On paper Angelo Vandecasteele was probably the biggest favorite for the World Championships Duathlon title, but he, as well as the other Belgians who started, didn’t win thanks to two French athletes. The win was for Nathan Guerbeur and the silver for Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger. Arnaud Dely still saved the pride for Belgium by finishing third.
The race was hard fought from the very first kilometers and the first ten kilometers were completed in a time of 31:48 minutes. A leading group of nine athletes began the forty-kilometer bike together and then several lost their connection. During the second run over 5 kilometers, the final differences were made.
Guerbeur eventually ran his five kilometers in a time of 16:15 minutes. All the men behind ran about the same times and thus came up just short of keeping Guerbeur from the world title.