Frenchman and Sands Beach Active Ambasador Romain Guillaume (Uplace-BMC) had the race of his life, while Lucy Gossage (GBR) patiently ran her way to the win at IRONMAN Lanzarote 2014. Considered one of the toughest IRONMAN events on the global circuit, IRONMAN Lanzarote lived up to all expectations, offering up heat and strong winds to go along with the 2,500 m of climbing on the bike course to maintain it’s reputation that “normal limits do not apply.”
The UK’s Lucy Gossage, who had a great 2013 with double UK IRONMAN wins, came out of the water in third behind Stephanie Adam who led for most of the bike route. Gossage patiently paced herself using her power metre and waited for her chance to overtake both the leader and second placed Susan Blatt with only 10km left on the marathon course. Another Brit, Corrine Abraham (Uplace-BMC (also link)) came up from behind to push her way onto the podium ahead of last year’s winner.
Lucy Gossage came off the bike in third, just over three minutes behind Blatt and Adam, and gradually began to move towards the front of the race. Adam would fade to sixth, but Blatt hung tough through the first half of the run. By 24 km, though, the result seemed decided – Blatt was working hard, while Gossage was joking with the crowd one second ahead.
Just five weeks of working with new coach Yvez Cordier, Romain Guillaume dispelled any doubts by becoming IRONMAN Lanzarote 2014 champion with an impressive performance, finishing almost nine minutes ahead of second placed Miquel Blanchart. The Spanish triathlete fought very hard but was very content to repeat last year’s result ahead of Bert Jammaer, who gave everything to reach the podium today. Once again Lanzarote proved why it is known for being such a tough day.
As the day went on the winds picked up more and more, making it even more challenging for over 2,000 athletes (2,060 started) who joined the pros for the largest field in the event’s 24 year history.