Last week Armstrong was quick to say that Bennett pushed him hard on the run. Today it was Alexander’s turn to tell us just how much Bennett kept him honest.
“It was on from the first mile on the bike. I got on the bike 20 meters behind Greg and was doing 50 km an hour and he dropped me like a bad habit in the first 10 miles,” Alexander said.
The pace remained insanely quick – Alexander managed to get back in touch with Bennett as the two went through the half-way point of the ride in an hour. The were eventually joined – and passed – by defending champion TJ Tollakson, who “drag-raced” his way through the incredibly flat bike course in 2:02:30 to Alexander’s 2:03:58 and Bennett’s 2:04:58.
Out on the run course Alexander did what we’ve seen him do countless times before, run away from the rest of his competition to take another 70.3 title. Bennett managed to run his way passed Tollakson to claim his second runner-up finish in eight days. Tollakson hung tough for third, followed by Richie Cunningham and New Zealand’s James Bowstead.
Listen to a post-race interview with Criag Alexander here.
Listen to a post-race interview with Greg Bennett here.