Schurter wins another battle with Absalon in Solothurn

Süss victorious in women's race

Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) and Esther Süss (Wheeler iXS) took their fourth and third respective wins of the 2013 season at the Bike Days cross country in Soloturn during round 3 of the BMC Racing Cup.


Schurter outsprinted Julien Absalon (BMC Racing Team) in the men's 38.5km race. He came around Absalon with about 150m to go. It was the third time that Schurter has beaten Absalon this season.

"I thought Absalon was better on the climbs than me, but in the last lap, he did not get away," said the current world champion Schurter. "After the eliminator yesterday, I was still feeling a little tired, but I had enough for today's final sprint. This is a good race in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Schurter's teammate Florian Vogel finished in third place with a strong ride. He had been with Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing) and Absalon and Schurter as part of the race's lead quartet. But on the sixth lap of seven total, Sauser snapped his chain and as a result dropped out of the lead group.

Vogel later lost contact with Absalon and Schurter toward the end of the race and almost, but not quite got them back on the long flat, paved section of the course.

"It was not easy against the two Scott riders," said Absalon, who was outnumbered in the lead group. "I had to decide if I should make the tempo or wait. I decided for to make the pace. Therefore, I lacked some energy at the end."

"Today, that was good interval training. and for me the work for the World Cup in two weeks is more important than today's result."

Vogel finished third at 30 seconds. "On the climbs, I'm not as explosive, I was feeling good," said Vogel.

BMC racers Lukas Flückiger and Moritz Milatz completed the top five.


Süss dominated the women's race and celebrated her third victory in this year's BMC Cup. The 39-year-old got away on the second of five laps and eventually finished with an advantage of 1:17.

"On this course, it is difficult to go ahead alone. If the others are united behind you, then they can work together on the long paved section," said Süss. "But I had good legs, and I never went fully on the limit to still have reserves for when they were chasing me."

It was the fourth consecutive time Süss had won in Solothurn.

Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike) finished in second, three seconds ahead of Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing). Stirnemann, who won the eliminator sprint the previous day, suffered from a lack of power on the second lap and lost contact to Leumann.

Together with junior world champion Andrea Waldi (Colnago-Alto Adige), the gap to Leumann was closed to 10-15 seconds and then eventually they were all back together.

"I tried to avoid them catching me. It may be that I have put out too much energy yesterday," said Leumann.

On the last lap, Stirnemann applied pressure on her rivals. She rode in for second place.

Waldi was happy with her fourth place in the elite field, just 1:43 behind the winner. The 18-year-old again showed her strength in her first year racing among the elite women..


Alessandra Keller (Strüby MTB Kader) dominated the junior women's race and won her three-lap race, 2:34 ahead of American Kate Courtney (Whole Athlete) and 2:42 ahead of Chrystelle Baumann (Prof Raiffeisen CCL).

Dominic Grab (Team Grab-Credo / VC Maur) won the five-lap junior men's race race in the morning. He finished 22 seconds ahead of Manuel Fasnacht (Scott-Swisspower) and 28 seconds ahead of Milan Vader (Dutch National Team). Grab thus took the overall lead from Simon Vitzthum (Bischibikes).

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 1:43:53  
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:00:05  
3 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 0:00:30  
4 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:01:17  
5 Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:02:11  
6 Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team 0:02:12  
7 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing Team 0:02:21  
8 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing Team 0:03:14  
9 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thömus Racing Team 0:03:44  
10 Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:04:22  
11 Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:05:04  
12 Jürg Graf (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:05:09  
13 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 0:05:16  
14 Martin Gujan (Swi) TX-Active Bianchi Team 0:06:48  
15 Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:07:14  
16 Lucien Besançon (Swi) BH-Biketeam 0:07:33  
17 Giancarlo Sax (Swi) BigFriends Racing Team 0:08:46  
18 Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Free Mountain Racing Team 0:09:24  
19 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 0:09:38  
20 Michael Hutter (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:10:05  
21 Jonas Loretz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team 0:10:10  
22 Daniel Eymann (Swi) Imboden Bike Lauterbrunnen 0:10:39  
23 Forian Chenaux (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work 0:10:42  
24 Hansueli Stauffer (Swi) BiXS- & Wheeler-iXS Team 0:10:56  
25 Paul Remy (Fra) Scott - La Clusaz 0:12:08  
26 Norbert Wyss (Swi) BiXS-iXS Team 0:12:30  
27 Severin Sägesser (Swi) Crazy Velo Shop 0:13:35  
28 Mike Schuler (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader 0:14:34  
29 Stefan Peter (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader 0:15:14  
30 Philipp Gerber (Swi) BiXS-iXS Team 0:15:48  
31 Sylvain Engelmann (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL 0:16:02  
32 Bryan Allemann (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work 0:17:25  
-1lap Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach    
-2laps Claude Koster (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team    
-2laps Daniel Kaufmann (Swi) RC Gränichen    
-2laps Sandro Soncin (Swi) BH-Biketeam    
-2laps Florian Thie (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team    
-2laps Roger Jenny (Swi) Cycling Project Bike4Fun    
-2laps Oliver Schär (Swi) Team Schneiderbikes    
-2laps Tom Evans (GBr) Ben Wyvis CC/ Dryburgh Cycles    
-3laps Alex Iordanidis (Gre) Club Chilia Dentra    
-3laps Nick Albrecht (Swi)    
-4laps Ben Comfort (Aus) Australian U23 Development Team    
DNF Jonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team    
DNF Patrick Tresch (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader    
DNF Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing    
DNF Julian Schelb (Ger) Lexware Rothaus Team    
DNF Dumeni Vincenz (Swi) BigFriends Racing Team    
DNF Fabian Paumann (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer    
DNF José Antonio Hermida (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team    
DNF Silvio Büsser (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team    
DNF Marcel Bartholet (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team    
DNF Ronny Koller (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team    
DNF Michael Stünzi (Swi) Orbea Suisse MTB Team    
DNF Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team    
DNF Valentin Berset (Swi) team dom cycle - merida    
DNF Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team 1:26:45  
2 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:01:18  
3 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:01:21  
4 Andrea Waldis (Swi) Colnago Südtirol 0:01:44  
5 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 0:03:36  
6 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Südtirol 0:04:24  
7 Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader 0:05:04  
8 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing Team 0:06:59  
9 Nina Wrobel (Ger) FujiBikes Rockets 0:07:30  
10 Hielke Elferink (Ned) Wheeler-iXS-Team 0:08:46  
11 Helen Grobert (Ger) Focus XC Team 0:09:19  
12 Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer - BMC 0:09:20  
13 Florence Darbellay (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL 0:09:26  
14 Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:09:39  
15 Marine Groccia (Swi) C.C.Moutier 0:11:59  
16 Sabrina Baumgartner (Swi) Raiffeisen Bikeshop Studer Raceteam 0:13:00  
17 Deborah Inauen (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:13:28  
18 Eliane Müggler (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:14:32  
19 Franziska Brun (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team 0:14:56  
20 Franziska Ebinger (Swi) Bergamont - Radsport Lafranchi Madiswil 0:15:06  
21 Stephanie Metille (Swi) Giant Team Neuchatel 0:15:07  
22 Céline Farner (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:15:24  
23 Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader 0:16:13  
24 Michèle Wittlin (Swi) Stöckli 29er Team 0:16:39  
25 Janina Wüst (Swi) Schmid-Velosport 0:17:22  
26 Jennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team 0:19:02  
27 Romaine Wenger (Swi) Thömus Racing Team 0:19:24  
28 Virginie Pointet (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:20:17  
-1lap Tanja Starkermann (Swi) BH-Biketeam    
DNF Noga Korem (Isr) Team Misgav Giant    
DNF Viviane Furrer (Swi) Bike Windlin    
DNF Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&esse Carrera    
Junior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Dominic Grab (Swi) Team Grab-Credo / VC Maur 1:20:08  
2 Manuel Fasnacht (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 0:00:22  
3 Milan Vader (Ned) National Team Holland 0:00:28  
4 Simon Vitzthum (Swi) bischibikes / 0:00:40  
5 Nicolas Fischer (Swi) Tropical Solothurn 0:00:55  
6 Mike Hermann (Swi) Thömus Racing Team 0:00:56  
7 Andrin Beeli (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:01:39  
8 Rémy Dénervaud (Swi) Team Dom Cycle Merida 0:02:21  
9 Benjamin Inauen (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:03:05  
10 Sandro Trevisani (Swi) Dom Cycle Merida 0:03:21  
11 Robin Gemperle (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 0:03:21  
12 Lars Hubacher (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:04:20  
13 Timothy Mazzuchelli (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer 0:04:26  
14 Valentin Kiser (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:05:00  
15 Wiebe Scholten (Ned) National Team Holland 0:05:29  
16 Guillaume Conus (Swi) VC.Echallens 0:05:50  
17 Oliver Herzig (Ger) Tropical Solothurn 0:06:08  
18 Gordian Banzer (Lie) 0:06:14  
19 Timon Rüegg (Swi) Sortimo Fahrzeugeinrichtung / VC Steinmaur 0:06:30  
20 Marvin Bovendorp (Ned) National Team Holland 0:06:33  
21 Raphael Krähemann (Swi) VC Meilen/Team Atzmännig-M.F. Hügler Wetzikon 0:06:36  
22 Fabio Franz (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team 0:09:02  
23 Ivan Filatov (Rus) Kalinka Racing Team 0:09:09  
24 Lionel Fasel (Swi) Vélo club Echallens 0:09:22  
25 Remo Müggler (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:09:34  
26 Rocco Ferretti (Swi) Velo Club Monte Tamaro 0:10:29  
27 Fabain Strittmatter (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:10:40  
28 Bruno Silva (Por) 0:11:15  
29 Riccardo Lourenco (Swi) Zeta Cycling Club 0:12:59  
30 Jean Villermaulaz (Swi) Dupasquier Sports Stöckli 0:13:17  
31 Léo L'homme (Swi) Team 0:14:19  
32 Zachary Ducret (Swi) ACBroye Pro-cycles 0:15:40  
33 Ludovic Porras (Swi) ACB-ProCycles 0:16:02  
34 Cedric Gauch (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team 0:16:21  
35 Lars Stillhart (Swi) / RV Buchs 0:16:48  
36 Jeremy Fleurot (Fra) 0:18:10  
37 Dominic Burkard (Swi) 0:19:04  
-1lap Diego Schneuwly (Swi) Zeta    
-1lap Johann Sansonnens (Swi) Zeta Cycling club    
DNF Romain Soldati (Swi) vélo club fribourg/cycle pache    
DNF Roger Aeberli (Swi) velo-reichmuth/ rrc amt    
Junior women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alessandra Keller (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader 0:56:16  
2 Kate Courtney (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized 0:02:34  
3 Chrystelle Baumann (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL 0:02:42  
4 Pierina Beeli (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:03:46  
5 Mallory Barth (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:04:59  
6 Rebecca Rudolf Von Rohr (Swi) Tropical Solothurn 0:05:23  
7 Chantal Eheim (Swi) Tropical Solothurn 0:07:25  
8 Charlène Bérard (Swi) 0:08:20  
9 Joana Schönthal (Swi) Velo-Shop Vonäsch Zollikon/VC Meilen 0:09:48  
10 Sabrina Sägesser (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team 0:12:37  
11 Milena Waldis (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team 0:16:06  
Amateurs and masters
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing 1:16:52  
2 Enea Vetsch (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:02:22  
3 Romain Bannwart (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL 0:02:57  
4 Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus XC Eliteteam 0:03:01  
5 Philipp Hediger (Swi) Fischer - BMC 0:03:13  
6 Mathias Alig (Swi) Calanda Racing Team 0:03:47  
7 Roli Mischler (Swi) Fischli Bike Team 0:03:53  
8 Tobias Hollenstein (Swi) bischibikes / 0:04:06  
9 Erich Kuster (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:04:30  
10 Joel Graf (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:04:38  
11 Lukas Bucher (Swi) Tropical Solothurn 0:04:40  
12 Joel Koller (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach 0:05:25  
13 Florian Meyer (Swi) Stöckli 0:05:29  
14 Thomas Schmid (Swi) bsk-Graf Rollmat MTB Team 0:05:31  
15 Patrick Lüthi (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL 0:06:01  
16 Bruno Vitali (Swi) VTT Club Jura 0:06:11  
17 Ulisse Fieschi (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:06:15  
18 Ueli Schädler (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team 0:06:19  
19 Andreas Zünd (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team 0:07:10  
20 Fabian Obrist (Swi) Stevens/ 0:07:37  
21 Yannik Brischle (Ger) racextract. Werksteam 0:07:39  
22 Maurus Dürr (Swi) Merida Liechtsnstein RV Buchs VC Ruggell 0:07:53  
23 Michael Wicki (Swi) bischibikes / 0:07:59  
24 Sandro Kessler (Swi) Cycling Project Bike4Fun 0:08:06  
25 Sebastian Egger (Swi) Orbea Suisse MTB Team 0:08:33  
26 Federer Ralph (Swi) MTB-Team Frifag/Gaetzi 0:09:00  
27 Matthias Lauk (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team 0:09:17  
28 Manuel Boog (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach 0:09:45  
29 Henrik Grobert (Ger) Lexware Rothaus Team 0:09:59  
30 Jan Schär (Swi) Thömus Racing Team 0:10:01  
31 Yves Ketterer (Ger) Wheeler-iXS-Team 0:10:13  
32 David Gysling (Swi) Greenhillbikers 0:10:13  
33 Jan Gafner (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL 0:10:16  
34 Joël Haubensak (Swi) 0:10:46  
35 Benno Heussi (Swi) credo-bikes race team 0:10:46  
36 Tobias Schraner (Swi) Fischer - BMC 0:10:49  
37 Thomas Weber (Swi) 0:10:51  
38 Pirmin Kuß (Ger) SC-Urach / Wheeler-iXS-Team 0:10:56  
39 Claudio Andenmatten (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer 0:12:38  
40 Luca Formoso (Swi) 0:13:06  
41 Jérémy Gadomski (Swi) Team GIANT Neuchatel 0:13:35  
42 Pascal Nay (Swi) Thömus Bike Team GR 0:14:19  
43 Marcus Derungs (Swi) Imholz bike racing 0:14:50  
44 Nico Tambarikas (Swi) K-Bike 0:15:17  
45 Sébastien Angiolini (Swi) Team MSC Swiss 0:17:24  
46 Stefan Vögeli (Swi) Ski+Velo-CenterRacingTeam/BC Spiez 0:17:39  
-1lap Jonas Harlacher (Swi)    
-1lap Marcel Bader (Swi) Orbea Suisse Team    
-1lap Florian Wenger (Swi) ACB Procycles    
-1lap Cédric L'eplattenier (Swi) VTT Balcon du Jura/ Cycles Pache    
-1lap Fabian Bucher (Swi) Merida Riders / VMC Bürglen    
-1lap Silvan Casutt (Swi)    
DNF Jeremias Marti (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader    
DNF Manuel Pfaff (Ger) SC Urach / Wheeler-iXS-Team    
DNF Kilian Oertli (Swi) MTB Team Frifag / Gätzi    
DNF Bastian Juillerat (Swi)    
DNF Kilian Badrutt (Swi)    


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