Sixth medal in three days for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.
Another day, another Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider in action at the National Championships. This time, in Germany, where Jannik Steimle produced a stunning time trial to finish runner-up and earn another top 3 result for the Wolfpack, that keeps our team at the top of the medal classification ahead of the weekend, where we’ll take on road races in six different countries.
The 26-year-old, who came to the start after a solid outing at the Critérium du Dauphiné a fortnight ago, was in fine form Friday afternoon in Marsberg, where a 27.5km undulating course awaited the riders. A strong sustained effort which resulted in an average speed of 46/1km/h netted Steimle his first ever medal at the Nationals – just 15 seconds behind Lennard Kamna (Bora-hansgrohe), who took the win – and with it, his first podium of the season.
“I came out of the Dauphiné with a lot of confidence, and I carried it into this weekend, knowing that I had a fair chance of getting a nice result. The legs were good before the start and I was very motivated to give everything out there and show how much I have improved in this discipline since joining the team. It’s not a victory, but I am satisfied with this result – my first podium at the National Championships – especially as the parcours was a hard and demanding one”, Jannik said after the race.
Photo credit: ©Mario Geritt