Pablo Dapena and Emma Pallant finished both on the podium in the European season opener in Salou. Dapena (3:48:02) raced all day in front of the race to claim 2nd place, while Pallant came back from behind to cross the finish line in 3rd. The men’s race was won by Pieter Heemeryck (BEL; 3:46:40) as Thomas Davis (GBR; 3:49:19) rounded out the podium. In the women’s race, the victory was for Judith Vaquera (ESP; 4:16:58) in front of Daniela Bleymehl (GER; 4:18:38).
In contention all day
The day started perfectly for Pablo Dapena as he came back to shore in 3rd place. On the bike, Pablo settled in the chase group as he tried to save his energy for the upcoming half marathon. Dapena entered T2 and immediately found his rhythm early in the run. He took over control of 3rd place, looking towards the front. Not long before the BMC-Vifit athlete made his move and took over 2nd place. He put the pressure on Heemeryck in the final kilometers, but had to settle for 2nd. An incredible performance in his first long distance race in BMC-Vifit team colours.
Third place for Emma Pallant
Emma Pallant had a very solid swim as she entered T1 in 7th place. On the bike, Pallant steadily moved her way up through the field. Entering T2, she found herself in 4th place. During the run, Emma continued her strong charge forward and took over 3rd place in the early stages. From that point onwards, the BMC-Vifit athlete controlled the situation and made sure her 3rd place finish was never in doubt.
Good result but not the best feeling
Afterwards Pablo Dapena emphasized he gave his all.
"I tried all I could today, but I didn't have the best feeling. On the bike, I was suffering the first two laps. The third and final lap I felt better, but the gap with the athletes in front of me had already grown to 1 minute. After all, coming home in second is a good result, but it didn't come with the best feeling during the race."
Good first race after big training block
Similar feeling for Emma Pallant when she reflected on her performance: "It was good to shake the legs out after a very solid period of training. I spend the last two months in Spain building on the foundation for the rest of the season and it was very good to get this first race in the legs. It was perhaps not my most favourite course but a good swim and run and definitely onwards and upwards from here.