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Vogel and Spitz win in Albstadt

Sabine Spitz and Florian Vogel won the fourth round of the German Bundesliga series, a category HC race in Albstadt, this weekend. Germany's Spitz, the Olympic champion, celebrated her first win of the season ahead of her Central Ghost teammate Elisabeth Osl of Austria and Petra Henzi (Fischer-BMC) of Switzerland. In the men's race Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower) defeated his Swiss compatriot Fabian Giger (SKS-MiG) and Belgian Roel Paulissen (Cannondale) in front of large crowds.

The results make the women's race look closer than it really was. Spitz started to celebrate her win in front of cheering fans with 100m to go while Osl came sprinting along from behind, nearly catching Spitz.

Osl had the lead initially, but then Spitz bridged up to her and left her behind. With one lap to go, Spitz had a 30-second gap and could relax as she approached the finish.

"It was a hard race, and it was the first time this year that I felt like I could put my foot on the gas pedal," said Spitz.

Osl, who won the opening round of the World Cup in South African this spring, was satisfied with her performance, too. "After a period of hard training, my result was okay. At the moment I'm not used to high-end efforts."

Third placed Henzi lost the lead duo on the third of six laps. "I'm still not at my top level but I'm getting better," said Henzi. "I enjoyed riding the downhills and the crowd was really great."

In the men's race, favorite Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak-Ergon) was suffering a sore throat and did not show the strength he'd displayed at the earlier spring races.

"Today, he was not as strong as he was at the World Cup races," said winner Vogel after the race. The current European Champion called himself one of the strongest on the climbing portions of the course. That's where he got away from a four-man lead group, going into the final lap of eight with 15 seconds.

The 21-year-old Giger used the long climb to attack. Paulissen and Kurschat were unable to follow. At the top, Giger caught Vogel, but was dropped by the leader on the following downhill.

"I felt really good today. I knew I would be faster than Fabian on the downhill. So I was calm," said Vogel.

Giger was happy with his second place. "I'm still young, and it was great to compete with these top riders. I'm really, really satisfied and I had a lot of fun," he said.

Paulissen described the climb as "extremely hard" and said his strategy was to take it at his own pace. "The crowd is so crazy here, and I knew that from 2007. It's a little bit like Tour de France - you have to take care not to go over the limit when they are cheering you so loud."

Albstadt was Vogel's first Bundesliga race. He fondly recalled something Spitz had told him jokingly two years ago. "I would like to take this crowd with me on a bus to every race," she had said. Vogel said that now he knows what she meant, and he'd like to do exactly the same thing.

In the Under 23 men's race, Switzerland also excelled with Martin Fanger (Giant Swiss) winning ahead of Lukas Kaufmann (Rothaus-Cube) and Sepp Freiburghaus (Thömus). Fanger won the race after a long solo while Kaufmann and Freiburghaus battled it out for second until the final lap.


Elite men
1Florian Vogel (Swi)1:52:37
2Fabian Giger (Swi)0:00:10
3Roel Paulissen (Bel)0:00:58
4Wolfram Kurschat (Ger)0:01:21
5Christoph Soukup (Aut)0:01:45
6Lukas Flückiger (Swi)0:02:44
7Manuel Fumic (Ger)0:03:11
8José Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa)0:04:45
9Martin Gujan (Swi)0:06:40
10Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)0:06:59
11Torsten Marx (Ger)0:06:59
12Chris Jongewaard (Aus)0:07:16
13Moritz Milatz (Ger)0:07:22
14Bas Peters (Ned)0:07:23
15Jelmer Pietersma (Ned)0:08:25
16Mathias Flückiger (Swi)0:08:46
17Andreas Kugler (Swi)0:09:05
18Bjorn Brems (Bel)0:09:10
19Robert Mennen (Ger)0:09:22
20Anders Ljungberg (Swe)0:09:38
21Hannes Metzler (Aut)0:09:58
22Pascal Meyer (Swi)0:10:56
23Klaus Nielsen (Den)0:11:30
24Thomas Litscher (Swi)0:11:53
25Marcel Wildhaber (Swi)0:13:48
26Andi Weinhold (Ger)0:13:59
27Christopher Maletz (Ger)0:14:44
28Sven Nys (Bel)0:15:57
29Olaf Rochow (Ger)0:20:48
30Jimmy Tielens (Bel)
31Steffen Thum (Ger)
32Rene Tann (Ger)
33Florian Meyer (Swi)
34Bart Brentjens (Ned)
35Michael Hutter (Swi)
36Achim Beckedahl (Ger)
37Emil Lindgren (Swe)
38Sascha Schwindling (Ger)
39Matthias Pfrommer (Ger)
40Sebastian Weigel (Ger)
41Dror Pekatch (Isr)
42Oliver Holmes (GBr)
43Fabian Brzezinski (Ger)
44Ulrich Theobald (Ger)
45Richard Felle (Irl)
46Felix Gniot (Ger)
DNFMilan Spesny (Cze)
DNFTobias Ullmann (Ger)
DNFSebastian Bergmann (Ger)
DNFGuido Thaler (Aut)
DNFChristoph Hopp (Ger)
DNFErik Kleinhans (RSA)
DNFThorsten Walter (Ger)
DNFJohannes Közle (Ger)
DNFPierre Geoffroy Plantet (Fra)
DNFHannes Diether (Ger)
DNSJulien Absalon (Fra)
DNSNino Schurter (Swi)
DNSRalph Naef (Swi)
DNSJochen Kass (Ger)
DNSRudi Van Houts (Ned)
DNSSteffen Greger (Ger)
DNSKarl Markt (Aut)
DNSLado Fumic (Ger)
DNSFrank Schotman (Ned)
DNSOle Christian Fagerli (Nor)
DNSBalz Weber (Swi)
DNSWilko Rochow (Ger)
DNSRobert Michaelis (Ger)
DNSJochen Coconcelli (Ger)
DNSAndy Romhild (Ger)
DNSJan Verstraeten (Bel)
DNSMarcel Reiser (Ger)
DNSPierre Meilick (Ger)
DNSSebastian Muth (Ger)
DNSLutz Baumgärtel (Ger)
DNSChristian Eckart (Ger)
DNSMarco Schätzing (Ger)
DNSJan Minnaard (Ned)

Elite women
1Sabine Spitz (Ger)1:39:21
2Elisabeth Osl (Aut)
3Petra Henzi (Swi)0:02:42
4Annika Langvad (Den)0:03:30
5Anja Gradl (Ger)0:05:13
6Ivonne Kraft (Ger)0:06:17
7Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:07:49
8Maria Osl (Aut)0:08:18
9Tatjana Dold (Ger)0:11:14
10Laura Turpijn (Ned)0:12:01
11Githa Michiels (Bel)0:12:10
12Nina Wrobel (Ger)0:13:01
13Monique Zeldenrust (Ned)0:13:45
14Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)2:16:29
15Nicoletta De Jager (Ned)2:18:20
16Alexa Hüni (Ger)2:20:52
17Claudia Seidel (Ger)
18Karin Groen (Ned)
19Nina Kunz (Ger)
20Elliot Caitlin (Irl)
21Inbar Ronen (Isr)
22Eva Lutz (Ger)
23Idit Shub (Isr)
DNFSabrina Enaux (Fra)
DNFJanneke Leask (RSA)
DNFStephanie Wiedner (Aut)
DNSIrina Kalentieva (Rus)
DNSElisabeth Brandau (Ger)
DNSSharon Laws (GBr)
DNSHeletje Van Staden (Nam)
DNSTereza Hurikova (Cze)
DNSAleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)
DNSMagdalena Sadlecka (Pol)
DNSMaja Wloszczowska (Pol)
DNSSophie De Boer (Ned)

Under 23 men
1Martin Fanger (Swi)1:43:20
2Lukas Kaufmann (Swi)0:02:25
3Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)0:03:27
4Matej Nepustil (Cze)0:05:13
5Tim Wijnants (Bel)0:05:37
6Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)0:05:55
7Irjan Luttenberg (Ned)0:06:54
8Matthias Hoi (Aut)0:06:55
9Rumen Voigt (Ger)0:07:36
10Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)0:07:57
11Florian Schön (Ger)0:08:03
12Olof Jonsson (Swe)0:08:59
13Manfred Reis (Ger)0:09:07
14Josef Kamler (Cze)0:09:24
15David Hofmann (Ger)0:09:28
16Mirco Widmer (Swi)0:10:12
17Marco Minnaard (Ned)
18Shlomi Haimy (Isr)0:10:13
19Matthias Leisling (Ger)0:11:15
20Julian Schwendemann (Ger)0:11:21
21Markus Knott (Ger)0:11:25
22Erik Groen (Ned)0:11:31
23Andreas Muckenhirn (Ger)0:12:39
24Oliver Vonhausen (Ger)0:13:20
25Danny Neumann (Ger)0:13:23
26Connor Mcconvey (Irl)0:13:26
27Markus Ziegler (Ger)0:14:32
28Timo Modosch (Ger)0:14:54
29Aaron Snyder (USA)0:15:00
30Simon Stiebjahn (Ger)0:15:01
31Vero Lüscher (Ger)0:16:06
32Philipp Ziegler (Ger)0:16:07
33Valentin Fiderer (Ger)0:18:23
34Philipp Maximilian Daum (Ger)
35Tom Ettlich (Ger)
36Mario Waibel (Ger)
37Ludwig Döhl (Ger)
38Idan Shapira (Isr)
39Henrik Hoffmann (Ger)
40Thomas Weschta (Ger)
41Tommy Galle (Ger)
42Jeffrey Andris (Ger)
43Patrick Titus (Ger)
44Brady Kappius (USA)
45Kevin Waibel (Ger)
46Michael Weingardt (Aut)
47Yues Kellogg (Ger)
48Stefan Schairer (Ger)
49Torben Saßnick (Ger)
50Tim Lemmers (Ned)
51Benjamin Oesterle (Ger)
52Tobias Trautmann (Ger)
53Daniel Eliad (Isr)
54Ralf Maier (Ger)
55Lukas Haasis (Ger)
56Pierre Happel (Ger)
57Florian Eitel (Ger)
58Simon Staufner (Ger)
59Dominic Lehmann (Ger)
60Markus Moeller (Ger)
61Matt Wiebe (USA)
62Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)
63Ralf Genal (Ger)
DNFFrank Beemer (Ned)
DNFRob Vangenechten (Bel)
DNFMarcel Braun (Ger)
DNFElias Neubert (Ger)
DNFTim Höme (Ger)
DNFAlexander Huber (Ger)
DNFJelmer Jubbega (Ned)
DNFLukas Hollrigl (Aut)
DNFMarkus Chrost (Ger)
DNFKai Kautz (Ger)
DNFLukas Bruder (Ger)
DNFNico Köpke (Ger)
DNFTom Fritsch (Ger)
DNFSimon Gegenheimer (Ger)
DNSMarkus Bauer (Ger)
DNSAnders Hovdenes (Nor)
DNSPatrik Gallati (Swi)
DNSHeiko Gutmann (Ger)
DNSHenk Jaap Moorlag (Ned)
DNSFabian Strecker (Ger)
DNSPascal Ketterer (Ger)
DNSJakub Magnusek (Cze)
DNSBarry Hayes (Ger)
DNSTimo Häfner (Ger)
DNSChristian Lindner (Ger)
DNSChristoph Gro (Ger)
DNSJan-Niklas Droste (Ger)
DNSChristian Mai (Ger)
DNSArmin Bauer (Ger)
DNSMarkus Moeller (Ger)
DNSFlorian Thaller (Ger)

Under 23 women
1Hanna Klein (Ger)1:47:56
2Silke Schmidt (Ger)0:00:41
3Barbara Benko (Hun)0:02:01
4Lily Matthews (GBr)
5Nadine Rieder (Ger)
6Silja Vetter (Ger)
7Kim-Julia Gerlach (Ger)
DNFJanneke Leask (RSA)
DNFStephanie Wiedner (Aut)

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