Tough Day in Albstadt for the BMC MTB Racing Team28. May 2017, Albstadt, Germany — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Never in contention for a podium spot during the second round of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, the BMC MTB Racing Team were left disappointed from their showing in Albstadt, Germany.
A week after the opening round of the season in the Czech Republic, the world’s leading MTB riders reconvened for a contest on a very different kind of track. After the technical and rooty parcours of Nové Město na Moravě, Albstadt’s steep course may not always be a riders’ favorite yet frequently delivers tactical racing and fierce battles. Furthermore, the blistering heat added another element for the riders to conquer.
Pre-race favourite Nino Schurter had to work harder than last week for victory with his compatriot Mathias Flückiger and Dutch cyclo-cross superstar Mathieu van der Poel both in close pursuit. Julien Absalon was the highest classified of the BMC MTB Racing Team finishing seventh although the Frenchman, together with his teammates, was unable to challenge the leading positions despite a course design normally suited to his strong climbing qualities.
Teammates Lukas Flückiger and Reto Indergand finished 29th and 36th respectively, far from their pre-race expectations, while Titouan Carod confirmed his promising start to life in the men’s elite category. Eager to build on last week’s impressive seventh place, Carod started from the front row but endured a mixed afternoon, eventually settling for a top 20 finish. For the French rider the result was not a major surprise in view of how he felt leading into the race: “I didn’t feel good in training on Friday and Saturday but I was hoping for a better feeling today. It didn’t happen…” However, ninth place in the overall standings after two rounds of competition bodes well for the season.
Following an intense couple of weeks, the BMC MTB Racing Team will enjoy a short break from competition, returning to action in Gränichen, Switzerland on Sunday 11 June for the fourth round of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup. Meanwhile, the third round of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will be held in Vallnord, Andorra on the first weekend of July.
- Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:33'38''
- Mathieu Van der Poel (NED) +0'26''
- Anton Cooper (NZL) +0:49''
7. Julien Absalon (FRA) +2'21''
19. Titouan Carod (FRA) +4'22''
29. Lukas Flückiger (SUI) +5'28''
36. Reto Indergand (SUI) +6'37''
Photo: Phil Gale