Spitz wins women's German cross country title

Sabine Spitz won her 10th German cross country national title ahead of Central Haibike Pro teammate Elisabeth Brandau. It was proved to be a tight battle between the two riders and in the end, Spitz's superior technical riding skills paid off.

Spitz led Brandau by 10 seconds at the end of the first of five laps, but on the second lap, Spitz crashed and Brandau and Adelheid Morath passed her.

"My pulse was probably a bit too high on the downhill," said Spitz, who had damaged brake lever and a bloody nose. It cost her 50 seconds to Brandau. Spitz quickly overtook Morath, but it took her awhile to catch her teammate. Spitz made her progress on the climbs.

On the penultimate lap, it started to rain and the track got slippery. The resulting more technical course challenged Brandau to her limit, and Spitz closed the gap by the descent on the fourth lap.

"I wanted to go first in the downhill," said Spitz, who is 14 years older than Brandau. "It was hard work and the older I get, the more valuable the titles."

Spitz went on to win the race, taking her 13th German national title overall. She has won all but one of the last 11 cross country titles.

Brandau was happy with her first medal at nationals. "I lost the race on the downhills," she said. "But I'm proud of the silver medal." She finished 34 seconds after Spitz.

Morath was third at one minute.


BMC's Moritz Milatz, 28, won the men's cross country title despite having a rough previous week that included taking antibiotics. Miltaz won his third national title ahead of Wolfram Kurschat (Topeak Ergon) and Robert Mennen (BMC). Jochen Kaess (Multivan Merida) landed in fourth place ahead of Manuel Fumic(Cannondale Factory Racing Team).

Moritz didn't make the decision to race until Saturday morning.

The race turned out to be battle between Milatz and Kurschat. The former was better on the descents and the latter was better on the climbs. So there was a lot of back and forth during the race.  Milatz, as defending champion, remained calm and took a calculated approach to the race.

"I wanted to control the race as long as possible and only make my attack at the end," said Milatz. He did so in the final lap and won by 11 seconds.

"It was important to be able to defend my title. In particular, I wanted to wear the white jersey heading into the Olympic season. To win this three times, it seems to be my calling indeed."

"I finished 14th three times in Offenburg and I won three Bundesliga titles. Now I'm a three-time German champion. Let's see what else I can do three times!" said Milatz.

Full Results

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moritz Milatz (Ger)1:36:49
2Wolfram Kurschat (Ger)0:00:11
3Robert Mennen (Ger)0:02:41
4Jochen Kass (Ger)0:03:55
5Manuel Fumic (Ger)0:04:46
6Rene Tann (Ger)0:07:47
7Torsten Marx (Ger)0:09:08
8Steffen Greger (Ger)0:10:10
9Heiko Gutmann (Ger)0:11:10
10Florian Schön (Ger)0:12:43
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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sabine Spitz (Ger)1:24:15
2Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:00:34
3Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:01:01
4Hanna Klein (Ger)0:01:03
5Mona Eiberweiser (Ger)0:02:58
6Helen Grobert (Ger)0:05:18
7Silke Schmidt (Ger)0:07:28
8Nadine Rieder (Ger)0:11:00
9Mailin Franke (Ger)0:12:27
10Daniela Storch (Ger)0:12:44
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Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger)1:28:16
2Markus Bauer (Ger)0:00:01
3Julian Schelb (Ger)0:00:48
4Sascha Bleher (Ger)0:01:16
5Fabian Strecker (Ger)0:02:05
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Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christian Pfäffle (Ger)1:19:08
2Jochen Weisenseel (Ger)0:00:48
3Aaron Beck (Ger)0:01:11
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Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lena Putz (Ger)1:16:21
2Johanna Techt (Ger)0:00:04
3Majlen Müller (Ger)0:01:54


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