Best World Cup team already!25. May 2015, Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic — MTB Team
The international season couldn’t start much better for the BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team. With a strong team performance in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, the BMC MTB Racing Team is already number 1 in the team ranking.
With its unusual late start in the season, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup was awaited with a lot of excitement and nervousness by the riders and fans. Motivation, goals and expectations were high.
Julien Absalon, in his rainbow jersey, arrived in Nove Mesto with a top 5 in mind. “I love the course here but it does not suit me so well” did he say in an interview a few days ago. In the end, he was all smiles: “I am very satisfied with my race, especially with my start which was really good this time. Kulhavy and Schurter were too strong for me today but finishing in front of Vogel is a good performance considering his current shape”. The World Champion had a hard time deciding which bike he would use on the technical and bumpy Czech course. He eventually started on his Fourstroke and was very happy with his choice: “I felt so comfortable on the bike and was very happy to have it especially in the second part of the race when things started to get harder. It definitely helped me to open the gap on Vogel”. Looking towards to the next race, he added: “the long and steep climbs in Albstadt suit me perfectly. Finishing third in Nove Mesto gives me good confidence for next week!”
Behind him, Ralph Näf had an impressive race. From the third row on the start line, the 2012 XCE World Champion found his way to the front, jumping from one little group to another to eventually cross the finish line in 6th position. “My best result last year was a seventh place in Meribel (World Cup final) so it feels good to start so well!”
Lukas Flückiger and Reto Indergand spent a large part of the race together in a small group fighting for the 11th position. In the end, they finished 12th and 18th respectively. “Today was more a mental than a physical game for me” explained Lukas who is happy to have the first race behind him: “The first World Cup is always a hard one because you never know where you stand compared to the others. Now we are in and I look forward to next weekend in Albstadt”. Reto Indergand was very happy after the race; his 18th place is his best World Cup result ever.
With the exception of Julien Absalon, all riders decided to race aboard their new BMC Teamelite 01 with the softest possible damper.
With such results, the BMC MTB Racing Team won the team classification and will take part the second round of the UCI MTB World Cup in Albstadt, Germany, with the yellow number plates.