Spain and The Netherlands take Gloria-Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria
When I previewed the race (HERE), I did highlight that the presence of IRONMAN World Champion, Patrick Lange, at Saturday’s Challenge Gran Canaria was certainly not a guarantee of a win for the speedy German.
The men’s Pro field was strong and deep, and I gave you six other names that were likely to be in contention. Well, Patrick didn’t win – but I still managed to not mention the winner. Oh well, the ups and downs and trying to forecast triathlon races…!
That said, the result shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Pablo Dapena Gonzalez is the current Spanish Long Distance Triathlon Champion and last week finished second to Great Britain’s Adam Bowden at Challenge Roma. With a win here, he’ll have put himself in prime position in the Challenge Family Bonus Series.
After setting the pace through the opening 1.9km swim, to gain around 25 seconds over most of the pre-race favourites including Lange, Riederer, Heemeryck, and Böcherer, it was Andi Böcherer who quickly used his bike strength to hit the front of the race. He clocked 2:18:44 over the challenging course (though further back, Bart Aernouts managed a 2:17:49), to reach T2 alone, and start the half marathon with a two minute lead.
Lange ran well (1:10:39), and both he and Dapena Gonzalez were closing in on Böcherer. The Spaniard was able to make the pass with a 1:09:24 split to take a 17 second win, while Lange followed his countryman 35 seconds later.
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As highlighted in the preview, the women’s race looked like it would be all set for Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) to dominate, and despite giving away the expected three+ minutes to Celine Schaerer (SUI) in the water, she reversed the favour by 12 minutes on the bike. Ewa Komander (POL) was the only athlete close, starting the run four minutes back, but the Dutch athlete added another minute over the half marathon for a comfortable. In third place, Anna Noguera Raja (ESP), produced the best run split of the day (1:20:49) to complete the podium.
Gloria-Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria – Saturday 21st April 2018
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km
1st – Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP) – 4:00:25
2nd – Andi Böcherer (GER) – 4:00:42
3rd – Parick Lange (GER) – 4:01:17
4th – Bart Aernouts (BEL) – 4:02:32
5th – Sven Riederer (SUI) – 4:05:07
— Challenge Mogán GC (@ChallengeMGC) April 21, 2018
10th – Tom Davis (GBR) – 4:24:40
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Mixed bag out @challengegrancanaria Solid swim, right on the feet of the leader, and into the main pack on the bike. From there things took a turn for the worse…. flat tyre at about 10km, chased well above what i wanted to ride at to try and get back and paid the price towards the back end of the bike. Run was businessman like but unspectacular to come home in 10th. Result doesn't really reflect where I'm at and wanted to be. Hey ho these things happen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #ironman #70.3 #halfironman #challenge #challengefamily #swim #bike #run #triathlon #puncture #cycling #grancanaria
1st – Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) – 4:38:41
2nd – Ewa Komander (POL) – 4:43:45
3rd – Anna Noguera Raja (ESP) – 4:46:21
4th – Celine Schaerer (SUI) – 4:56:13
5th – Frederica Di Nicola (ITA) – 5:06:02
— Challenge Family (@Challenge_Famil) April 21, 2018
1st (45-49) – Jane Hansom (GBR) – 5:30:30
1st (18-24) – Barney Palmer (GBR) – 4:35:30
2nd (18-24) – Harry Edney (GBR) – 4:41:12
1st (25-29) – Andrew Woodroffe (GBR) – 4:41:17
2nd (25-29) – Finlay McAndrew (GBR) – 4:46:20
1ST (60-64) – David Patten (GBR) – 6:00:37
Winner winner chicken dinner pic.twitter.com/ushYG9NIWi
— Jane Hansom (@JaneHansom) April 21, 2018
Great day out yesterday for WYM triathlon coaches @andrewwoodroffe and @FinlayMcAndrew1! 9th amateur overall for Andrew and 11th for Fin also taking the age group 1/2! Great start to the season @ChallengeMGC! #whatsyourmeta pic.twitter.com/KnLkwkP9bq
— M.E.T.Athlete (@whatsyourMeta) April 22, 2018