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Rocky Mountain team wins the women’s race
Defending champions Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm of Team Bulls won the final stage of the TransAlpe 2008 and wrapped up their second consecutive win of the 665-kilometer stage race.
On the last stage from Andalo to Riva del Garda, Platt and Sahm underlined why they kept hold on their title with good reason.
The team mastered the 61-kilometer stage in 2:30:03, putting their total riding time in the 8-stages at just under 30 hours at 29:59:25.
Overall runner-ups Martin Kraler and Heinz Verbnjak from Craft and Friends / mountainbiker.at came in second on the day, as well, while Alexander Pscheidl and Christian Schneidawind were successful in the sprint for third. Andreas Strobel and Markus Kaufmann from Vaude-Simplon 1, who finished twelfth in the final stage, claimed the third spot overall.
It was the fifth stage win for the Bulls.
“We had not planned to attack. But Karl was getting angry somehow as the pace was so slow,” explained Stefan Sahm . “We are absolutely stoked. Winning the final stage as the overall leaders is a fantastic feeling. Stage races are made for us,” he said.
“It was a dream of a stage today although the last downhill was very hard to ride. I really had some problems as my arms cramped a bit.” Platt, who won his fifth consecutive Transalpe, only had to add: “I was looking forward to this downhill but I hardly could hold my handlebar. I had to change fingers in order to pull the brakes.”
Rocky Mountain victorious in women’s race
Alison Sydor and Pia Sundstedt are the 2008 Transalp Queens. The two walked across the final finish line, enjoying a lead of nine minutes over their chasers, Anna-Sofie and Kristine Norgaard, who had won yesterday’s stage.
The Norgaard sisters claimed the day’s second spot and the overall second place. Barbara Merkofer and Margrit Joerg jumped on the podium for the first time as third.
“It was a perfect ending” explained Sydor. “It was a tough and long week with some ups and downs. But we rode very well together and were able to gain a gap almost every day. This was very satisfying” said the Canadian who took home silver from the 1996 Olympics.