Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Kaisa Sali (FIN) battled competitive fields and windy conditions on the bike to earn the victories at the 2017 Ironman Arizona triathlon.

2017 Ironman Arizona
Spectators line the Mill Avenue bridge to watch their athletes start al ing day of racing. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
The pro men kick things off just as the sun starts to rise. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Ironman Arizona was one of the last races to get rid of the mass start. Instead of a washing machine, it’s now a trickle of athletes along the entire course. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Brent McMahon, the 2014 champion, led the men out of the water in 49:05. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Lionel Sanders has dramatically improved his swim in 2017, exiting the water only 2:28 behind McMahon. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
The women’s race was a battle from start to finish. Here Helle Frederiksen leads Michelle Vesterby. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Michelle Vesterby is always smiling on course. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
This was the debut Ironman race for Helle Frederiksen, who’s had a lot of success at shorter distances. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Great Britain’s Philip Graves. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Sanders hammered through the Arizona bike course in 4:12:03. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
McMahon has been a consistent figure at Ironman Arizona, and has battled Sanders for the win the past few years. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Ironman Arizona’s unique three-lap bike course means that the pros share the course through the last 2/3 of the bike. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Sanders ran steady through the marathon. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
McMahon ran a 2:48:54 marathon to finish second behind Sanders. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Clemente Alonso McKernan ran his way to fourth. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Canada’s Jen Annett battles through the marathon. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Frederiksen ended her day with a 3:09:09 marathon for an impressive debut effort. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Finland’s Kaisa Sali has been a breakout star on the Ironman circuit. Following up her top-five finish in Kona with the Arizona win. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Sanders ended his day with a 2:47:16 marathon. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
The lead cyclist follows Sanders through the run course. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Not his fastest Ironman time, but Sanders is a three-time Ironman Arizona champion. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
A sub-eight victory about a month after finishing second in Kona. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
The men’s podium: Brent McMahon (2nd), Lionel Sanders (1st), and Jeremy Jurkiewicz (3rd). Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
Sali takes the victory after a close battle in the women’s race. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto
2017 Ironman Arizona
The women’s podium: Helle Frederiksen (2nd), Kaisa Sali (1st), and Jen Annett (3rd). Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto

Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Kaisa Sali (FIN) battled competitive fields and windy conditions on the bike to earn the victories at the 2017 Ironman Arizona triathlon. Sanders pulled off his third-straight Ironman Arizona win just over a month removed from his runner-up performance in Kona. Sali also followed up her impressive Kona performance with a great all-around effort to earn her first Ironman victory of 2017.

2017 Ironman Arizona
Tempe, Ariz. – Nov. 19, 2017
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 7:54:10
2. Brent McMahon (CAN) 8:07:40
3. Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA) 8:15:22
4. Michael Patrick Alonso McKernan (ESP) 8:19:41
5. Jeff Symonds (CAN) 8:20:38

Women
1. Kaisa Sali (FIN) 8:51:54
2. Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 8:55:35
3. Jen Annett (CAN) 8:59:27
4. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 9:04:42
5. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:09:10