Spitz takes 11th German cross country title

Sabine Spitz and Moritz Milatz won the German cross country national titles at Bad Salzdetfurth. In Saturday's women's race, Spitz collected her 11th national title ahead of Central Pro teammates Anja Gradl and Hanna Klein. On Sunday, Milatz had no problem securing his second title. Milatz took the gold medal ahead of Multivan-Merida teammate Jochen Käss and Torsten Marx in a surprising third place.

In the first two laps, Spitz was thinking that fellow leaders Anja Gradl and Elisabeth Brandau would not be able to continue the pace they set.

"With my experience I could see that it would not work out for them. When I kept that speed in the third lap, they couldn't continue with me," said Spitz.

Brandau tried to keep in contact, but paid later by finishing in eighth position.

Gradl was also suffering, searching for her own rhythm, but she managed to secure the first cross country national medal of her career. "Today it was perfect. It was my goal to earn the second spot behind Sabine," said Gradl.

Behind her, Hanna Klein passed Brandau and profited from technical problems of Silke Schmidt, who put in a strong performance on the 4.6km course.

In the men's race, Moritz Milatz rode well and seemed to have no real contenders. Defending champion Wolfram Kurschat cancelled his participation after breaking ribs three weeks ago. In the very first lap, Milatz escaped together with Manuel Fumic, but in the beginning of third lap, Fumic fell off his pace.

"I passed him and got a gap immediately. I felt super good today," said Milatz after the race. "To win the title is another highlight in my career."

Behind him, Fumic was passed by Jochen Käss and Torsten Marx before he abandoned. "I had no power in my legs. It is the result of my training and I didn't want to risk anything because of the upcoming World Cups," said Fumic.

Käss, who suffered on a flat tire in the first lap and had worked his way back up from 18th position, and Marx fought for the silver and bronze medals.

On the last lap, Marx was setting an attack, but then but Käss countered. "It's a pity that I couldn't fight for the title but on the other hand I'm happy to get back to music after my flat tire," said Kass.

Marx was happy with his race. The 34-year-old rider claimed his first cross country medal ever. "Definitely it is my biggest success," said the DS-Rennsport rider. "I felt pretty good and tried to ride with control."

In the U23 competition, Felix Euteneuer and Markus Schulte-Lünzum duelled. With three laps to go, Marcel Fleschhut couldn't follow the duo because of a defect in his fork. On the last climb, Euteneuer put everything on the pedal he had left and got a gap of some seconds.

"I didn't feel that I was the strongest rider in the leading group, but when one after the other dropped off, I got more and more

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moritz Milatz (Ger)1:51:55
2Jochen Kass (Ger)0:02:17
3Torsten Marx (Ger)0:02:39
4Robert Mennen (Ger)0:03:57
5Rene Tann (Ger)0:04:24
6Christopher Maletz (Ger)0:05:39
7Johannes Sickmueller (Ger)0:06:35
8Sebastian Szraucner (Ger)0:07:03
9Benjamin Sonntag (Ger)0:09:38
10Marco Schätzing (Ger)0:12:45
11Fabian Brzezinski (Ger)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Olaf Rochow (Ger)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Wilko Rochow (Ger)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Alex Speisekorn (Ger)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Steffen Greger (Ger)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Kai Kautz (Ger)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Robert Michaelis (Ger)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Sebastian Stark (Ger)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Ulrich Theobald (Ger)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Andy Romhild (Ger)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Achim Beckendahl (Ger)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Jochen Coconcelli (Ger)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Sascha Schwindling (Ger)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Rumen Voigt (Ger)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Lutz Babilon (Ger)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Michael Rieder (Ger)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Benjamin Oesterle (Ger)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Yues Kellogg (Ger)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Sebastian Gründel (Ger)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Severin Schweisguth (Ger)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Christoph Hopp (Ger)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Sebastian Bergmann (Ger)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Nils Richter (Ger)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Ulrich Rose (Ger)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Jörg Schmidtmann (Ger)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Matthias Velt (Ger)Row 35 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Fumic (Ger)Row 36 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Schneidawind (Ger)Row 37 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian Mordmuller (Ger)Row 38 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Knape (Ger)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Ilsemann (Ger)Row 40 - Cell 2
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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabine Spitz (Ger)1:42:48
2Anja Gradl (Ger)0:01:30
3Hanna Klein (Ger)0:03:25
4Silke Schmidt (Ger)0:04:32
5Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:07:06
6Tatjana Dold (Ger)0:09:49
7Katrin Schwing (Ger)0:10:12
8Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:10:32
9Ivonne Kraft (Ger)0:12:48
10Nadine Rieder (Ger)0:13:17
11Melanie Spath (Ger)0:13:45
12Mona Eiberweiser (Ger)0:16:08
13Susanne Juranek (Ger)0:18:28
14Liv-Susanne Bachmann (Ger)0:19:28
15Vanessa Mosch (Ger)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Gesa Bruchmann (Ger)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Alexa Hüni (Ger)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Aline Brüstle (Ger)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Sandy Jäkel (Ger)Row 18 - Cell 2
DNFJulia Haase (Ger)Row 19 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Arendt (Ger)Row 20 - Cell 2
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Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Felix Euteneuer (Ger)1:41:02
2Marcus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger)0:00:05
3Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)0:00:58
4Matthias Leisling (Ger)0:01:18
5Manfred Reis (Ger)0:01:22
6Markus Bauer (Ger)0:03:11
7Henrik Hoffmann (Ger)0:04:57
8Marcus Nicolai (Ger)0:05:36
9Ludwig Döhl (Ger)0:05:47
10David Simon (Ger)0:06:15
11Danny Neumann (Ger)0:06:56
12Pascal Ketterer (Ger)0:07:10
13Maximilian Holz (Ger)0:07:43
14Marcel Braun (Ger)0:07:51
15Oliver Vonhausen (Ger)0:07:54
16Lukas Schuon (Ger)0:08:41
17Tom Ettlich (Ger)0:08:59
18Anselm Wüllner (Ger)0:09:15
19Simon Stiebjahn (Ger)0:09:24
20Andreas Muckenhirn (Ger)0:09:27
21Fabian Strecker (Ger)0:10:13
22Tommy Galle (Ger)0:10:38
23Felix Schäfermeier (Ger)0:11:15
24Timo Modosch (Ger)0:11:35
25Barry Hayes (Ger)0:12:08
26Marcel Pöter (Ger)0:12:24
27Steve Scheffel (Ger)0:12:40
28Philipp Maximilian Daum (Ger)0:13:09
29Lysander Kiesel (Ger)0:13:31
30Jeffrey Andris (Ger)0:13:34
31Stefan Braun (Ger)0:13:39
32Timo Häfner (Ger)0:13:57
33Adrian Sauer (Ger)0:14:10
34Thomas Weschta (Ger)0:14:50
35Ahmed-Ridvan Reichling (Ger)0:15:35
36Patrick Titus (Ger)0:15:39
37Oliver Laundenberg (Ger)0:18:19
38Benjamin Dorn (Ger)0:22:14
39Valentin Fiderer (Ger)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Steffen Weisenseel (Ger)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Björn Herrmann (Ger)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Lukas Holtkamp (Ger)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Tobias Trautmann (Ger)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Wanski (Ger)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Svante Johanßon (Ger)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Torben Saßnick (Ger)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Markus Zöller (Ger)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Markus Chrost (Ger)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Pascal Hempel (Ger)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Simon Staufner (Ger)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Mario Waibel (Ger)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Felix Günter (Ger)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Pierre Happel (Ger)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Jago Fechtmann (Ger)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Jonas Struff (Ger)Row 54 - Cell 2
56David Schiel (Ger)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Marko Haas (Ger)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Gegenheimer (Ger)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFAndreas Kleiber (Ger)Row 58 - Cell 2
DNFMarius Christian (Ger)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Goergen (Ger)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFPhilipp Ziegler (Ger)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFJohannes Közle (Ger)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFMarius Reiber (Ger)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFJohannes Schulte (Ger)Row 64 - Cell 2
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Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Schelb1:12:35
2Sascha Bleher0:01:11
3Wenzel Böhm-Gräber0:01:20
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Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Johanna Techt (Ger)1:08:22
2Helen Grobert (Ger)0:02:40
3Stephanie Frank (Ger)0:06:37


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