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Pallant Storms IM70.3 Edinburgh - 6th Win of the Season for Middle-dist. Rookie

3. July 2017 — Triathlon Team

After another dominant performance on the run Emma Pallant took the victory in IM70.3 Edinburgh. The BMC-Etixx athlete crossed the finish line in 4:23:17. Lucy Gossage (GBR; 4:26:32) finished second as Sarah True (USA; 4:31:52) completed the podium. This victory brings the season total for Pallant to 6 wins already this year.

Due to heavy winds and rough sea conditions the swim course was shortened to 950m. Emma Pallant exited the water in 3rd place, 2 minutes down on the lead of the race at that point. Together with Gossage, Pallant worked her way to the front of the race on the bike. After 36k the deficit was down to less than a minute and just before the halfway point Emma took over the lead, still accompanied by Gossage. The two British athletes controlled the race from that point onwards and enter T2 together. In the opening kilometers on the run, the BMC-Etixx athlete opened up a gap immediately. She kept putting the pressure on and extended her lead to 2:40 halfway through the run. Controlling the race Pallant had a comfortable lead of more than 3 minutes with 5k to go. In a time of 4:23:17 she broke the tape to take her 6th victory of the year.

Pic: James Mitchell

Afterwards Emma Pallant looked back at her performance with a very satisfied feeling. “I’m really happy with my win and especially with my performance today. Great to take the title and my first win in Scotland. All day long I had a good feeling and felt strong. The swim was tough, the sea was definitely cold, with very rough and shoppy sea conditions. Once on the bike my legs felt good immediately and I felt strong throughout. It was a hilly course which plays to my strength. I have done a lot of work on the bike and did a big 3 week training block where we really targeted the bike. I felt really comfortable on the bike today. Lucy Gossage joined me after 20k and just before halfway we managed to pass Sarah True to take over the lead of the race. We kept pushing hard to put pressure on the rest of field. Then onto the run and onto victory. The run was hilly too which again plays to my strength.

I’m over the moon with this win after an intensive block of training in previous weeks. I feel like I have made another step forward on the bike.”

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