Snowboarding Olympic champion Benjamin Karl is not given the opportunity to compete in Transalp. Together with former professional mountain biker Elisabeth Osl, the Wilhelmsburg (St. Polten region) won the multi-day cross-alpine cycling event.
Six stages in seven days – more than 500 kilometers and more than 17,000 meters in elevation from Nauders (Tirol) to Lake Garda (South Tyrol). The Transalp Program is probably one of the most difficult training programs that a winter sports enthusiast can choose to take in the summer. However, Benjamin Karl and his cycling partner Elisabeth Osl were not beaten on a single day of competition: the duo won all six stages and took the overall win in the mixed team classification by a margin of over an hour and a half. .
It was a declared victory. Even before the Tour, Carl said: “We’re not here to cheat, we have high performance standards and we want to win in Transalp.” For clear ads, so I’m glad it worked again. “
Carl: “I’m glad it’s over now.”
However, in the end, the figure skating star’s energy reserves were already at the limit: “I have to say, in the past two days, a certain core fatigue has set in. I’m glad it’s over now. Our legs weren’t as good as they were at the start of Transalp. We really enjoyed the last descent to the end. So many thoughts went through your head. I rode my first Transalp at the age of 15 with my friends, equipped with a map. That was the beginning of the journey.” This journey has now led Carl to the top of the podium.
Teammate and former professional mountain biker Elisabeth Osl spoke about a milestone in her sporting career. “The overall win is very important to me and ranks very high in my professional experience. It was a great teamwork and the cohesion between Penny and the whole team was fantastic. Not only did we defend the leaders’ jersey, we proved every day that we are the best,” says Ossel after the final stage.
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