Photo: Ironman.comStrong performances are one way to respond to stormy conditions. Italian Alessandro Degasperi and German Diana Riesler took great victories at the 2015 IRONMAN Lanzarote. The wind was as painful as had been predicted, allowing 1,671 athletes to showcase remarkable fortitude.
Degasperi celebrates first IRONMAN victory
Due to a couple of strong riders, some athletes tried to speed it up in the early stages of the race. Mark Oude Bennink (NED) set the pace in the men’s race for most of the way in the water and exited in 48:12 ahead of Stephen Bayliss (GBR). Within only 32 seconds, the first ten athletes stormed into T1, including most of the favorites, such as Germans Konstantin Bachor and Christian Kramer, and Belgian Bert Jammaer.
While Jammaer took over on the bike, it was on Bachor to jump to the front after a few kilometers into the stunning course. These two were accompanied by Kramer and Guy Crawford (NZL), but Kramer and Jammaer were the ones to keep the pace...