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Fanger wins latest round of Swiss series

It was a big day for the Giant Swiss Team as Martin Fanger and Jérémy Huegenin went one-two in the seventh round of the Racer Bikes Cup 2009 in Plaffeien. European champion Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida Biking Team) was third on the technically challenging circuit.

"I knew that I was in shape before this race," said an overjoyed Fanger after his win.

At the start, a group of six took to the lead including Näf, the brothers Flückiger, Martin Fanger, Jérémy Huegenin and Marcel Wildhaber. At the end of the first of five laps, the duo of Lukas Flückiger and Martin Fanger were alone at the top. The second lap gave a hint as to who might win since Lukas Flückiger had problems with his shifting.

"That was the moment in which I attacked and I was able to get away decisively," said Fanger who went at the end of lap two and quickly gained one minute.

"I had not quite recovered from the European Championship in Holland," said third placed Näf. "It was a tough, but beautiful race on a magnificent course." Näf credited the younger top two riders for their good performance.

Esther Süss (Wheeler-IXS Pro Team) won the women's race over Swiss champion Katrin Leumann (goldwurst-power / Sputnik). Marielle Saner-Guinchard ( was third.

"On the climb on each lap, I could drop Kathrin, but she always caught back," said Süss. "As a result, I knew I'd get a win if I could manage the downhill section. It was great fun, and I think of this as a huge victory."

Matthias Rupp took the expected win in the amateur and masters category while Swiss champion Michelle Hediger won the junior women's race. In an exciting junior men's race, Lukas Loretz (Giant-Swiss-Team) got the best of Emilien Barben (Zeta Cycling Club).

Elite men
1Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team1:45:51
2Jeremy Huguenin (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:02:17
3Ralph Näf (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:03:23
4Mathias Flückiger (Swi) 23 deegres/Trek0:04:14
5Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:05:25
6Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) central GHOST Pro Team0:07:27
7Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen0:07:40
8Michel Luginbühl (Swi) Bikecenter Radsport0:08:12
9Christof Bischof (Swi) ISD Sportsclub0:08:21
10Ueli Schädler (Swi) Energie MTB Team0:10:56
11Matthias Allenspach (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:11:06
12Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:11:24
13Joris Boillat (Swi) Frenetic-Bernasconi0:11:50
14Rudolf Biedermann (Swi) Team Mahu0:12:35
15Marco Arnold (Swi) Gisler-Craft0:13:35
16Patrick Tresch (Swi) GU Plus/Thomyk/VMC Silenen0:14:54
17Jonas Baumann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:14:56
18Florian Meyer (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:15:19
19Brendon Sharratt (NZl) Merida Bikes New Zealand0:15:36
20Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:18:25
21Mathias Krähemann (Swi) Bike Team Ramsauer-Micarna0:18:49
22Markus Bless (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:19:48
23Joel Graf (Swi) Fehr Velos Erlen0:23:02
-1lapJoel Niederberger (Swi) Stöckli-Craft
-1lapBenjamin Büchi (Swi) Scott RV Winterthur
DNFSeverin Disch (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team
DNFBrad Tilby (NZl) Giant New Zealand
DNFLukas Flückiger (Swi) 23 deegres/Trek
DNFMichael Hutter (Swi) Pink Gili Swiss
DNFSepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thömus Racing Team
DNFPascal Schmutz (Swi) Corratec World Team
DNFIvan Planzer (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team

Elite women
1Esther Süss (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Pro Team1:45:43
2Katrin Leumann (Swi) goldwurst-power / Sputnik0:01:24
3Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) BikePark.ch0:02:30
4Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Merida Suisse Team0:05:19
5Sarah Koba (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team0:12:13
6Fabienne Niederberger (Swi) X.O.-Felt0:14:06
7Lorraine Truong (Swi) Prof Raffeisen / CCL0:16:06
8Deborah Spescha (Swi) ewz.biketeam.gr0:22:48
9Céline Farner (Swi) Velo Franz/Univega0:24:03
-1lapCarole Koster (Swi) MTB Cycletech/RSC Aaretal
-1lapGabrielle Mosset (Swi) Free Velo Passion VCFM
DNFJennifer Sägesser (Swi) Thömus Racing Team
DNFJoelle Schmutz (Swi) Corratec Worl Team
DNFCorina Gantenbein (Swi)
DNFDaniela Stünzi (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB

Junior men
1Lukas Loretz (Swi) Giant-Swiss-Team1:34:37
2Emilien Barben (Swi) Zeta Cycling Club0:00:33
3Reto Indergand (Swi) TG Zentralschweiz/IG RS-Uri0:00:38
4Matthias Stirnemann (Swi) Merida Suisse Team0:02:51
5Patrick Lüthi (Swi) Prof - Raiffeisen0:04:30
6Roger Walder (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing0:05:14
7Mike Schuler (Swi) TG Zentralschweiz0:05:58
8Janos Ruch (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:06:51
9Marc Stutzmann (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:06:59
10Fabian Paumann (Swi) Merida Suisse Team0:07:14
11Martin Strebel (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:07:36
12Claude Koster (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:07:38
13Stefan Peter (Swi) TG Zentralschweiz0:08:10
14Martin Knöpfle (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team0:09:29
15Marc Schärli (Swi) RC Gränichen0:12:13
16Severin Sägesser (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:12:37
17Maxime Ebel (Swi) Prof Raiffeisen0:13:07
18Elia Omodei (Swi) Scott Radsport Stutz0:13:46
19Michael Stünzi (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:14:08
20Benedikt Mündle (Lie) Merida Liechtenstein0:14:41
21Johannes Wolf (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team0:14:54
22Julien Oppliger (Swi) Zeta Cycling Club0:14:57
23Marc Flury (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:15:20
24Anthony Grand (Swi) DOM Cycle / VC Rennaz0:16:02
25Simon Fankhauser (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:16:19
26Kieran Hambrook (NZl) New Zealand0:17:21
27Rick Reimann (Swi) PBR-Matic Swiss Team0:17:35
28Johannes Gujan (Swi) VC Surselva0:21:14
29Rafael Haubensak (Swi) Sherpa Tensing Pedalerie0:23:13
30Pascal Stettler (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:23:44
31Simon Buttner (Fra) UC Gessiemme0:24:17
32Daniel Humm (Swi) VC Wädenswil/Radnroll Bike Team0:27:25
33Maxime Schmid (Swi) BikePark.ch0:30:02
-1lapBasil Ryser (Swi) Thömus Factory Team
-1lapMaxi Maier (Ger) MTB-Club München
-1lapLudovic Circelli (Swi) VC Estavayer
-1lapJonas Magne (Swi) Pro Cycles-Scott-New Work
-1lapColin Darbellay (Swi) VC Orbe
-1lapRobin Böhi (Swi) Velothek-Baloise
-1lapAxel Jan Du Chéne (Swi)
-1lapMichael Abbet (Swi) VC Excelsior Martigny
DNFKevin Krieg (Swi) RRC Diessenhofen
DNFYoan Comby (Swi) Texner BMC Groupe Mutuel
DNFMike Bölts (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team
DNFMatthias Zink (Ger) Lexware-Racing-Team
DNFFrancois Roulin (Swi) VC Fribourg//Cycles Pache
DNFJulien Fumeaux (Swi) Texner BMC/Groupe Mutuel

Junior women
1Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-BMC1:29:25
2Nicole Hanselmann (Swi) Wetzikon0:06:46
3Aurelia Sonderegger (Swi) PBR-Matic0:13:45
4Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Campione Celeste0:15:42
5Celine Ernst (Swi) Stöckli Racing Team0:16:22
6Jennifer Fiechter (Swi) VC Frenetic Team0:28:17
DNFTanja Starkermann (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team

Amateurs & Masters
1Matthias Rupp (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing1:34:01
2Mirco Widmer (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:00:27
3Silvio Büsser (Swi) BiXS - iXS Swiss Team0:04:37
4Xavier Dafflon (Swi) Pro Cycles-Scott-NewWork0:05:29
5Konny Looser (Swi) BiXS - iXS Swiss Team0:07:09
6Lucien Besancon (Swi) Velocenter Wangen a.A.0:07:14
7Matthias Lauk (Swi) Energie MTB Team0:07:55
8Florian Peiry (Swi) Texner BMC/Groupe mutuel0:09:15
9Jörg Egli (Swi) Wheeler-IXS Swiss Team0:09:27
10Daniel Kaufmann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:10:12
11Dumeni Vincenz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:11:04
12Michael Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach0:11:22
13David Baumann (Swi) Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB0:11:25
14Christian Bickel (Swi) Total Sport/Steda0:11:52
15Florian Thie (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:12:00
16Benoit Beaud (Swi) BikePark.ch0:12:07
17Benoit Grelier (Swi) Scott/Pedale Bulloise0:12:46
18Sandro Hediger (Swi) Fischer Junior MTB Team0:13:27
19Patrick Hediger (Swi) RV Merishausen/Russenberger0:13:43
20Benjamin Loretz (Swi) Thömus Racing Team0:14:35
21Jeremias Marti (Swi) TG-Zentralschweiz.ch0:15:35
22Manuel Ritter (Swi) MTB Cycletech Racing Team0:16:06
23Bastien Bugnard (Swi) Stöckli0:16:59
24Kevin Moret (Swi) Stöckli0:18:09
25Claudio Andenmatten (Swi) Velobern Racing Team0:20:38
26René Rohrer (Swi) Free Mountain0:21:13
27Patrick Gobat (Swi) Free Velo Passion VCFM0:21:45
-1lapLuca Formoso (Swi) Cycle Shop/RV Winterthur
DNFValentin Scherz (Swi) Pro Cycles - Scott - Newwork
DNFAurélien Sottas (Swi) 02-MTB/Cycles Passion
DNFAdrien Buntschu (Swi) Texner BMC Groupe Mutuel
DNFRoland Häfeli (Swi) Fischer-BMC
DNFGrégoire Pedrini (Swi) Cyclophile Morgien
DNFSimon Weber (Swi) Merida Suisse Team

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