and stronger through the second half of the bike and enjoyed a huge lead into T2. On the run he was never challenged and cruised the line with a seven-minute cushion to take the win. Behind him Alonso-McKernan used the day's fastest run to get past van Vlerken, with Raelert finishing a distant fourth.

Challenge Taiwan 2019 | Men

April 27, 2019 | Taitung, Taiwan

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Romain Guillaume

FRA

8:30:15

00:50:33

4:19:15

3:13:10

2

Michael Patrick Alonso-McKernan

ESP

8:37:33

00:55:17

4:27:29

3:05:45

3

Per van Vlerken

GER

8:41:55

00:51:01

4:33:48

3:10:51

4

Michael Raelert

GER

8:47:22

00:47:03

4:38:47

3:14:47

5

Cameron Brown

NZL

8:54:58

00:55:13

4:36:40

3:15:45

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Roberts outruns the men

As is the norm for her in races, American Lisa Roberts found herself well back after the swim, but once she got onto dry land she started to hold her own. Swim leader, Germany's Carolin Lehrider, managed to pad her 12-minute lead out of the water by almost two-more minutes starting the run. 

On the run, though, Roberts simply flew through the field, running faster than all the men to a 3:02:22 split and 9:10:38 finishing time. Lehrieder took second just under three-minutes later. New Zealand's Julia Grant rounded out the podium.

Challenge Taiwan 2019 | Women

April 27, 2019 | Taitung, Taiwan

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Lisa Roberts

USA

9:10:38

1:08:28

4:51:56

3:02:22

2

Carolin Lehrieder

GER

9:13:16

00:56:22

4:50:12

3:20:01

3

Julia Grant

NZL

9:55:36

00:59:28

5:07:44

3:40:49

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