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