Stage 8, from Andalo to Riva del Garda on Lake Garda, was the final stage of the Transalp Challenge. Lukas Buchli and Thomas Stoll (BiXS iXS Pro Team) were the ones to finally triumph with a lead of 2:53 minutes in the overall ranking. The 2009 Transalp title holders mastered the total distance of 528 kilometres and 18,808 metres of elevation gain in the time of 23:42:28.6 hours. Hannes Genze and Andreas Kugler (Multivan Merida Biking Team) finished 2nd and Thomas Dietsch and Tim Boehme (Team Bulls 2) rounded out the overall podium as third.
With their seventh consecutive stage win Milena Landtwing and Kristine Noorgard (Rothaus-Cube) won the womens' competition. After their triumphing ride-in on the home straight, which was lined by many spectators, 2008 mixed title winner Milena Landtwing stated: “It is a different win but always nice although I have to get used to a new partner each year trying to find a rhythm.”A comment, which Kristine Noorgard could also have brought on the table. The Danish rider, who had finished in 2008 as runner-up in the women category with her sister Anna-Sofie explained: “It’s weird to not race with my sister. But a race is a race. And you want to win it for sure!”
Photos: Stage 8
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