Gallery: Challenge Geraardsbergen 2019 – Brits on the podium

Heemeryck and Bleymehl take the wins in Belgium at Challenge Geraardsbergen

CHECK OUT THE RACE IN PICTURES BELOW

Winner 12 months ago (HERE), home athlete Pieter Heemeryck has been on an incredible run of form in Challenge Family races. His win yesterday at Challenge Geraardsbergen means that he has won five and finished second once in his last six Challenge Family race starts. Already this year he has won in Salou, Gran Canaria and finished second at The Championship, to add to wins at the back end of 2018 in Forte Village and Daytona.

The race saw strong performances from three British Pro athletes. While Joe Skipper ultimately had to withdraw early in the run with injury, he was in second place at the time and happy with his progress over the middle distance, a format in which his results haven’t consistently match his impressive iron-distance C.V. of recent years.

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In his first full year over this format, David Bishop secured a podium spot in third, while in the women’s Pro race, Fenella Langridge battled hard all day but had to settle for second thanks to the biking power of 2018 Challenge Roth champion, Daniela Bleymehl.

Skoda Challenge Geraardsbergen, Sunday 16th June 2019
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km – FULL RESULTS

PRO MEN

1st – Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) – 3:52:50
2nd – Thomas Steger (AUT) – 3:54:38
3rd – David Bishop (GBR) – 3:58:49

PRO WOMEN

1st – Daniela Bleymehl (GER) – 4:18:32
2nd – Fenella Langridge (GBR) – 4:20:48
3rd – Sara Van de Vel (BEL) – 4:23:47

Once again photographer Jose Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com) was on hand to capture the race. Check out his images below:

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Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Defending champion and hot favourite for the win, Pieter Heemeryck (BEL)
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Joe Skipper getting ready to go
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
2018 Challenge Roth champion, Daniela Bleymehl (GER)

 

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The Pro Men hit the water…
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
…closely followed by the Pro Women
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Plenty of Age-Group athletes too
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A strong swim set up Heemeryck’s day in Belgium
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
A close group at the swim exit
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Here’s Great Britain’s David Bishop
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
An empty road ahead – and behind – for the impressive Heemeryck
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Daniele Bleymehl impressive on the bike, once again

 

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A flat and fast section – cobbles to follow!
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Local support…
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Plenty of green on this course
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Joe Skipper got himself up to second place on the bike
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Fenella Langridge in aero mode, trying to match the pace of Bleymehl
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
There is a road in there somewhere!
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Cobbles!
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Joe Skipper on the Muur van Geraardsbergen
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
David Bishop was moving well on the bike
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Injury would force Joe Skipper out of the race early in the run, while in second place
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Fenella Langridge trying to chase Daniele Bleymehl

 

Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
David Bishop would secure a podium finish on the run
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Heemeryck was in total control at the front of the Men’s Pro race
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Bleymehl matched the pace of Langridge on the run
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Sara Van de Vel was not going hungry – and third place was her reward

 

Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Another podium for the consistent Fenella Langridge
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Fourth for Elisabetta Curridori (ITA)
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Heemeryck extends his lead in the Challenge Family World Bonus rankings
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Bleymehl adds Geraardsbergen to her win in Heilbronn
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
The Pro Women’s podium celebrates
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Champagne for the Pro Men too
Challenge Geraardsbergen - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade
Am impressive finish line and post-race party zone
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