Four riders in Top Five at BMC Racing Cup in Yverdon29. June 2015, Vaumarcus - Yverdon les Bains, Switzerland — MTB Team
Four of the five BMC MTB Racing Team riders who lined up at the start of the BMC Racing Cup in Yverdon les Bains yesterday finished in the top five; a good omen for the upcoming round of the UCI MTB World Cup.
With the magnificent lake Neuchatel in the background, the fifth round of the BMC Racing Cup was a great test for the BMC troops with a week to go to the World Cup in Lenzerheide. Ralph Näf had a very strong start – something he wanted to improve in training – and only his team mate Julien Absalon, could keep up the high pace. After a couple of laps riding together, the Swiss rider had to slow down and let the World Champion go. Never in danger, the reigning World Champion kept riding at his own pace until the finish line “This win is very good for the morale and I am now confident that I will be able to defend my World Cup leader jersey next Sunday in Lenzerheide” said Absalon.
A couple of minutes behind, the two young riders of the team, Martin Fanger and Reto Indergand, fought hard with Lars Forster for the remaining spot on the podium. Fanger, leader of the series, started feeling the effect of Saturday’s Swiss Marathon Championships half way through the race. “This is why I could not respond to Forster’s attack”. He had to settle for third place. Reto Indergand was relieved and happy with his race: “Last year in Montsevelier things didn’t work out after my altitude training camp. That’s why I had mixed feelings coming to this place. But everything was perfect today and I managed my best result ever in a BMC Cup. I am looking forward to next weekend!”
After his strong start, Ralph Näf went at his own pace and completed the five-man podium. He achieved his goal for the day and he is now ready for the big showdown in Lenzerheide on the course that he helped to design and knows by heart.
Next Sunday, the BMC MTB Racing Team will fight hard on home soil to defend Julien’s and the team’s lead in the World Cup overall classification.
Photo: Armin Kürstenbrück / EGO Promotion