Kristian in good shape

Kristian in good shape

The 23rd edition of the Dolomiti Superbike serves the Topeak Ergon duo Kristian Hynek and Alban Lakata as a preparation for the Transalp next week. While Kristian fought for the podium, World Champion Alban, in his rainbow jersey, has to deal with consequences of a fall.

113 kilometers, 3,357 meters of altitude, these are the parameters for the Dolomiti Superbike in Villabassa, Italy. The long climbs are perfect as a Transalp preparation, which is why Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek decide to take part in the classic race. Kristian showed that the World Cup was a slip-up and fought strongly during the last climb, pushing for the podium. The Italians Juri Ragnoli and world-champion runner-up Tiago Ferreira were up in front, while Kristian dueled with former world champion Periklis Ilias for third place.

Yuri and Tiago were super strong and I did not have enough power to beat Periklis at the final climb, comments Kristian. I cannot say I'm happy with the result, but I'm not disappointed either. Exactly one minute was missing in the goal for the top three places. After 4:21:29 he has 3:14 minutes behind Ragnoli.

The freshly crowned World Champion Alban Lakata went into the race with a handicap and ended up finishing 10th (4:31:23). Alban picked up a spained rib in training and therefore messed up his alignment, as he calls it. This definitely affected my back, explained the Austrian, explaining why he couldn’t participate in the front of the race. Nonetheless, the East Tyrolean took great pleasure in participating in the Dolomiti Superbike. I have enjoyed presenting the world championship jersey in such a passionate cycling country like Italy.