The 21-year-old Carinthian Paul Verbnjak won the 3rd edition of the Kitzbueheler Radmarathon after 216 kilometers and 4600 meters of altitude. The German Eva Schien won the women’s race.
“I had a puncture in the meantime, lost a minute,” said Paul Verbnjak. However, the 21-year-old was able to quickly make up the deficit and celebrated his first victory in the Kitzbueheler Radmarathon. “I learned from last year and didn’t attack fully at the beginning of the climb up the Kitzbüheler Horn,” said the Carinthian, who is considered one of Austria’s most promising ski mountaineers in the winter. At the beginning, rain had affected the athletes. “The first three hours were freezing,” said the winner, who won after 6:33 hours ahead of his compatriot Daniel Ganahl and Canadian Jack Burke. Last year Verbnjak had to give way to Johnny Hoogerland, the Dutchman finished a strong fourth this year. In the women’s race, Eva Schien of Germany’s Gaimersheim cycling team won the race with a 24-minute lead. For the first time there were two objectives at the KRM. In addition to the “KRM Klassik” course
with 216 kilometers and 4600 meters of altitude difference with finish at the Horn, the participants could also finish in the city center of Kitzbühel after 209 kilometers and 3800 meters of altitude difference. Daniel Pechtl (Ö) and Maria Pechlaner from Meran won this “KRM Kitz” course.
Result 3rd Kitzbueheler Radmarathon “KRM Klassik” (216 km, 4600 hm):
1st Paul Verbnjak (Ö) 6:33:10 hrs.
2nd Daniel Ganahl (Ö) 6:34:55 hrs.
3rd Jack Burke (Kan) 6:36:32 hr.
1st Eva Schien (D) 7:16:13 hr.
2nd Ils van der Moeren (Bel) 7:40:09 hr.
3rd Svenja de Greef (Ned) 7:40:55 hrs.
Winner “KRM Kitz” course (209 km, 3800 hm):
Men: 1st Daniel Pechtl (Ö) 6:06:27 hrs.
Women: 1. Maria Pechlaner (Ita) 7:25:04 hrs.
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