The day in Lanzarote in pictures

They gave Anne Haug race #1, and she lived up to that billing. Photo: Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote

Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote took place for the second time at its new venue in Playa Blanca – the first edition in 2019 unfortunately saw the swim cancelled, but today’s race included all three legs and two very impressive champions – defending Ironman world champion Anne Haug took the women’s title, while Daniel Baekkegard won the men’s race.

Considered one of the toughest Ironman 70.3 courses thanks to the 1,200 m of climbing on the bike and the 300 m of altitude gain on the run, not to mention the always-tough Lanzarote winds, this year’s race lived up to its tough billing. Here are some photos from today’s racing:

World Triathlon super-swimmer Richard Varga led Daniel Baekkegard out of the water. Photo: Ironman Lanzarote Facebook

India Lee led the women out of the water and through the early stages of the bike. Photo: André Kwakernaat

It didn’t take long for Baekkegard to put his stamp on the race during the bike

Haug would also push hard to move into the lead, but Nikki Bartlett also pushed to be at the front, setting up a run for the win.
After leading off the bike, Baekkegard had to keep up his pace as Mika Noodt kept him honest right to the finish line.
There was no stopping the Dane, though, who was thrilled with his win. Photo: Club La Santa/ Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote
Haug was thrilled to take the win on the island that she considers a second home. Photo: Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote.
From left to right: Mika Noodt, Daniel Baekkegard and Thor Bendix Mandsen. Photo: Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote
From left to right: Nikki Bartlett, Anne Haug and India Lee. Photo: Ironman Lanzarote 70.3.