Forster demonstrates fine form in Dagmersellen29. December 2017 — MTB Team
Closing the curtains after 42 editions, the prestigious Radquer Dagmersellen came to its jubilant conclusion with BMC MTB Racing Team’s Lars Forster taking a decisive victory.
Marking a hat-trick of wins in Dagmersellen, 24-year-old Forster went into this race confidently after finishing a stellar 14th earlier in December in his first elite UCI World Cup appearance in Namur. “I could tell straightaway that I could do well today, as the first few laps were really quick and I was able to hold the pace without suffering,” he explained. With favourable conditions and the temperature hovering around 5–6˚C, there was nothing holding the elite men back as the sun broke through on this wintery afternoon. “The course was really quick,” continued Forster, “hilly but fast.”
Joining Forster on the starting line in Dagmersellen for the event’s final ever staging were fellow BMC MTB Racing Team members Reto Indergand and Lukas Flückiger, something of a veteran of the Dagmersellen cyclocross, having competed every year since 1998.
Demonstrating true grit, Flückiger had made a concerted effort to stay in contention with Forster, seeing them form a solid lead group alongside fellow countryman Andri Frischkneckt and Belgium’s Braam Merlier in the early stage of the race. However, as Forster gained momentum over the Chrüzberg, Flückiger made a minor mistake that saw him settle for fourth place overall.
By halfway into the hour-long race Forster had already secured a seemingly unbridgeable lead and he continued to stretch out the field at this historic final edition. “I had great legs today. I was alone out in the front and after 25 minutes the gap was really big so I decided to go alone and make my own race,” added Forster.
The BMC MTB Racing Team trio all placed within the top 5, exhibiting irrefutable signs that their consistent winter training is paying off. Indergand later said: “It was my best ever cyclo-cross race. I unfortunately missed the first big group but I was able to close the gap, and even though I was later dropped I managed to finish a happy fifth.”
However, it was Forster’s solitary figure for the second half of the race that struck a chord with the spectators as he closed the final chapter of the international Radquer Dagmersellen.
- Lars Forster 1:03:32.1
- Braam Merlier (BEL) 1:04:50.8
- Andri Frischknecht 1:04:51.6
- Lukas Flückiger 1:05:16.0
- Reto Indergand 1:05:29.5
Photo: Elisa Haumesser