Swiss Epic, stage 1: Another fourth place for Indergand and Fanger16. September 2015, Leukerbad, Switzerland — MTB Team
The first stage of the Swiss Epic took the riders from Verbier to Leukerbad. Not sure the riders will have time to enjoy the famous local thermal source as recovery will be key after the 95km stage and the 3’100m of vertical ascent of today’s stage. Reto Indergand and Martin Fanger crossed the line in fourth place after a long battle with the top three teams of the day.
The first 80km of today’s stage saw four teams taking the lead and opening a big gap on the rest of the field. The last 15km-climb to Leukerbad was to be the key of the day. The MTB Marathon specialists took advantage of their endurance and experience to accelerate gradually. Reto Indergand and Martin Fanger, the two young guns of the BMC MTB Racing Team, couldn’t sustain the pace and had to let the other teams go. “Everything went really well until the bottom of the last climb,” explained Martin Fanger. “But we had to slow down a little in the last climb. There are still four long stages to go and it didn’t make sense to give it all there today,” added Reto Indergand.
Tomorrow, the riders will start and finish in Leukerbad for a rather short (63km) but steep (3’000m vertical ascent) stage.
Photo: Andreas Dobslaff / EGO-Promotion