Anne Haug pulled off a great race and that saw her take a big win during today’s Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote (4:30:31). She shared the podium with Britain’s Nikki Bartlett (+8:33) and Britain’s India Lee (+11:04), who took second and third.
In the water, Haug had to let Lee escape with 1:39 minutes. Side-by-side with Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja Haug exited the water in a shared second and third place. Bartlett was the fourth woman to reach her bike (+2:32).
Haug needed about 60 km to make up the deficit that she had to Lee after the swim. Bartlett was hitting the gas too, though: she moved up to second place during the bike part, while Lee dropped back to a position outside the top three. In the final km, Bartlett managed to overtake Haug, but Germany’s star runner didn’t let allow her to get more than a few seconds out of her sight.
Knowing what she can do on a half-marathon, Haug likely felt great being the first athlete to rack her bike back in T2. After five km, Haug had already created an advantage of more than 1:30 minute. Bartlett was still in second place after these first few kilometers, and Kivioja was running in third.