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Garmin Challenge Denmark 2018: Andreas Dreitz and Pernille Thalund wins in Herning

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Andreas Dreitz and Pernille Thalund each took home a convincing victory in triathlon Garmin Challenge Denmark 2018 in Herning. After a non wetsuit swim the athletes had to conquer an unusual hot summer day, which delivered as well drama as excitement.


For a while favorite Camilla Pedersen (DEN) looked like a sure winner. The former elite swimmer came first out of the water after only 25:56 minutes, with two minutes down to fellow dane Pernille Thalund. But almost halfway through the bike course, Thalund took the lead and kept it all the way to the finish line. Laura Siddall (GBR) fought her way up from being 9th second place, well three minutes after Thalund. 18 minutes later Frankie Sanjana (GBR) crossed the finish line.

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Photo: © James Mitchell / Challenge Denmark


Meanwhile, Camilla Pedersen fought a brave but brutal battle with her stomach which refused to hold anything down in the heat. It goes without saying that it was an unfair match, and halfway through the course she chose to pull herself out of the race.

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Photo: © James Mitchell / Challenge Denmark


Andreas Dreitz does it again

Among the men, Swedish favorite Jesper Svensson was first out off the water with Daniel Bækkegaard right behind him. But racing across the Danish heath, the ranks were turned upside down. Ultimately, the former Triathlon Challenge Denmark winner Andreas Dreitz took the lead, after which Danes Mathias Lyngsø Petersen and Kristian Hindkjær succeeded in overtaking Svensson. Last year’s winner, Anders “Hightower” Christensen finished fifth.

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Photo: © James Mitchell / Challenge Denmark


The Denmark weather as X-factor

One should never complain about the fabulous, Danish summer weather. But in the triathlon context, the heat was grueling. For the pros, the water temperature of 23.1 degrees meant a non wetsuit swim, which was a draw back for the heavier athletes. The vast majority of the age groupers athletes chose to swim in their wetsuits.

The almost non-existent wind made cycling really fast. But as the athletes went out running, the combination of heat, sun and no wind meant an excruciatingly hard run through Herning’s otherwise festive streets.

“The weather is always the x-factor in triathlon. It’s something you can not predict or change – and that can make a huge difference in either direction. But it’s the same for everyone, and that’s something that makes it exciting”, says race director Claus Vesterby.

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Photo: © James Mitchell / Challenge Denmark


All about the experience

It is a very proud and happy race director, Claus Vesterby, who can close and shut Challenge Herning this evening: “We had a phenomenal pro field with some amazing athletes and personalities. It’s amazing to notice how the Challenge Family spirit influenced the day among both pro and age group athletes. All the amateur athletes at all levels who struggled to exceed their own expectations and have a party with their sport, never seize to amaze me. They are just as important to us as the professionals, and it’s fascinating to see the breadth of our sport. I am proud of that,” says Claus Vesterby:

“Everyone is here to do their best, but first and foremost they come to get a great experience. And there’s no doubt they’ve got that today – and so have It’s a pleasure to feel how the city of Herning has taken the Challenge in and really backs us up and creates a party around the athletes. That means so unbelievably much. So we are already looking forward to making an even more amazing event next year.”

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Photo: © James Mitchell / Challenge Denmark


Garmin Challenge Denmark 2018 | Triathlon Results

Men

1. Andreas Dreitz (GER) – 3:47:12
2. Mathias Lyngsø Petersen (DEN) – 3:51:54
3. Kristian Hindkjær (DEN) – 3:57:31

Women

1. Pernille Thalund (DEN) – 4:20:55
2. Laura Siddall (GBR) – 4:24:00
3. Frankie Sanjana (GBR) – 4:42:00

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Photo: © James Mitchell / Challenge Denmark


Organizer: © Challenge Denmark

European Sports Promoter: EMG


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