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Schurter outsprints Absalon in Lugano round of BMC Cup

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Julien Absalon (BMC) leads Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) uphill

Julien Absalon (BMC) leads Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) uphill (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team)

Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) out sprints Julien Absalon (BMC) in Lugano

Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) out sprints Julien Absalon (BMC) in Lugano (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Andri Frischknecht (Scott Swisspower) won the amateur & masters category as he works to qualify for the elite races

Andri Frischknecht (Scott Swisspower) won the amateur & masters category as he works to qualify for the elite races (Image credit: Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing)
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Julien Absalon (BMC) sets the pace ahead of Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower)

Julien Absalon (BMC) sets the pace ahead of Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Elite men's podium in Lugano: Matthis Stirnemann, Julien Absalon, Nino Schurter, Martin Fanger, Florian Vogel

Elite men's podium in Lugano: Matthis Stirnemann, Julien Absalon, Nino Schurter, Martin Fanger, Florian Vogel (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)

Spectators at the BMC Cup in Lugano/Tesserete witnessed a thrilling finish to the elite men's race on Sunday with Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) outsprinting Julien Absalon (BMC Racing). Esther Süss (Wheeler-IXS) won the women's race solo.

During the weekend of glorious spring weather, 720 total racers competed on the 6.1km course, which is known for its many technical sections.


Once again the Schurter and Absalon showed no mercy in their fight for victory. Just like in many of their dramatic duels on the World Cup level, they had to find out in a final sprint who would be the day's champion. Only for a short period of time after the start did the two icons tolerate companions: Lukas Flückiger (BMC) was hampered by a flat tire, and last year's winner Moritz Milatz (BMC) suffered from the hot weather. Martin Fanger (BMC), who eventually finished third, was the last to lose contact with Schurter and Absalon.

The two race favorites set a blistering pace and fought a hard battle to the finish line. A critical situation arose when Schurter overtook Absalon in a somewhat risky way in the final U-turn just before the finish line. But this scuffle was deemed to be within the limits of permissible body contact.

"My last cross country race was the Worlds in September 2012," said Schurter after winning. "Some time and a lot of training has passed since then. Now I'm hungry for racing. At the Cape Epic, I felt I was ready for the season. Now after winning the first two races, I have the proof. Good to know I'm on the right track."

Absalon did not waste much time grieving over the lost victory. He found solace in what he had experienced on the race course and was enjoying racing after having finally switched over to riding a bike 29er wheels.

"I am delighted that I managed to keep up with Nino in the descents. He used to be faster than I am in the downhills. Now this experience gives me a lot of confidence for the upcoming big races. And I know now that I am in good shape."

Schurter was also impressed by Absalon's performance in the downhill sections. "He came so close, he even pushed me," the Swiss rider said.

All in all, in the top positions the elite men's race were a fight between two big teams, both located in Switzerland. With only one exception, all riders up to eighth place were either members of team BMC Racing or of Scott Swisspower. Whereas Schurter scored the elite victory for Scott Swisspower, Matthias Stirnemann won the under 23 competition (fourth place overall) for BMC Racing.


In the women's event, Esther Süss found the right rhythm from the beginning. Very early in the race, she broke away from her competitors and remained virtually unchallenged 'til she crossed the finish line after five laps in 1:17:50.

Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing) was second almost one minute back. Last year's champion Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) snatched the third spot on the podium.

Race winner Esther Süss was feeling strong throughout her lonely race in the front position, but she also was careful not to take any risks. "If I can push myself to speed up, then my competitors are capable to do so as well. Never feel safe with a leading position! Therefore I kept on riding very fast."

Leumann was quite happy with second place. She offered two explanations for not being able to challenge Süss. "My legs were fine, but I had breathing problems due to pollen levels.. In addition, I have recently done some rigorous training for the World Cup races."


Frenchman Hugo Pigeon (Velococ laplesse) won the junior men's race.He was 12 seconds faster than Swiss rider Dominic Grab (Grab-Credo/VC Maur). Frenchman Neilo Perrin-Ganier (Focus Rotor Coaching-system) was third.

Alessandra Keller (Strüby MTB Kader) won the junior women's race ahead of Laura Charles (Focus Rotor Coaching-system) and Mallory Barth (JB Felt Team).

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing1:36:27
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:00:03
3Martin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:43
4Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:58
5Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:02:41
6Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:58
7Victor Koretzky (Fra) Team Adrisport0:03:49
8Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:08
9Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) goldwurst-power/ Stöckli0:04:56
10Jürg Graf (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:05:10
11Matous Ulman (Cze) Ceská sporitelna - Specialized0:05:21
12Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team0:05:27
13Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:05:27
14Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:14
15Giancarlo Sax (Swi) BigFriends Racing Team0:06:41
16Lars Forster (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach0:07:56
17Daniel Eymann (Swi) Imboden Bike Lauterbrunnen0:08:15
18Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Free Mountain Racing Team0:08:30
19Lucien Besançon (Swi) BH-Biketeam0:08:38
20Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:09:26
21Pascal Schmutz (Swi) goldwurst-power / Stöckli0:10:02
22Urs Huber (Swi) Team Bulls0:10:26
23Michael Hutter (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:10:40
24Marcel Bartholet (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team0:11:01
25Fabian Paumann (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer0:11:11
26Ronny Koller (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:11:19
27Pavel Boudný (Cze) Ceská sporitelna - Specialized0:11:24
28Emilien Barben (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work0:11:35
29Patrick Tresch (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:12:21
30Grant Ferguson (Swi) Superior Brentjens Racing0:12:23
31Sebastian Ostertag (Swi) Wädenswil0:12:47
32Adrien Buntschu (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work0:12:53
33Stefan Peter (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:13:15
34Michael Stünzi (Swi) Orbea Suisse MTB Team0:13:42
35Florian Chenaux (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work0:14:06
36Dumeni Vincenz (Swi) BigFriends Racing Team0:14:28
37Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach0:15:11
38Claude Koster (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:15:43
39Silvio Büsser (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team0:15:54
40Paul Remy (Fra) Scott - La Clusaz0:16:21
41Bryan Allemann (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work0:17:39
42Petr Stastny (Cze) Ceska sporitelna - Specialized0:17:49
43Antoine Bouqueret (Fra) Team Scott France La Clusaz0:18:23
44Matthias Allenspach (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach0:18:44
45Benoit Beaud (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work0:18:52
46Daniel Kaufmann (Swi) RC Gränichen0:19:22
47Mike Schuler (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:20:12
48Severin Sägesser (Swi) Crazy Velo Shop
49Titouan Perrin-Ganier (Fra) Focus Rotor Coaching-system0:23:21
-1lapDominik Buksa (Cze) Ceska sporitelna - Specialized0:00:46
-1lapFlorian Thie (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:01:05
-1lapSylvain Engelmann (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:02:14
-1lapJirí Danek (Cze) Ceska sporitelna - Specialized0:05:50
-1lapNick Albrecht (Swi) dapp-putzi-team.ch0:09:08
DNFJordan Sarrou (Swi) Focus Rotor Coaching-system
DNFValentin Berset (Swi) team dom cycle - merida
DNFJames Reid (RSA) VeloLife South Africa
DNFJonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team
DNFKenta Gallagher (Swi) Superior Brentjens Racing
DNFLuke Roberts (RSA) VeloLife South Africa

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team1:17:50
2Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:53
3Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:02:22
4Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing Team0:02:43
5Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:03:44
6Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:03:48
7Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges0:04:55
8Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Team BikePark.ch0:05:10
9Fanny Bourdon (Fra) TEAM Look Beaume de Venise0:05:14
10Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:05:34
11Jane Nüssli (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:05:43
12Franziska Brun (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:08:19
13Sarah Koba (Swi) JB Felt Team0:08:55
14Sofia Pezzatti (Swi) Team 3 Valli Biasca0:09:01
15Sabrina Maurer (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:09:09
16Florence Darbellay (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:09:25
17Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:09:38
18Deborah Inauen (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:10:57
19Franziska Ebinger (Swi) Bergamont - Radsport Lafranchi Madiswil0:12:33
20Candice Neethling (RSA) VeloLife South Africa0:12:59
21Marine Groccia (Swi) C.C.Moutier0:14:41
22Sabrina Baumgartner (Swi) Raiffeisen Bikeshop Studer Raceteam0:14:44
23Romaine Wenger (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:16:23
24Virginie Pointet (Swi) JB Felt Team0:17:33
25Bethany Crumpton (GBr) Great Britain National team0:18:08
26Eliane Müggler (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:19:30
27Jennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team0:21:06
28Alexandra Clement (Swi) Imholz Bike Racing0:21:18
29Denisa Stodulková (Cze) Ceska sporitelna - Specialized0:23:12
-1lapViviane Furrer (Swi) Bike Windlin0:00:57
-1lapCeline Ernst (Swi) TST Troehler Sport Team0:01:22
-1lapCéline Farner (Swi) JB Felt Team0:08:33
DNFAshleigh Moffatt (RSA) VeloLife South Africa

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hugo Pigeon (Fra) Velococ lapiesse1:11:31
2Dominic Grab (Swi) Team Grab-Credo / VC Maur0:00:12
3Neïlo Perrin-Ganier (Fra) Focus Rotor Coaching-system0:00:18
4Manuel Fasnacht (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:00:40
5Simon Vitzthum (Swi) bischibikes / kopierpapier.ch0:01:11
6Andrin Beeli (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:01:22
7Robin Gemperle (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:01:56
8Léo L'homme (Swi) Team BikePark.ch0:03:21
9Nicolas Fischer (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:03:43
10Mike Hermann (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:04:04
11Sandro Trevisani (Swi) Dom Cycle Merida0:04:48
12Lars Hubacher (Swi) bskGraf ROLLMAT-KOBA MTB Team0:05:22
13Benjamin Inauen (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:05:36
14Fabain Strittmatter (Swi) Specialized Racing0:05:42
15Timon Rüegg (Swi) Sortimo Fahrzeugeinrichtung / VC Steinmaur0:05:42
16Gordian Banzer (Lie) kbike.ch0:06:07
17Timothy Mazzuchelli (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer0:06:17
18Raphael Krähemann (Swi) VC Meilen/Team Atzmännig-M.F. Hügler Wetzikon0:06:35
19Guillaume Conus (Swi) VC.Echallens0:07:00
20Roger Aeberli (Swi) velo-reichmuth/ rrc amt0:07:06
21Rémy Dénervaud (Swi) Team Dom Cycle Merida0:07:46
22Oliver Herzig (Ger) Tropical Solothurn0:08:49
23Fabio Franz (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:09:00
24Rocco Ferretti (Swi) velo Club Monte Tamaro0:10:39
25Bruno Silva (Por) biketeam.gr0:11:48
26Loïc Guinchard (Swi) Team BikePark.ch0:13:32
27Valentin Kiser (Swi) JB Felt Team0:16:35
28Lars Stillhart (Swi) / RV Buchs0:17:48
29Johann Sansonnens (Swi) Zeta cycling club0:19:31
30Roman Düring (Swi) VC Eschenbach-Hakle0:21:33
31Cedric Gauch (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:27:09
DNFLionel Fasel (Swi) Vélo club Echallens
DNFJean Villermaulaz (Swi) Dupasquier Sports Stöckli
DNFDaniele Rainold (Ita) Bici Club 2000
DNFDominic Burkard (Swi)

Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandra Keller (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader1:05:35
2Laura Charles (Fra) Team Focus Rotor Coaching-system0:01:22
3Mallory Barth (Swi) JB Felt Team0:01:53
4Rebecca Rudolf Von Rohr (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:03:29
5Chantal Eheim (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:04:45
6Chrystelle Baumann (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:05:33
7Pierina Beeli (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:05:51
8Sabrina Sägesser (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:10:13
9Joana Schönthal (Swi) Velo-Shop Vonäsch Zollikon/VC Meilen0:11:18
10Milena Waldis (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team0:14:08

Amateurs & masters
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing1:10:13
2Philipp Hediger (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:00:19
3Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus XC Eliteteam0:01:16
4Patrick Lüthi (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:01:41
5Enea Vetsch (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:01:58
6Ulisse Fieschi (Swi) JB Felt Team0:02:28
7Erich Kuster (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:02:55
8Bruno Vitali (Swi) VTT Club Jura0:03:26
9Joel Graf (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:03:33
10Andreas Zünd (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:03:50
11Romain Bannwart (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:03:54
12Roli Mischler (Swi) Fischli Bike Team0:04:05
13Ueli Schädler (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team0:04:13
14Severin Nowak (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:04:16
15Manuel Boog (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach0:04:32
16Thomas Schmid (Swi) bsk-Graf Rollmat MTB Team0:04:36
17Lukas Bucher (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:04:40
18Joel Koller (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach0:05:27
19Florian Meyer (Swi) Stöckli0:05:40
20Sandro Kessler (Swi) Cycling Project Bike4Fun0:05:56
21René Wildhaber (Swi) Trek / Red Bull0:06:07
22Silvan Kälin (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:06:12
23Tobias Hollenstein (Swi) Team Bischibikes / kopierpapier.ch0:06:19
24Jan Gafner (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:06:32
25Jan Schär (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:06:37
26Mathias Alig (Swi) Calanda Racing Team0:06:43
27Nicolas Chopard (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:06:45
28Federer Ralph (Swi) MTB-Team Frifag/Gaetzi0:07:18
29Rico Von Burg (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:08:35
30Marcus Derungs (Swi) Imholz bike racing0:10:10
31David Gysling (Swi) Greenhillbikers0:10:11
32Kilian Oertli (Swi) MTB Team Frifag / Gätzi0:10:17
33Christoph Rytz (Swi) Kraftwerk rockthisbike.ch0:10:35
34Claudio Andenmatten (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer0:10:58
35Fabian Obrist (Swi) Stevens/zweiradsport.ch0:11:00
36Thomas Holtkamp (Ger) Mountain Heroes0:11:03
37Manuele Onofri (Ita) S.C. Triangolo Lariano0:11:59
38Pascal Nay (Swi) Thömus Bike Team GR / RMV Chur0:12:15
39Michael Wicki (Swi) bischibikes / kopierpapier.ch0:12:25
40Matthias Lauk (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team0:12:35
41Tobias Schraner (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:12:41
42Sebastian Egger (Swi) Orbea Suisse MTB Team0:12:50
43Davide Bordoli (Ita) Bici Club 20000:12:55
44Luca Formoso (Swi) dapp-putzi-team.ch0:14:46
45Benno Heussi (Swi) credo-bikes race team0:15:38
46Mattia Bartesaghi (Ita) controltech nevi asd0:16:23
47Stefan Vögeli (Swi) Ski+Velo-CenterRacingTeam/BC Spiez0:16:36
48Joël Haubensak (Swi) fehr-velos.ch0:17:43
49Cédric L'eplattenier (Swi) VTT Balcon du Jura/ Cycles Pache0:23:30
-1lapKilian Badrutt (Swi) biketeam.gr0:02:56
-1lapRomain Corti (Swi) team dom cycle merida0:03:09
-1lapClaudio Siviero (Ita) ASD Loris Bike0:05:58
-1lapLorenzo Roncoroni (Swi) Bici Club 20000:06:41
DNFAdrian Muri (Swi) vc sursee-creabeton
DNFBrian Brog (Swi) Free-Mountain Team
DNFMaurus Dürr (Swi) Merida Liechtsnstein RV Buchs VC Ruggell
DNFVirgile Stiedel (Fra) Evolution VTT Saint Dié
DNFNico Tambarikas (Swi) K-Bike
DNFSébastien Angiolini (Swi) Team MSC Swiss
DNFThomas Weber (Swi)
DNFMoreno Trabucchi (Ita) Paduano Martina Racing
DNFGerrit Buechler (Swi)
DNFChristian Barras (Swi)
DNFThomas Kunz (Swi) Goldwurst Power / Stöckli


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