Chris Leiferman backed up his magnificent 4th place finish at the Ironman World Championship two weeks ago, with a second place at IM70.3 Marbella earlier today.
The BMC athlete exited the water in 6th place with a deficit of 52" to the leaders. Early on the bike Leiferman moved up to second place as part of a small chase group of three athletes. The gap to the lead stayed around the 1'30 mark for most of the bike leg. In the final stages of the bike Chris broke away from the chase group to enter T2 on his own in second place. Once on the run the American started to claw back time and the gap dropped to just over a minute at the 13km mark. Leiferman kept pushing hard but unfortunately ran out of road. De Keyser held on to take the victory, with Chris finishing a very strong second only 30" later after producing the fastest run split of the day. South African Weiss completed the podium 1'15 later.
Very happy only two weeks after IM Worlds
Afterwards Leiferman looked back at his performance: "I always want first but I can't complain today. I am blown away that I had the fastest run split of the day. I would never thought that would happen today. I am very pleased to take second only two weeks after the Ironman Worlds. I am heading to our team training camp in Mallorca now and look forward to carry this shape into the IM70.3 European Championship in Elsinore in a few weeks time".