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Milatz and Morath win Bundesliga MTB opener

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The start of the elite men's cross country

The start of the elite men's cross country
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Julian Schelb on a climb

Julian Schelb on a climb
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Julian Schelb and Martin Gluth

Julian Schelb and Martin Gluth
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Julian Schelb wins the U23 race in Bad Saeckingen

Julian Schelb wins the U23 race in Bad Saeckingen
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Adelheid Morath on her way to winning

Adelheid Morath on her way to winning
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Lisi Osl races uphill

Lisi Osl races uphill
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Sabine Spitz negotiates some rocks

Sabine Spitz negotiates some rocks
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A female racer in action

A female racer in action
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Helen Grobert got a flat tire

Helen Grobert got a flat tire
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Moritz Milatz and Markus Schulte-Luenzum

Moritz Milatz and Markus Schulte-Luenzum
(Image credit: Erhard Goller)
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The start of the elite women's cross country

The start of the elite women's cross country
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The start of the elite women's race in Bad Saeckingen

The start of the elite women's race in Bad Saeckingen
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Sabine Spitz and Alexandra Engen sprint for third

Sabine Spitz and Alexandra Engen sprint for third
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Adelheid Morath wins the women's cross country race

Adelheid Morath wins the women's cross country race
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Irina Kalentieva crashes

Irina Kalentieva crashes
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Moritz Milatz en route to victory.

Moritz Milatz en route to victory.
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Moritz Milatz wins the elite men's race

Moritz Milatz wins the elite men's race
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Emil Lindgren, Moritz Milatz and Markus Schulte-Luenzum

Emil Lindgren, Moritz Milatz and Markus Schulte-Luenzum
(Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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The U23 and junior men raced a very muddy course

The U23 and junior men raced a very muddy course
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Sabine Spitz climbs up some singletrack

Sabine Spitz climbs up some singletrack
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Sabine Spitz races through the feed zone

Sabine Spitz races through the feed zone
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Lisi Osl on a downhill

Lisi Osl on a downhill
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Adelheid Morath wins the women's cross country.

Adelheid Morath wins the women's cross country.
(Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Sabine Spitz and Alexandra Engen sprint for third.

Sabine Spitz and Alexandra Engen sprint for third.
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Elite women's podium: Alexandra Engen, Adelheid Morath and Katrin Leumann

Elite women's podium: Alexandra Engen, Adelheid Morath and Katrin Leumann
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The elite men start their cross country race

The elite men start their cross country race
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Moritz Milatz wins the Bundesliga opener in Bad Saeckingen

Moritz Milatz wins the Bundesliga opener in Bad Saeckingen
(Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Moritz Milatz en route to victory

Moritz Milatz en route to victory
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Moritz Milatz takes the drop

Moritz Milatz takes the drop
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Elite men's podium: Mathias Stirnemann, Emil Lindgren, Moritz Milatz, Marcus Schulte-Luenzum, Ondrej Cink

Elite men's podium: Mathias Stirnemann, Emil Lindgren, Moritz Milatz, Marcus Schulte-Luenzum, Ondrej Cink
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Elite men's podium: Mathias Stirnemann, Emil Lindgren, Moritz Milatz, Marcus Schulte-Luenzum, Ondrej Cink

Elite men's podium: Mathias Stirnemann, Emil Lindgren, Moritz Milatz, Marcus Schulte-Luenzum, Ondrej Cink
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Elite women's awards ceremony: Sabine Spitz, Alexandra Engen, Adelheid Morath, Katrin Leumann, Irina Kalentieva

Elite women's awards ceremony: Sabine Spitz, Alexandra Engen, Adelheid Morath, Katrin Leumann, Irina Kalentieva
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Sabine Spitz races uphill

Sabine Spitz races uphill
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Moritz Milatz (BMC) and Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz-Haibike) took the first round victories of MTB-Bundesliga International in Bad Säckingen, Germany on Monday. Milatz beat Emil Lindgren (Giant Pro XC) and the young Markus Schulte-Lünzum (Focus), while Adelheid Morath surprised her rivals to win ahead of Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing) and Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing).

While the juniors and U23s had raced on Easter Sunday in muddy, but ride-able conditions, the elite racers enjoyed cold, but sunny weather on Monday.

Women

Adelheid Morath got the hole shot and led into the singletrack. During the first of five laps, she was joined by Katrin Leumann and by Kathrin Stirnemann and the three formed the lead group. Their teammate Sabine Spitz, raced in fourth place, only 10 seconds behind, and she was fighting to catch them.

On the second lap, Stirnemann suffered from a flat tire and dropped back.

Engen bridged up to Spitz on the third lap and it seemed like she could catch the leading two. But then the eliminator world champ made a mistake and crashed in a difficult technical section.

At the front, Leumann was better in the technical parts while Morath was stronger on the climbs. On the fourth lap, Leumann was no longer able to catch back up in the technical parts.

"Although I was stronger technically, I didn't know how long I could keep up the speed," said Leumann. I was happy we had gotten such a big gap so second place was safe."

Morath kept focused on her race, increasing her advantage by up to 43 seconds, when she crossed the finish line.

"I am so happy, I nearly cannot believe it," said Morath. "Before the start, I was so nervous, because these technical sections don't suit me. I tried to be calm and everything worked out."

It was Morath's second win this season for her new team Sabine Spitz-Haibike.

Spitz and Engen were left to battle for third, and Engen came out on top with a very fast last lap of the 3.9km course. She caught Spitz some hundreds of meters before the finish line and sprinted to third by just half a wheel length.

"It's unbelievable, how Alex is able to go over her limits in such situations," said Spitz, full of respect. In front of her home crowd, the London Olympic silver medallist was not unhappy with her race. "I didn't expect the win today. My training had no intensity up to now. So, for me it's okay."

Men

Moritz Milatz needed three of six laps to make it up to the lead group. The BMC rider had slipped out of his pedal at the start, dabbing his shoe on the pavement. He was left with a 30-second deficit to make up after the first half lap.

But Milatz remained focused. At the end of lap one, the European Champion realized that he was closing on the three man lead group of Emil Lindgren, Nicola Rohrbach (Goldwurstpower-Stöckli) and Markus Schulte-Lünzum.

"That gave me a bit more motivation. At the beginning my legs were not so good, but during the first lap, it went fine," said Milatz.

He joined the three leaders at the end of lap three and immediately went to the front. Riding as his own pace, he opened a small gap. "When I saw that, I decided to go. On this tricky course, it is not an advantage to ride in a group."

Slowly, Milatz extended his lead, keeping the focus on the difficult course. The last 100 meters he took to celebrate in front of the crowd. He beat Lindgren by ten seconds and Schulte-Lünzum by 18 seconds.

"It was my first race this year, and it's great to get the win for me and my team. This gives more motivation for the upcoming weeks," Milatz said.

Lindgren called Milatz "super strong" and seemed satisfied with his own race. "It was a good race for me."

He also admitted that he was slightly distracted as his girlfriend is expecting their second baby any day now. "I just checked my phone, and if it is so far along, I will leave for home."

Schulte-Lünzum was the big surprise in the game. The German U23 rider held the speed of the world class riders during the whole race. "It's completely crazy. I couldn't expect that," he said.

Fabian Giger, who finished eighth had a bad day. "I didn't feel good today and it's much harder to fight way back from the podium. Anyway, I had a lot of fun on this funny course."

U23 men

Julian Schelb (Lexware-Rothaus) won the U23 race on Easter Sunday. He beat his teammate Martin Gluth, while former junior European champion Jens Schuermans took the third spot on the podium.

Schelb closed the gap of 30 seconds to Gluth and then was reigning easily in the front position. "I still am missing some high intensity, but I am very happy to start with a victory."

Schuermans suffered from two flat tires, but one kilometre before the finish, he profited from the mechanical of Christian Pfäffle. The third Lexware-Rothaus rider was sitting in confortable third place, when his rear derailleur broke. He had to run for one kilometre and ended up finishing fifth, behind Belgian Didier Bats.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moritz Milatz (Ger)0:01:18
2Emil Lindgren (Swe)0:00:00
3Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger)0:00:00
4Matthias Stirnemann (Swi)0:00:00
5Ondrej Cink (Cze)0:00:01
6Martin Fanger (Swi)0:00:01
7Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)
8Fabian Giger (Swi)0:00:02
9Thomas Litscher (Swi)0:00:02
10Karl Markt (Aut)0:00:03
11Stephen Ettinger (USA)0:00:03
12Mathias Flückiger (Swi)0:00:03
13Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita)0:00:03
14Olof Jonsson (Swe)0:00:03
15Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi)0:00:04
16Reto Indergand (Swi)0:00:04
17Torsten Marx (Ger)0:00:04
18Simon Scheiber (Aut)0:00:05
19Pascal Meyer (Swi)0:00:05
20Luke Roberts (RSA)0:00:06
21Heiko Gutmann (Ger)0:00:06
22Patrik Gallati (Swi)0:00:07
23Sebastian Lehr (Ger)0:00:07
24Franz Hofer (Ita)0:00:08
25Matthias Leisling (Ger)0:00:08
26Tim Wynants (Bel)0:00:08
27Harold Flandre (Fra)0:00:09
28Gerrit Rosenkranz (Ger)0:00:09
29Daniel Eymann (Swi)0:00:09
30Marcel Fleschhut (Ger)0:00:09
31Timo Modosch (Ger)0:00:11
32Zdenek Vobecky (Cze)0:00:12
33Benjamin Joerges (Ger)0:00:12
34Shlomi Haimy (Isr)0:00:12
35Steffen Thum (Ger)0:00:13
36Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)
37James Reid (RSA)0:00:13
38Jeffrey Andris (Ger)
39Florian Willbold (Ger)
40Patrick Tresch (Swi)
41Steffen Greger (Ger)
42Sonke Wegner (Ger)
43Marc Odrosek (Ger)
44Martin Larsen (Den)
45Benjamin Oesterle (Ger)
46Timo Häfner (Ger)
47Samuel Rosenkranz (Ger)
48Jochen Coconcelli (Ger)
49David Van Orsdel (USA)
50Ragnar Wirths (Ger)
51Oliver Schär (Swi)
52Tobias Blum (Ger)
53Stefan Schairer (Ger)
54Daniel Kaufmann (Swi)
55Florian Schön (Ger)
56Ahmed-Ridvan Reichling (Ger)
57Christian Bernshausen (Ger)
58Benjamin Stark (Ger)
59Matthias Seitz (Ger)
60Luca Formoso (Swi)
61Alexander Kumpf (Ger)

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adelheid Morath (Ger)1:21:03
2Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:00:44
3Alexandra Engen (Swe)0:01:43
4Sabine Spitz (Ger)
5Irina Kalentieva (Rus)0:02:12
6Esther Süss (Swi)0:02:39
7Githa Michiels (Bel)0:04:17
8Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi)0:04:39
9Elisabeth Osl (Aut)0:05:04
10Hanna Klein (Ger)0:06:07
11Anja Gradl (Ger)0:07:49
12Linda Indergand (Swi)0:08:08
13Lena Putz (Ger)0:08:50
14Michelle Hediger (Swi)0:10:17
15Jenny Rissveds (Swe)0:11:17
16Judith Pollinger (Ita)0:13:00
17Barbara Benko (Hun)0:13:30
18Hielke Elferink (Ned)0:13:33
19Lisa Rabensteiner (Ita)
20Candice Neethling (RSA)0:13:52
21Deborah Inauen (Swi)0:14:53
22Helen Grobert (Ger)0:15:39
23Britt Van Den Boogert (Ned)0:15:56
24Majlen Müller (Ger)0:16:55
25Lena Wehrle (Ger)0:22:33
26Nadine Rieder (Ger)0:22:37
27Michele Wittlin (Swi)
28Vanessa Kleih (Ger)
29Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt (RSA)
30Sophia Panzer (Ger)

U23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Schelb (Ger)1:16:40
2Martin Gluth (Ger)0:00:52
3Jens Schuermans (Bel)0:02:29
4Didier Bats (Bel)0:03:08
5Christian Pfäffle (Ger)0:03:28
6Christopher Platt (Ger)0:03:38
7David Simon (Ger)0:04:18
8Kevin Panhuyzen (Bel)0:04:29
9Jonas Pedersen (Den)0:05:04
10Louis Wolf (Ger)0:06:14
11Maxi Maier (Ger)0:07:02
12Rens De Bruin (Ned)0:07:05
13Marcus Nicolai (Ger)0:07:11
14Severin Sagesser (Swi)0:07:36
15Sam Weber (Ger)0:07:57
16Stefan Peter (Swi)0:08:33
17Martin Frey (Ger)0:08:39
18Philipp Hediger (Swi)0:09:00
19Aaron Beck (Ger)0:09:15
20Bryan Allemann (Swi)0:09:31
21Andrea Righettini (Ita)0:09:50
22Ronny Koller (Swi)0:10:13
23Romain Corti (Swi)0:10:33
24Kevin Krieg (Swi)0:10:45
25Yannik Brischle (Ger)0:11:01
26Mike Schuler (Swi)0:12:02
27Claude Koster (Swi)0:12:40
28Simon Schilli (Ger)0:12:45
29Tim Rosenkranz (Ger)0:13:42
30Marcel Guerrini (Swi)0:13:52
31Marvin Schmidt (Ger)0:14:15
32Fabian Costa (Aut)0:14:23
33Michael Stünzi (Swi)0:15:29
34Heiko Hog (Ger)0:15:30
35Ulisse Fieschi (Swi)0:15:31
36Alexander Gläser (Ger)0:16:18
37Fabian Obrist (Swi)0:17:43
38Joel Koller (Swi)0:18:50
39Nicolas Chopard (Swi)0:20:42
40Lukas Kaufmann (Aut)
41Steve Scheffel (Ger)
42Niklas Grobert (Ger)
43Tobias Sindlinger (Ger)
44Markus Siebert (Ger)
45Jonas Müller (Ger)
46Florian Kortüm (Ger)
47Pirmin Kuß (Ger)
48Thomas Rasmussen (Den)
49Michael Feinauer (Ger)
50Rico Von Burg (Swi)

 

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