Thank you all for your nice greetings after the race here at Lanzarote!!!
I had a super nice week with some great racing on the volcanic island of Lanzarote at the UCI Stage race “4 stage MTB Lanzarote” Pwb Club La Santa!
Best of all was to proof that all the hard work this winter has payed of and that I am already now on a really high level for when the season starts in northern Europe!
Like you know I ended up on the 2nd place overall after Spanish Cross Country star Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory Racing) The last spot on the podium went to Austrian XCO Champion Karl Markt.
I and my team tried all we could to get Mantecon “off” the podium, but in the end he was just a little too strong.
We had a great week at Lanzarote and all the guys I invited with me to Lanzarote did all they could to help out for a good overall result. Special thanks to David Horvath (Stevens Racing), Luis Pinto, Greg Saw and Otto Solberg.
The race this year has been signed up as UCI stage race event which counts for the UCI Cross Country ranking, means that all the best riders from Spain, Portugal etc. had found their way to this event. All 4 stages was raced with a super high pace and sometimes it made me think back to my road days. Every day was a fight to stay in the front on the small and narrow roads, but it worked out every day and I believe I have to be happy with my 2nd overall.
For an overview of single stages and overall please have a look here: http://www.clublasanta.com/en/sports/results/results/4-stage-mtb
Review from Spanish TV of the 2017 "4 Stage MTB Lanzarote" http://www.rtve.es/m/alacarta/videos/mountain-bike/mountain-bike-four-stage-mtb-lanzarote-2017/3908442/?media=tve
Here some articles from the race:
Video from every stage:
Again thanks to all of you!! See you around!!