Bronze for Lakata at the European Championships

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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.

 

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Matthews capitalises on a faultless team ride to win Giro d’Italia stage 3 in pink

Michael Matthews wins stage three of the 2015 Tour of Italy Michael Matthews wins stage three of the 2015 Tour of Italy

Race leader Michael Matthews has capitalised on a perfect team ride by ORICA-GreenEDGE to win the third stage of the Giro d’Italia in the pink jersey.

The inclusion of Simon Clarke and Esteban Chaves in a strong early breakaway of 24 riders and the gatekeeping duties of Clarke until the final three kilometres set up the finale for the Australian outfit.

Completing the effort, Pieter Weening contributed to the chase alongside Tinkoff-Saxo whilst Simon Gerrans provided the final lead out before Matthews completed the perfect day to cross the line ahead of Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing).

It was another case of déjà vu for Matthews, who also won on stage six in the Maglia Rosa last year.

“It was only a short stage but they made it quite hard for us,” Matthews said. “We were lucky we had the two guys in the break from the start so we didn’t have to chase for most of the stage.”

“Then Simon Gerrans and the boys worked really hard to set me up perfectly for the sprint and I can’t thank them enough.

“The Giro d’Italia so far is a dream come true for me.”

The victory was ORICA-GreenEDGE’s second of the 2015 Tour, following the team time trial win on the opening stage. It ensures the race lead for another 24hours, bonus seconds giving Matthews a six second lead over teammate Clarke.

“We couldn’t imagine this Giro starting any better,” sport director Matt White said. “You come to races with plans and goals and we have achieved them so far.”

“Our team has always been very tight, they are very well drilled and they are very loyal to each other and that’s a big factor we have.

“It’s one thing having a plan but you need guys with the ability and commitment to carry it out, they all should be very proud of their ride.”

The lumpy stage three was expected to be a tough one and when the strong breakaway went on a rise within the first five kilometres, there was no question that would be the case.

Amongst the lead group was ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Chaves and Clarke, whilst Tinkoff-Saxo stood up for the bulk of the chasing to protect their general classification ambitions.

As the gap sat under a minute both the break and the peloton dwindled from behind as the parcours took its toll on riders.

Over the final climb of the day, a category two peaking with less than 45km to go, Pavel Kochetkov (Team Katusha) led from his former breakaway companions who splintered under the pressure of the ascent.

Kochetkov led for a long time before three riders, including Clarke as the gatekeeper, bridged across to make a new group of four riders in front with ten kilometres to go.

Clarke continued to follow the moves until eventually the race came back together with three kilometres to the finish for the reduced bunch sprint.

Tomorrow’s stage four begins in Chiavari before moving through three category three climbs on the 150km journey to La Spezia, the last of which peaks inside the final ten kilometres.

 

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This article was originally posted on greenedgecycling.com.

 

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Double Victory in Riva

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Extremely successful weekend for the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team: Kristian Hynek wins the Ronda Extrema at Bike-Festival in Riva, Italy and Alban Lakata takes second. Robert Mennen was fourth facing tough luck at UCI-Marathon in Houffalize while Jeremiah Bishop took silver at the US Nationals in Columbia, GA.

Kristian Hynek from the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team still had a score to be settled in Riva, Italy. While leading the race last year, the 34-year old got lost at the Bike-Marathon in Riva del Garda right before the finish line and came in fourth. The score has now been settled by the Czech as part of the racing team from Koblenz. With a stellar performance of 4:23:08 hours, the European Marathon champion of 2012 secured the victory at the Ronda Extrema over 90,43 kilometers and 3.838 meters difference in altitude.

”This victory is very important to me, especially since I was so unfortunate here for the last two years,” explains Kristian at the finish line. ”But I’m also happy in regards to the European championship next week in Singen, it shows that my fitness is prime.”

Teammate Alban Lakata delivered a strapping performance as well and took second even though he had to deal with a flat tire and chain problems and was behind 43 seconds. ”I’m very satisfied with my fitness, but less with my result”, admits Alban afterwards. ”I think, without the flat tire, I could have won, although Kristian rode a very strong race.”

So did Robert Mennen. He showed a smashing performance at UCI-Marathon in Houffalize, but then the 29-year old Topeak-Ergon-Rider was hit by the same fate as Alban in Riva. Robert, who was leading, suffered a tire defect about 3 kilometers before the finish line and fell back to fourth place. Also Jeremiah Bishop, our new American team member, looks back on a successful weekend. The USA National Marathon Champion from 2008 took the silver medal at the 2015 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals in Columbia County, GA, last Saturday.

Regardless — the team’s fitness is outstanding and promises hope for the European championship this coming Sunday at Rothaus Hegau Bike-Marathon in Singen. With Kristian, Alban, Robert and Sally, who didn’t start at the British championships this past weekend because of health issues, we have four hot irons in the fire …

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Two in a row for Albasini in Romandie

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(30-4-2015) Yesterday’s stage winner Michael Albasini has made it two in a row at the Tour de Romandie, winning stage three in Porrentruy this afternoon.

The three-time 2014 stage winner was ably supported by a committed ORICA-GreenEDGE outfit for much of the day, including in the final stages by 2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Simon Gerrans.

The victory extends Albasini’s overall lead in the UCI WorldTour event to 20seconds, ORICA-GreenEDGE also with Italian Ivan Santaromita (2nd) and Briton Simon Yates (4th) in the top four.

“First of all we have to realise what my team did for me today,’ Albasini said. “They really drove strong in the first half of the race and in the final even Santaromita was around to make sure nobody was riding away.”

“Then I had one of the best riders in the bunch lead me out, so I just had to win it.”

Asked if he believed he could pull off his fifth stage victory in two years, the 34-year-old said he was confident.

“Sure,” Albasini said. “I knew the two consecutive climbs, they were really hard and most of the really fast guys wouldn’t survive them so I knew I would be one of the faster guys left.

“Then the team did everything for me to make a sprint.”

For sport director Neil Stephens, it was the complete team contribution that proved most satisfying.

“It’s a nice situation when you have had a win and you have the jersey, all the other teams expect you to ride, you do it, and you win,” Stephens said. “They gave it everything, sure they are tired now but they wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“Everyone had a piece of the stage win today and Gerrans was the one who did the last killometre.

“Those last couple of climbs were really hard and Gerro was actually 20seconds off the back of the bunch on the last hard climb, the second last climb of the day, and he fought his way back.  Then in the final Albasini was shadowing everywhere Simon took him and it’s great to see Simon back in good form and doing the right thing for the team.”

As racing got underway, ORICA-GreenEDGE took position at the head of the peloton in defence of the yellow jersey worn by Albasini courtesy of yesterday’s victory.

Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing), Cheng Ji (Team Giant Alpecin) and Brian Bulgac (Team Lotto-Jumbo) established the day’s break and were allowed over eight minutes advantage in the first 30km before the Australian outfit lifted their intensity to start to eat into their advantage.

With 67 of the 173km stage remaining, riders made their first passage through the finish line before embarking on a large lap that contained three classified climbs. The advantage to the lead trio was less than three minutes.

Movistar joined ORICA-GreenEDGE’s chase efforts and with a little under 50km remaining the race was back together.

Despite countless attempts to snap the elastic, including by serious general classification contenders, the race remained all-but together for the remainder of racing.

Tomorrow’s fourth stage continues with another punchy parcours, including two classified climbs in the final 30km into the finish town of Fribourg.

In other news, after the elation of yesterday’s stage win courtesy Michael Albasini, ORICA-GreenEDGE received confirmation that Canadian champion Svein Tuft suffered injuries from a crash that will rule him out of the Giro d’Italia.

Tuft crashed at the back of the peloton yesterday having collected bottles for his teammates. He was able to remount and complete the stage but was later sent to hospital for assessment.

Scans have revealed a minor wrist fracture and injured sternum and at the recommendation of medical staff, the team will take a cautious approach to his recovery.

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This article was originally posted on greenedgecycling.com.

 

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DOUBLE VICTORY AT SEA OTTER CLASSIC

Monterey, California. A day after the successful release of chapter 1 of #huntforglory, Jenny Rissveds and Nino Schurter put this project title to fact by winning the prestigious short track race at the Sea Otter Classic followed by Nino’s win at the XC competition one day later on.

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Jenny Rissveds looks back to an exiting weekend of racing at the Sea Otter Classic. No less than 15,000 participants and a total of 50,000 people took part of the 25th year anniversary of Americas largest cycling event. With a superb win in the short track and a fine 3rd place behind world champion Catharine Pendrel and Australian Rebecca Henderson in the cross-country race, our Swedish star made herself popular under the Californian sun.

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Even a double victory in two days was Nino Schurter’s racing effort, which makes it to three wins in the two weeks he has been to the US. The XC race was decided in a tight sprint between N1NO, youngster Howard Grotts and Australian Daniel Mc Connell.

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Michiel van der Heijden and Andri Frischknecht both had to deal with a cold last week. The dry and dusty air did it’s rest to it. They both missed out at Bonelli park a week ago but luckily are back on track. The good team spirit helped them to keep the motivation up. This resulted in a 17th place for  Michiel and a 12th for Andri. Good job!

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This article was originally posted on scott-odlo.com.

 

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Sally wins in Laissac

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The Topeak-Ergon Racing Team got off to a great start in the UCI Marathon-Season at Roc Laissagais, France. Sally Bigham rode confidently to first place, and Robert Mennen landed in third while Alban Lakata took sixth, even though stricken by misfortune.

The Roc Laissagais kicked off as the first race of the UCI Marathon Series in 2015, taking place this past Sunday in French Laissac. The Topeak-Ergon Racing Team properly stepped on the gas: 1st place for Sally Bigham, 3rd place for Robert Mennen, and Alban Lakata rode to place 6th after several technical difficulties.

With her first performance in the UCI Marathon Series 2015, Sally demonstrated that the road to victory means getting past her first. During the race, which runs 66 kilometer distance and 2.228 meters difference in altitude, Iron Sally gave her competition no chance. She dashed to first place in a confident manner with a head start of 14:05 minutes over second place.

”This was really a very nice race here in France. A demanding track with many poisonous climbs and technical downhills,” explained the Topeak-Ergon pilot at the finish line. ”This victory makes me especially happy, since the Marathon-World Championship next year will be fought on this very course.

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The male Topeak-Ergon-Riders had an equally great start into the UCI-Season. Robert reached a podium position taking third place after 87 kilometers and over 3000 meters difference in altitude. Alban was challenged with several technical difficulties, however, he was still able to reach a respectable 6th place. These fantastic results show our athletes are in great shape, coming right after the strenuous exertions of Cape Epic.

This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.

 

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Topeak-Ergon on the hunt

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The Topeak-Ergon Racing Team with Lakata and Hynek have established themselves to second place and therefore the team is the hardest pursuer of the overall victory. Mennen and Bishop were able to find their rhythm as well and fight on the forefront with their teammates. Bigham rides out of competition after Kollmanns exit. Learn more at On the Edge

 

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How close happiness and misfortune can be at Cape Epic, you can witness closely on our Topeak-Ergon Racing Team. While Alban and Kristian were quickly able to find their form and achieve a podium´s position every day, Robert and Jeremiah had to ride at first through a valley of suffering with defect, health issues and a harsh time penalty.

 

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But now the engine is running smoothly for the 29-year old German and the 39-year old American. The results are impressive: twice place 2 for Alban and Kristian, place 3 and 5 for Robert and Jeremiah on stage three and four. It is quite different for our female team: After Christina suffered a heat stroke during stage four and therefore had to give up, Sally keeps participating out of competition, wearing the Outcast Jersey.

 

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Today on stage 5 from Worcester to Wellington, our boys were headed in the right direction, when a flat tire and a twisted chain threw the Topeak-Ergon-Team back, which is why after 117 kilometers and 2.500 meter difference in altitude only 5th place was reached. Today they took 2nd, just 30 seconds behind the winning team. However, our team is still second in the overall classification with a backlog of 10:51 minutes.

 

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Robert and Jeremiah had to deal with impediments today as well and arrived at the finish line as sixteenth. Meanwhile ”Lonesome? Sally underlined her good early form in lone warrior style as outcast: ”We start about ten minutes behind the peloton,? explains the two time Epic winner.? I felt great from the start today and arrived exactly 6 hours later at the finish line.? This would have been place 23 in the overall ranking after all — Respect!

 

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Yet one last stage to come, then we know who will make Cape Epic history this year. Chances look not too bad for Topeak-Ergon …

For more information and results please check www.cape-epic.com and on the edge

 

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2015 Taipei Cycle Show March 18th to 21st

The worldwide cycling industry once again comes to Taiwan for the 2015 International Taipei Cycle Show March 18th – 21st. Topeak invites its distributors, buyers and dealers to visit us at booth #L524 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall for the 2015 International Taipei Cycle Show.

Topeak also invites everybody to challenge his/her limitation to achieve the highest record for pumping to 120 psi. Stop by our booth, the King/Queen of Pump must be you.

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Rémy’s 8th Megavalanche Victory

Rémy Absalon ended the 2014 season in the most beautiful way by winning the Reunion Island Megavalanche.

This weekend, Reunion Island welcomed the 20th Megavalanche race. During an entire week in the same “Holidays Village Corail”, riders could share their feelings concerning the dusty race track, the volcano or jungle runs, but also their bike specs or the 2015 program.
Every year Megavalanche is a nice way to conclude the season. Thus, all MTB disciplines were represented with enduro riders like Cedric Gracia (Santa Cruz), Nicolas Quéré (Commencal), Rémy Absalon (Scott SR Suntour) or DH pilots as Pierre-Charles Georges (Lac Blanc-Scott) the winner of Alpe d’Huez Mégavalanche, Florent Payet (Evil) or Thibaut Ruffin (Commencal). On the start line we saw XC riders too like Alexis Chenevier (Scott), winner of the famous Transvesubienne.

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Saturday took place the qualifying rounds with an enduro format. In group of 4, riders rode in 4 stages from the Maido, going on the lava, through the jungle and sugar cane fields, and finishing on the stony and dry trails of the seaside under an oppressive heat.
Rémy won this day with 28s over the second rider.

Sunday, the 400 riders started the Mega with an impressive mass start. Nicolas Quéré did the holeshot and after 300m, Rémy took the lead. During 43min, Rémy was really focussed on his goal. First he took a big time advantage in the rocky lava section. Then he made sure to go to the finish line with a smooth and safe piloting in the technical jungle and the physical parts.
Finally, Rémy came first with a comfortable lead.

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“I am really happy to end the season winning this famous race. The second part of the year was better. Megavalanche is always a goal and it very good to begin the winter in a positive spirit.”

Rémy Absalon
SCOTT SR Suntour Enduro Team

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Hynek wins in Ornans

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Kristian Hynek of the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team wins the UCI World Series race Marathon ’Extreme sur Loue’ in Ornans, France. Robert Mennen took eighth while Alban Lakata took eleventh.

It is the end of the season, but Topeak-Ergon is putting their foot on the gas just one last time. Take Kristian Hynek, for example, who won the UCI Marathon World Series race, ’Extreme sur Loue’ in Ornans, France. Against a field of world-class athletes the 34 Year Old delivered an amazing performance, finishing the race in just 3:47:34 hours — for 84km. Robert Mennen (29) finished eighth, and Alban Lakata (35) suffered a mechanical defect to finish 11th.

For Kristian, who has often suffered this year from mechanicals, the victory was particularly gratifying: ”It is a great win and I am super happy. The race was extremely well fought, almost like the World Championship”, which is hardly surprising, given that the race is used to decide the French National Champion.

The race went according the plan of the Prague born Cape Epic winner, who has managed to find some amazing form lately: ”I was able to sit at the front of the field from the start and set the race tempo. After 35km Hector Paez and I managed to create a gap and with about 7km from the finish I attached, and rode the race home.”

The course in Ornans is extremely demanding, both physically, but also because of its technical passages. For this reason it isn’t only form that you need, but also material which is up to the job. ”My decision to use the 29er Canyon fully was the right one,” the former European Champion said, ”in the technical descents, and in the rock and root gardens, the Lux CF was the best weapon.”

This Friday sees the season finale in France at the Roc d’Azur in Fréjus. Kristian, Robert and Sally are all in attendance, and riding to win. ”We will have to see what is possible. I feel good, but the field is as strong as in Ornans”. We wish all Topeak-Ergon athletes good luck.

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