Awesome launch of the season by Kristian Hynek

Awesome launch of the season by Kristian Hynek

On the podium right at the beginning of the season: Kristian Hynek takes 2nd on the 121 kilometers of the Attakwas Extreme in South Africa. The Topeak Ergon pro admits defeat by two seconds to former world champion Christoph Sauser at 30° celsius (86° F).

Kristian Hynek was part of a leading duo for 4 hours from Oudtshoorn to Groot Brak at the marathon classic in South Africa. Christoph Sauser fell behind early due to mechanic difficulties, so that Kristian was in the wind with German Karl Platt. Platt found problems 20 kilometers before the finish line and our Czech Topeak Ergon pilot became a companion to Sauser, with whom he defied the headwind in the final phase.

The Swiss South Africa expert and five times Cape Epic winner had an advantage at the finish due to his route knowledge and used it to slip away a few meters from Kristian right before the finish line. After 4:50:09 hours, only two seconds kept the Cape Epic winner of 2014 from a victory.

The World Championship third was still content about the successful start of 2017’s season: “Christoph was impressive today. He knew the finish and that gave him a big advantage at the end. I’m still happy about my 2nd place. It was a great race and a fantastic preparation for Cape Epic,” explains Kristian.

Teammate Erik Kleinhans showed up likewise in brilliant shape eight weeks before the major event. The South African reached the finish line fourth. He can feel content with his placement, finishing right after the three Cape Epic winners, Sauser, Hynek and Platt.

The next appearance of the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team is already on February 10th. The three-day Tankwa Trek will take place in South Africa as well, which is known as an important preparation for the Cape Epic, happening 5 weeks later.

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