Näf finishes among strong mountain bike contingent at Flüüger Quer 'cross

Ralph Näf

Ralph Näf (Image credit: Mark Gunter)

Mountain bikers put in a strong showing at the Flüüger Quer cyclo-cross race in Dübendorf, Switzerland, on Sunday. They collected six of the top fifteen finishes in the elite men's race.

Multivan Merida's Ralph Näf overcame 30th place starting position to work his way up to the front. He finished second, 21 seconds back, behind Simon Zahner (Rendementhypo Cycling Team). After another 20 seconds, Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower Mountainbike-Team) followed for third place.

Lukas Flückiger (Trek) finished seventh while, Marcel Wildhaber (Scott-Swisspower Mountainbike-Team) finished 11th, José-Antonio Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team) ended in 12th and Martin Gujan (Cannondale) came in 15th.

Next weekend Näf will contest the Swiss national cyclo-cross championships before he heads to South Africa to continue preparations for the 2009 mountain bike season.

See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the Flüüger Quer.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.