The Czech, Kristian Hynek (Canyon Topeak) and Esther Süss from Switzerland were todays´ winners on the second stage of the VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro 2018. Starting and finishing on the beautiful Lake Silvaplana, day 2 had everything to offer and was a mountain bikers dream. With supreme sun-drenched weather conditions, along with a diverse route of steep climbs and fantastic downhill trails, it provided bikers from all over an unforgettable experience. From Silvaplana, the remaining 360 riders headed once again above St. Moritz past the Olympic ski jump in the direction of Pontresina. The route then went via Bever and Celerina where the riders headed up to the Corviglia, home of the famous flow trails. The incredible views quickly turned into white knuckle riding with riders heading down the flow trails to be greeted by the finish line beside Lake Silvaplana.
Early on, it was exciting and tight racing in the category “Men’s Elite” where a group of eight, containing all the favorites, distanced themselves from the rest of the field. By the halfway mark, yesterday’s winner Kristian Hynek made a break and continued to build on his lead minute by minute. In the finish Hynek won in 3:23:34 hours and 3:42 minutes ahead of 2nd placed Simon Stiebjahn (Team Bulls). Stiebjahn rode along-side Jochen Käß (Team Centurion VAUDE) for a long time in the pursuit of Hynek. The sprint for 2nd place, saw Stiebjahn finished with a 2 second gap ahead of 3rd placed Käß. The victory by Hynek has increased his overall lead by exactly four minutes from Käß, with Stiebjahn another 16 seconds adrift currently in third place.
The “Ladies Elite” saw an exciting stage race with the overall leaders changing positions. Esther Süss showed her class on the second race day and celebrated her first stage win at the VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro. Second place went to Adelheid Morath (jbr BRUNEX Felt Factory Team) and although she was not able to stay with Süss, Morath managed to keep Sabine Spitz in check and to cross the line 2:16 minutes ahead. Given Morath was significantly faster than Süss the previous day, Morath is now leading overall by 1:25 minutes from Spritz, who was just able to defend her overall second place. Sunday´s final stage will see an exciting fight between these 3 riders, as Süss is within striking distance with 2:15 minutes behind leader Morath and would be confident of making up this time given today´s result.
Sunday will see the third and final leg of the VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro where the remaining starters are greeted with a grueling 63.2 kilometers and 1978 vertical meters of climbing. The starters gun will get the riders underway at 9:00am in the sports center Mulets on Silvaplaner lake. The final stage is once again spectacular with sweeping panoramic views of the beautiful Engadin area.