“I took a more aggressive approach in this race. Even though I’m not in top form, I felt a lot better than in my last race at the Tiliment Bike-Marathon”, Lakata summing up the race from his point of view. He divided the race wisely, using his power intelligently going uphill, and then repeatedly making up time to the front in the downhill sections. In the final phase of the race he still had gas in the tank.
It was only on the final mountain that Hermann Pernsteiner opened up a lead that Alban and the other three riders could no longer close. “I thought we could make another effort to try and close the distance, but the other guys weren’t interested. At that point I focused on taking second place”, explained the Austrian.
Coming onto the finish line 1:33 behind Pernsteiner (4:29:47), Lakata ended up losing the battle for second place on the final downhill stretch of the race. He noted that in the final downhill, his decision to run with a 34 gear transmission left him lacking the required power in that final sprint.
“Of course I’m not completely satisfied with my performance today, but there are still eight weeks until the World Championship in Singen and when my form continues on this path, everything is going to be great. Today’s race definitely gave me a good dose of self-confidence”, noted the Topeak-Ergon Team Rider.