Kahlefeldt (Vodickova) and Angert perfect in Prague

Radka Kahlefeldt-Vodickova returned to the Czech Republic for a dramatic win, while Florian Angert rode and ran his way clear of some steep competition to take the men's win at Challenge Prague.

| July 28, 2019 | NEWS

Radka Kahlefeldt-Vodickova wins Challenge Prague.

Radka Kahlefeldt-Vodickova wins Challenge Prague.

Photo >Courtesy Challenge Prague

It was a dream come true for both Radka Kahlefeldt (nee Vodickova) and the crowd of enthusiastic Czech supporters as the Olympian returned home for a dramatic win at Challenge Prague. Florian Angert pulled away from a strong men's field on the bike and more than held on in the run to take a big win on the men's side.

Norden/ Kahlefeldt from the gun

Pretty much from the start of the race in the Vltava river it became clear that there would be only two contenders for the women's title in Prague. After spending much of the year dealing with injuries and fresh off the win at the Swedish national cycling championships, Lisa Norden was in Prague to get a race done before the 70.3 worlds. Norden was first out of the water, Kahlefeldt was right on her heels and she stayed close to Norden through the first part of the ride. Norden was eventually able to break clear on the bike, but her lead of just under three minutes never seemed like it was going to be enough to hold off the fast-moving Kahlefeldt.

It wasn't. By the end of the second of three loops of the run Norden was only five seconds ahead of the obviously motivated Kahlefeldt, who gave the crowd lots to celebrate as she ran into the lead and cruised in for the win. Norden held on for second.

The second race of the day was for the final spot on the podium. Emma Pallant (GBR) was third off the bike, over 11 minutes down, but would drop out of the race early in the run. That left a group that included Eva Wutti (AUT), last year's champion Katrien Verstuyft (BEL) and Aussie's Kate Bevilaqua and Grace Thek to fight things out for the final spots on the podium. Thek would also drop out and Wutti ended up being the quickest on the run to nail third, while American Lisa Roberts would run out of real estate in her chase for the podium, moving through the field to take fourth.

Angert rides clear

As he did last year when he took Ironman 70.3 Ruegen in a big win over Patrick Lange, Florian Angert made his move on the bike. A big group of men exited the water behind Spain's Pablo Dapena Gonzalez, but it was Angert who quickly put his stamp on the race early in the bike as he rode clear of some big names including Dapena, Challenge Family Bonus leader Pieter Heemeryck, South Africa's Bradley Weiss.

With a lead of 4:30 on Heemeryck coming off the bike, Angert actually gained 45 seconds on the Belgian in the first loop of the run before moving into cruise mode for the final 14 km and cruising through to a 2:46 victory. Heemeryck was pushed to the line by Dapena, whose charge towards a repeat of his runner-up finish at last year's race in Prague certainly wasn't helped by the bike accident he was in last year.

Challenge Prague | Men

July 27, 2019 | Prague, CZE

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Florian Angert

GER

3:54:49

22:36

2:08:38

1:18:27

2

Pieter Heemeryck

BEL

3:57:36

22:37

2:12:58

1:17:11

3

Pablo Dapena Gonzales

BEL

3:59:04

22:27

2:14:30

1:16:49

4

Frederic Funk

GER

3:59:33

22:40

2:14:12

1:17:34

5

Thomas Steger

AUT

4:01:25

23:58

2:11:59

1:20:29

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Challenge Prague | Women

July 27, 2019 | Prague, CZE

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Radka Kahlefeldt

CZE

4:22:13

25:06

2:27:13

1:24:37

2

Lisa Norden

SWE

4:24:11

25:02

2:23:17

1:30:06

3

Eva Wutti

AUT

4:31:35

27:29

2:34:01

1:24:00

4

Lisa Roberts

USA

4:34:27

29:50

2:34:39

1:23:18

5

Illeditsch Elens

GER

4:36:36

29:08

2:33:49

1:26:53

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