The top three men from last year are the top three this year just in a different order!
It was a thrilling race to watch as Luis Alberto Hernando and Kilian Jornet battled it out for the win with Luis Alberto edging out Kilian to finally close out a long tough day by a 6 minute margin finishing in 6:55:41 and 7:01:34 respectively. Sage Canaday worked hard all day, thinking of quitting at Roque de Los Muchachos, but knowing hanging on would give him another podium finish, and at that point in the race he had an 8 minute lead over fourth placed Tofol Castanyer, so tough it out he did to finish in 7:11:39.
At Roque de Los Muchachos, which is about 57km in to race, I had the top five men as follows:
|Luis Alberto Hernando||5hr 02mins||Running and walking together keeping a steady pace throughout. Kilian checking behind and looking like Luis was the pacesetter.|
|Kilian Jornet||5hr 02mins|
|Sage Canaday||5hr 08mins||Working hard up the climb.|
|Tofol Castanyer||5hr 16mins||Steady and solid climbing.|
|Tom Owens||5hr 17mins||Looking very strong.|
From Roque de Los Muchachos there is a 20km or so drop down along a ridge to Puerto de Tazacorte before a final climb and a 1km drag through the streets of Los Llanos and a fanfare finish.
The top four men stayed the same from Roque de Los Muchachos. Tom Owens had a super strong run but suffered from some cramping that made him drop from 5th to 6th. Sage Canaday’s lead over fourth extended to 12 mins over Tofol.
Results – Men
- Luis Alberto Hernando 6:55:41
- Kilian Jornet 7:01:34
- Sage Canaday 7:11:39
- Tofol Castanyer 7:23:56
- Stefan Hugenschmidt 7:27:10
All images copyright : Ian Campbell – Photography