Absalon speeds to Worlds warm-up win at Swiss Racer Bikes Cup

Last blasts to women's victory

With just a few days to go until the start of the world championships in Champery, Switzerland, some of the favorites raced before a large crowd during the final of the Swiss Racer Bikes Cup in Muttenz. Foreigners triumphed in both elite categories with Julien Absalon of France winning the elite men's race and Annie Last of Great Britain taking the elite women's race. Lukas Flückiger in second and Kathrin Stirnemann in third were the best Swiss riders in each of those events.

In the men's race, 93 racers from 22 nations took to the start, but series leader Nino Schurter was not at the start. Lukas Flückiger was interested in the overall series and he led at the start as Absalon drove the chase. On lap three, the pair joined forces together with chasers Moritz Milatz, Patrick Gallati, Severin Disch, Matthias Stirnemann, Lukas Kaufmann and Marcel Kaufmann in hot pursuit.

After two more laps, Flückiger crashed and Absalon took advantage of the situation - that was the deciding point in the race. The Olympic champion took the race ahead of Milatz in third. The best under 23 racer was Matthias Stirnemann in seventh place.

The women's race was without overall leader Lisi Osl of Austria, which left Last to battle Sabine Spitz and Kathrin Stirnemann. Last forced the outcome in the final lap and won with a 30-second margin ahead of Spitz and Stirnemann.

Linda Indergand took the junior women's race in the absence of favorite Jolanda Neff. Among the junior men European 'cross champion Lars Foster finished head of Andri Frischknecht and American Howard Grotts.

Stefan Peter won the Amtaeurs and Masters category.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea1:21:45 
2Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing Team0:00:27 
3Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:09 
4Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:01:14 
5Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Easton Rockets0:01:19 
6Patrik Gallati (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:42 
7Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:01:46 
8Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:01:54 
9Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Racing0:01:55 
10Anton Sintsov (Rus) Russian Cycling Federation0:01:56 
11Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:02:18 
12Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Öztal X-Bionic0:02:28 
13Reto Indergand (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz/IG RS Uri0:03:04 
14Mirco Widmer (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:03:12 
15Timofey Ivanov (Rus) Team Primorskiy District0:03:12 
16Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:13 
17Cédric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix0:03:38 
18Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Finnish National Team0:03:46 
19Marco Arnold (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:03:47 
20Sergii Rysenko (Ukr) iSD Cycling Team0:03:50 
21Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) iSD Cycling Team0:03:59 
22Lukas Loretz (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:04:13 
23Jérémy Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:04:13 
24Olof Jonsson (Swe) Rocky Roads-Orbea0:04:20 
25Jhonnatan Bottero Villegas (Col) Colombia0:04:42 
26Michael Hutter (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss bikingteam  
27Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Team Primorskiy District0:05:02 
28Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:05:24 
29Marc Stutzmann (Swi) FreeMountain Scott/RSC Aaretal0:05:29 
30Kerry Werner (USA) USA National MTB Team0:05:29 
31Jonas Baumann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:05:37 
32Carl Jones (NZl) Bergamont NZ0:05:42 
33Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen0:06:05 
34Harold Flandre (Fra) Velotop Race Tribe0:06:05 
35Paul Remy (Fra) Irwego Commençal Hautes Vosges0:06:08 
36Yamamoto Kazuhiro (Jpn) Cannondale Racing Team0:06:14 
37Russell Finsterwald (USA) USA National MTB Team0:06:14 
38Trenton Day (Aus) DiscoverTasmania.com0:06:24 
39Heiko Gutmann (Ger) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes / Hochschwarzwald0:06:25 
40Mike Schuler (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:06:43 
41Na Sanghoon (Kor) Team biclo0:06:44 
42Javier Püschel (Chi) Chilean Team. Trek-Subaru-Yakima-Shimano0:06:47 
43Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc) GT Stackplastic Brondello0:06:51 
44Cristobal Silva (Chi) Cannondale-Quaker0:06:52 
45Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong National Team0:06:53 
46Jack Hinkens (USA) USA National MTB Team0:06:54 
47Florian Thie (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:06:56 
48Ken Onodero (Jpn) Specialized0:06:57 
49Lucien Besancon (Swi) Zollinger Sport/BH Bikes0:07:23 
50Felix Euteneuer (Ger) Rothaus Poison-Bikes0:08:05 
51Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:08:13 
52Edivando De Souza Cruz (Bra) Scott/Fittipaldi0:08:23 
53Patrick Tresch (Swi) GU plus/thomik/VMC Silenen0:08:45 
54Michael Crosbie (Aus)0:08:57 
55Dumeni Vincenz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:09:09 
56Cameron Ivory (Aus) DiscoverTasmania.com0:09:10 
57Pascal Schmutz (Swi) Goldwurst-Power-Trek0:09:38 
58Matthias Lauk (Swi) Zollinger Sport - BH Bike0:09:52 
59Rick Reimann (Swi) JB Felt Team0:10:08 
60Dave Henderson (GBr) GT Racing UK0:10:21 
61Tobias Hollenstein (Swi) Team bischibikes/internetstore.ch0:12:29 
62Florian Meyer (Swi) FreeMountain Scott0:13:14 
-2lapsOleksandro Gerashchenko (Ukr)  
-2lapsMaximilian Holz (Ger) 2-Rad Schubert  
-2lapsRenay Groustra (KSA) GT MR Price  
-2lapsSamuel Reichen (Swi) RC Gränichen  
-2lapsDaniel Kaufmann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB  
DNFSeverin Disch (Swi) Thömus Racing Team  
DNFMartin Gluth (Ger) Team Bulls  
DNFTitouan Perrin-Ganier (Fra) Irwego Commençal Hautes Vosges  
DNFPascal Meyer (Swi) Thömus Racing Team  
DNFSascha Bleher (Ger) Focus M.I.G Team  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annie Last (GBr) Great Britain National Team1:19:52 
2Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike ProTeam0:00:27 
3Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Central Haibike Pro Team0:00:39 
4Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Pro Team0:00:58 
5Alexandra Engen (Swe) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes / Hochschwarzwald0:01:26 
6Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:03:25 
7Jane Nüssli (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:03:26 
8Janka Stevkova (Svk) CK EPIC Dohnany0:03:27 
9Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:03:31 
10Ann Berglund (Swe) Sweden National Team0:03:50 
11Vera Andreeva (Rus) Russian0:04:37 
12Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike ProTeam0:05:37 
13Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) Ukrainian MTB Team0:05:42 
14Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) Team Primorskiy District0:05:47 
15Sabrina Maurer (Swi) bsk Graf0:06:04 
16Kajsa Snihs (Swi) Sweden National Team0:06:17 
17Tatjana Dold (Ger) Team Easton Rockets / RIG-Freiburg0:06:58 
18Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) Scott0:06:59 
19Lee Craigie (GBr) Torq Performance MTB Team0:08:19 
20Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) bike-import.ch0:08:40 
21Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC0:08:49 
22Franziska Ebinger (Swi) Radsport Lafranchi Madiswil0:09:06 
23Tanja Starkermann (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:09:40 
24Marina Giger (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:12:21 
25Florence Darbellay (Swi) CC Littoral0:12:29 
26Aurélia Perry (Fra) JECDE0:13:17 
27Iryna Slobodyan (Ukr) iSD Cycling Team0:14:07 
28Lilian Huwyler (Swi) Giant - Micarna0:15:25 
29Déborah Motsch (Fra) Veloroc Lapierre0:15:56 
30Franziska Brun (Swi) zaboo team290:16:12 
31Virginie Pointet (Swi) JB Felt Team0:17:17 
-1lapCaitlin De Wet (RSA) Bizhub Ladies' Team  
-1lapCéline Ernst (Swi) Stöckli Shop Team Kloten  
-1lapJill Behlen (USA) USA Cycling MTB  
-2lapsGabrielle Mosset (Swi) Alouettes.ch  
DNFCécile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix  
DNFVania Schumacher (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team  
DNFMichelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC  
DNFLaura Valentina Abril Restrepo (Col) Colombia  
DNFDarya Zaitseva (Swi) Karofiin  
Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Forster (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach1:12:28 
2Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:00:11 
3Howard Grotts (USA) USA National MTB Team0:00:17 
4Jack Haig (Aus) Australian National Team0:01:07 
5Dominic Zumstein (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:01:07 
6Bryan Allemann (Swi) CC Moutier / L'Alex Moos0:02:22 
7Philipp Hediger (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:02:41 
8Enea Vetsch (Swi) Rv Altenrhein/ Bsk Graf0:03:04 
9Dylan Page (Swi) Dom Cycle-Merida0:03:19 
10Sylvain Engelmann (Swi) Alouettes.ch/VCTramelan0:03:42 
11Mark Kuyan (Rus) Team Primorskiy District0:03:48 
12Erik Jonsson (Swe) DOM cycle- Merida0:03:59 
13Jonas Loretz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:04:19 
14Billy Sewell (Aus) Australian National Team0:04:23 
15Romain Bannwart (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:04:39 
16Severin Lehmann (Ger) TB Neuffen0:04:41 
17Miguel Londono Naranjo (Col) Colombia0:04:41 
18Simon Schilli (Ger) JB Felt Team0:04:43 
19Christopher Aitken (Aus) Australian National Team0:04:45 
20Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus MIG Team0:04:53 
21Maurus Dürr (Swi) RV Buchs - Merida Liechtenstein0:05:13 
22Nick Albrecht (Swi) Race Team - RV Stadt Winterthur0:05:15 
23Charles Planet (Fra) Look Beaume de Venise0:05:45 
24Tobias Spescha (Swi) Imholz Bike Racing0:05:54 
25Nikita Chubukov (Rus) Karo-Film0:05:56 
26Silvan Kälin (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:06:08 
27Alexander Meyland (Aus) Australian National Team0:06:17 
28Ruslan Boredskiy (Rus) Team Primorskiy District0:06:20 
29Tom Evans (GBr) Square wheels cycles0:06:21 
30Yannik Brischle (Ger) JB Felt Team0:06:31 
31Dominik Risi (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:06:34 
32Joël Haubensak (Swi) JB Felt Team0:06:38 
33Rico Von Burg (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:06:42 
34Dimitry Andreev (Swi) Russian Cycling Federation0:06:43 
35Daniel Mcdonald (Aus) Australian National Team0:06:49 
36Florian Suter (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:07:18 
37Tobias Bremser (Ger) Team Merida Schulte0:07:22 
38Ulisse Fieschi (Swi) VC Bellinzona0:07:54 
39Manuel Boog (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:08:11 
40Sam Weber (Ger) MHW Cube Racing Team0:08:49 
41Roman Gisler (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz/IG RS Uri0:09:32 
42Jan Gafner (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen / BC Spiez0:09:59 
43Alexey Lomilov (Rus) Team Primorskiy District0:10:08 
44Philipp Lenz (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team/RSG Zollern-Alb0:10:11 
45Pacôme Lecot (Fra)0:10:13 
46Silvan Gisler (Swi) VMC Silenen/IG Radsport Uri0:10:22 
47Heiko Hog (Ger) Team Rothaus Poison-Bikes / Hochschwarzwald0:10:22 
48Sebastian Egger (Swi) Bike Sport Simplon/VC International0:10:31 
49Jonas Zimmer (Ger) RSG Offenburg-Fessenbach0:10:42 
50Niculin Just (Swi) biketeam.gr0:10:47 
51Alexey Krylov (Rus) Team Primorskiy District0:10:55 
52Tobias Schraner (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:11:12 
53Felix Gliese (Ger) TB Neuffen0:11:14 
54Egor Kropachev (Rus) Team Primorskiy District  
55Kilian Oertli (Swi) Team Gaetzi / RMC Gossau0:11:18 
56Fabian Bucher (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team0:11:40 
57Florian Recht (Swi) Goldwurst- Power0:11:59 
58Christian Schöllhorn (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team/RSG Zollern-Alb0:13:00 
59Thomas Kunz (Swi) Goldwurst-Power / Ridley / VCR0:13:10 
60Finn Munro-Gear (GBr) Square Wheels Cycles0:13:47 
61Tobias Sindlinger (Ger) Gonso-Rawoflex-Team/RSG Zollern-Alb0:13:50 
62Niklas Grobert (Ger) Rothaus Poison-Bikes/Hochschwarzwald0:13:55 
63Jannis Grafmüller (Ger) MTB-Südbaden0:14:36 
-1lapJan Fergg (Swi) Bluecycle Racing/VMC Hägglingen  
-1lapKilian Badrutt (Swi) biketeam.gr  
-1lapTobias Gees (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team  
-1lapSamuel Schwendener (Swi) Koba  
-1lapPascal Müller (Swi) Velothek-Baloise  
-1lapRomain Corti (Swi) Texner BMC Groupe Mutuel  
-1lapCiril Spescha (Swi) biketeam.gr  
-1lapMichael Hadorn (Swi) RRZ goldwurst.ch Nordwest  
-1lapAlex Stefanides (Swi) RC Gränichen  
DNFJoel Koller (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach  
DNFJan Kalt (Ger) TB Neuffen  
DNFRoger Jenny (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team  
Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Linda Indergand (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz/IG RS Uri0:54:44 
2Ramona Forchini (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:00:54 
3Andrea Waldis (Swi) GU plus/ thomy k/ VC Gersau0:02:02 
4Grace Alexander (USA) USA National MTB Team0:02:37 
5Jil Saxer (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:03:14 
6Deborah Inauen (Swi) Danis Bike/RMC Appenzell0:03:58 
7Romaine Wenger (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:04:42 
8Guzel Akhmadullina (Rus) Karo-Film0:04:57 
9Eliane Müggler (Swi) Signer Felt / RV Altenrhein0:05:32 
10Jennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Bike Club Spiez / Velo Schneiter Thun0:05:37 
Amateurs & Masters
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Peter (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz1:12:30 
2Roger Walder (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:00:07 
3Matthias Allenspach (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:00:48 
4Claude Koster (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:00:50 
5Severin Sägesser (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:00:50 
6Kevin Krieg (Swi) JB Felt Team0:01:37 
7Michael Frei (Swi) Velo Franz- Focus0:01:45 
8Hamish Batchelor (GBr)0:02:03 
9Michael Stünzi (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:03:04 
10Adrian Sauer (Ger) SC Hausch Neumayer Tekfor0:03:41 
11Fabian Paumann (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team0:03:41 
12Sebastian Ostertag (Swi) VC Wädenswil/velo-reichmuth.ch0:04:09 
13Joel Graf (Swi) Team bischibikes/internetstore.ch0:04:28 
14Andreas Zünd (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss0:04:41 
15David Baumann (Swi) Zollinger Sport - BH Bikes0:05:49 
16Markus Bless (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:06:21 
17Guillaume Payot (Swi) MACS Frenetic Bernasconi0:06:22 
18Michael Moelbaek (Den) Giant / Kolding BC0:06:24 
19Michael Wicki (Swi) Team bischibikes / internetstore.ch0:06:24 
20Roland Abächerli (Swi) Giant Swiss SR-Suntour0:06:33 
21Adrian Berger (Swi) Rennshop.ch / Cannondale0:06:37 
22Ronny Koller (Swi) bischibikes/internetstore.ch0:07:02 
23Roger Dittli (Swi) Stöckli-Craft0:07:12 
24Andreas Muckenhirn (Ger) BikeSportWorld.de0:07:15 
25Brian Brog (Swi) Free-Mountain Scott0:07:17 
26Marcel Knecht (Swi) zaboo pro team290:07:17 
27Yannick Sarret (Swi) Prof-Raiffeisen-CCL0:07:31 
28Thomas Schmid (Swi) bsk Graf0:07:31 
29Pim Heinrich (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz0:07:59 
30Cyrill Meier (Swi) Pro Cycling Aaruu0:08:01 
31Mauro Carabotti (Swi) Alouettes.ch / C.C. Moutier0:08:17 
32Thomas Weber (Swi) biketeam.gr0:08:19 
33Marcel Bader (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:09:06 
34Marco Riesen (Swi) RRC Nordwest0:09:07 
35Ralph Federer (Swi) Bike Team Gaetzi/ RMC0:10:02 
36Bastien Bognard (Swi) Team Stöckli0:10:19 
37Silvan Casutt (Swi) biketeam.gr0:11:25 
38Benno Heussi (Swi) GU - Plus / thomyk Team0:11:27 
39Nico Tambarikas (Swi) Lindi-Bike Race Team0:11:51 
40Jan Schär (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:12:07 
41Patrick Gobat (Swi) Alouettes.ch0:13:03 
-1lapSandro Soncin (Swi) Zollinger Sport - BH Bikes  
-1lapNicolas Ravachol (Fra) ASPTT Mulhouse  
-1lapWenzel Böhme (Swi) SKS M.I.G. Team  
-2lapsJeremias Marti (Swi) MTB Kader Zentralschweiz  
DNFClaudio Andenmatten (Swi) Merida-Suisse-Team  

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