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What a weekend for the P series

From Bertrand Billard’s title defense in Pays d’Aix to David McNamee’s triumph in Mallorca to podium finishes in California and Mexico, the bikes that dominate the Kona Bike Count also ruled the Ironman 70.3 circuit.

Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix

After coming out of the water near the front, the defending champion put nearly seven minutes between himself and the chasers on his Cervélo P5. In the end, Billard held off a charging Denis Chevrot to win his third Pays d’Aix title by just one second (in 3:55:18). “I wanted to give everything in the first hour of the race,” he explained. “This was my strategy: To swim well and try to stifle the hopes of my opponents with a very intense rhythm at the front of the race.”

P5X rider Frederik Van Lierde also made the podium by finishing 4:21 behind Billard. “I think Bertrand really had the will to suffocate us, and that's what he did,” the 2013 Ironman World Champion added.

Ironman 70.3 Mallorca

McNamee combined a strong swim and ride on his P5X with a race-best run to win by just over a minute. Calling it the “best-executed race of my life,” the Scotsman said he “pushed to a whole new level of hurt today.”

Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa

Sarah Piampiano finished second behind current Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence. A solid ride on her P5, combined with a typically speedy run, pushed Sarah from sixth to second in a final time of 4:18:12. 

Ironman 70.3 Monterrey

Tyler Butterfield claimed his second podium of the season by finishing just 24 seconds behind race winner Kevin Collington after recording the second-fastest bike split on his P5.