Excellent 4th and 9th place for BMC-Vifit Pro Triathlon Team at Women's World Championship Iroanman 70.3

Sep 08, 2019

An outstanding Saturday for the BMC-Vifit Pro Triathlon Team as Chelsea Sodaro (4:31:07) and Emma Pallant (4:34:14) finished 4th and 9th respectively at IM70.3 World Championship in Nice. A fantastic debut for Sodaro finishing 4th in her first ever outing at a IM70.3 World Chamionpionship.

Strong performance

Chelsea Sodaro and Emma Pallant were seperated by 13” when exiting the water and joined forces in the beginning of the bike. Just before Col de Vence, the two athletes entered top 10 with a deficit of 4’30 on the leading group at that point of the race. That difference grew to 8’ on top of the climb, but Chelsea didn’t spill all her energy and left something in the tank for the remainder of the bike. In the second half, Chelsea managed to match the pace of leader Ryf whereas her competitors in front of her had to back down. Sodaro caught up with some athletes in front of her to start the run in 8th place. From that point onwards, the BMC-Vifit athlete took off for a phenomenal half marathon. At the start of the run, Chelsea was 4’30 down on fourth place, but after the first turn on Promenade des Anglais (6k into the run), she managed to charge her way to 6th place and make up 2’30 on Watkinson in 4th. A few kilometers after the halfway mark, the American athlete had 4th place in her sights and made her final move. One more time over Promenade des Anglais towards the finish line. Posting a 1:17:35-running split, Chelsea came home in 4th place in a time of 4:31:07. An incredible performance in her very first IM70.3 WC.

Ninth place for Emma Pallant

Her BMC-Vifit teammate Emma Pallant had an outstanding run as well. Emma started the run in 11th place, more than 3’ down on top 10. But Pallant put up a real fight and went after it. Halfway through the run, Emma came through in 10th place, but she wanted more. The British athlete dug deep to take over 9th place in the final 5k. Pallant made an ultimate push to go after 7th place, but came 20” short. Nevertheless, Emma gave her all by posting a 1:17:34-run and finished in a very solid 9th place. Afterwards Pallant reflected on her race: "I am dissapointed the descents let me down. At the end I came 50" short to take 6th place today. Real shame but I want to stay positive and it only motivates me for the rest of the season."

Looking to go higher next time

Chelsea Sodaro was satisfied with her performance:“It was a really tough day out there. I am proud of my effort and the way I kept fighting until the finish line. It is hard to be too disappointed with 4th in the world, but I am looking to go higher next time. I didn’t execute the swim the way I wanted to and felt pretty rough during the first part of the bike. From the descent of Col de Vence onwards, I found myself in a solid group. I attacked the downhills to maintain the gap and on the run, I got ready to go to work.”

Pablo Gonzalez 14th in men's race

Similar as for Chelsea Sodaro, it was the first ever IM70.3 WC for Pablo Dapena Gonzalez. He started the day well by exiting the water in 12th place, right in the middle of the big leading group. On the tough bike course, Pablo suffered a hard time and had to settle in a chase group battling for 22nd place. Knowing his fast run pace, there was still a lot of time to move up some places. And so Pablo did. Halfway through the run, Gonzalez already charged passed 5 athletes to take over 18th place. That didn’t take long as the Spaniard set his eyes onto the guys in front of him. Pablo kept pushing hard towards the end of the run and managed to cross the line in 14th place. posting a top 5-running split.

Looking back at his race, Pablo Dapena Gonzales felt disappointed. “I am a little bit frustrated. Obviously 14th isn’t what I came for. I had a bad feeling during the swim and felt even worse on the bike. I lost the race at the moment Kienle, Aernouts and Starykowicz passed me 1.5k before the top of the climb and I couldn’t connect as my legs were blocked. Making up time from that point onwards was impossible. The final part of the bike I had to ride alone with Smales. But then on the run, I had my best feeling ever. Too bad I was already 10’ down to the front of the race. It's a shame I had a bad day on the bike as I had one of my best runs ever.”

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