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Swisspower Cup preview

Sue George in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with assistance from Harlan Price
August 31, 2007, 1:00 BST,
April 20, 2009, 22:39 BST
MTB news & racing round-up for August 31, 2007

The Swisspower Cup will wrap up this weekend September 1-2 in Muttenz. Held just one week before the...

The Swisspower Cup will wrap up this weekend September 1-2 in Muttenz. Held just one week before the World Championships, many top stars are expected to be at the start line including Julien Absalon, Christoph Sauser, Jose Antonio Hermida, Frederik Kessiakoff , Roel Paulissen, Jean Christophe Peraud, and Lado and Manuel Fumic. On the women's side, look out for Sabine Spitz and Katrin Leumann as favorites.

The Spanish racer Jose Antonio Hermida (Multivan Merida), one of the few riders to seriously challenge Absalon this year, said he hopes the Swisspower cup will help him arrive in the best possible condition to Fort William. Before heading to Swizterland, Hermida said, " I go to the Swiss Cup, with a lot of illusion, to take the final feel of form with a view to the Fort William. On Saturday I will take part in the short race, and on Sunday I will dispute the cross-country race. I am satisfied with my condition, but never you can never know for sure."

Orbea's Team Manager Ixio Barandiarán was optimistic about the participation of his riders, Absalon and Peraud. "The riders go in with an impressive morale, after the last race (the French Cup) left them in good shape." Barandiarán indicated that the Swisspower Cup route was good preparation for the World Championship. "It will be the typical Swiss circuit - a route with short, but hard unevennesses and also very technicial, the perfect training for the Worlds course.".

Saturday's program features a short, 20 minute elite race and kids races, and the juniors, amateurs, and elite men and women will race a cross country event Sunday.

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