Romain Guillaume 2nd at Club La Santa IM 70.3 Lanzorate20. September 2015 — Triathlon Team
The beautiful Canary Island of Lanzarote was the scenery for the Club La Santa Ironman 70.3. It became a tight battle for the podium, with Romain Guillaume of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team finally finishing second behind Eneko Llanos.
Romain Guillaume started off well in the lagoon of Club La Santa (non-swimsuit swim) and came out of the water in the leading group (1,9km: 23’40”). A former IM Lanzarote winner, he knew what was ahead of him and he played his cards well on the bike. He took an early lead on his Timemachine and kept putting the chasers under pressure, entering T2 with the fastest bike split (90km: 2:22:31). At the start of the run, Romain had a lead of 1’ on the duo Costes andLlanos. Halfway through the run the three athletes were racing shoulder-to-shoulder. Llanos and Costes managed to pull away from Romain. Eneko Llanos was able to hold on to the lead, but in the last few kilometres, Romain Guillaume fought back and reclaimed 2nd place (21km: 1:17:14).
Good test for Hawaii
The always-smiling Romain Guillaume clearly had a good reason to be happy: "I had a strong swim today. The first half of the swim I stayed behind the leading group. The second half, I took the lead. On the bike I felt good, so I pushed a little harder without going really deep and I noticed that there was a little gap. I decided to continue on at my own rhythm. I noticed that the gap increased uphill but the chasers kept coming back in the downhill. I started the run with a 50” lead. Llanos and Costes started their run faster than I did and closed the gap at the end of the first of three laps. In the third lap, Costes and Llanos took a little lead. I was able to fight back and take over the 2nd place from Costes in the last 3kms. Eneko Llanos was too strong during the run today. I am super happy because I ran 4 minutes faster than last year. It was a great test for Kona. I will train another week here at Sands Beach and then I travel straight to Hawaii.”