Battle shaping up between Sauser and Vogel in Engleberg

World champion Christoph Sauser

World champion Christoph Sauser (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Reigning World Champion Christoph Sauser will race the Racer Bikes Cup Swiss National series on Sunday for the first time since last summer. Sauser will do battle with European Champion Florian Vogel. For the two Swiss stars, the race will be a dress rehearsal for the Swiss Championships coming up next weekend in Chur.

It will be the first time the Swiss cross country series stops in Engelberg.

Vogel has been regularly racing the Racer Bikes Cup this season, and he's been routinely in the top three. After five rounds, he leads the overall series. Last year's overall winner, Martin Gujan and the two Flueckiger are expected to race, too, as will the young racer Fabian Giger.

Swiss champion Kathrin Leumann is the favorite for the women's race. She is leading the overall standings and will face challenges from other favorites including Nathalie Schneitter and Eva Lechner.

In the junior and amateur / masters category, Matthias Rupp is a likely winner.

Michelle Hediger and Vania Schumacher will battle in the junior women's race while it should be an exciting junior men's race with Matthias Stirnemann, Lukas Loretz, Reto Indergand and Roger Walder.

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