Reto Indergand Victorious in Elite Road Race7. March 2016, Montauroux, France — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
It’s a common topic of discussion – the likelihood of a successful conversion from mountain bike racing to road racing, and vice versa. Reto Indergand proved that a mountain biker with a head for tactical racing and some good team support can triumphantly take on a talented field of cyclists by winning the Grand Prix de Montauroux, this past weekend.
As part of their first team training camp of the season, an intensive ten-day training block on the road, the five riders of the BMC Mountainbike Racing Team took part in the elite road race near Fréjus, France to add some intensity to their training. Despite limited experience in road racing, the riders managed to place two riders in the front groups: Reto Indergand in the lead group of 16 men and Martin Fanger in the chasing group. After 90km of racing and 20km to go to the finish line, when the chasing group were finally closing the gap to the head of the race, a decisive move happened. Four riders managed to open a significant gap on a long steep ascent that, after three laps, would bring them across the finish line. Reto Indergand was part of the group of four riders, and showed nerves of steel to wait until the final ascent to attack and cross the finish line on his own.
“I am super happy to win here. Road racing is obviously not my specialty but a win’s a win and it is the best way to start the season!” said Indergand. His Team Manager, Alex Moos, was also delighted to witness such a victory. “As an ex professional road cyclist, I am really happy to share such an experience with my riders and I couldn’t be happier today. Reto did really well and this victory is a great highlight for our first training camp of the season.”