Gallery: Lewis, Kienle take Challenge Turku wins in Finland

Challenge Turku 2018

Race images from Challenge Turku, Finland

Photographer José Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com) has been a busy man in recent weeks, bringing us great images from races including Challenge Geraardsbergen in Belgium, IRONMAN Norway and the Norseman Xtreme among others.

This past weekend he was at the Challenge Turku (www.challengeturku.com) in Finland, which attracted an impressive Pro field including former IRONMAN and twice IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, Sebastian Kienle (GER), and the recent ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion, Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP).

There was plenty of British interest too, including Sarah Lewis (who I interviewed earlier this year), who was back racing for the first time since an injury-impacted ninth place finish at The Championship in Samorin. It was a strong return too, adding the win to her early season title at Challenge Roma.

Several other British athletes performing well in the top ten too, including Thomas Davis (Race Hub), who kept pace with the ITU World Champion through the swim and bike legs, eventually finishing fourth.

Check out some great images from the race below.

Challenge Turku – Sunday 12th August 2018
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

PRO MEN

1st – Sebastian Kienle (GER) – 3:38:09
2nd – Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP) – 3:42:20
3rd – Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) – 3:44:41
4th – Thomas Davis (GBR) – 3:46:12
5th – Ivan Kalashnikov (RUS) – 3:46:42
6th – Evert Scheltinga (NED) – 3:52:05
7th – Sam Wade (GBR) – 3:52:57

PRO WOMEN

1st – Sarah Lewis (GBR) – 4:11:56
2nd – Kerry Morris (AUS) – 4:12:48
3rd – Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) – 4:14:37
4th – Bianca Steurer (AUT) – 4:14:50
5th – Claire Hann (GBR) – 4:18:33
6th – Frankie Sanjana (GBR) – 4:23:10
7th – Renee Kiley (AUS) – 4:25:41
8th – Emma Deary (GBR) – 4:28:55

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Sebastian Kienle prepares
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Great Britain’s Thomas Davis
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“Let’s jump…”
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The Pro races gets underway
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Thomas Davis was at the front of the race from the start
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View of the swim course
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Pablo Dapena, Daniel Bækkegård and Thomas David lead out the swim
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Thomas Davis heads towards his bike
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Brits Claire Hann and Sarah Lewis exited the swim alongside Sebastian Kienle
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Kerry Morris (AUS)
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ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion, Pablo Dapena Gonzalez
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As always, Kienle had to chase on the bike
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Daniel Bækkegård (DEN)
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Kienle closed his swim deficit… and took off, on his own
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Like colour?
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Sarah Lewis was back racing after several months of injury
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Thomas Davis was off the bike with in second place
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Evert Scheltinga (NED)
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Kienle finished with an impressive 1:12:10 run after a dominating bike split
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A very central course in Turku
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Some GB Age-Group athletes made the trip
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ITU LD World Champ, Dapena Gonzalez could not make any impact on Kienle during the run
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The recently married Per Van Vlerken
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Yvonne Van Vlerken is still collecting podiums
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Sarah Lewis ran her way to the win in Turku
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A clear win for the champion
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Kienle (GER), Dapena Gonzalez (ESP) and Bækkegård (DEN)
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Sarah Lewis back to racing with a win
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Lewis (GBR), Morris (AUS) and Van Vlerken (NED) were the top three women