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Olympians headline next Swisspower Cup

Sabine Spitz (Germany)

Sabine Spitz (Germany) (Image credit: Casey Gibson)

The final race of the Swisspower Cup heads to Bern for its final round of the season on September 6-7. Saturday will feature a marathon with 45 and 23km options plus kids' events, and the elites, amateurs and masters will race a cross country Sunday. The race is drawing several of the top-placing Olympians.

In the men's race, World Champion Christoph Sauser will take on Swedish Champion Frederik Kessiakoff, Florian Vogel and Olympic bronze medallist Nino Schurter. In addition, last weekend's World Cup winner Ralph Näf will be on hand as will the Flückiger Brothers, Martin Gujan will join the fray, and Thomas Frischknecht will tackle his in his last professional race on Swiss soil.

Gujan goes into the final with the lead over Vogel. Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana and Schurter will battle for third.

In the women's race, Olympic champion Sabine Spitz will make the trip from Germany, and she will face bronze medallist Russian Irina Kalentieva, Austrian champion Elisabeth Osl, Italian champion Eva Lechner and Swiss racers Petra Henzi, Nathalie Schneitter, Maroussia Rusca and Kathrin Leumann. Rusca leads the series for the ladies going into the finale.

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