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De Vries shows good form in his first race of the season

De Vries shows good form in his first race of the season

Douwe de Vries has started the new speed skating season on a high note. The 37-year-old skater from Team Jumbo-Visma finished second in the men's 3,000 meters in Inzell. He set a time of 3:40.23. De Vries had never been faster on a European track.

At the Max Aicher Arena De Vries faced his fellow countryman Bob de Vries, who set a time of 3:48.78. The Norwegian skater Sverre Lunde Pedersen ended up in first place, finishing just ahead of De Vries with a time of 3:39.97. De Vries skated his personal best at 3,0000 meters in Calgary on March 6th of 2013: 3:49.46.

"I am very happy with this result", said De Vries afterwards. "For me, it's a personal best on a European track, so I have to be satisfied. My race went well. Yesterday, during the race preparation, I skated a little better, but a race is always different than a practice. Today, I started off well and kept my race flat."

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