Sunday kicked off with a Stage One win of the 19th Annual BIKE Transalp for Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek. The Topeak-Ergon duo nabbed the victory on the first stage from Imst to Nauders and slipped into the yellow jersey. Sally Bigham and her partner Ben Thomas also had a fantastic stage victory.
Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek were in the front of the riding action the entire 88.8 kilometers. When it came down to a crucial ascent at Norbertshöhe around 78 km mark, Kristian Hynek controlled the pace, which only Alban Lakata could follow.
“Kristian was very strong today,” the Vice World Champion paid compliments to his partner Hynek (World Champion Bronze Medalist.) He had designed the final phase “perfectly”. The two were a minute ahead of the Austrian duo Hermann Pernsteiner and Daniel Geismayr, which is an excellent sign. “The first day is always about scanning the others,” said Lakata. Now the Topeak-Ergon riders know where they stand and how strong the competition really is.
Sally Bigham rides together with Ben Thomas and distanced Silke Ulrich and Sascha Schwindling by three minutes and celebrated a successful start in the seven-day stage race across the Alps.
This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.