The greatest moment EVER, EVER, EVER! Denmark and Germany share gold in Herning

By Paul Groves | 10 Jun, 2017

Press Release, Garmin Challenge Herning 2017 (10.06.2017)

Saturday was a truly spectacular day in Denmark as the ETU Garmin Challenge European Middle Distance Triathlon Championships took place in a sunny and festive atmosphere in the “Sports Capital of Denmark”, Herning. The many spectators witnessed a truly excited, and even slightly surprised, Patrick Dirksmeier from Germany take the European title in the PRO Men’s race. And to top it all off for the organisers, the local triathlon darling Camilla Pedersen took the PRO Women’s European title by a convincing margin.

“This is just incredible. It’s just amazing to be racing on home soil and with this amazing atmosphere,” said the newly crowned ETU European Middle Distance Champion, Camilla Pedersen from Denmark. Even though, she had suffered a minor bike crash a couple of weeks ago and didn’t have the best preparations coming into the race, she won by a 3:04 minute margin down to her immediate follower, Laura Siddall (GBR), who did, however, not compete in the European Championship but in the Open Race, leaving today’s 3rd place to Maja Stage Nielsen, who is then, for the second executive year, the ETU European runner-up, as she also finished 2nd in Poznan last year at the ETU Long Distance Championship.

Dirksmeier: “The greatest moment EVER, EVER, EVER!”

On the PRO Men’s side, everything was set for the German Andreas Dreitz to defend his title from last year’s Challenge Herning, but on the bike, which is his usual superpower skill, he suffered from pains in his neck and had to abandon the race, leaving the Danish surprise of the race, Anders Christensen, in the lead going into the run with fellow Dane Kristian Høgenhaug and German Patrick Dirksmeier right behind him. However, 33-year-old Dirksmeier finished off with a great 4-loop run under the cheers of happy crowds in the heart of the city and eventually took the European title with 2:43 min down to the Danish runner-up Anders Kristensen and 3:13 min down to the Danish sprint champion Miki Taagholt, who finished 3rd in his first ever half-distance race. “It’s incredible. Am I really the European Champion now? I can’t believe it. I thought Andi would be the strongest athlete, but I he didn’t have a good day, so I had to take the chance. I was definitely going for the podium today, but I didn’t know I would be able to take the win. This is the greatest moment EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER! The course had perfect roads and rolling hills, but the legs hurt, because there are so many good athletes here,” said the new European Champion after the race.

PRO Women’s Top 5, ETU European Middle Distance Championship:
1. Camilla Pedersen (DEN), 4:15:01
2. Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN), 4:21:10
3. Sarah Lewis (GBR), 4:21:35
4. Michelle Vesterby (DEN), 4:25:21
5. Hanna Maksimava (BLR), 4:33:25

PRO Men’s Top 5, ETU European Middele Distance Championship:
1. Patrick Dirksmeier (GER), 3:49:27
2. Anders Christensen (DEN), 3:52:09
3. Miki Taagholt (DEN), 3:52:39
4. Thomas Strange (DEN), 3:54:02
5. Kristian Høgenhaug (DEN), 3:55:35

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Please note: Official finish line photos of Patrick Dirksmeier and Camilla Pedersen - please credit the photographer: James Mitchell
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Once the official ITU Results are published we will report on the massive Age Group Race.

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Related Event: 2017 Herning ETU Challenge Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships
10 Jun, 2017 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Patrick Dirksmeier GER 03:49:27
2. Anders Christensen DEN 03:52:09
3. Miki Taagholt DEN 03:52:39
4. Thomas Strange Hansen DEN 03:54:02
5. Kristian Høgenhaug DEN 03:55:35
6. Jesper Svensson SWE 03:57:15
7. Chris Fischer DEN 03:57:17
8. Simon Jørn Hansen DEN 03:58:08
9. Morten Brammer Olesen DEN 03:58:41
10. Allan Steen Olesen DEN 04:03:27
Results: Elite Women
1. Camilla Pedersen DEN 04:15:01
2. Maja Stage Nielsen DEN 04:21:10
3. Sarah Lewis GBR 04:21:35
4. Michelle Vesterby DEN 04:25:21
5. Hanna Maksimava BLR 04:32:25
6. Birgitte Krogsgaard DEN 04:34:55
7. Line Thams DEN 04:39:43
8. Nikola Corbova SVK 04:45:52
9. Katerina Strnadova CZE 04:50:53
10. Pernille Linder Christensen DEN 04:56:21
Results: PTS3 Women
1. Marianne Hüche DEN 07:22:25
Results: PTS4 Men
1. Denis Batalov RUS 05:23:39
Results: PTS5 Men
1. Péter Boronkay HUN 04:59:35
2. Lars Hansen GER 05:16:54
3. Lars Konek GER 06:03:49
Results: PTS5 Women
1. Andrea Thamm GER 07:00:44