Schurter back to winning ways in front of home crowd

Koba surprises with victory in women's race over Leumann, Engen

Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing) and Sarah Koba (Giant Swiss SR-Suntour) won round six of the Racer Bikes Cup in Chur, Switzerland, on Sunday. A total of 571 racers from 17 nations participated.

In the men's race, two national champions, Schurter of Switzerland and Moritz Milatz (BMC) of Germany, did battle. From the beginning, they established their dominance, getting away on the second of nine total laps.

Almost all of the top racers were fresh from an altitude training camp in Engadin and they seemed to have little trouble with the heat.

Schurter, who did much of the pace-making, made his decisive attack on the last long climb. Racing in front of a home crowd in Chur, spectators celebrated wildly as the former world champion raced to the victory. Milatz was second.

Engelberg-winner Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing) was more than two minutes behind in third. The best U23 rider Thomas Litscher (Felt Öztal X-Bionic) finished in eighth ahead of other U23 racers Matthias Stirnemann (Thömus Racing Team) and Frenchman Fabien Canal (GT/Skoda/Chamonix).

In the women's race, Sarah Koba took her first victory since 2006. She was with the leaders from the start of the race and that group included Kathrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing Team), Cécile Ravanel (GT Skoda Chamonix) and Alexandra Engen (Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes).

On the third lap, Koba and Leumann were at the front and with three laps to go, Koba got away for the solo victory while Leumann hung on for second at 1:59. Engen was third ahead of Ravenel in fourth.

"I'm a little surprised that that I won on such a fast course," said Koba. She will skip the upcoming World Cups and prepare for the Swiss Championships.

"The dream is the national jersey, and my goal is the podium," she said.

Frenchman Maxime Urruty (Scott les Saisies) won the junior race by narrrowly defeating Andri Frischknecht and Dominic Zumstein (both Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing).

In the junior women's race German Johanna Techt (Ghost Factory Racing Team) celebrated a solo victory. Her lap times during her five-lap race were faster than those of the elite women who did seven laps total. Last year's Swiss U17 champion Andrea Waldis (GU plus/ thomy k/ VC Gersau) was second by over seven minutes.

Matthias Allenspach (Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach) celebrated his first victory among the Amateurs & Masters.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing1:42:38 
2Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:00:17 
3Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing Team0:02:21 
4Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:02:31 
5Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad0:02:45 
6Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:35 
7Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:05:42 
8Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Öztal X-Bionic0:06:15 
9Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:06:34 
10Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:06:46 
11Fabien Canal (Fra) GT/Skoda/Chamonix0:08:09 
12Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:08:30 
13Severin Disch (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:09:10 
14Balz Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:10:01 
15Reto Indergand (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz/IG RS Uri0:10:55 
16Martino Fruet (Ita) L'Arcobaleno Carraro0:11:23 
17Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:12:07 
18Dirk Peters (NZl) Santacruz Bicycles NZ0:13:35 
19Pierre Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International0:14:45 
-1lapGiancarlo Sax (Swi) Thömus Racing Team  
-1lapThibaut Bellanger (Fra) Team Veloroc Lapierre  
-1lapDaniel Eymann (Swi) Thömus Racing Team  
-1lapMatthias Rupp (Swi) Firebike-Drössiger  
-1lapMirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour  
-1lapTony Longo (Ita) TX-Active Bianchi  
-1lapMichael Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach  
-1lapMarc Stutzmann (Swi) FreeMountain Scott/RSC Aaretal  
-1lapSilvio Büsser (Swi) BiXS - iXS Swiss Team  
-1lapFabian Strecker (Ger) Lexware Racing Team  
-1lapMichael Crosbie (Aus)  
-1lapCristian Cominelli (Ita) TX-Active Bianchi  
-1lapSamuel Shaw (NZl) Wildland Consultants  
-1lapDaniel Kaufmann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB  
-1lapTobias Hollenstein (Swi) bischibikes/internetstore.ch  
-1lapBenjamin Büchi (Swi) GS Domaine du Frigoulet  
-1lapSkyler Trujillo (USA) USA National MTB Team  
-1lapChristian Bickel (Swi) Soltop / RV Winterthur  
-1lapRick Reimann (Swi) JB Felt Team  
-1lapCarl Jones (NZl) Bergamont NZ  
-1lapNicolas Samparisi (Ita) Garda Sport ASD  
-1lapMike Schuler (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz  
-2lapsKevin Kane (USA) USA National MTB Team  
-2lapsMatthias Lauk (Swi) Zollinger Sport - BH Bike  
-2lapsZachary Keller (USA) USA National MTB Team  
-2lapsKyle Ward (Aus) Australian National Team  
DNFShlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team  
DNFEmilien Barben (Swi) Zeta cycling club  
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix  
DNFPascal Meyer (Swi) Thömus Racing Team  
DNFTrenton Day (Aus) DiscoverTasmania.com  
DNFMarcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing  
DNFPatrick Tresch (Swi) GU plus/thomik/VMC Silenen  
DNFFabian Obrist (Swi) Stevens/Zweiradsport.ch  
DNFPascal Schmutz (Swi) Goldwurst-Power-Trek  
DNFTobias Reiser (Ger) Team Aktiv3/ Centurion  
DNFDumeni Vincenz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team  
DNFDaniel Mcconnell (Aus) Anytime Fitness / Torq Nutrition  
DNFCameron Ivory (Aus) DiscoverTasmania.com  
DNFBryan Falaschi (Ita) Prof Raiffeisen  
DNFMartin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour  
DNFPaul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Öztal X-Bionic  
DNFJulien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team  
DNFLukas Loretz (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour  
DNFLucien Besancon (Swi) Zollinger Sport/BH Bikes  
DNFPeter O'donnell (USA) USA National MTB Team  
DNFMarc Metzler (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss RV  
DNFSamuel Reichen (Swi) RC Gränichen  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour1:39:19 
2Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:01:59 
3Alexandra Engen (Swe) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes / Hochschwarzwald0:02:28 
4Cécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:02:40 
5Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) BikePark.ch/Scott0:02:54 
6Hanna Klein (Ger) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes / Hochschwarzwald0:02:59 
7Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Felt Öztal X-Bionic0:03:49 
8Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) Scott0:08:13 
9Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC0:08:41 
10Samara Sheppard (NZl) Wheeler iXS Pro Team0:09:06 
11Åsa Erlandsson (Swe) Cube-Biketoyz0:11:08 
12Sabrina Maurer (Swi) bsk Graf0:12:02 
13Mona Eiberweiser (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:13:20 
14Tanja Starkermann (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:13:42 
15Katherine O'neill (NZl) Bergamont NZ0:14:22 
16Mélanie Gay (Swi) Zeta Cycling Club0:16:16 
17Marina Giger (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:17:08 
-1lapFranziska Ebinger (Swi) Radsport Lafranchi Madiswil  
-1lapCaitlin De Wet (RSA) Bizhub Ladies Team  
-1lapDéborah Motsch (Fra) Véloroc Lapierre  
-1lapCeline Ernst (Swi) Stöckli Shop Team Kloten  
DNFRebecca Henderson (Aus) Crowne Plaza/bechenderson.com.au  
DNFKathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Central Haibike ProTeam  
DNFLorraine Truong (Swi) Team Prof Raiffeisen/ccl  
Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maxime Urruty (Fra) scott les saisies1:15:01 
2Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:00:04 
3Dominic Zumstein (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:00:32 
4Christian Pfäffle (Ger) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes /Hochschwarzwald0:01:49 
5Enea Vetsch (Swi) Rv Altenrhein/ Bsk-Graf0:02:08 
6Tobias Spescha (Swi) Imholz Bike Racing0:02:57 
7Bryan Allemann (Swi) CC Moutier / L'Alex Moos0:03:39 
8Mathieu Chaussepied (Fra) Vélo Club La Pomme Marseille0:03:43 
9Christopher Platt (Ger) AMC Rodheim Bieber0:04:22 
10Yannik Brischle (Ger) JB Felt Team0:04:46 
11Martin Frey (Ger) GHOST Racing Team0:04:59 
12Dylan Page (Swi) Dom Cycle-Merida0:05:14 
13Jonas Loretz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:05:29 
14Joel Koller (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:05:56 
15Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita) Garda Sport ASD0:06:00 
16Simon Schilli (Ger) JB Felt Team0:06:34 
17Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus MIG Team0:06:41 
18Nick Albrecht (Swi) Race Team - RV Stadt Winterthur0:07:00 
19Silvan Kälin (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:07:07 
20Alessandro Giacomo Repetti (Ita) Infotre / Bi&Esse / Leecougan0:07:23 
21Daniel Zugg (Aut) Intersport Racing Team0:07:30 
22Maurus Dürr (Swi) RV Buchs - Merida Liechtenstein0:07:46 
23Patrik Koller (Swi)0:07:50 
24Dominik Risi (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:07:53 
25Rico Von Burg (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:08:21 
26Niculin Just (Swi) biketeam.gr0:08:28 
27Heiko Hog (Ger) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes / Hochschwarzwald0:08:51 
28Tobias Schraner (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:08:54 
29Ulisse Fieschi (Swi) VC Bellinzona0:08:57 
30Joël Haubensak (Swi) JB Felt Team0:08:57 
31Yann Rausis (Swi) Happy sport Vallée du Trient0:09:09 
32Stefano Giuseppe Valdrighi (Ita) Infotre / Bi&Esse / Leecougan0:10:04 
33Jan Gafner (Swi) Raiffeisen/Bike Club Spiez0:10:04 
34Sebastian Egger (Swi) Bike Sport Simplon/VC International0:10:06 
35Sylvain Engelmann (Swi) Alouettes.ch/VCTramelan0:10:45 
36Florian Suter (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:11:10 
37Manuel Boog (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:12:02 
38Henrik Grobert (Ger) SV Kirchzarten0:12:13 
39Roman Gisler (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz/IG RS Uri0:12:59 
40Kilian Oertli (Swi) Team Gaetzi/RMC Gossau0:13:21 
-1lapSilvan Gisler (Swi) VMC Silenen/IG Radsport Uri  
-1lapCirl Spescha (Swi) biketeam.gr  
-1lapNicolas Allenspach (Swi) Koba Team / RV Buchs  
-1lapKilian Badrutt (Swi) biketeam.gr  
-1lapFabian Bucher (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team  
-1lapRomain Corti (Swi) Texner BMC Groupe Mutuel  
-1lapTobias Gees (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team  
-1lapDominik Marti (Swi) Bluecycle Racing/RC Gränichen  
-1lapAlex Stefanides (Swi) RC Gränichen  
-1lapYannik Michel (Swi) Thömus Racing Team  
-1lapSamuel Schwendener (Swi) Koba  
DNFRoger Jenny (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team  
DNFRomain Bannwart (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL  
DNFFelix Huschle (Ger) RSV Staubwolke Haslach  
DNFJan Fergg (Swi) Bluecycle Racing/VMC Hägglingen  
DNFValentin Berset (Swi)  
DNFIsak Jonsson (Swe) DOM cycle- Merida  
DNFTobias Bremser (Ger) Team Merida Schulte  
Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Johanna Techt (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team1:10:36 
2Andrea Waldis (Swi) GU plus/ thomy k/ VC Gersau0:07:35 
3Ramona Forchini (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:09:04 
4Eliane Müggler (Swi) Signer Felt / RV Altenrhein0:10:08 
5Deborah Inauen (Swi) Danis Bike/RMC Appenzell0:10:48 
6Romaine Wenger (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:11:36 
7Jil Saxer (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:14:18 
8Arianna Cusini (Ita) Melavì Tirano Bike0:17:35 
-1lapJennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Bike Club Spiez / Velo Schneiter Thun  
-1lapFabienne Andres (Swi) Cannondale Küttel Team/ VMC Hägglingen  
DNFMarine Strappazzon (Fra) Scott le Saises  
DNFLena Wehrle (Ger) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes / Hochschwarzwald  
Amateurs & Masters
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthias Allenspach (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach1:15:22 
2Kevin Krieg (Swi) JB Felt Team0:00:10 
3Andreas Zünd (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss0:01:13 
4Claude Koster (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:01:55 
5Guillaume Payot (Swi) MACS Frenetic Bernasconi0:02:28 
6Markus Bless (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:02:47 
7Adrian Sauer (Ger) SC Hausach Neumayer Tekfor0:02:58 
8Sebastian Ostertag (Swi) VC Wädenswil/velo-reichmuth.ch0:03:06 
9Gustav Wildhaber (Swi) Zaboo proteam/Raiffeisen0:03:54 
10Sandro Soncin (Swi) Zollinger Sport - BH Bikes0:03:56 
11Patrick Hediger (Swi) RV Merishausen/Russenberger Velosport0:04:51 
12Sandro Kessler (Swi) biketeam.gr0:05:14 
13Ronny Koller (Swi) bischibikes/internetstore.ch0:05:30 
14Joel Graf (Swi) Team bischibikes/internetstore.ch0:05:31 
15Adrian Berger (Swi) Rennshop.ch / Cannondale0:05:35 
16Stefan Peter (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:06:08 
17Stefan Braun (Ger) SC Hausach/ Neumayer Tekfor0:06:08 
18Michael Frei (Swi) Velo Franz- Focus0:06:10 
19Fabian Paumann (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team0:06:42 
20Marcel Knecht (Swi) zaboo pro team290:06:43 
21David Baumann (Swi) BH Bikes - Zollinger Sport0:06:59 
22Jan Schär (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:07:05 
23Claudio Andenmatten (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team0:07:23 
24Severin Sägesser (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:07:36 
25Jeremias Marti (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:07:57 
26Gerhard Kaufmann (Aut) Kraftstoff MP-Team0:08:22 
27Thomas Weber (Swi) biketeam.gr0:08:24 
28Thomas Schmid (Swi) bsk-graf0:09:58 
29Mauro Carabotti (Swi) Alouettes.ch / C.C. Moutier0:10:25 
30Nico Tambarikas (Swi) Lindi-Bike Race Team0:10:41 
31Brian Brog (Swi) Free-Mountain Scott0:10:56 
32Julien Oppliger (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:11:09 
33Virgile Stiedel (Fra) Evolution VTT Saint Dié0:11:51 
34Ronny Riedel (Ger) RSG 52 Stollberg0:13:00 
35Luca Formoso (Swi) Cycle-Shop / RV Winterthur0:15:07 
-1lapJohannes Közle (Ger) Team Cmtb  
-1lapMirco Zürcher (Swi) BSK-Graf  
-1lapBenno Heussi (Swi) GU - Plus / thomyk Team  
-1lapSilvan Casutt (Swi) biketeam.gr  
DNFRoger Walder (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing  
DNFBenoît Grelier (Fra) Scott  
DNFDaniel Waibel (Ger) Team CMTB  
DNFMarc Schärli (Swi) Fischer BMC  
DNFKevin Georges (Swi) Texner BMC Groupe Mutuel  
DNFMichael Wicki (Swi) Team bischibikes / internetstore.ch  

 

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