“He impressed everyone with his consistently high level.” What Kristian Hynek said about his partner Jeremiah Bishop also includes the competition. And so the two Topeak-Ergon riders underwent the final stage from Lavarone to Riva once again, where they finished third behind the victorious Markus Kaufmann / Jochen Käß, as well as overall winner Daniel Geismayr / Hermann Pernsteiner.
“We are very happy about this third place. This week was a big success for the whole team because we showed that we can still ride at such a high level with a short-term change of the squad,” Kristian summarized the 545 kilometers in Riva on Saturday. The fact that the always getting stronger Alban Lakata as a World Champion putting in a shift in the backup team to provide valuable support work speaks volumes. “This shows the spirit we have in the team. This is just great,” says the Czech.
What was missing was the crowning stage victory. He and JB came oh so close to snatching first place at the end of the fifth stage in Trento. Close enough that Kristian and others were of the opinion that he had actually won the sprint against Pernsteiner. It was a photo finish – but without the photo. “We both had the feeling that I was ahead, but they used the time measurement. That’s not really how it’s supposed to work”, the Topeak-Ergon-Pro critically remarked.
However, the overall feeling was positive. This included sixth place, where Alban Lakata and Erik Kleinhans came in strong. Kleinhans offered his best Transalp performance so far and the Albanator showed improvement throughout the course of the race. “From day to day my rib injury made less problems and at long last. I am very satisfied. Let’s see what it has brought”, summarized the Austrian.