First race of the season and first podium for the Ironman 70.3 Nice winner and European champ. Rudy said: “fastest bike split of the day and good enough for 2nd today in IM 70.3 Oceanside in an epic battle with Ben Kanute! Definitely happy with how things went overall, but things will still improve throughout the season. After losing about 50sec to the few top swimmers, I rode my way to the top spot in T2 along with Ben. We started the run more or less together but he was just a tad faster. His lead went up to 45sec after 9-10miles, and I grit my teeth at that point to try and catch him. I pushed hard but my legs were a little toast so it was all in the head. I crossed the finish line 12sec behind Ben… Good job to him on another strong race and to everyone out there racing as well as the volunteers who did a very solid job all day. Next up for me St Anthony’s and St George!”.