Patrik Nilsson was right there from the start as he exited the water in 5th place, trailing the lead by only 7 seconds. In the first part of the bike leg, Patrik settled in the first chase group and passed the halfway mark in 4th position. The deficit had run up to 1’ at that point of the race, but a different story at the back end of the bike leg. The small chase group of 4 athletes caught up with leader Fraysse as they entered T2 together. Nilsson used his time in the transition to deal with upcoming cramps. But once he left T2, he was on a mission. In the first 4k the BMC-Vifit athlete moved his way up to 3rd place, trailing 2nd by less than 20”. 2k later he charged past Ackermann to take over 2nd place. From that point onwards, Patrik kept his pace high, posting the 2nd fastest running split of the day (1:12:44) and crossing the finish line as runner-up in a time of 3:42:50.