Sally Bigham dominates the Craft BIKE Transalp 2015 with her Austrian partner Christina Kollmann and wins with a comfortable lead. Alban Lakata and Christian Hynek win the last stage as well and take third overall.
The Craft BIKE Tansalp 2015 is history and the Topeak Ergon Racing Team showcased an outstanding team effort once more. Above all the women’s duo delivered a burning performance during the seven stages from Ruhpolding to Riva. Right after the starting shot, Sally Bigham and her teammate Christina Kollmann jumped out with a solid head start, which they held the entire 611 kilometres (380 mi) and 19,000 meters difference in altitude (62336 ft.) all the way to the finish line at Lake Garda.
Iron Sally brings back her 3rd Transalp victory in the ladies competition after her wins in 2012 and 2013. But the joy of victory didn’t weigh an ounce less this time: ”Stage races of this length are extremely hard and long. Something can always happen”, explains Sally jubilant at the finish line. ”But, we were really lucky this time. We didn’t have any injuries or technical issues.”
Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek ended the Transalp in 3rd place and only barely missed their personal goal of an overall victory. A flat tire during stage 3 took a lot of time, which left every effort futile trying to make due for the time lost. With inner rage burning about the defect, the two won the stage the next day and the final stage from Levico Terme to Riva del Garda. But it still wasn’t enough to take the overall victory.
”I’m happy that we won the last stage to Riva. This is very special even though it wasn’t enough to win the overall”, reveals the Albanator at the finish line and presents himself a fair competitor: ”It was an incredible hard fight for the podium at this years Transalp edition. Congrats to the whole Centurion-Vaude Team for their well deserved win. I would also like to thank our team Topeak-Ergon for the great support, as always, and Canyon for that awesome new bike!”
Robert Mennen had to drop out totally drained for unexplained reasons during the penultimate stage. His teammate Jeremiah Bishop rode the last stage alone, excluded from the competition.
This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.