Camilla Pedersen’s comeback continues with victory at Challenge Fuerteventura

Danish pro triathlete goes from hospital bed to victory in six months, while Germany's Andreas Dreitz takes gold in the men's race

Camilla Pedersen wins Challenge Fuerteventura

In an astonishing return to competitive racing following a serious bike crash which left her in a coma just six months ago, Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen took gold at Challenge Fuerteventura last weekend – her first race since the accident.


Pedersen took just over 25mins to complete the 1.9km swim, then posted the fastest split (2:36:39) for the 90km bike leg. Her run was around 7mins slower than second-placed Eimear Mullan (IRE) but was enough to give her a convincing win, nearly 6mins ahead of the Irish athlete. Daniela Sämmler (GER) took bronze.

“I have worked so hard for this comeback, and I am so happy, that I’ve come this far,” said Pedersen after the race. “You have to fight for your dreams and goals, even when it is hard, and it has been hard, but I am on my way.”


In the men’s race, Germany’s Andreas Dreitz took gold after posting the fastest bike split of the day (2:19:42) and the fastest half marathon (1:16:43), followed by Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) who had a close battle with strong runner Horst Reichel (GER).

Women’s results

1 – Camilla Pedersen (DEN)


2 – Eimear Maria Mullan (IRE)


3 – Daniela Sämmler (DER)


Men’s results

1 – Andreas Dreitz (GER)


2 – Sylvain Sudrie (FRA)


3 – Horst Reichel (GER)