Triple podium at the PROFFIX Swiss Bike Cup final24. September 2018, Lugano, Switzerland — MTB Team
BMC MTB Racing Team ride out the season on a high in the PROFFIX Swiss Bike Cup.
Two weeks on from the UCI MTB World Championships, BMC MTB Racing Team cap off a great season of XC at the final round of the PROFFIX Swiss Bike Cup in Carona/Lugano, with Forster securing the overall series title, Colombo winning the U23 race, and Carod bidding successfully for a podium spot.
The French MTB national champion Titouan Carod, spurred on by a superb seventh place finish at the recent World Championships in Lenzerheide, was keen to put himself in contention in the seven-lap race, heading out from the gun with reigning World Champion Nino Schurter. They were followed in hot pursuit by World silver medallist – and the eventual race winner – Italy’s Gerhard Kerschbaumer as well as Switzerland’s Mathias Flückiger, who finished the day in second.
By lap three Kerschbaumer had established a lead and Carod’s podium aspirations dictated that he clung onto the wheel of Flückiger for the remainder of the technical race in sunny southern Switzerland, only losing ground on the final lap. “It was a good race and I like the circuit in Lugano. I felt fairly good but there was something missing from my performance today,” he said afterwards, adding: “I’m happy to finish the season on a podium though.” The other BMC MTB Racing Team riders – Lars Forster and Reto Indergand – positioned themselves highly in the field, but rode more conservatively throughout, with reigning European Champion Forster tactically doing enough to secure the overall victory for the series. “My legs didn’t feel quite right today and I mainly tried to survive the race so I’m really happy to take the overall victory home. It was quite a close call with Mathias finishing in second today,” he admitted. The series winner in 2016 and 2017 Indergand finished in 8th.
The PROFFIX Swiss Bike Cup is a national race series that’s considered one of the most prominent in Europe, attracting a world-class field at each of its eight rounds¬–including the Swiss national championships in Andermatt. The past two years have seen the prestigious overall title awarded to BMC MTB Racing Team’s Reto Indergand, and Lars’ victory now makes it three consecutive years that the trophy lands in the hands of BMC MTB Racing Team. As a race circuit, this Swiss series is proving an incubator for serious talent, fanning a fire for the strong European XC scene with around 700 athletes taking part across all age categories.
Swiss national U23 champion Filippo Colombo bounced back from a disappointing World Championships to claim the U23 win in Lugano: “I was really motivated to do well today – especially in front of a home crowd. I took a week’s break after the World Championships so I wasn’t 100% sure of how I’d race today, but I went out hard from the start and kept increasing my lead. It’s such a testing circuit here in Lugano with some pretty technical sections. Now I’ll focus on training again before heading into my off-season in November.”
1. Gerhard Kerschbaumer 1:28:51.0
2. Mathias Flückiger 1:29:24.4
3. Titouan Carod 1:30:09.6
8. Reto Indergand 1:32:52.5
10. Lars Forster 1:33:52.6
1. Filippo Colombo 1:18:49.0
2. Fabio Püntener 1:19:07.5
3. Vital Albin 1:19:42.5