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Potts edges Clarke at 70.3 Calgary
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 28th July 2014

Tags  Andy Potts  |  Calgary  |  Emma-Kate Lidbury  |  Will Clarke

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Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Calgary in Canada saw Great Britain's Will Clarke secure his fourth second place on the Ironman 70.3 circuit this season (alongside his Wimbleball win). Emma-Kate Lidbury took fourth.

We spoke to Will two weeks ago, shortly after winning the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon. He admitted to us then that his expectations for Calgary weren't great, so he will come away from Canada very happy with a second place to add to his others this season in South Africa, Puerto Rico and Barcelona. Now just five weeks away from the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Will expects to have raised his performance still further come Mont Tremblant.

Speaking to Uplace-BMC media, A very tired Will reflected on the race shortly after:

“I am very satisfied with my race. This was always the one of the year which was dodgy for me. I just came off my TWO week break and didn't feel great in training in the build up to this. On top of that I obviously had the long travel to get here via four days in Boulder, so that's never easy. 

"My swim was the weaker part of the race, I came out about 1’15 behind Andy Potts but on the bike I rode really hard to close the gap and we ended up in a select group of Jordan Rapp, Andy Potts and Brandon Marsh. The first half of the bike was way harder than ever before for me. I had 365 watts at the far end of the course and on the way home I was expecting it to back off a bit but it never really got easier! I dropped off the pace at 75km and rode with Marsh for the rest of the bike and could let my legs recover just a little bit. Setting off on the run I felt really good! At the 5km mark I caught Rapp and Potts who were one minute ahead and continued with Andy till 13km. Unfortunately I had a bad stomach and had to duck into the toilet for 20 seconds and I could never close the gap back to Andy. The gap stayed 10 seconds almost the whole way! He was super strong, maybe not his top speed but he's just so relentless and unbreakable! 

"The most important thing for me now is that I'm fresh in the body and mind after a break and 95% fit and in a really good place. I have five weeks to peak for my biggest race, Ironman 70.3 World Championships and this performance will have lifted my training towards that”.

Ironman 70.3 Calgary - Sunday 27th July 2014
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:43:43 Rachel McBride (CAN) 4:07:19
2nd Will Clarke (GBR) 3:44:19 Mandy McLane (USA) 4:16:12
3rd Brandon Marsh (USA) 3:47:32 Lisa Mensink (CAN) 4:17:47
4th Jordan Rapp (USA) 3:48:03 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:19:29
5th Grant Burwash (CAN) 3:54:25 Amy Marsh (USA) 4:21:13

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