World Number 7 Neumann, ZEN8 Athlete, and BMC Pro Triathlon Team Member, Secures an Impressive Win in Ibiza

Max Neumann's Stellar Performance Upsets the Favorites at PTO European Open

The ZEN8 Swim Trainer Sponsored Athlete Takes a Statement Win

The inaugural PTO European Open in Ibiza saw a thrilling victory by Max Neumann, a ZEN8 Swim Trainer-sponsored athlete and member of the BMC Pro Triathlon Team. Neumann, ranked World number 7, put in a controlled and inspired performance, securing the top spot on the podium and $100,000 in prize money. He finished ahead of favorites Kristian Blummenfelt, Magnus Ditlev, Alister Brownlee and Jan Frodeno in a race that had the triathlon world on the edge of their seats.

Max Neumann training with ZEN8 Dryland Swim Trainer

Photo cred: James Mitchell


A Battle of Titans: Alistair Brownlee, Jan Frodeno, and Kristian Blummenfelt

The Triathlon World Watches as The Top Athletes Go Head-to-Head

The highly anticipated PTO European Open saw a head-to-head battle between Alistair Brownlee, Jan Frodeno, and Kristian Blummenfelt, three of the sport's top athletes. While Blummenfelt emerged victorious from that trio, it was Max Neumann who stole the show with his stunning win.


Breaking Down the PTO European Open: A Look at Neumann's Victory

From Swim to Run, How Max Neumann Secured the Top Spot

The race began with the athletes emerging from the tunnel to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack, setting the stage for an epic battle. As the race progressed, Jan Frodeno took the lead in the swim, with Aaron Royle and Alistair Brownlee hot on his heels. Blummenfelt trailed behind in 14th position, 28 seconds back.

As the bike segment unfolded, the lead pack consisted of Royle, Ben Kanute, Florian Angert, Tom Bishop, Daniel Baekkegard, and Neumann, with Brownlee and Kyle Smith taking turns at the front. Meanwhile, Magnus Ditlev and Blummenfelt worked their way through the field, eventually joining the lead pack.

In the run, Brownlee initially took the lead but was soon overtaken by Neumann. Blummenfelt, the fastest athlete on the course, was closing in on Neumann, but the Australian held on to secure his victory with a time of 3:13:46.

The BMC Pro Triathlon Team, which Max Neumann races with, also had a strong showing at the PTO European Open. With the help of ZEN8 Swim Trainer, the team continues to excel and make a name for themselves on the global triathlon stage.


PTO European Open Men's Results 2023:

  1. Max Neumann (AUS) – 3:13:47
  2. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) – 3:14:14
  3. Magnus Ditlev (DEN) – 3:15:37
  4. Jan Frodeno (GER) – 3:16:03
  5. Jason West (USA) – 3:16:06
  6. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) – 3:17:04
  7. Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) – 3:18:03
  8. Ben Kanute (USA) – 3:18:09
  9. Kyle Smith; 3:18:32
  10. Aaron Royle; 3:18:53


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