Sabine Spitz (WIAWIS Bikes Pro Team) and Kristian Hynek (Canyon Topeak) are the overall winners of the VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro 2018. The last stage of the 3-day mountain bike event saw Spitz turning the tide and overtaking her rival, Adelheid Morath (jbr BRUNEX Felt Factory Team), with an outstanding victory and to claim the overall winner in the Elite Ladies category. Kristian Hynek went into the final stage with a comfortable advantage and even though he had to settle for 4th place in today’s race, he secured a brilliant win in the overall Elite Men´s category.
The third and final race day at the VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro was another highlight for the remaining 320 bikers who started at 9:00am in Silvaplana. The Engadin certainly turned the weather on for participants and spectators as there was plenty of sunshine on hand. For most riders, they could at least forget the hardship of the previous 2 days with more remarkable segments amongst the picturesque landscape.
By the halfway point of the final stage saw a five-person lead group in the “Elite Men” with all the top-ranking bikers in overall standings. They were able to distance themselves by the second feed station at the 44km mark. From here, the overall leader Kristian Hynek moved ahead his opponents and by the Corviglia at 48km with a good 1-minute lead from Jochen Käß and the other pursuers. However, during the final difficult technical downhill trail, Käß and the Swiss Thomas Litscher (jbr BRUNEX Felt Factory Team) managed to catch Hynek and overtake him. In a thrilling sprint, Käß won the dash to the line with a time of 3:03:07 hours, with Litscher 2nd in the same time. Switzerland’s Konny Loser of the BiXS Pro Team had a great ride and secured his first podium place at this year’s VAUDE Engadin Bike Giro 2018, just 31 seconds back. Another 10 seconds later, Hynek reached the finish line in Silvaplana and won in the overall Giro with a time of 7:19:11 hours, with Jochen Käß 3:20 minutes further behind in 2nd. Third place went to Thomas Litscher who secured his overall podium with today’s great ride, 4:53minutes adrift from overall winner Hynek.
An exciting final stage was witnessed in the “Elite Ladies” category. The overnight leader Adelheid Morath had to relinquish her lead from the strong Sabine Spitz. Spitz attacked when heading to Corviglia and continuously built a solid lead second by second from her two pursuers. By the line, Spitz finished on her own 2:27 minutes ahead of her rivals and gave her enough time for the overall victory. The overall time of 9:00:11 hours saw Spitz ahead of Morath by 1:03 minutes. The 3rd place in overall standings was confirmed by yesterday’s winner Esther Süss who also secured 3rd in today´s stage with a final gap of 4:10 minutes from Spitz in the overall classification.
The event consisted of three exciting mountain bike days with dream weather conditions for the responsible organizers and almost 400 bikers who can take fantastic memories and views home with them.