Vogel a favorite for Swiss nationals

Florian Vogel (Switzerland)

Florian Vogel (Switzerland) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

With Christoph Sauser off preparing for the Olympics and Ralph Näf taking a break from racing, Florian Vogel (Swisspower) is the men's favorite for the Swiss National Championship in Seon this weekend July 19-20. Athleticum team racers Lukas Flückiger and Martin Gujan will provide a tough challenge for Vogel.

In the U23 category, the favorite is World Champion and Swiss Olympic team member Nino Schurter (Swiss Power). His biggest challenger is likely Matthias Flückiger (Athleticum).

Petra Henzi and Nathalie Schneitter are the top picks in the women's and U23 race. Look out for Matthias Rupp and Vivienne Meyer in the junior categories.

The grassy, flat start / finish will be in the courtyard Egliswil. After 500m the course goes into wooded hills with ups and downs. Much of the route is in the woods with technically demanding sections like drops and jumps.

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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.