After winning one of Europes most prestigious events, L’Etape du Tour, three weeks ago, Stefen “Coach” Kirchmair scored another impressive victory on Sunday at the 11th edition of Austria’s Arlberg Giro by showcasing not only his proven ability to climb, but also his blazing fast sprint.
Kirchmair (Kirchmair Cycling) came into the finish with a group seven top European gran fondo racers, including Simon Betz, Anton Schiffer and last week’s winner Marco Provera, and after climbing over 2500 meters he bested them all in a high speed drag race to the finish line. Not only did he take the win, he also set a new course record of 3:53:37 for the 150 kilometer race. Less than a bike length behind Kirchmair was the German Anton Schiffer, followed by fellow countryman Simon Betz in third place.
After finishing third in 2019, Kirchmair knew the final kilometer like the back of his hand and used that critical knowledge to win on Sunday, “I already knew the finish line, so I knew where to compete decisively.”
Germany’s Julia Schallau (Pro Juventute / Bikesnboards) won the women’s race, crossing the finish line in 4:28:17. Followed immediately by Laura Rumple (4:28:19) and Christina Sautner (4:28:22).
Compete Arlberg Giro results HERE.
Photos: Arlberg Giro