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In pictures: Challenge Gdańsk 2023 gallery

The 2023 edition of Challenge Gdańsk from behind the lens of José Luis Hourcade

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Sunday’s Challenge Gdańsk 2023 in Poland saw a home victory – his second in a week – for home favourite, Kacper Stepniak. That was highlighted by another dominating bike split in the Pro Men’s race.

There was no Polish double however, as Germany’s Anne Reischmann, took top spot ahead of Agnieszka Jerzyk for the Pro Women. You can read how the race played out in our report from the day.

Following up on that roundup – and with great thanks to regular contributor José Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com) – we can now bring you the story of the race in pictures too.

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Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Having won last weekend in Geraardsbergen, could Menno Koolhaas (NED) win again?
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
The Pro Men hit the water at the city beach
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Pro Women start their day
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
The Age-Group field look out to Gdansk Brzeźno Pier
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
The lead men return to the beach
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Brits Rosie Weston and Megan McDonald dominated the swim
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Stadion Gdańsk provides an impressive backdrop
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Megan McDonald leads early in the bike section
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Italian veteran, Domenico Passuello, still racing Pro at 45
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Winner last week in Warsaw, Kacper Stepniak was going for back-to-back wins on home soil
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
After leading the swim, Rosie Weston went on the finish eighth
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
In living colour! Home favourite Agnieszka Jerzyk
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Well back after the swim, Germany’s Anne Reischmann powered through on the bike
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Marcel Bolbat (GER) got back into podium contention with a strong bike performance
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Koolhaas pushing hard in his third middle distance race in as many weeks
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
It was all going well for Kacper Stepniak, who dropped the field on the bike
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Another European outing for Australia’s Nicholas Free
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Ognjen Stojanovic (SRB) on track for another second place, matching Geraardsbergen last week
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Jerzyk would reach T2 in second, around a minute back on Reischmann
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Despite a 5+ minute lead off the bike, it wouldn’t be an easy cruise home for Stepniak
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
After dropping Koolhaas, Bolbat and Stojanovic would battle for second and third right to the finish line
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Second off the bike and second at the finish for Agnieszka Jerzyk
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Fifth place for Great Britain’s Megan McDonald
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Daniela Kleiser (GER), as she regularly does, blitzed the run to reach the podium and almost catch Jerzyk
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Fourth today for Menno Koolhaas
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Reischmann in control on the run on the way to victory
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Finish line celebrations
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Anne Reischmann wins Challenge Gdansk 2023
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Kacper Stepniak, Ognjan Stojanovic and Marcel Bolbat are the 1-2-3 in Poland
Challenge Gdansk 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
All smiles for the Pro Women’s podium of Anne Reischmann, Agnieszka Jerzyk and Daniela Kleiser
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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