Perfect Day at the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup in Gränichen4. June 2018, Gränichen, Switzerland — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
With two wins as well as two top five, the team classification and the leader jersey in the Elite category, the day could have hardly gone any better for the BMC MTB Racing Team.
Impressive win by Forster in front of Indergand
In 16th place only after the first lap, Forster had to dig deep to steadily come back to the front of the race. “I’m not sure what happened; I had no power and couldn’t push hard as if my body was still asleep.” Luckily it didn’t last very long and Forster could start a solo battle that saw him join the leading group only after half race. In the leading group, he joined team mates Reto Indergand and Titouan Carod as well as Mathias Flückiger and Andri Frischnknecht.
The five-man group worked well together until Forster decided to take matters into his own hands. He placed a strong attack with one and a half lap to go and quickly built an impressive gap over the rest of the leading group to take his second win of the season. And, as good news never comes alone, he took over the lead in the overall classification of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup.
At the front of the race since the start, Reto Indergand managed to shake loose Frischknecht and Flückiger in the last lap to cross the finish line in second place. “I’m super happy with this second place and with the team performance. It feels really good after a disappointing race in Nove Mesto last weekend.” Indergand is now second of the Swiss series which he won already twice (2016 and 2017).
Rounding the top five, Carod concluded a strong race for the team which also won the team classification of the day.
First win of the season for Colombo
Strong of his second place at the World Cup in Nove Mesto a week earlier, Filippo Colombo was clearly one of the favorites on the start line of the HC race in Gränichen. However, it was French rider Axel Zingle who took the best start crossing the line with a 20’’ advantage after the first lap. Colombo worked together with fellow countryman Joel Roth to eventually close the gap in the penultimate lap. “I attacked as soon as we caught Zingle; neither he nor Roth could follow. I’m so happy to take my first win of the season.”
All riders will now start a big block of training before the Swiss National Championships at the end of June and the next two rounds of the World Cup in July.
- Lars Forster (SUI) 1:36'15''
- Reto Indergand (SUI) +0'08''
- Andri Frischknecht (SUI) +0'11''
5. Titouan Carod (FRA) +0'45''
- Filippo Colombo (SUI) +1:24'08''
- Axel Zingle (FRA) +0'12''
- Joel Roth (SUI) +0'12''
All results here.