Markus Kaufmann claims stage win with team power
With a second win in the King of the Mountain classification the German Markus Kaufmann claims the stage win on today’s marathon via the Hauser Kaibling mountain ahead of his team mates Jochen Käß and Daniel Geismayr. Time penalty for Tony Longo. Githa Michiels claims her first stage win ahead of the Austrian overall leader Christina Kollmann-Forstner.
Elite racers defend overall lead: Longo and Kollmann-Forstner
Tony Longo wins the stage and defends his overall lead. Geismayr (AUT) and Kaufmann (GER) are on second and third spot - today and overall. Christina Kollmann-Forstner defends her overall lead. Githa Michiels from Belgium comes in second today ahead of the Czech racer Jitka Skarnitzlova. Elite Master and amateur classification leads claimed by the international field of riders with Costa Rica, Belgium and Austria ahead.
Alpentour Trophy starts today promoting global peace
This year’s Alpentour Trophy started in Schladming today and the 2016 winner Tony Longo from Italy wins the first stage in a solo race. The local racer and title defender Christina Kollmann-Forstner wins in the Women’s competition.
Palästinensische, israelische und jordanische Radsportler bei der Alpentour Trophy
The organisers of the 20th International Alpentour Trophy Mountain Bike Stage Race have confirmed that they were successful in inviting Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian cyclists to Schladming (Austria). The Alpentour Trophy is a partner event of the first sports event for World Peace: the Middle East Tour – „Cycling for Global Peace“.
Austrian Double and Triple Victory at the 19th Alpentour Trophy
Top three in the elite men's, first and second rank in the women's. That's the Austrian answer to last year's Italian triple at the Alpentour Trophy, which had its big finale today in Schladming with a time trial onto the Planai Mountain. Daniel Geismayr wins overall ahead of Hermann Pernteiner and Alban Lakata; Christina Kollmann wins ahead of Angelika Tazreiter.
Daniele Mensi wins at Hauser Kaibling
The "King of the Mountain", Daniele Mensi wins today's third stage at the Hauser Kaibling mountain ahead of the Austrians Hermann Pernsteiner and Daniel Geismayr who defends his overall lead. The Dutch National Champion Hans Becking comes in fourth ahead of the Italian Cristian Cominelli. In the women's Angelika Tazreiter wins the stage ahead of overall leader Christina Kollmann. Third is Margot Moschetti (FRA) ahead of Carmen Buchacher (AUT) and Bettina Janas (GER).
Geismayr takes the lead after Austrian triple victory
Four Austrians among the first five placegetters - that´s the red-white-and-red result of today´s second stage at the Alpentour Trophy. The newly crowned Marathon National Champion Daniel Geismayr claims the stage win and takes over the race lead. Double World Champion Alban Lakata is second ahead of Hermann Pernsteiner. The Italian Christian Cominelli comes in fourth and Uwe Hochenwarter is fifth. In the women´s, Christina Kollmann increases her overall lead with a second stage win ahead of her runner up from yesterday, Angelika Tazreiter.
Simon Stiebjahn wins first stage
The 26-year old German racer Simon Stiebjahn wins today´s first Giglach Lakes stage at the 19th Alpentour Trophy ahead of the two Autrians Hermann Pernsteiner and Daniel Geismayr. Alban Lakata comes in fourth and KOM winner Daniele Mensi (ITA) finishes in fifth place. In the women´s, last year´s winner Christina Kollmann won ahead of fellow Austrian Angelika Tazreiter and Yana Belomoina (UKR).
Austrian double stage victory at the Alpentour Trophy in Schladming
Christina Kollmann and Hermann Pernsteiner from Austria are today’s elite stage winners at the time trial onto the Planai mountain. Kollmann, originally from the Schladming region and now based in Upper Austria, secures herself also the overall race title at the Alpentour Trophy 2016. After a green-white-red stage win series on the days one, two and three by the Italians Samuele Porro, Tony Longo and Daniele Mensi in the Elite Men’s, last year’s Champion Longo defended his title and won the 18th Alpentour Trophy. Almost 450 mountain bikers from a good 30 nations had taken part in the event in Schladming. Over four days, more then 9000 m of elevation and 192 km had to be conquered.
Fiesta Italiana in Schladming
The dominance by the Italians continues at the Alpentour Trophy also on day three. After a second place on Thursday, the Italian Daniele Mensi claims the win on today’s Queen Stage via the Dachstein mountain and the overall winner from last year, Tony Longo keeps his race lead ahead of tomorrow’s time trial onto the Planai mountain ahead of fellow Italian Fabian Rabensteiner. Second and third today are the Austrians Alban Lakata and Hermann Pernsteiner, respectively. Christina Kollmann paves the way for an Austrian overall victory in the elite women’s division.
Alpentour Trophy leadership change on day two
Today brought a complete shake-up in the overall top rankings of the Alpentour Trophy: the lead group around yesterday’s winner Porro with Mensi, Pernsteiner, Lakata and a good dozen more elite riders takes a wrong turn and looses valuable time ahead of the second climb. Tony Longo, last year’s overall winner, claims today’s stage two minutes ahead of the German Jochen Käß and Fabian Rabensteiner from South Tyrol and the three are also taking over the overall top three positions. In the women’s, Christina Kollmann increases her overall lead, winning today’s stage ahead of Karen Brouwer from the Netherlands and the British racer Sharon Laws.
Italian double victory in Schladming
The first stage of the 18th Alpentour Trophy saw two Italians race onto the podium in Schladming today: under cloudy skies and in wet racing conditions the Italian Marathon Champion Samuele Porro won ahead of Daniele Mensi. The Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner was third and fellow local rider Christina Kollmann won the women’s classification on the fast Hauser Kaibling stage.
Alpentour Trophy 2015: a thrill until the end!
355 mountain bikers from 32 countries took on the Alpentour Trohpy on Thursday in the Schladming region. After overall leader Daniel Geismayr had a broken chain, the Austrian Alban Lakata already imagined himself on top of the podium, however, was beaten by Tony Longo (ITA) by only one second. Today’s stage win went to fellow Italian rider, Damiano Ferraro. In the elite women’s field the result was much more predictable: Sally Bigham didn’t get today’s stage win – it was claimed by the Brasilian rider Isabella Lacerda – but the British racer still celebrated her third overall win.
One, two three – Austrians celebrate triple-victory at the Alpentour Trophy!
Start and finish in Schladming – and in between was the king stage on today’s Alpentour Trophy with 2800m of elevation and 69km. For the Austrian aces obviously the perfect stage: today’s winner Alban Lakata & Co. didn’t only bring home a triple podium, but also claimed the leader jersey for their home country from Leonardo Paez from Columbia. For the last stage Daniel Geismayr will wear it.
Unlucky fellow Paez defends Alpentour Trophy lead
He broke his finger on yesterday’s first stage, suffered a deep cut under his eye and arrived at the finish with a bloody knee. Even his own team admitted that they assumed that yesterday’s stage winner Leonardo Paez would retire from the race. However, the Columbian racer proofed today that he is a tough cookie. He took on the second stage onto the Hauser Kaibling mountain and defended his overall race lead against today’s stage winner Roel Paulissen (BEL) by 16 seconds. Overall Paulissen is now in third, right behind Tony Longo, the overall second.
Hard, harder, Alpentour!
The start of the 17th Alpentour Trophy in Schladming (AUT) was not for the faint of heart in the mountain bike scene. After a neutral start the field rolled out of town comfortably, but then 59km of tough racing awaited them. Hot summer temperatures and mud puddles proofed challenging even for the seasoned elite racers, bloody knees and grazed arms were no exceptions at the finish, but a regular sight. Last year’s overall winner and one of the favourites Leonardo Paez (COL) took out today’s stage victory, however, arrived battered and bruised at the Planai Stadium…
Paez secures first Columbian victory at the Int. Alpentour Trophy
After two stage wins he got it! On today’s fourth and final stage of the 16th Int. Alpentour Trophy from Schladming and across the Hauser Kaibling Mountain Leonardo Paez secured himself the first overall win ahead of his team mate Tony Longo (ITA). In celebratory mood was also the Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner who got his first podium placing today – he came third behind Lukas Buchli, today’s stage winner, and the Belgian rider Kevin Van Hoovels, who was second. In the elite women’s classification the Ukrainian rider Yana Belomoina dominated today’s race again courageously and took the overall title.
Leonardo Paez reclaims Alpentour Trophy leader jersey
Third day, third changing of the guards in the overall classification at the 16th Alpentour Trophy: the Columbian stage winner from day one, Leonardo Paez, took back his “Schladming/Dachstein” leader jersey from Tony Longo on today’s third stage around the picturesque town of Ramsau at the foot of the Dachstein Mountain. The 23-year old Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner was in strong form again today and missed the podium narrowly with a fourth place. A new overall leader also in the women’s elite classification: The Swiss rider Milena Landtwing took the reign ahead of today’s stage winner Githa Michiels from Belgium.
Italian Longo takes over overall lead at the Int. Alpentour Trophy
Yesterday’s victory took its toll on the Columbian rider Leonardo Paez. During today’s second stage of the 16th Int. Alpentour Trophy in Schladming he came third and lost too much time against the Italian stage winner Tony Longo, who takes over the lead overall. The Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner had a great race and placed sixth. In the women’s classification the Belgian National Champion Githa Michiels secured herself the stage win on today’s 14km time trial onto the Planai mountain.
Columbian victory kicks off 16th Alpentour Trophy – World Champion Paulissen places 2nd
The first stage winner of the 16th Alpentour Trophy is the Columbian rider Leonardo Paez. Paez claimed the victory 40 seconds ahead of double-World Champion Roel Paulissen from Belgium who came in second. Herman Pernsteiner from Lower Austrian was the best local finisher in the stage that took the riders high up onto the Hochwurzen Mountain and the Giglach Lakes.
Roel Paulissen at the Alpentour Trophy 2014
World Champion Roel Paulissen and 13 National Champions at the Int. Alpentour Trophy. The 16th Alpentour Trophy (12 – 15 June 2014) is breaking all records this year: with competitors from 34 countries and 13 National Champions a new record has already been set. And with the Belgian Roel Paulissen for the first time a double-World Champion is coming to Schladming!
HYNEK AND BIGHAM REPEAT INT. ALPENTOUR TROPHY VICTORIES IN 2013
Freakish weather conditions dominated the 15th Alpentour Trophy 2013 in and around Schladming. The more than 500 mountain bikers from all over the world had to cope with the lot: strong rain, snow and a cancelled fourth stage due to flooding and mudslides. Still in a class of his own in the elite men’s category was last year’s winner from the Czech Replublic, Kristian Hynek. After two consecutive stage wins he claimed the title ahead of World and European Champion Alban Lakata from Eastern Tyrol. In the elite female field, the Vice World Champion from Great Britain, Sally Bigham, won again.
LAST ALPENTOUR TROPHY STAGE CANCELLED
Due to strong rainfall, mudslides, fallen trees and the Enns river, which is about to overflow, today the fourth and last stage of the 15th Alpentour Trophy onto the Hauser Kaibling mountain had to be cancelled for safety reasons. The overall winner of the Elite Male category is therefore again Kristian Hynek, just like last year and also in the women’s field the defending champions form last year, Sally Bigham from Great Britain, claims the title.
RIDER FROM SALZBURG WINS THE OPEL HILLCLIMB SUPPORT RACE AND 11,000 EUR CAR
Christoph Zaller from the Lungau valley in Salzburg surprised everyone at the Opel Hillclimb support race, which was put on for the first time at the 15th Int. Alpentour Trophy: The 29-year old leader in the amateur classification rode up the Planai hill the furthest and snatched away the main prize from favourites Kristian Hynek and Alban Lakata – a brand-new Opel Adam, valued at 11,000 Euros.
ALBAN LAKATA TAKES STAGE WIN AT ALPENTOUR TROPHY AHEAD OF SOUKUP
Double victory for Austria at the third stage of the Int. Alpentour Trophy via the Dachstein mountain. The European Marathon Champion Alban Lakata won on the shortened 54 km and 2200m queen stage despite a mechanical and crossed the line in a downhill sprint finish just ahead of fellow Austrian Christoph Soukup. Third was Jiri Novak from the Czech Republic ahead of fourth finisher Kristian Hynek, who was able to defend his leaders jersey today.
WINTER SPECTACULAR AT THE ALPENTOUR TROPHY - HYNEKK WINS AGAIN
Winter sport athletes would love the conditions that currently dominate the 15th Int. Alpentour Trophy. But mountain bikers? Not so much. Thick snow drifts welcomed riders to today’s 15km time trial stage, which took them from Schladming up to the Schafberg Alp, which is the top station of the gondola. Today’s winner was again Kristian Hynek from the Czech Republic, who was able to increase his overall lead. Second was the Danish rider Sören Nissen ahead of third, MTB European Marathon Champion Alban Lakata.
DEJA VU AT A FROSTY FIRST ALPENTOUR STAGE
Rainy, six degrees in Schladming, temperatures below zero on top of the Reiteralm and Hochwurzen mountains with snow falling down to 1,500m. These were the inhospitable conditions the riders of the first stage at the Int. Alpentour Trophy faced. The Czech rider and last year's winner Kristian Hynek repeated his victory at the first stage in 2012 and had the current European MTB Marathon Champion from Lienz, Alban Lakata, claim second place by 1:45 minutes.
EUROPEAN MARATHON CHAMPION ALBAN LAKATA AT THE START OF THE INT. ALPENTOUR TROPHY
Currently he is the most successful marathon mountain bike race in Austria and the Alpentour Trophy organisers are thrilled that he decided to race in Schladming on short-notice. The 33-year old Alban Lakata from Lienz announced his participation today. Due to the wet weather conditions tomorrow's stage will not go via the Giglach Lakes, but onto the Reiteralm instead.