Flückiger and Indergand still in yellow with two stages to go15. September 2016, Verbier, Switzerland — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Despite a fourth place in today’s stage, Lukas Flückiger and Reto indergand kept the lead at the Swiss Epic.
Today’s long and demanding stage between Leukerbad and Verbier saw Olympic and World Champion Nino Schurter and team mate Mathias Stirnemann win in front of cross-country marathon specialists Jochen Käss and Daniel Geismayr. Lukas Flückiger and Reto Indergand couldn’t follow the tempo of the leaders in the last climb of the day and crossed the finish line 2’07’’ behind the winners and 2’01’’ behind their main rivals for the general classification.
They’ll start tomorrow’s stage with a 2’19’’ advantage. “The goal is to defend the lead and to win the general classification on Saturday” explained Alex Moss, Team Manager of the BMC MTB Racing Team. “The last two stages are shorter and should favor the cross-country riders.”
Martin Fanger and Filippo Colombo finished in 9th place today and are currently in 10th place in the overall classification.
- Scott - Odlo MTB Racing Team (N. Schurter - M. Stirnemann) 4:29'01''
- Centurion Vaude (D. Geismayr - J. Käss) +0'06''
- Topeak Ergon Racing Team (A. Lakata - K. Hynek) +1'19''
- BMC MTB Racing Team 1 (L. Flückiger - R. Indergand) + 2'07''
9. BMC MTB Racing Team 2 (M. Fanger - F. Colombo) +11'08''