Challenge Budva winner Magnus Ditlev DSQ for unintentional course cutting

(Photo: Triathlon Today)

“It is with a very heavy heart that we have to announce the disqualification of Magnus Ditlev after his victory earlier today at Challenge Budva-Montenegro,” Challenge Family just opened a press release, stating that Denmark’s Ditlev has to give up his title due to a disqualification for unintentional course cutting. “This DSQ is due to an unintentional course cutting action, after following the lead bike, which became apparent in the final stages of today’s race.”

Ditlev biked his way to a big lead, and managed to stay a few minutes ahead of Germany’s Patrick Lange while on the run. “All involved regret this decision, but the application of the objective rules as set out by our World Triathlon governing body is an important factor in our sport,” the organization explained.

Because of this decision, it’s Lange who now wins Challenge Budva-Montenegro. Ruedi Wild takes second and Nils Frommhold ends up on the podium.

To show their appreciation for the great shape that Ditlev showed today, other athletes who finished behind Ditlev, decided to share their prize money with Ditlev.