Ironman Lanzarote 2017 – Analyzing Results

Update May 21: Added a few DNFs after updated data was available in the Athlete Tracker.

Race Conditions

The conditions for this year’s race were typical for IM Lanzarote: Nothing special for the swim and run (almost no adjustments) but a very slow bike (adjustment of -19:11) and a slow race overall (adjustment of -23:51), even for the “slow standard” of Lanzarote.

Still, there were two new course records: Lucy Charles posted new swim and bike course records. She improved her own swim course record from last year by five seconds, and also Tara Norton’s bike course record (5:26:23 from 2010) to 5:23:29.

Male Race Results

Romain Guillaume quickly took the lead after the swim, after 90k he was joined by his BMC Etixx teammate Bart Aernouts. Bart stepped up his bike performance and posted the best split. When his teammate struggled on the run, he took control of the race and won by nine minutes. BartRun

Photo: A focused Bart at the start of the run. (Credit: Ingo Kutsche, used with permission)

Second place went to Alessandro Degasperi who lost some time on the bike but then posted the fastest run split. Defending champion Jesse Thomas couldn’t make up any time to the leader on the run, but a solid overall race saw him finish in third.  Fourth place went to the relatively unknown Peru Alfaro who had taken a two and a half year break from Ironman racing, Romain Guillaume struggled on the run but held on to fifth place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:50:34 04:48:23 02:48:28 08:34:13 -12:03 US$ 5,000 2000
2 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:50:33 04:59:18 02:47:39 08:43:22 -09:53 US$ 2,750 1600
3 Jesse Thomas USA 00:50:34 04:55:54 02:55:25 08:49:02 03:01 US$ 1,750 1280
4 Peru Alfaro ESP 00:47:03 05:02:28 02:55:29 08:52:31 -04:10 US$ 1,250 960
5 Romain Guillaume FRA 00:48:29 04:50:54 03:11:16 08:57:01 -06:21 US$ 1,000 720
6 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 00:52:08 05:05:06 02:53:53 08:59:07 -25:35 US$ 750 540
7 Timothy Van Houtem BEL 00:57:11 04:59:53 02:55:58 09:01:13 n/a 405
8 Cedric Lassonde FRA 00:53:29 05:08:09 03:05:18 09:14:49 -12:12 305
9 Guillaume Lecallier FRA 00:55:38 05:07:06 03:06:06 09:15:45 n/a 230
10 Trevor Delsaut FRA 00:50:32 05:09:17 03:11:52 09:19:16 11:01 170
11 Nicholas Ward Munoz GBR 00:53:32 05:21:48 03:00:34 09:23:44 05:52 120
12 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:52:14 05:24:33 03:00:05 09:24:17 -00:29 85
13 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:50:29 05:19:35 03:12:56 09:29:50 11:30 60
14 Philipp Mock GER 00:57:02 05:01:56 03:23:38 09:32:13 n/a 40
15 Xavier Torrades ESP 00:50:31 05:27:44 03:10:20 09:35:10 04:56 30
16 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:59:28 05:18:17 03:14:09 09:43:24 14:44 20
17 Georgy Kaurov RUS 00:46:58 05:30:14 03:35:38 09:59:07 09:06 15
18 Marcus Hultgren SWE 00:55:50 05:22:56 03:45:42 10:13:20 25:26 10
19 Mads Bang Jensen DEN 00:55:31 05:32:38 03:47:50 10:23:56 n/a 8
20 Dominique Wymmersch Gallego ESP 00:58:11 05:33:54 03:51:45 10:35:19 n/a 5
21 Youri Severin NED 00:49:03 05:27:58 04:17:04 10:42:00 1:06:09 3
22 Ivan Tejero Vazquez ESP 00:50:34 05:33:05 04:18:00 10:50:07 26:37 3
23 Stephen Bayliss GBR 00:47:04 05:14:17 04:44:39 10:52:57 1:20:48 3
Konstantin Bachor GER 00:50:28 05:11:19 DNF
Frederic Schaffner FRA 00:55:36 05:48:57 DNF
Carlos Lopez Diaz ESP 00:46:58 DNF
Malte Bruns GER 00:52:09 DNF
Cyril Viennot FRA 00:52:16 DNF
Daniel Herlbauer AUT 00:53:31 DNF
Gergely Nagy HUN 00:53:42 DNF
Erik Holmberg SWE 00:53:45 DNF
Victor Del Corral ESP 00:55:37 DNF
Victor Rodriguez ESP 00:55:41 DNF
Stephen Donnelly IRL 00:55:42 DNF
Josep Vinolas ESP 00:55:43 DNF
Alain Djouad-Guibert MOR 01:04:49 DNF

Female Race Results

The female race was dominated by super swimmer Lucy Charles. It wasn’t a surprise she was leading after the swim (posting a new swim course record), but then she continued to extend her lead on the bike – also posting a new bike course record. Her lead in T2 was close to 20 minutes, leaving just a little bit of hope for the chasers. However, she was able to have a solid run as well and won the race with a comfortable margin of nine minutes.

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Photo: Lucy on one of the picturesque spots of the Lanzarote bike course. (Credit: Ingo Kutsche, used with permission)

The only athlete able to take a serious chunk out of Lucy’s lead was Corinne Abraham who posted the fastest marathon to finish second. In T2 Lucy Gossage seemed to be in the best position to challenge Lucy for the win, but she had indicated before the race she hadn’t done her usual training and it showed a bit with a 3:13 run, she was still able to finish third – giving Great Britain a podium sweep. Solid bike rides allowed Jeanne Collonge to finish in fourth place and Saleta Castro in fifth.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Lucy Charles GBR 00:47:06 05:23:29 03:18:34 09:35:39 -34:58 US$ 5,000 2000
2 Corinne Abraham GBR 00:57:13 05:37:17 03:03:53 09:44:29 -04:41 US$ 2,750 1600
3 Lucy Gossage GBR 01:00:40 05:29:44 03:13:05 09:50:22 08:23 US$ 1,750 1280
4 Jeanne Collonge FRA 00:58:12 05:31:42 03:26:31 10:04:46 -05:57 US$ 1,250 960
5 Saleta Castro Nogueira ESP 00:55:40 05:47:28 03:21:01 10:11:45 -09:45 US$ 1,000 720
6 Kate Comber GBR 00:52:25 05:52:13 03:29:23 10:22:34 -00:24 US$ 750 540
7 Pia Englyst DEN 01:05:07 06:11:04 03:26:46 10:52:15 n/a 405
8 Kelly Fillnow USA 01:06:28 06:11:41 03:28:43 10:56:27 36:25 305
9 Lina-Kristin Schink GER 01:10:25 06:19:00 03:28:52 11:07:33 28:53 230
10 Patricia Bueno Perez ESP 01:00:58 06:37:27 03:48:59 11:38:08 n/a 170
11 Annabel Diawuoh GER 01:24:41 06:46:18 04:06:23 12:24:59 n/a 120
Tine Holst DEN 01:03:05 05:37:25 DNF
Alexandra Tondeur BEL 00:57:55 DNF
Camille Deligny FRA 01:00:12 DNF

Kona Qualifying Implications

Here’s the notable changes in Kona Qualifying on the male side (projected July cutoff 3.500 points):

  • Safe for a July slot: Bart Aernouts (5.825)
  • On the Bubble (might be enough, but maybe not): Jesse Thomas (3.420)
  • Close (but more points needed): Romain Guillaume (2.390), Alessandro Degasperi (2.050)

On the female side (projected cutoff 4.300 points):

  • Safe for a July slot: Lucy Gossage (4.725, but she indicated she’s not interested in racing Kona this year)
  • Close (but more points needed): Jeanne Collonge (3.910)

Lucy Charles (2.115) and Corinne Abraham (2.675) haven’t scored many points before, they still need a lot of points to be able to qualify.

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