“The training has paid off, I've got a real boost again,” Alban Lakata was happy about the feedback he received from his body in the four days in Schladming. "The recovery after the individual stages was excellent, which is a good sign. I’m peaking at the right time.”
The Albanator wasn’t bothered that he had to give up the first two places to his two Austrian countrymen Daniel Geismayr and Hermann Pernsteiner. “This has very little to do with the World Cup”, pointing out the completely different route characteristics in Singen and Schladming.
At the Alpentour Trophy, held between June 8 to 11th 2017, the participants had to deal with extremely difficult climbing phases, but at the World Championship riders will encounter a classic zig-zag course with short ascents. Thus, the vice-world champion used the race as a preparatory measure – one that has always paid off in recent years.
Over the first two days, after covering 61 kilometers and 2,800 meters of altitude to reach the Gigllach Lakes, and traversing a further 68 kilometers across Dachstein, Lakata found himself within striking distance of the overall leader Daniel Geismayr, only 30 seconds behind the Austrian champion. However, as a comparatively heavy rider, he had to pay a greater toll in the long climbs as well as the 53 kilometers (2,200 hm) at the Hauser Kaibling and the 14 km long uphill time trial at Planai (1,300 hm).
“I should be lighter, but that does not fit with the World Championship circuit. I can live very well with third place,” said Lakata, who finished 5:01 minutes behind Geismayr and 2:50 minutes behind Pernsteiner.
In just two weeks, the excitement will reach its climax on 25th June in Singen at the official UCI Mountainbike Marathon World Championships. Here at the Hegau-Bike-Marathon, Alban is determined to win his third world title …