The German Philipp Herber won the Middle Distance of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. He finished the race after 4:00:34 and really enjoyed the conditions in Almere: ,,It was a though day, but this triathlon is truly amazing. It was my first time here, but definitely not my last.”
Because the Middle Distance had a rolling start this year, it wasn’t immediately clear who had won the race. That turned out to be Herber. ,,I didn’t feel strong this morning. Luckily enough I was able to keep a nice pace.”
Herber is in preparation for the World Championship at Hawaii and did some hard trainings last week. ,,Of course you feel this. But this race was really great. The crowd was enthusiastic so it is very cool to cross the stadium every lap. Everything was clear and well organized, so it’s amazing to race here.”
Herber didn’t set a personal record today – he was faster before – but that didn’t make him any less satisfied. ,,For me this race is a very nice preparation towards Hawaii and a nice confirmation that I’m in form.”
The German Gregor Schreiner (4:02:51) came in as second while third place was for Dutch Marco Akershoek (4:06:48).