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Hard-fought third place for McNamee in Ironman Lanzarote

23. May 2016 — Triathlon Team

David McNamee of the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team p/b Uplace clinched third place at Ironman Lanzarote. The Scottish athlete battled through a very hot, windy and at times punishing race to finish third behind Jesse Thomas and current World Champion Jan Frodeno in a time of 8:46:36.

Ironman Lanzarote usually attracts the cream of the crop of the international triathlon scene, and this year wasn’t any different. Not for the weak, the race started in the typical windy hot conditions it is infamous for, making an already tough bike course even tougher. This year, the race got off to a very fast start. In the second of the two swim laps, McNamee managed to close the gap to the leading group and thanks to a fast transition, start the 180km bike ride in 2nd place. Although not famous for being a fast cyclist, McNamee upped his game since joining the BMC Etixx team and surprisingly attacked the rest of the field to lead the bike leg for the first 80 km. Despite losing ground at the end of the bike leg, he came into T2 in third place and not far behind the two leaders, Ackermann and Frodeno. McNamee, who is one of the strongest runners in the international triathlon scene, unusually struggled at the beginning of the run and dropped down to fifth place. However, he got his fast running legs back in the last 15km and passed two athletes ahead of him, to cross the finish line in a fantastic third place, just 4 minutes behind the eventual winner Jesse Thomas and World Champion Jan Frodeno.

Battling in front of the race for the whole day, McNamee was very satisfied with his performance and podium finish “I have a really good feeling about today. Third place in such a world-class field is amazing. The swim went well, on the bike I felt very well for about 120k. The first 10k on the run were a real struggle though. In the last part of the run my legs really suffered, but it obviously came good. I was surviving better than other people and managed to move up to 3rd. So a day ending on the podium is a good day.”

Result:

  1. Jesse Thomas 08:42:33
  2. Jan Frodeno + 2:05
  3. David McNamee + 4:03
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