Sensational triumph for the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team: Alban Lakata fetches his second gold medal in Marathon Mountain Biking with an impressive performance at the Marathon World Championships in Val Gardena, South Tyrol.
You can’t take a world title more rightfully. During the first climb of the Marathon World Championships 2015 in South Tyrol, six kilometers up to Dantercepies, Alban Lakata from the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team took the lead of the participant field with superiority and kept it all the way to the finish line.
The Albanator kept the entire world elite of the mountain bike sport with his resistless attacks at bay. Moreover, he even expanded his lead to over 2 minutes at the end. ”Originally, I didn’t want to attack until the third climb”, says the Austrian. ”But I felt so good right from the start that I had to give it a try straight away.”
This triumph is especially deserved not only because of the framework conditions of the race with 4.700 meters difference in altitude on 87 kilometers, which are worthy of a world champion, but also the fact that Alban already took world champion in 2010 in St. Wendel on a course with different characteristics. This clearly illustrates the 36-year old is a perfectly complete mountain biker.
All in all, this was an impressive appearance of the freshly baked world champion in every respect, because even a car crash couldn’t throw him off track. Alban was brushed by an automobile during the second third of the race while descending from Passo Pordoi. He had a stroke of luck and wasn’t hurt and the brand-new Canyon prototype was left unharmed. ”It’s madness what can happen to you during a race”, says Lakata head-shaking, ”but luck was on my side today!” That’s right: No defect, no fall — only this one moment of shock. A perfect day is all it takes to become world champion.
”A tremendous dream came true for me today once more,” says the grinning two time World and European Champion. ”I finally could prove to everyone that my success at the World Championship 2010 was not a mayfly. Besides people say one title is no title!”
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