Forster Turns Mud into Fun at the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup8. May 2017, Solothurn, Switzerland — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Lars Forster took a convincing win at the third round of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup in Solothurn.
We’ve heard it said that the most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes. If the amount of dirt on Lars Forster when he crossed the finish line first on Saturday was anything to go by, then he had the most fun he’s had in a lifetime! Covered in mud from head to toe, the young Swiss rider celebrated his second win of the season riding solo into the finish arena.
With a course designed to start and finish in the center of the ‘most beautiful Baroque town in Switzerland’ the race is generally more tactical than technical, but this Saturday’s constant rain transformed the usually-fast course, into a mud fest.
In such conditions, a good start is crucial to a good result. Lars Forster and Reto Indergand made it to the leading group together with World Champion Nino Schurter, Mathias Flückiger and Andri Frischknecht from the start. The five-man group rode away on the first of six laps, and already had a 25’’ advantage over another five-man group including Titouan Carod and Lukas Flückiger, when they crossed the line for the first time.
With Indergand and Frischknecht getting dropped in the third lap and Schurter stopping in the tech zone because of a flat on the fourth lap, the fight for the win became a duel between Forster and Flückiger. Despite a little crash in the penultimate flat that cost him a few seconds, Forster rode a strong last lap to catch and drop Flückiger before finishing solo.
“I’m super happy with this win!” he said a few seconds after crossing the finish line. “My last two races didn’t go as expected but with this win my motivation is back, just on time for the first two World Cups.” Known as a mud specialist, Forster thinks the conditions played in his favor “I think I was riding smoother than most of the other riders and I chose my lines well, especially in the turns.”
Four BMC MTB Racing Team riders in the top 10
Titouan Carod, Reto Indergand and Lukas Flückiger took 5th, 6th and 9th places – for another strong team performance. Team Manager Alex Moos was satisfied with his troop: “The race in Solothurn was missing on our palmarés so I’m super happy that has changed! Everyone is in good shape and it’s a great sign for the races to come.”
It’s now time for a last big block of training before the World Cup season kicks off in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic on Sunday 21 May; another race that is still missing on the BMC MTB Racing Team’s palmares.
- Lars Forster (SUI) 1:23'44''
- Mathias Flückiger (SUI) +0'07''
- Andri Frischknecht (SUI) +2'10''
- Nino Schurter (SUI) +2'16''
- Titouan Carod (FRA) +2'42''
- Reto Indergand (SUI) +2'51''
9. Lukas Flückiger (SUI) +3'57'' (flat tire)
DNF. Julien Absalon
Full results here.
Proffix Swiss Bike Cup - Overall classification:
- Andri Frischknecht 184pts
- Julien Absalon 180pts
- Reto Indergand 176 pts
- Lukas Flückiger 171 pts
Full classification here.