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Lukas Flückiger and Adelheid Morath win in Gränichen

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Rudi van Houts (Multivan Merida)

Rudi van Houts (Multivan Merida) (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Elite men's podium in Granichen BMC Cup

Elite men's podium in Granichen BMC Cup (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Thomas Litscher (Multivan Merida)

Thomas Litscher (Multivan Merida) (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Jose Hermida is still recovering from a crash in Nove Mesto

Jose Hermida is still recovering from a crash in Nove Mesto (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Adelheid Morath (Haibike) wins the women's race

Adelheid Morath (Haibike) wins the women's race (Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz Haibike)

Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz Haibike) (Image credit: Ralf Schäuble)
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Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz Haibike)

Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz Haibike) (Image credit: Ralf Schäuble)

Lukas Flueckiger raced to victory at the fourth round of the BMC Racing Cup in Gränichen. Flueckiger won ahead of two-time Olympic champion Julien Absalon and Thomas Litscher. In the women's race, Esther Suess had bad luck, missing her fourth straight win in the series due to a technical problem that handicapped her in the last lap. German Adelheid Morath took the win, Suess was second, and Jolanda Neff was third.


In front of a large crowd of spectators at Gränichens's gravel plant, Lukas Flueckiger managed to confirm that he is still in great shape after a couple of demanding races in recent weeks. After 36.4 kilometers, the rider from Leimiswil won the race just a second ahead of his BMC teammate Julien Absalon and thus celebrated his first victory of the season.

On the technically demanding 4.55-kilometer course, Flueckiger took command right from the very first lap onwards. In the second lap, he already had a lead of 15 seconds on a chase group. He was riding well after racing the GP Aargau road race on Thursday.

Using clever tactics, Absalon let his teammate pull away from the field. But when Absalon noticed that Fabian Giger was slowing down a bit in the chase group, he attacked immediately and caught up with Flueckiger in the third of eight laps.

They both worked together and increased their lead to one minute.

"Julien had noticed that in some sections I was a little stronger than him. I am familiar with the race course and that, of course, is an advantage. So we agreed to work together until the final lap, also to save some energy. Then, in the final lap, we both fought for the victory," said Flueckiger.

"For me this victory affirms that I have been able to keep the form that I had at the World Cup races."

Absalon was raving about a "tactically perfect race" and hopes for a similar cooperation at the World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy next Saturday. "Then perhaps with a reverse result," said the Frenchman, laughing.

In the chasing group Matthias Stirnemann surprised his home crowd by fighting for a place on the podium. The U23 rider defied Giant pro racer Fabian Giger. They both benefited from Mathias Flueckiger's misfortune. Lukas' younger brother was in third position when a mechanical problem forced him to drop back.

Due to some injuries, Thomas Litscher was not able to keep up with the field in the beginning, but in the fifth lap charged up to the chasing group - and the Multivan Merida rider came out on top. 1:00 minute back in third.

"On the final climb, I was able to counter attack Fabian," said Litscher.

BMC rider Stirnemann defended fifth place and showed himself deeply moved on the podium. "The audience was a huge motivation for me, I am overwhelmed. During the week, I have already noticed that things are getting better and, of course, I know this race track by heart," said Stirnemann.


"The race was not long enough to come back again. During the first five laps, I did a perfect race. This certainty I can take with me to the World Cup and to the European Championships in Bern," said a somewhat disappointed Süss.

Morath said, "I was really lucky today. In the beginning, I felt a little tired, but in each lap, things were getting better. Now I can take on my next tasks with a good basic feeling." Morath, ninth at the World Cup opener in Albstadt, had worked her way to the front from sixth place in the first lap.

Neff had fallen back to fifth place during the race, but was able to fight her way back to third position, after she had caught up to Corina Gantenbein and to Kathrin Stirnemann, who had been in second position for some time.

Neff said, "It was hard, because this year we are not yet used to the heat. It took me a while to find my rhythm. Sure, it would have been nice to win, but the other girls were stronger today." Neff had also suffered from some bruises sustained from a crash during a recent stay in the USA.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lukas Flückiger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team1:43:48
2Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:00:01
3Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:00
4Fabian Giger (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team0:01:15
5Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:31
6Rudy Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:50
7Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) goldwurst-power/ Stöckli0:02:37
8Martin Gujan (Swi) TX-Active Bianchi Team0:02:37
9José Antonio Hermida (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:02:38
10Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing Team0:02:38
11Reto Indergand (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:02:49
12Moritz Milatz (Ger) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team0:03:26
13Julian Schelb (Swi) Lexware-Rothaus Team0:03:35
14Frank Beemer (Ned) MPL-Specialized0:04:03
15Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:04:08
16Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) National Team Netherlands0:04:13
17Mathias Flückiger (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:04:13
18Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team0:04:43
19Martin Gluth (Ger) Lexware-Rothaus Team0:05:25
20Jürg Graf (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:05:43
21Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:06:09
22Pascal Meyer (Swi) JB Felt Team0:06:29
23Daniel Eymann (Swi) Imboden Bike Lauterbrunnen0:06:48
24Christian Pfäffle (Ger) Lexware-Rothaus Team0:06:52
25Marc Stutzmann (Swi) Free Mountain Racing Team0:07:20
26Lucien Besançon (Swi) BH-Biketeam0:08:20
27Stefan Peter (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:08:21
28Kerry Werner (USA) USA National MTB Team0:09:00
29Michael Hutter (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:09:08
30Luiz Henrique Cocuzzi (Bra) Lar0:09:25
31Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:09:36
32Fabian Paumann (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer0:09:44
33Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Caloi0:10:14
34Luca Damiani (Ita) KTM Stihl Torrevilla0:10:40
35Sepp Kuss (Swi) USA National MTB Team0:10:47
36Mike Schuler (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:11:26
37Michael Crosbie (Aus)0:11:42
38Andreas Moser (Swi) Zaunteam Mittelland0:11:52
39Russell Finsterwald (USA) USA National MTB Team0:12:05
40Severin Sägesser (Swi) Crazy Velo Shop0:12:05
41Matthias Allenspach (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach0:12:30
42Mariusz Kowal (Pol) Kocarz Polanica0:13:04
43Claude Koster (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:14:07
44Christophe Geiser (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:14:27
-2lapsSebastian Ostertag (Swi) Wädenswil
-2lapsSylvain Engelmann (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL
-2lapsPatrick Tresch (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader
-2lapsFlorian Thie (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team
-2lapsJonas Loretz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team
-2lapsSandro Soncin (Swi) BH-Biketeam
-2lapsFlorian Chenaux (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work
-2lapsLars Forster (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach
-2lapsBryan Allemann (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work
-2lapsZach Valdes (Swi) USA National MTB Team
-3lapsPascal Schmutz (Swi) goldwurst-power / Stöckli
-3lapsCristobal Silva (Chi) Lapierre Chile
-3lapsCasey Williams (USA) USA National MTB Team
-3lapsPayson Mcelveen (USA) USA National MTB Team
-4lapsMichael Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach
-4lapsNick Albrecht (Swi)
-4lapsBen Comfort (Aus) Australian U23 Development Team
-5lapsDaniel Kaufmann (Swi) RC Gränichen
DNFPatrik Gallati (Swi) Focus XC Team
DNFFlorian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing
DNFEmilien Barben (Swi) Zimmermann-BMC-New Work
DNFRick Reimann (Swi) Orbea Suisse MTB Team
DNFRalph Näf (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
DNFJeroen Van Eck (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team
DNFMartin Fanger (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
DNFGiancarlo Sax (Swi) BigFriends Racing Team
DNFShlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team
DNFHans Burkhard (Lie) KBike Koba

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team1:30:46
2Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team0:00:22
3Jolanda Neff (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team0:02:15
4Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:03:06
5Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team0:03:23
6Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Falu CK0:03:54
7Linda Indergand (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:04:11
8Nina Wrobel (Ger) FujiBikes Rockets0:07:35
9Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Team Adrisport0:08:41
10Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:09:00
11Paula Gorycka (Pol) 4F Racing Team0:09:17
12Janina Wüst (Swi) Schmid-Velosport0:10:05
13Hielke Elferink (Ned) Wheeler-iXS-Team0:10:54
14Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Gjøvik & Raufoss SK0:11:07
15Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:11:42
16Deborah Inauen (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:13:22
-1lapFlorence Darbellay (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL
-1lapMarine Groccia (Swi) C.C.Moutier
-1lapEliane Müggler (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team
-2lapsRomaine Wenger (Swi) Thömus Racing Team
-2lapsBritt Van Den Boogert (Ned) Cube Nutswerk Team
-2lapsCéline Farner (Swi) JB Felt Team
-2lapsJennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Team
-3lapsTanja Starkermann (Swi) BH-Biketeam
-3lapsCeline Ernst (Swi) TST Troehler Sport Team
DNFKatrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team
DNFSabrina Maurer (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team
DNFFranziska Brun (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Milan Vader (Ned) National Team Holland1:10:07
2Andrin Beeli (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:00:14
3Nicolas Fischer (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:00:34
4Lars Hubacher (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:01:06
5Simon Vitzthum (Swi) bischibikes / kopierpapier.ch0:01:06
6Dominic Grab (Swi) Team Grab-Credo / VC Maur0:01:08
7Timothy Mazzuchelli (Swi) Greenhope MTB Team - biking against cancer0:01:17
8Mike Hermann (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:02:38
9Johannes Bläsi (Ger) Lexware-Rothaus-Team0:02:39
10Daniel Voitl (Ger) Bike Junior Team powered by Milka0:02:50
11Manuel Fasnacht (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:03:06
12Fabain Strittmatter (Swi) Specialized Racing0:03:09
13Robin Gemperle (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:03:24
14Kjell Van Den Boogert (Ned) Cube Nutswerk Team0:03:32
15Marvin Bovendorp (Ned) National Team Holland0:03:35
16Niklas Sell (Ger) Biker Crew Münstertal0:04:13
17Sandro Trevisani (Swi) Dom Cycle Merida0:04:27
18Rémy Dénervaud (Swi) Team Dom Cycle Merida0:04:44
19Timon Rüegg (Swi) Sortimo Fahrzeugeinrichtung / VC Steinmaur0:05:13
20Léo L'homme (Swi) Team Adrisport0:05:16
21Oliver Herzig (Ger) Tropical Solothurn0:05:19
22Benjamin Inauen (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:05:26
23Raphael Krähemann (Swi) VC Meilen/Team Atzmännig-M.F. Hügler Wetzikon0:05:46
24Gordian Banzer (Lie) kbike.ch0:06:28
25Piotr Konwa (Pol) 4F Racing Team0:06:48
26Noah Blöchlinger (Swi) bischibikes/kopierpapier.ch0:07:59
27Fabio Franz (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:08:17
28Remo Müggler (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:08:43
29Roger Aeberli (Swi) velo-reichmuth/ rrc amt0:09:07
30Bruno Silva (Por) biketeam.gr0:09:32
31Lars Stillhart (Swi) / RV Buchs0:09:54
32Jean Villermaulaz (Swi) Dupasquier Sports Stöckli0:10:53
33Rocco Ferretti (Swi) Velo Club Monte TAMARO0:10:54
34Sammy Leumann (Swi) VC Maur0:12:35
35Johann Sansonnens (Swi) Zeta cycling club0:12:56
36Quentin Guex (Swi) Team Dom-cycle0:13:51
-2lapsCaryl Simonet (Swi) Zeta Cycling Club / Team Giant Neuchâtel
-3lapsCedric Gauch (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team
DNFWiebe Scholten (Ned) National Team Holland
DNFSandro Schober (Swi) Team Signer RV Altenrhein
DNFRicardo Lourenço (Por) Zetacyclingclub
DNFDiego Schneuwly (Swi) Zeta

Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sofia Wiedenroth (Ger) TSV Niederstaufen / Team Fiat Rotwild1:04:49
2Alessandra Keller (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:01:29
3Rebecca Rudolf Von Rohr (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:02:33
4Mallory Barth (Swi) JB Felt Team0:04:16
5Pierina Beeli (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team0:05:10
6Chantal Eheim (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:05:38
7Marlo Koevoet (Ned) MPL-Specialized0:06:28
8Chrystelle Baumann (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:06:53
9Veronika Brüchle (Swi) Stevens- Schubert racing Team0:08:18
10Charlene Berard (Swi)0:14:47
-1lapJoana Schönthal (Swi) Velo-Shop Vonäsch Zollikon/VC Meilen
-1lapMilena Waldis (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team
DNFSabrina Sägesser (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team

Amateurs & Masters
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Enea Vetsch (Swi) bskGraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team1:23:48
2Marcel Guerrini (Swi) Focus XC Eliteteam0:00:16
3Patrick Lüthi (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:00:16
4Thomas Kalberer (Swi) Chälbli Bikes0:00:45
5Joel Koller (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach0:01:09
6Romain Bannwart (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:01:33
7Brian Brog (Swi) Free-Mountain Team0:01:34
8Simon Schilli (Ger) Racextract. Werksteam0:01:58
9Bruno Vitali (Swi) VTT Club Jura0:02:08
10Erich Kuster (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:02:32
11Philipp Hediger (Swi) Fischer - BMC0:03:04
12Florian Meyer (Swi) Stöckli0:03:17
13Rico Von Burg (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:03:22
14Yannik Brischle (Ger) racextract. Werksteam0:03:22
15Christof Bischof (Swi) bischibikes / kopierpapier.ch0:03:24
16Joel Graf (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:03:26
17Andreas Zünd (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss Racing Team0:04:41
18Severin Nowak (Swi) Bergamont Swiss Team0:04:50
19Roli Mischler (Swi) Fischli Bike Team0:04:57
20Lukas Bucher (Swi) Tropical Solothurn0:05:00
21Jan Gafner (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen CCL0:05:08
22Romain Corti (Swi) team dom cycle merida0:05:17
23Adrian Muri (Swi) vc sursee-creabeton0:06:08
24Jeremias Marti (Swi) Strüby MTB Kader0:06:10
25Fabian Obrist (Swi) Stevens/zweiradsport.ch0:06:12
26Jan Schär (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:06:12
27Sebastian Egger (Swi) Orbea Suisse MTB Team0:06:12
28Maurus Dürr (Swi) Merida Liechtsnstein RV Buchs VC Ruggell0:06:46
29Ulisse Fieschi (Swi) JB Felt Team0:07:07
30Michael Frei (Swi) BH Biketeam0:07:07
31Thomas Weber (Swi) biketeam.gr0:07:18
32Thomas Schmid (Swi) bsk Graf Rollmat MTB Team0:07:44
33Yves Ketterer (Ger)0:07:46
34Ueli Schädler (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team0:07:46
35Stefan Vögeli (Swi) Ski+Velo-CenterRacingTeam/BC Spiez0:07:47
36Federer Ralph (Swi) MTB-Team Frifag/Gaetzi0:08:44
37Matthias Lauk (Swi) Focus X-Bionic Team0:09:33
38Pirmin Kuß (Ger) Wheeler-iXS-Team / SC Urach0:10:13
39Benno Heussi (Swi) credo-bikes race team0:10:22
40Tobias Sindlinger (Ger) Gonso-Simplon-Racing-Team0:13:11
41Yves Albrecht (Swi) dapp-putzi-team.ch0:13:36
42David Gysling (Swi) Greenhillbikers0:14:16
43Fabian Bucher (Swi) Merida Riders / VMC Bürglen0:16:32
44Silvan Casutt (Swi) biketeam.gr0:17:09
45Heiko Hog (Ger) Lexware Rothaus Team0:00:20
46Jonas Harlacher (Swi) sportequipment.ch0:01:29
47Kilian Badrutt (Swi) biketeam.gr0:06:06
DNFTobias Schraner (Swi) Fischer - BMC
DNFManuel Boog (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach
DNFSandro Kessler (Swi) Cycling Project Bike4Fun
DNFNicolas Chopard (Swi) Tropical Solothurn
DNFNico Tambarikas (Swi) K-Bike
DNFLuca Formoso (Swi)
DNFJérémy Gadomski (Swi) Team Giant Neuchatel


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