Klausmann speeds to downhill victory in Chatel

Siegenthaler blazes to women's win

Just as last year, Châtel, France was the venue for the iXS European Downhill Cup finale. A total of 301 riders from 20 countries took this last opportunity to gain points for the overall ranking, with Markus Pekoll and Miriam Ruchti the winners.

The last European series racing weekend kicked off on Friday with fantastic weather for the free training session. The "Bike Petrol" course had been only slightly changed from the previous year, however had everything anyone could wish for in such a top notch race.

On Saturday morning, the first rains began to fall, resulting in significant changes in the conditions for riders. By the time the seeding run came around, it was dry again, however this didn't change the fact that the course was still wet. Marcus Klausmann (Ghost ATG) coped with the conditions best, underlining his ambition to achieve third place in the series rankings - still a realistic option - with a best time of 2:48.

On Sunday the weather forecasts turned out to be right and it rained again - continuously. There was even snow as the race began. In some places, the riders could have used a rubber boat instead of a downhill bike. Many competitors however confirmed that it was still possible to achieve a fast time, so it turned out to be just a race under extreme wet and cold conditions.

In the overall rankings, it was already clear before the race that Markus Pekoll (MS Evil) in the elite men's category had an excellent starting position to win the series if he achieved two safe runs. He should actually have been competing against Josh Button (SC-Intense) for the title. Button, however, was forced to call a premature end to his season because of an injury sustained at the world championships, thus finishing second in the overall rankings.

In the elite women's category it was already clear following the penultimate race that Miriam Ruchti (SC-Nukeproof) would be taking the title for the fourth time in succession.

Florent Payet (SC-Intense) grabbed the hot seat in the elite men's class with the initial best time. The end of the day saw the winner from the Pila, Italy round finishing fourth. Pekoll was first to beat Payet's time and was visibly pleased, since his third place meant that he had gained overall victory. The previous year's overall winner, Nick Beer (Scott 11), took second place at Châtel, once again demonstrating his talent. Marcus Klausmann (Ghost ATG Pro Team) was the last to ride the course and already had a five-second lead at the interim time check. He was able to maintain this lead until crossing the finishing line; a clear winner with a time of 2:49. This meant that he was able to achieve his goal of third place in the EDC overall rankings, the same as last year.

Emilie Siegenthaler (Scott 11) took victory in the elite women's class with a time 3:26, ahead of Miriam Ruchti. Junior Sandra Reynier (C&K Racing) took third place, meaning that she finished just behind Ruchti, Siegenthaler and Harriet Rücknagel (OnTheEdge) in the overall rankings.

A time of 3:35 made Tahnée Seagrave (Fox/Intense) the winner in the U17 category, ahead of Lisa Kreuzer (RC Kreuzer). It would also have been good enough to get her third place in the elite category, which she will be starting in from next year. Kreuzer was, however, able to secure first place in the overall rankings.

The fastest U17 male rider was again Gianluca Vernassa (Argentina Bike), also the winner of the overall rankings. He was followed by Marcel Etheve and Jan Berkenkopf (Young Guns Racing).

In the masters, Heinz Hostettler (BanditBike.ch) managed to beat the rest of the pack, winning ahead of Javier Santiago (Moser Sport) and Marcel Waldmann (Fatwork). The overall victory, however, went to Wilfred van de Haterd (Specialized) with Waldmann finishing in second place ahead of Santiago.

The placings in the overall rankings were not only rewarded with total prize money of - 6000, but also with very watches for Ruchti and Pekoll from timing partner TAG Heuer.

The fourth season of the Series is now history, but it will be continuing next year, again under the iXS banner. Dates will be announced at the end of the year.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcus Klausmann (Ger)0:02:49.676 
2Nick Beer (Swi)0:00:04.464 
3Markus Pekoll (Aut)0:00:07.702 
4Florent Payet (Fra)0:00:07.880 
5Marco Milivinti (Ita)0:00:08.109 
6Adam Vagner (Cze)0:00:08.577 
7Marcel Beer (Swi)0:00:09.466 
8Dominik Gspan (Swi)0:00:09.520 
9Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:10.321 
10Josua Hein (Ger)0:00:12.072 
11Mathieu Gallean (Fra)0:00:13.589 
12Seanan O'riordan (Irl)0:00:14.834 
13Ludovic May (Swi)0:00:15.188 
14Petr Tresnak (Cze)0:00:16.249 
15Oscar Harnstrom (Swe)0:00:16.848 
16Yannick Colomb (Fra)0:00:16.919 
17Ziga Pandur (Slo)0:00:16.960 
18Ian Schaad (Swi)0:00:17.743 
19Alexandre Lohner (Fra)0:00:17.873 
20Benjamin Verrier (Fra)0:00:18.192 
21Lars Peyer (Swi)0:00:18.910 
22David Trummer (Aut)0:00:19.030 
23Samuel Zbinden (Swi)0:00:19.630 
24Kevin Bessi (Fra)0:00:20.038 
25Alexandre Claudin (Fra)0:00:20.041 
26Samuel Baumann (Swi)0:00:20.055 
27Lutz Weber (Swi)0:00:20.956 
28Simon Brum (Fra)0:00:21.224 
29Fabian Heim (Ger)0:00:21.476 
30Gael Pecoul (Fra)0:00:21.849 
31Freddy Hunziker (Swi)0:00:22.271 
32Johann Potgieter (RSA)0:00:22.699 
33Colin Favre (Swi)0:00:22.811 
34Carlo Caire (Ita)0:00:22.980 
35Gregory Brunache (Fra)0:00:23.311 
36Daniel Critchlow (GBr)0:00:23.791 
37Basil Weber (Swi)0:00:23.977 
38Kristof Lenssens (Bel)0:00:24.600 
39Markus Planitzer (Aut)0:00:24.732 
40Rene Schmidt (Ger)0:00:25.211 
41Lee Huskinson (GBr)0:00:25.669 
42Janick Lieberherr (Swi)0:00:25.906 
43Cyril Briquez (Fra)0:00:26.063 
44Jérémie Sevrain (Fra)0:00:26.129 
45Nicolas Walser (Swi)0:00:26.886 
46Alex Florian (GBr)0:00:27.136 
47Damien Desbrosses (Fra)0:00:28.310 
48Oliver Morris (GBr)0:00:29.214 
49Andreas Schafer (Swi)0:00:29.264 
50Quentin Chanudet (Fra)0:00:30.274 
51Pascal Tinner (Swi)0:00:30.424 
52Jonathan Jones (GBr)0:00:32.545 
53Fabian Pfister (Swi)0:00:33.862 
54Mehdi Contaux (Fra)0:00:34.483 
55Janik Weber (Ger)0:00:34.715 
56Goel Wirz0:00:35.020 
57Maxime Chapuis (Swi)0:00:35.963 
58Benoit Lasson Sancesari (Fra)0:00:36.718 
59Christian Vogt (Ger)0:00:36.812 
60Alec Montanier (Swi)0:00:37.215 
61Brandon Love (GBr)0:00:37.532 
62Fabian Fader (Ger)0:00:38.487 
63Loic Burri0:00:40.145 
64Jarno Veerhoek (Ned)0:00:41.701 
65Johannes Mueller (Ger)0:00:43.004 
66Tim Kaelin (Swi)0:00:43.931 
67Jordi Junyent Traserra (Spa)0:00:44.717 
68Daniel Vogt (Ger)0:00:46.436 
69Fabian Kuttel (Swi)0:00:46.864 
70Vincent Koller (Fra)0:00:47.836 
71Felix Herdzina (Ger)0:00:48.466 
72Nicolas Mathieu (Bel)0:00:48.975 
73Florian Müller (Swi)0:00:48.976 
74Patrik Deuss (Swi)0:00:49.218 
75Ken Zimmermann (Swi)0:00:49.865 
76Julian Lemme (Ger)0:00:50.551 
77Kevin Anton (Fra)0:00:50.894 
78Jonathan Anaya Carmona (Spa)0:00:51.208 
79Kevin Frisch (Aut)0:00:51.362 
80Zan Jurca (Slo)0:00:51.660 
81Lukas Pfiffner (Swi)0:00:52.128 
82Stefan Garlicki (RSA)0:00:54.830 
83George Simons (GBr)0:00:54.881 
84Max Reeb (Fra)0:00:56.161 
85Beda Berchtold (Swi)0:00:57.549 
86Xavier Lescure (Fra)0:01:01.099 
87Florian Kulike (Ger)0:01:04.833 
88Willi Lutzeler (Ger)0:01:10.101 
89Henrik Karppinen (Fin)0:01:14.303 
90Lars Veenstra (Ned)0:01:16.469 
91Gregory Gstalter (Fra)0:01:18.421 
92Thomas Couette (Fra)0:01:20.754 
93Anthony Avrillon (Fra)0:01:23.740 
94Marcel Elsasser (Ger)0:01:24.812 
95Thomas Kolb (Ger)0:01:27.644 
96Edmunds Grostins (Lat)0:01:32.635 
97Elias Vonier (Aut)0:01:36.100 
98Philipp Bünnemann (Ger)0:02:16.721 
99Dave Goris (Bel)0:02:19.323 
100Johannes Sutter (Ger)0:02:22.008 
101Jonathon Ross (NZl)0:02:57.164 
102Cyrille Kurtz (Fra)0:03:45.640 
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi)0:03:26.492 
2Miriam Ruchti (Swi)0:00:06.425 
3Sandra Reynier (Fra)0:00:13.217 
4Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:35.778 
5Sandra Rubesam (Ger)0:00:39.722 
6Laura Lohner (Fra)0:01:08.017 
7Caro Gehrig (Swi)0:01:17.204 
8Anita Gehrig (Swi)0:01:22.039 
9Špela Horvat (Slo)0:01:54.013 

 

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