After winning two European Champion titles, Alban Lakata secures his second bronze medal at the Marathon-EM in Singen. Robert Mennen takes fourth, Kristian Hynek takes ninth place after a setback, and in the women’s class Sally Bigham achieves sixth place after a highly competitive final.
Our Topeak-Ergon Racing Team did not land the biggest bounty at the Marathon European Championship in Singen. Even though Alban Lakata picked up a bronze medal for the second time after 2012, it could have worked out better for the racing team from Koblenz. Once again, Kristian Hynek wound up getting hit with tough luck. He was in a promising position 49 kilometers into the race, but then he had to deal with technical issues and could not keep up with the top flight.
The Albanator also felt that he could have done better: ”I had great legs, but with Kristian in the front with the top flight, Robert and I had to stay back and were only able to apply pressure at the end.” Under those circumstances, it’s a great success that he was able to take the bronze medal. Robert Mennen would have liked to win one too, but the Nörvenicher is still satisfied with fourth place: ”Yes, unfortunately, I got the wood medal, but I’ve never been so close to an international medal before!”
Sally Bigham also failed to polish up her balance with four silver medals. However, it was especially close, Sally was defeated by only 9 seconds after a thrilling final with all favorites. At the end she wasn’t really happy with her sixth place, but she didn’t have any reason for regrets: ”I gave it everything and there was nothing more I could do!”
The next chance for our team to catch some medals are the UCI Marathon World Championships at Sellaronda Hero in South Tirol on 27th of June.
This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.