TRANS ZOLLERNALB: LAKATA 3RD

Alban Lakata takes third place at the Zollernalb Stage Race.

In the fight for seconds at the Trans Zollernalb stage race, Alban Lakata took third overall.

In the premiere of the new event, the Trans Zollernalb saw riders tackle three stages taking them 250km through the Swabian Alps.  The first stage was on Friday, was over 60km long and the introduction to the 3 day event.  The second stage was 77km long with 1800m of climbing.  Finally the third stage of this ‘everyman’ race was on Sunday, with 76km to be tackled.

Starting for Team Topeak Ergon was Alban Lakata.  The Marathon World Champion was considered one of the favourites prior to the race.  Lakata less sure before the start, because of  the continuous press appointments that packed the three days.  The opening stage on the Friday saw him finish 8th.  The second day saw motivation return and he won one of the sprint classifications during the stage.  Crossing the line in fourth, it was now down to the final day to defend the 2 second lead on 4th place and try to claw into the 1 second lead of 2nd.

The final day came and once again Lakata won a sprint classification.  In the final sprint to the line, he finished second.

The overall classification saw the Austrian defend 3rd place.  The fight for time was one that Lakata lost, but it was extremely close.  The second placed finisher and Alban were level, but Lakata didn’t have enough in him to take the position.  “The closeness of the result is infuriating.  With just one second deficit to second place you can’t help but think about everything you could have done to make up that time.  All the same, it was a great race and when all is said and done, it was pretty successful.

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