Chloe Lane celebrates victory at Ironman Wisconsin

(Photo: Livestream)

Australia’s Chloe Lane raced to the victory at Ironman Wisconsin. She reached the finish line in 9:45:21 hours, and with that time she managed to stay ahead of America’s Jessica Smith (+8:10), who took second, and Canada’s Melanie McQuaid (+21:13), who finished in third place.

In the water, a small lead group of four took shape. Lane was part of that group, but also Smith. McQuaid was the first woman out of the water after these four; she dealt with a 45-second deficit at this point.

Within the first few kilometers of the bike part, Lane rode to the front. At 12K, Smith was one minute behind in second place, while McQuad had moved to third (+2:04). Halfway through the bike part, it was no longer Lane who was leading solo, but a group of four: Lane, Smith, America’s Rachel Mensch and America’s Katie Morales. In the second half, Morales and Mensch were dropped from that group, which left Lane and Smith together in front as they reached T2.

On the run, Lane immediately left Smith behind. While McQuaid moved up from a fifth place after the bike part to third, Lane and Smith maintained their positions. Running 3:15:15 hours on the marathon, Lane broke the tape. Smith took second about eight minutes later, and McQuaid brought home bronze wiht a 21-minute gap to Lane.