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Seledkov/Wielinga clinch final stage – Glorieux/Michels defend their title – Stuurman/Mellema strongest women

30.06.2018 - 16:01

Ivan Seledkov (RUS) and Remmert Wielinga (NED) have underlined their strength one more time coming out victorious of the TOUR Transalp 2018 final stage.

Team Serpantin-Panavto mastered the 102.78 km and 1,511 metres of climbing from Kaltern am See to Riva del Garda in 2:43.56,7 hours.

With a gap of 2.10 minutes at the final timing, which had been moved outside of Riva del Garda to ensure a safe home stretch for the riders to La Rocca, Michael Spoegler (ITA) and Michael Markolf (GER) of Team corratec 1 came in as tied second (2:46.07,4) together with Frederic Glorieux (BEL) and Bob Michels (BEL) of Tauris – Grinta! who therefore kept hold to their title although they could not secure a stage win this year.

It's the second time in the 16 years of history of the tradition-rich classic through the Alps that a pairing was able to celebrate a back-to-back win. Back in 2009, South Tyroleans Werner Weiss and Andreas Laner were the first ones to pull of this feat.

Nine years later, it's Glorieux and Michels who were able to do so again. The most consistent team of this year's TOUR Transalp, which led in seven days over 827.70 km and 17,797 metres of climbing as well as 18 cols from Brixen to Lake Garda, needed a total time of 25:03.42,1 hours to bring home their second consecutive title. The Belgians therefore were 8.17 minutes faster than Team corratec 1 which, however, was able to edge off today's fifth ranked Team Strassacker / Garmin with Florian Vrecko (GER) and Nils Kessler (GER) to third overall.

“It's crazy. At the beginning of the race we never would have thought of anything like this as Bob was ill. So we just tried to survive the first three days. Then we got stronger and stronger until I crashed yesterday. Finishing off the TOUR Transalp in the Yellow Jerseys is incredible,” said Glorieux about the win.

A win, which was a sweet one with regards to 2015, when both had missed their first title by the tiny mere of 7,1 seconds. “We always have been asked how we could lose with only seven seconds,” stated Michels. “They said that it was our chance to win the title and that this chance would never come back. And now we have two of them. It's wonderful.”

He also explained that going home without a stage win under their belts wouldn't bother them at all: “There are all our friends. You take it easy when you are in the overall lead.” His teammate Glorieux added: “It's OK. We came here for the Yellow Jerseys. We wanted to go for the stage win today but Seledkov and Wielinga were too strong. All good.”

After Michels and Glorieux had distanced themselves from the rest of the field together with Spoegler/Markolf and Seledkov/Wielinga climbing up to Fai della Paganella, the Russian-Dutch duo attacked in the last two kilometres to the peak successfully breaking away and keeping the lead until the finish.

Stuurman/Mellema ungeschlagen zum Damentitel

Während Tauris – Grinta! also ohne eigenen Tageserfolg blieb, machten es Linda Stuurman und Carla Mellema vom Dutch Express ungleich besser.

Die beiden Niederländerinnen, die bereits die sechs Etappen zuvor eindrucksvoll dominiert hatten, bestimmten auch das Geschehen auf dem finalen Schlag an den Gardasee und fuhren als erneut schnellstes Damenteam über die Ziellinie (3:25.26,3). Für den Titelgewinn bei ihrer jeweils ersten TOUR Transalp benötigen die ansonsten in unterschiedlichen Radställen agierenden Sportlerinnen 31:39.28,4 Stunden.

„Es ist der Hammer. Wir sind zwar auf Sieg gefahren“, gab Mellema kurz nach der Zieleinfahrt am La Rocca zu Protokoll, „allerdings weiß man ja auch nie, wer noch alles unterwegs ist.“

Zumal am ersten Tag Mellemas 14 Jahre jüngere Teamkollegin gesundheitlich nicht auf der Höhe gewesen war. „Da waren wir glücklich, dass wir die erste Etappe gewinnen konnten. Und wenn man einmal auf den Geschmack gekommen ist, will man immer mehr“, so die 49-Jährige.

Ähnlich imposant wie die Vorstellung der Damen-Titelträgerinnen war die der beiden Österreicher Günter Baringer und Axel Strauss von Roadbiker.at & Bike city, die ebenfalls ihre weiße Weste bewahren, die Ziellinie in Riva del Garda als schnellstes Masters-Team überqueren (2:57.02,4) und damit einen spektakulären Titelgewinn einfahren konnten (27:17.58,8).

Ihre Landsleute Anna Kiesenhofer und Günther Flatscher vom Bikeexpress sicherten sich mit ihrem sechsten Tageserfolg (2:57.03,6) ihren Titel in der Mixedklasse (27:32.49,9) in ähnlich überragender Manier wie die Kanadier Jamie Armstrong und Geoff Duyker von TNA-Method (27:32.30,4), die sich auf der letzten Etappe als Dritte erstmals Gert Osselaer und Wouter Schouppe vom belgischen Team Xtreme #grandfondoteam.be geschlagen geben mussten 2:57.02,1.

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