Forster and Indergand Achieve Swiss Bike Cup Podium in Schaan23. April 2018, Schaan, Liechstenstein — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
The two Swiss riders rode a solid race to take second and third places behind World Champion Nino Schurter.
There wasn’t much to do against Nino Schurter in Schaan, Liechstenstein at the second round of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup. The current Olympic and World Champion rode away from the rest of the field at the end of the first lap and was never seen again by his opponents.
Behind him, Lars Forster and Reto Indergand worked well together for a couple of laps to contain the damages before adopting their own pace to cross the finish line 38’’ and 2’15’’ respectively behind Schurter. “It wasn’t a very exciting race to watch I bet” said Forster, “but legs were good and that’s the most important.” With his second place, he took the lead of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup with two weeks to go to the Bike Days in Solothurn which he won last year.
Reto Indergand was also happy with his third place: “I think we did a good race in memory of Andy”.
The three riders were very committed to manage a good result in memory of BMC Switzerland’s owner Andy Rihs who passed away a few days before the race.
The U23 Swiss Champion Filippo Colombo had decided to race in the Elite category: “I didn’t know what to expect really so I decided to start fast and see what would happen. In the end I had to suffer a lot. Racing with the Elite is completely different than in the U23 category; it was a good experience and it motivates me to train harder.”
The race in Schaan was the first of a series of events ridden on the BMC Teamelite, the hardtail bike of the BMC MTB Racing Team. Next stops: Heubach, Germany followed by the Bike Days in Solothurn (third round of the Swiss Bike Cup) and the Mercedez Benz UCOI MTB World Cup in Albstadt, Germany.
- Nino Schurter 1:39'02''
- Lars Forster +0'38''
- Reto Indergand +2:15''
9. Filippo Colombo +6'22''
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