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Lidbury wins and Halksworth takes 2nd – Challenge Fuerteventura
Some amazing results coming out of Fuerteventura this morning and Emma-Kate Lidbury continues her rise through the elite ranks with a superb win here.
Not only did Emma-Kate Lidbury take the win, but fellow Brit Lucy Gossage recovered from a tough start to the run leg to storm into second, and Dan Halksworth was in the mix right from the off and finished in second place.
In the ladies race, E-K Lidbury was first out of the water and stormed onto the bike to establish a 5 minute gap over then third place Lucy Gossage. Lidbury was to hold onto her lead, but Lucy Gossage produced a storming run in the second half to take second. By Gossage’ own admission, she was struggling in the first part as she has tweeted:
Super pleased with 2nd!Shocking first 13km of run-almost settled for 5th.Mega chuffed to bring myself back to 2nd!@eklidbury was awesome!
Lucy Gossage recently claimed the British Duathlon championship and is in great form. Who would bet against her winning more races this year and fufilling her aims to win at Challenge Barcelona and Ironman UK 70.3 this year…
Lidbury’s win was just stunning and is yet another point in her career where she has given indication that she is destined for great things on the middle and long course scene. She won three Ironman 70.3 races last year and now this race against tough opposition and should push on to challenge the best. Is she the UK’s best 70.3 athlete? I think so…
Returning to action for the first time since child birth was Bella Bayliss. Whilst just off the podium places throughout, she has certainly shown she has it still in her locker to compete against the best at middle and finished with a credible result in 6th.
Over in the mens race and it was Dan Halksworth making headlines. In-form Rasmus Hennings will be celebrated across the tri-world for his win, but Halksworth was just as impressive having utilised his swim speciality to stay at the top and then produce a performance that took him to 2nd. Halksworth was 11th in Abu Dhabi and is obviously in great shape for this time of the year and this result should be a huge boost for him in his young triathlon pro career.
Also racing was Stephen Bayliss and Oliver Simon. At the time of writing, results have not been published beyond the top racers so I will update this article asap.