Despite the clear dominance of the TEAM CENTURION at this year’s BIKE Transalp stage race it was exciting till the end. The Swabian team, only equipped with semiprofessional riders was able to win the classic alpine MTB-race for the fifth time.
Jochen Käß and Markus Kaufmann claimed the win of the last stage for themselves. Käß and Kaufmann were able to win the Transalp already three times. Though the overall winners, after 544, 80 kilometers and 17.987 meters of climbing are: Daniel Geismayr and Hermann Pernsteiner (22:43.02,2) hours, the second fastest team in this stage. Those two are only the second duo to defend their title from the prior year. The old and the new champions, from the same team, crossing the finish line together – a golden moment and a new piece of MTB-race history. After claiming all seven stage wins, together with four double wins, the 20th anniversary of the BIKE Transalp ends with a lot of joy and acknowledgment for the CENTURION VAUDE racers
“The first win is always something special”, says Hermann Pernsteiner. “It's hard to keep hold to a title but that was our goal. We knew that we could do it as our season had been going well already.”
Daniel Geismayr adds: “It's such a good feeling to confirm the title and to prove that the first one wasn't earned by accident. It's a great satisfaction. We are now racing in a team together for three years, and we know what we have to do in specific moments. That has made us stronger, for sure.”
We at CENTURION want to say a big thank you to all of the members of TEAM CENTURION VAUDE as well as the excellent support crew:
Roli Vogelmann (head mechanic)
Thorsten Frick (mechanic)
Mesut Yilmaz (staff)
Alex Wiest (physio)
Bernd Reutemann (cook and kitchen)
Clemens Hesse of HesseKafka (trainer and analytics)
Katrin Käß (staff)
Photos: Miha Matavz / BIKE Transal
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