The Championship: Lionel Sanders talks success in Samorin

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - JUNE 3: Lionel Sanders of Canada celebrates winning The Championship Challenge Triathlon on June 3, 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon) *** Local Caption *** Lionel Sanders
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“I’d thrown in the towel several times in that race!”

‘Sebastian said to me afterwards that I’d rather finish second in a good race than finish first by a mile easily – and I feel the same way. If the tables were turned, I’d still feel the same way sitting here as I do now.”

After two brilliant races yesterday, this morning I got to sit down for coffee with Lionel Sanders, the men’s winner at The Championship. It started as a stressful week, with 26 hours of travelling and no bike or bags arriving, but ended well with a memorable ‘last man standing’ effort in great head-to-head battle with Sebastian Kienle.

I also confirmed that despite previous thoughts, there is a fair chance that he WILL be racing in Kona this coming October. Watch the video below for more.

POST-RACE REFLECTIONS WITH MEN’S CHAMPION LIONEL SANDERS

Lionel Sanders: The Championship winner

What a race from Lionel Sanders-Professional Triathlete at Challenge Family The Championship. I sat down with him over coffee this morning to reflect on a great day on Saturday. Good news: we may see him in Kona this year…

Posted by Tri247 on Sunday, June 4, 2017

(Post-race interview with women’s champion Lucy Charles is HERE)

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