26-year-old Geens was the fastest man after 750 metres of swimming, 20 kilometres of cycling and 5 kilometres running. He beat the three-time world champion Mario Mola of Spain and Tyler Mislawchuck of Canada.
Geens already won a World Cup event at Antwerp last year, but this victory at the highest level is a first for him and for Belgium. He came out of the water just 18 seconds behind race leader Varga, but soon managed to join the leading group in cycling, in order to finish it off in the running event, in a direct clash with Mola. "It's some weeks now that I feel really strong. I had a winter without injury woes", Geens explained.