Hitting Stride

Hitting Stride

World Champion Runner-Up Alban Lakata managed a smooth reentry to competition four weeks after Cape Epic. The Austrian took sixth place at the Tiliment Bike Marathon in Spilimbergo, Italy. However more importantly, he realized: “The recent training has been working.”

After the Cape Epic, Alban Lakata decided to hit the reset button and restart his training. After four weeks of solid work, it looks like his performance levels are once again on the rise. Even though a podium finish was not in the cards after 104 kilometers last Sunday, the Abanator’s performance looked optimistic. “At the end I just didn’t have that extra bit of gas in the tank”, said the Topeak-Ergon Rider. But after such a hard four weeks, it would have been a surprise to be in top condition.

During the first 50 kilometers of the race, the only long climb, Alban found himself quickly behind the pack. “I was missing some of the required self-confidence to really be able to hold on in the positional battles,” said the Austrian. However then on the 10 kilometer long mountain phase he was able to ride more smoothly and move up several places in the race.

In the following downhill phase, he was unfortunately blocked off by reigning world champion Tiago Ferreira and lost valuable time. Thus, in the final 20 kilometers, the gap turned out to be too large to overcome and achieve a podium place. In the end Alban finished in sixth place, 3 minutes and 48 seconds behind the winner. “I am not completely unsatisfied, and I can see, that the training has been working,” explained the World Champion of 2015. “Above all, it was a great test on the 2018 EM circuit.” And a competition, on which to build.