Strong performance of R.Müller at DHM racing bike
Organizer of the excellently organized DHM, which had last taken place in 2012, was the TU Dresden, which this year will also host the DHM for the mountain area.
For the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Robert Müller (this year already two race wins and two second places) and Burkhard Schlenkrich (four placements among the top ten) were at the starting line. In a race characterized by tactics, which led over 125 undulating kilometers, Robert was able to sprint to 6th place in the end. Burkhard crossed the finish line in 23rd place after a very combative performance. The winner of the race was the professional Max Wallscheid (University of Heidelberg) ahead of Chrstian Kux (TU Dresden) and another professional, Jan-Niklas Droste (University of Giessen).
Here are the descriptions of the rider Robert Müller:
"The DHM in Leipzig was a very well organized race on a nice, undulating 125 km long lap, which is something that doesn't even exist anymore in other races.
The main difficulties were the very strong wind and the unfamiliar track, it was always sharp around corners and you didn't know what to expect then and how the wind was. Therefore, you always had to ride halfway in front to not be surprised by attacks or to fall back through holes on the wind edge.
Already relatively at the beginning, after some hard attacks, a harmless group of 3 came out and behind them was then dawdled until halfway through the race so that the women, who had started with us men and had already been left behind, could catch up again. However, about 50 km before the finish it was over when the two KT riders and favorites Droste and Walscheid made serious. After some very fast km I was able to break away from the peloton with about 20 men and we rode well together.
Pretty quickly we also closed the 3 min gap and then it was clear to me that there would be a sprint for the victory.
The riders of the host university TU Dresden started the sprint for their captain Christian Kux with some people pretty well and probably had the local knowledge, which I lacked.
So I was a bit surprised when suddenly the 1000 m sign appeared, because according to my speedometer it should have been a few more km.
The last km went by so fast that I couldn't get far enough ahead and so I entered the finish straight a few positions too far behind.
The rider right in front of me (Hümbert) tore a hole in the finish bend and although I passed him right away, the hole was already too big. Unfortunately I couldn't close it and ended up in sixth place, 1 sec behind.
Burkhard was in the group behind me and rode for a long time with a gap of only 30 sec, but he didn't come close anymore and finished 23rd overall.
For optimal regeneration, I ran the 500 steps (91 hm) up to the Völkerschlachtdenkmal after the race and enjoyed the super view from the top."