TRANS-GERMANY: STAGE 1

Poor conditions faced Alban Lakata, Robert Mennen and Sally Bigham. The day was a success all the same, with a second place and two 5th place finishes.

‘Over Germany’s highest mountain to its largest lake’ vaguely describes the route of the Craft Bike Trans Germany 2010.  It starts in Garmisch-Partenkirchen under the summit of Zugspitze and heads to Brengenz on Lake Contanz.  The temperatures floating around 10 degrees Celsius, and constant rain made it a very trying day.  The 82km and 2154 meters of climbing unrelenting.  Robert Mennen said of the conditions “I was shivering on the descents.  It was so cold, and the rain.  It was awful”.

Alban Lakata was able to show off his form though, finishing 2nd on the day.  It was impressive, especially given the weather conditions, which he estimated to see temperatures of no more than 5 degrees at the summit.  On the following descent there was a surprise attack from Christoph Sauser (Specialized Factory Racing) the eventual winner as he overtook the other competitors.  Lakata responded and was able to follow him.  By the finish line, Lakata was still in second place was Sauser crossed the line with 60 seconds lead.  Being the first stage, this gives Lakata 2nd overall.

Robert Mennen, who is using Trans Germany as hard training before his season’s target races, finished yesterday in 5th position.

The British Marathon Champion Sally Bigham also finished 5th in yesterday’s stage.  She also said that it was too cold and that ‘performing to your potential was difficult’.

The next stage is from Lermoos to Pfronten.  The course is 72km long and have 1863 meters of climbing.

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