Swisspower cup

Round four of the Swisspower Cup heads to Gränichen on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, after a pause of several weeks due to three World Cups and the European Championships.

Favorites for the race would include last year's second place Lukas Flückiger, newly crowned European champion Florian Vogel, Ralph Näf, Christoph Sauser, Thomas Frischknecht, U23 racer Matthias Flückiger, and Silvio Bundi and Jean-Christophe Peraud. In the women's race, European champion Sabine Spitz of Germany is an obvious favorite. Her likely adversaries include marathon world champion Petra Henzi, Maroussia Rusca, Renata Bucher and Kathrin Leumann.

However, some racers are choosing to take a break from competition. For example, newly crowned European champion Florian Vogel and Swiss racers Nino Schurter and Nathalie Schneitter will not compete in Aargau. They will enjoy a race-free weekend as they prepare for the upcoming World Cups and World Championships.

For more information on the Swisspower Cup round four, visit

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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.