Vogel wins over Sauser in Engleberg

As a sort of preview for the Swiss Championships next weekend, the Swiss Racer Bikes Cup was run in Engleberg on Sunday. In the men's race, European Champion Florian Vogel won ahead of World Champion Christoph Sauser. In the women's race, Katrin Leumann (goldwurst-power / Sputnik) won in front of Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago).

For Sauser, it was his first race in Switzerland since he won the world championships last year. On the 3,200m course, the pace was extraordinarily high from the start. Silvio Bundi (Giant-Swiss-Team) set the pace, but then Vogel took over along with Martin Gujan (Cannondale Factory Racing), Martin Fanger (Giant-Swiss-Team), Lukas Flückiger (23 degrees/Trek).

Fanger, just 21, delighted fans by staying for awhile with the leaders before he faded.

In the seventh of ten laps, Vogel finally escaped the group and held the lead until the end. Sauser got a bad start and at the half-way point, he was only in 10th position, but he rode a powerful finish to the race, and on the ninth lap, he battled Lukas Flückiger for second. Sauser took second with Flückiger in third.

Martin Gujan (Cannondale Factory Racing) was fourth, and Fanger finished fifth and as the best Under 23 rider.

Favorite Kathrin Leumann, Swiss champion, won the women's race by three minutes over Nathalie Schneitter. Vivienne Meyer surprised with a strong third place.

Michelle Hediger (Fischer-BMC) won the junior women's race ahead of Mariske Strauss (MTN) and Tanja Starkermann (Fischer Junior MTB Team).

Matthias Stirnemann (Merida Suisse Team) took the junior men's race ahead of Reto Indergand (TG Zentralschweiz/IG RS-Uri) and Lukas Loretz (Giant-Swiss-Team).

Matthias Rupp won the Amateur & Masters race once more.

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Elite men
1Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing1:41:28
2Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized0:01:06
3Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 23 degrees/Trek0:01:17
4Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing0:03:20
5Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:04:12
6Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) central GHOST Pro Team0:05:10
7Alessandro Gambino (Ita) Racing Team KTM-Dayco0:05:16
8Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:05:36
9Jeremy Huguenin (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:06:14
10Silvio Bundi (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:06:51
11Mathias Flückiger (Swi) 23 degrees/Trek0:06:57
12Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Gewiss Bianchi0:07:04
13Marco Arnold (Swi) Gisler-Craft0:07:43
14Severin Disch (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:07:58
15Ueli Schädler (Swi) Energie MTB Team0:09:25
16Joris Boillat (Swi) Frenetic-Bernasconi0:11:44
-2lapsPascal Schmutz (Swi) Corratec World TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
-2lapsTobias Hollenstein (Swi) Bike Team Ramsauer-MicarnaRow 17 - Cell 2
-2lapsPieter Bruynseels (Bel) Afdeling Antwerpen / WBVRow 18 - Cell 2
-2lapsPatrick Tresch (Swi) GU Plus/Thomyk/VMC SilenenRow 19 - Cell 2
-2lapsRudolf Biedermann (Swi) Team MahuRow 20 - Cell 2
-2lapsGilles Sarrazin (Fra) BH SuntourRow 21 - Cell 2
-2lapsJonas Baumann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTBRow 22 - Cell 2
-2lapsRodrigo Sigre (Arg) Argentina MTB National TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
-2lapsMatthias Allenspach (Swi) Tower Sports-VC EschenbachRow 24 - Cell 2
-2lapsMathias Krähemann (Swi) Bike Team Ramsauer-MicarnaRow 25 - Cell 2
-2lapsRodrigo Darnay (Arg) Argentina MTB National TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
-2lapsBenjamin Büchi (Swi) Scott RV WinterthurRow 27 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Meyer (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
DNFBrendon Sharratt (NZl) Merida Bikes New ZealandRow 29 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian Batchelor (GBr) Sandy Wallace CyclesRow 30 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Eymann (Swi) Thömus Racing TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
DNFPatrik Gallati (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB RacingRow 32 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Hutter (Swi) Pink Gili SwissRow 33 - Cell 2
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Elite women
1Katrin Leumann (Swi) goldwurst-power / Sputnik1:42:21
2Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago0:03:09
3Vivienne Meyer (Swi) Colnago0:05:22
4Corina Gantenbein (Swi) ewz.biketeam.gr0:08:14
5Chloe Forsman (USA) USA Cycling MTB0:10:37
6Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:11:10
7Lydia Tanner (USA) USA Cycling MTB0:12:42
8Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) X.O.-Felt0:14:25
-1lapKarin Rappo (Swi) MahuRow 8 - Cell 2
-1lapMarina Giger (Swi) Tower Sports-VC EschenbachRow 9 - Cell 2
-1lapDeborah Spescha (Swi) ewz.biketeam.grRow 10 - Cell 2
-1lapDaniela Stünzi (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTBRow 11 - Cell 2
-1lapGabrielle Mosset (Swi) Free Velo Passion VCFMRow 12 - Cell 2
DNFKathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Merida Suisse TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
DNFPaula Quiros (Arg) National Team ArgentinaRow 14 - Cell 2
DNFCéline Farner (Swi) Velo Franz/UnivegaRow 15 - Cell 2
DNFJoelle Schmutz (Swi) Corratec Worl TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
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Junior men
1Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Merida Suisse Team1:29:40
2Reto Indergand (Swi) TG Zentralschweiz/IG RS-Uri0:01:28
3Lukas Loretz (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:02:57
4Emilien Barben (Swi) Zeta Cycling Club0:05:07
5Martin Strebel (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:06:23
6Marc Stutzmann (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:06:30
7Michael Stünzi (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:06:49
8Fabian Paumann (Swi) Merida Suisse Team0:07:08
9Rick Reimann (Swi) PBR-Matic Swiss Team0:07:37
10Claude Koster (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:07:46
11Stefan Peter (Swi) TG Zentralschweiz0:08:44
12Mike Schuler (Swi) TG Zentralschweiz0:09:13
13Janos Ruch (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:09:22
14Kevin Krieg (Swi) RRC Diessenhofen0:09:38
15Marc Schärli (Swi) RC Gränichen0:10:28
16Florian Kaufmann (Swi) Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler Wetzikon0:11:05
17Pim Heinrich (Swi) TG-Zentralschweiz.ch0:11:20
18Kevin Santana (Arg) Argentina MTB National Team0:11:42
19Severin Sägesser (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:12:00
20Antonio Capo (Arg) Argentina MTB National Team0:12:26
21Mike Bölts (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team0:12:32
-1lapSamuel Bieri (Swi) Tower Sports-VC EschenbachRow 21 - Cell 2
-1lapPatrick Lüthi (Swi) Prof - RaiffeisenRow 22 - Cell 2
-1lapAnthony Grand (Swi) DOM Cycle / VC RennazRow 23 - Cell 2
-1lapBenedikt Mündle (Lie) Merida LiechtensteinRow 24 - Cell 2
-1lapSimon Faust (Swi) Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler WetzikonRow 25 - Cell 2
-1lapKevin Fish (USA) USA Cycling MTBRow 26 - Cell 2
-1lapJohannes Gujan (Swi) VC SurselvaRow 27 - Cell 2
-1lapPascal Stettler (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
-1lapWill Curtis (USA) USA Cycling MTBRow 29 - Cell 2
-1lapTobias Fedier (Swi) VC HorgenRow 30 - Cell 2
-1lapDaniel Humm (Swi) VC Wädenswil/Radnroll Bike TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
-1lapJavier Etcheto (Arg) Argentina MTB National TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
-1lapMarc Hermann (Swi) ewz.biketeam.grRow 33 - Cell 2
-1lapRobin Böhi (Swi) Velothek-BaloiseRow 34 - Cell 2
-1lapBryce Gordon (USA) USA Cycling MTBRow 35 - Cell 2
-1lapMaxime Ebel (Swi) Prof RaiffeisenRow 36 - Cell 2
-1lapDavis Bentley (USA) USA Cycling MTBRow 37 - Cell 2
-2lapsAndreas Kälin (Swi) Garage KälinRow 38 - Cell 2
-2lapsFabian Aschwanden (Swi) VMC Silenen/IG Radsport UriRow 39 - Cell 2
-2lapsDaniel Hagmann (Swi) Koba.chRow 40 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Flury (Swi) Thömus Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
DNFKieran Hambrook (NZl) New ZealandRow 42 - Cell 2
DNFRoger Walder (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB RacingRow 43 - Cell 2
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Junior women
1Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC1:35:42
2Mariske Strauss (Rsa) MTN0:02:07
3Tanja Starkermann (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:08:56
4Julie Berteaux (Fra) VTT Conliege Bassin0:13:46
5Deborah Motsch (Fra) Breiz Mountain0:15:23
-1lapAurelia Sonderegger (Swi) PBR-MaticRow 5 - Cell 2
-1lapSeraina Gasser (Swi) Tower Sports-VC EschenbachRow 6 - Cell 2
-1lapJill Behlen (USA) USA Cycling MTBRow 7 - Cell 2
-1lapAgostina Quiros (Arg) Argentina MTB National TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
DNFCéline Ernst (Swi) Stöckli Racing TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
DNFVerena Brunner (Arg) Argentina MTB National TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
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Amateurs and Masters
1Matthias Rupp (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing1:30:10
2Olof Jonsson (Swi) Corratec World Team0:02:01
3Mirco Widmer (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:04:08
4Marc Metzler (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss0:05:56
5Florian Thie (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:06:50
6Thomas Weber (Swi) ewz.biketeam.gr0:06:52
7Sebastian Ostertag (Swi) VC Wädenswil/velo-reichmuth.ch0:06:56
8Matthias Lauk (Swi) Energie MTB Team0:06:59
9Daniel Christen (Swi) VC Stans/GS Thalmann0:07:44
10Simon Weber (Swi) Merida Suisse Team0:08:01
11Roland Häfeli (Swi) Fischer-BMC0:08:16
12Daniel Kaufmann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:08:19
13Lucien Besancon (Swi) Velocenter Wangen a.A.0:08:25
14Dumeni Vincenz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:08:57
15Sandro Hediger (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:10:14
16Arnaud Grand (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:11:42
17Philipp Gerber (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:11:54
18Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:12:17
-1lapManuel Ritter (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
-1lapJeremias Marti (Swi) TG-Zentralschweiz.chRow 19 - Cell 2
-1lapUeli Nauer (Swi) thomyK/RV EinsiedelnRow 20 - Cell 2
-1lapMarcel Bader (Swi) VBT SeetalRow 21 - Cell 2
-1lapPatrick Gobat (Swi) Free Velo Passion VCFMRow 22 - Cell 2
-1lapChristian Bickel (Swi) Total Sport/StedaRow 23 - Cell 2
-2lapsBenjamin Loretz (Swi) Thömus Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
-2lapsLuca Formoso (Swi) Cycle Shop/RV WinterthurRow 25 - Cell 2
-2lapsBenjamin Walker (Swi) VMC Erstfeld/IG RS UriRow 26 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Grelier (Swi) Scott/Pedale BulloiseRow 27 - Cell 2
DNFSandro Kessler (Swi) ewz.biketeam.grRow 28 - Cell 2

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