Patrick Lange was sitting on the frame of his bicycle with his shoulders drooping, accompanied by a caregiver, the disappointed two-time Ironman world champion in a car led: Healthily weakened, the 33-year-old had to bury his dream of the title hat-trick on Hawaii prematurely.
Lange, who got a fever in the night to Saturday, finished the race for an excellent swimming performance and good 60 km on the bike earlier than planned.
According to his management, the native of Hesse had become black in hot and humid conditions. He conceded his bike at the track edge.
For Lange, the epidemic season continued. At the European Championships in Frankfurt / Main he was outclassed by the also two-time world champion Jan Frodeno, at the World Cup over the half-distance he was also clearly beaten. In the days leading up to the World Cup race, Lange also had to deal with bitter news from his personal environment: His coach Faris Al-Sultan was not allowed to travel to Hawaii because of problems with the US visa, his wife Julia crashed on a bike ride.
Despite the early exit from Lange, after three hours of racing many things pointed to the sixth German World Cup victory in series. Top favorite Jan Frodeno, who had triumphed in 2015 and 2016, was in the lead halfway through the wheel and made a strong impression.