Swiss Bike Cup: Carod Wins the Finals, Indergand the Overall25. September 2017, Lugano, Switzerland — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
The BMC MTB Racing pulled off a fantastic performance in Lugano to conclude the Swiss season on a high note.
The seventh and last round of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup had the privilege to crown two men - a winner for the day and a winner for the overall classification – and the team was decided to make the most of the double challenge.
Carod takes his revanche after disappointing World Championships
As usual, Carod had a great start and found himself in the leading group made of five riders including Mathias Flückiger and Thomas Litscher among others. The young rider felt at ease in the long uphill but most of all in the downhill leading to the finish line. It’s only during the race that he started believing in his chances. “I really didn’t expect to win today. I didn’t think my shape was good enough to be competitive. After the World Championships (where he was sick), I didn’t train for a week. This week was also pretty relaxed; I rode my bike but didn’t follow any specific programme so today came as a great surprise!”
In the penultimate lap, Kerschbaumer attacked in the uphill. “I managed to keep in his wheel and started the downhill just behind him. I quickly realized that he probably went too hard and wasn’t 100% in control in the downhill so I decided to put pressure on him. I rode as close as possible behind him which pushed him to do a mistake. He had a little crash, lost about 10 seconds and never saw me again. I rode the last lap on my own and could enjoy the last straight finishing solo.”
Carod was obviously really happy with his performance: “It’s a great relieve after the disappointment of Cairns. I didn’t want to finish the season on such a bad note so was keen to do well today even though I wasn’t sure of my shape. Now I feel very motivated for Roc d’Azur !”
Back to back win for Reto Indergand
„I managed a mission impossible!“ were Indergand’s first words after he crossed the finish line in 6th place and in front of Nino Schurter. The World Champion, second of the overall classification before Lugano, was the clear favorite for the final win but Indergand believed in his chances. “After his new World Champion title, I thought that Nino was maybe a bit more tired and less focused than usual so that it could be my chance.”
In the leading group at the beginning of the race, Indergand saw Schurter struggling and rode his own race focusing on the World Champion’s one. In the end, Indergand took a sixth place which was enough to secure the overall title: “It’s a great result for me. I never thought I could win the Swiss series twice in a row so I’m over the moon!”
Third place for Lukas Flückiger
Flückiger made the most of his current shape – he was sixth at the World Championships two weeks ago – to take the last spot on the podium 48’’ second behind Carod.
The five riders of the BMC MTB Racing Team will now focus on the last race of the season: the Roc d’Azur in the South of France in two weeks.
- Titouan Carod 1:34‘21‘‘
- Gerhard Kerschbaumer +0:15‘‘
- Lukas Flückiger +0‘48‘‘
6. Reto Indergand +2‘51‘‘
7. Lars Forster +3‘08‘‘
Results Overall Proffix Swiss Bike Cup:
- Reto Indergand 344pts
- Nino Schurter 335 pts
- Martin Fanger 304 pts
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