Lakata and Mennen stopped the clock in 3:31:37, which pushed them to third in the GC, behind German Markus Kaufmann (Centurion-Vaude) and his BiXS iXS teammate Thomas Stoll from Switzerland.
Stage 1 winners Karl Platt and Tim Böhme (Team Bulls) had a slightly off day, slipping to second. You can see all the results here.
As for the international cycling hack duo of your author and Portuguese journalist Nuno Luz, it’s been a rough two days. Both stage 1 and 2 included copious rain and over-abundant mud. Day one Nuno battled bad legs and several mechanicals that resulted in extended hiking time. Day two saw your author suffer a bad-as-it-gets sidewall tear, which was beyond repair and meant a DNF. Good news is that Maxxis is here and hooked us up with a new 29er Ikon, so on we’ll go tomorrow, looking for redemption, and maybe a little sun, which has been in very short supply these first two days.
Here’s a look at some of the high and lowlights from the first two days in the Alps.