Sanders' patience on the run pays off
Jimmy Seear (AUS) was first to exit Lake Tremblant with a 19-second buffer to his closest rival, Antoine Desroches. Paul Ambrose (AUS), Tyler Butterfield (BUR) Tyler Reid (CAN) Jesse Thomas (USA) and Cody Beals (CAN) were next out of the water and looking at a minute to a minute and a half deficit heading into T2.
Beals led the field early with Thomas, Butterfield, Reid and Cunningham marking the youngster's move forward. Lionel Sanders had eliminated all but 52 seconds of the four-minute deficit he had exiting the water just a third of the way through the bike. Coming into transition, Butterfield was first off the bike of the five-man lead group that contained Sanders, Thomas, Reid, and Cunningham.
Heading out on the run, Sanders, Reid, and Thomas formed an allegiance and pulled away from the field. The trio worked together for the first 15 kilometers when Thomas fell off the pace with Reid hanging in just seconds off Sanders' shoulder. Sanders' running prowess was just too much for the 24-year-old Reid in the closing kilometers as Sanders ran his way to the win, clocking a 3:45:38. Reid followed 45 seconds later (3:46:22), with Thomas finishing off the podium with his 3:48:06 finishing time.
Kessler strong again
Holly Lawrence (GBR) nipped Meredith Kessler (USA) by less than a second in the swim, and Alicia Kaye (USA) by two seconds, as the women clambered up the beach into T1. Local favorite, and Quebec’s pride and joy, Magalia Tisseyre was fourth out of the water, 1:20 off the leaders' pace.
On the bike, Kessler, Lawrence, and Kaye initially hammered off the front together. For the first half of the bike, the lead trio pulled away from the field, however, Kaye would falter in a big way on the second half of the bike and fell well off the back. Kessler made a late surge and carried a 51 second lead over Lawrence as the pair reached T2.
Kessler was solid as a rock on the run as she methodically opened a commanding gap on the entire field. On the strength of her race-best run time on the day, Kessler claimed her third half-distance title in three weeks with a winning time of 4:10:32. Lawrence’s 4:15:22 was good for second place, while Kaye finished of the podium with her 4:18:22 time.
Top 5 Men
1 Sanders, Lionel CAN 0:26:58 2:03:21 1:11:14 3:45:38
2 Reid, Taylor CAN 0:24:13 2:06:11 1:11:47 3:46:22
3 Thomas, Jesse USA 0:24:30 2:05:54 1:13:45 3:48:06
4 Cunninghman, Richie USA 0:24:06 2:06:06 1:15:34 3:50:02
5 Butterfield, Tyler BMU 0:24:11 2:05:51 1:15:49 3:50:04
Top 5 Women
1 Kessler, Meredith USA 0:24:19 2:16:27 1:25:29 4:10:32
2 Lawrence, Holly GBR 0:24:18 2:17:30 1:29:36 4:15:33
3 Kaye, Alicia USA 0:24:20 2:20:47 1:28:50 4:18:22
4 Fletcher, Christine CAN 0:27:55 2:31:56 1:32:48 4:37:22
5 Wernick, Charisa USA 0:29:48 2:35:47 1:30:00 4:40:50