Vogel and Leumann win cross country championships

Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower) won the Swiss cross country championship this weekend. Vogel succesfully defended his title in Chur.

Four favorites competed for three places on the podium. World Champion Christoph Sauser (Specialized Factory Racing) found a track with a long climb and rough descent that suited his skills. Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) lives only meters away from the start/finish and wanted to put on a good show in front of the home crowd. With his good World Cup results thus far in 2009, Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida) was the man to beat, but of course, Vogel wanted to keep the national title.

Lukas Flückiger (23 Degrees/ Trek)  and Martin Gujan (Cannondale) were also in the medal hunt.

The pace was tremendously high from the beginning. Soon it became clear that Sauser and Schurter would not be able to contend for the title. Schurter has been fighting bronchitis for two weeks. He's back to good health, but still struggled breathing.

One third of the way into the race, Gujan and Vogel put a gap on Flückiger and Näf. At the half-way point, Vogel looked confident and tried for a solo attack. At first, his gap back to Gujan held at 20 seconds. On the last three laps, nothing held the reigning champion back, and he won by nearly two minutes. This win was welcome after he struggled on the World Cup scene this spring.

Gujan earned a silver, and Flückiger completed the podium. The other favorites Näf (fourth), Sauser (fifth) and Schurter (sixth) had to go home without medals.

Vogel will head next to Zoetermeer, Holland, to defend his European Championship title.

Katrin Leumann (goldwurst-power / Sputnik) won the women's race in 1:35:50. Esther Süss (Wheeler-IXS Pro Team) followed just eight seconds behind, and Petra Henzi (Fischer-BMC) was third at 1:53.

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Elite men
1Florian Vogel (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing)1:40:34
2Martin Gujan (Cannondale Factory Racing)0:01:53
3Lukas Flückiger (23 deegres/Trek)0:02:05
4Christoph Sauser (Specialized)0:02:21
5Ralph Näf (Multivan Merida Biking Team)0:05:01
6Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing)0:06:52
7Nicola Rohrbach (central GHOST Pro Team)0:07:34
8Christof Bischof (ISD Sportsclub)0:09:35
9Balz Weber (DS-Rennsport)0:10:41
10Joris Boillat (Frenetic-Bernasconi)0:12:03
11Patrick Tresch (GU Plus/Thomyk/VMC Silenen)0:13:03
-1lapUeli Schädler (Energie MTB Team)Row 11 - Cell 2
-1lapMarkus Bless (Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach)Row 12 - Cell 2
-1lapSilvio Bundi (Giant-Swiss-Team)Row 13 - Cell 2
-1lapJonas Baumann (Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB)Row 14 - Cell 2
-1lapManuel Scheidegger (Velobern Racing Team)Row 15 - Cell 2
-1lapSilvio Büsser (BiXS - iXS Swiss Team)Row 16 - Cell 2
-1lapIvan Planzer (Giant-Swiss-Team)Row 17 - Cell 2
-1lapMichael Hutter (Pink Gili Swiss)Row 18 - Cell 2
-1lapLucien Peterhans (Velo Franz/Univega)Row 19 - Cell 2
-1lapFlorian Meyer (MTB Cycletech Racing Team)Row 20 - Cell 2
-1lapTobias Hollenstein (Bike Team Ramsauer-Micarna)Row 21 - Cell 2
-1lapJoel Graf (Fehr Velos Erlen)Row 22 - Cell 2
-1lapKlemens Bont (Gaetzi.com/RMC Gossau)Row 23 - Cell 2
DNFMarcel Wildhaber (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing)Row 24 - Cell 2
DNFRudolf Biedermann (Team Mahu)Row 25 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Moos (BMC)Row 26 - Cell 2
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Elite women
1Katrin Leumann (goldwurst-power / Sputnik)1:35:50
2Esther Süss (Wheeler-IXS Pro Team)0:00:08
3Petra Henzi (Fischer-BMC)0:01:53
4Marielle Saner-Guinchard (BikePark.ch)0:03:44
5Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago Cap Arreghini)0:04:44
6Fabienne Heinzmann (BikePark.ch)0:08:18
7Sarah Koba (Giant-Swiss-Team)0:10:03
8Lilian Huwyler (Bike Team Ramsauer-Micarna)0:12:25
9Corina Gantenbein (ewz.biketeam.gr)0:14:45
-1lapCatherine Lohri (Free Mountain/Koba)Row 9 - Cell 2
-1lapSilvia Mölk (Bike4Fun)Row 10 - Cell 2
DNFFabienne Niederberger (X.O.-Felt)Row 11 - Cell 2
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Junior men
1Matthias Stirnemann (Merida Suisse Team)1:25:08
2Reto Indergand (TG Zentralschweiz/IG RS-Uri)0:00:44
3Roger Walder (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing)0:02:50
4Patrick Lüthi (Prof - Raiffeisen)0:04:20
5Fabian Paumann (Merida Suisse Team)0:04:23
6Emilien Barben (Zeta Cycling Club)0:04:37
7Michael Stünzi (Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB)0:04:49
8Marc Stutzmann (MTB Cycletech Racing Team)0:05:28
9Stefan Peter (TG Zentralschweiz)0:05:29
10Janos Ruch (Fischer Junior MTB Team)0:07:03
11Martin Strebel (Fischer Junior MTB Team)0:07:43
12Claude Koster (MTB Cycletech Racing Team)0:07:45
13Kevin Krieg (RRC Diessenhofen)0:08:20
14Lukas Loretz (Giant-Swiss-Team)0:09:09
15Fabian Obrist (Stevens)0:09:43
16Rick Reimann (PBR-Matic Swiss Team)0:10:00
17Anthony Grand (DOM Cycle / VC Rennaz)0:10:01
18Florian Kaufmann (Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler Wetzikon)0:11:42
19Johannes Gujan (VC Surselva)0:11:59
20Severin Sägesser (Thömus Racing Team)0:13:24
21Lukas Wick (Yeti Ullmann/RRC Diessenhoffen)0:13:31
22Mike Schuler (TG Zentralschweiz)0:14:08
23Ralph Federer (Bike Team Ramsauer-Micarna)0:14:42
-1lapSimon Faust (Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler Wetzikon)Row 23 - Cell 2
-1lapRafael Haubensak (Sherpa Tensing Pedalerie)Row 24 - Cell 2
-1lapMarco Wildhaber (Suso Bike Walenstadt)Row 25 - Cell 2
-1lapMarc Flury (Thömus Racing Team)Row 26 - Cell 2
-1lapTobias Fedier (VC Horgen)Row 27 - Cell 2
-1lapSamuel Bieri (Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach)Row 28 - Cell 2
-1lapMarc Hermann (ewz.biketeam.gr)Row 29 - Cell 2
-1lapRobin Böhi (Velothek-Baloise)Row 30 - Cell 2
-1lapPascal Stettler (Fischer Junior MTB Team)Row 31 - Cell 2
-1lapRemo Bislin (Bike 4 Fun)Row 32 - Cell 2
-1lapChristoph Fässler (thomyk / VC Gersau)Row 33 - Cell 2
-1lapDaniel Humm (VC Wädenswil/Radnroll Bike Team)Row 34 - Cell 2
-1lapNico Tambarikas (RT-Bike/RV Buchs)Row 35 - Cell 2
-1lapFabian Aschwanden (VMC Silenen/IG Radsport Uri)Row 36 - Cell 2
-2lapsBenedikt (Lie) Mündle (Merida Liechtenstein)Row 37 - Cell 2
-2lapsDaniel Hagmann (Koba.ch)Row 38 - Cell 2
-6lapsRonny Koller (RSS Rheintal)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Schärli (RC Gränichen)Row 40 - Cell 2
DNFBasil Fanti (RRZ Goldwurst.ch Nordwest)Row 41 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Schmid (BikePark.ch)Row 42 - Cell 2
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Junior women
1Michelle Hediger (Fischer-BMC)1:16:00
2Vania Schumacher (Top Cycle)0:01:33
3Nicole Hanselmann (bike-import.ch/RV Wetzikon)0:02:10
4Tanja Starkermann (Fischer Junior MTB Team)0:07:46
5Céline Ernst (Stöckli Racing Team)0:10:34
6Aurelia Sonderegger (PBR-Matic Swiss MTB Team)0:10:41
7Seraina Gasser (Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach)0:14:28
8Carmen Gehriger (Team-Brander.ch)0:15:40
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Under 23 men
1Fabian Giger (SKS M.I.G. Team)1:30:58
2Sepp Freiburghaus (Thömus Racing Team)0:02:00
3Pascal Meyer (SKS M.I.G. Team)0:02:33
4Thomas Litscher (SKS M.I.G. Team)0:03:50
5Martin Fanger (Giant-Swiss-Team)0:04:03
6Jeremy Huguenin (Giant-Swiss-Team)0:05:05
7Severin Disch (Giant-Swiss-Team)0:05:48
8Lukas Kaufmann (Rothaus-Cube MTB Team)0:06:09
9Patrik Gallati (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing)0:06:44
10Marco Arnold (Gisler-Craft)0:09:50
11Daniel Eymann (Thömus Racing Team)0:11:28
12Konny Looser (BiXS - iXS Swiss Team)0:12:27
-1lapSimon Weber (Merida Suisse Team)Row 12 - Cell 2
-1lapBenjamin Büchi (Scott RV Winterthur)Row 13 - Cell 2
-1lapGiancarlo Sax (Thömus Racing Team)Row 14 - Cell 2
-1lapPhilipp Gerber (Thömus Racing Team)Row 15 - Cell 2
-1lapValentin Scherz (Pro Cycles - Scott - Newwork)Row 16 - Cell 2
-1lapArian Berger (Schötz go-in.ch)Row 17 - Cell 2
-1lapMatthias Allenspach (Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach)Row 18 - Cell 2
-1lapChristian Bickel (Total Sport/Steda)Row 19 - Cell 2
-1lapLucien Besancon (Velocenter Wangen a.A.)Row 20 - Cell 2
-1lapDaniel Kaufmann (Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB)Row 21 - Cell 2
-1lapBenoit Beaud (BikePark.ch)Row 22 - Cell 2
-1lapMichael Wildhaber (Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach)Row 23 - Cell 2
-1lapSandro Hediger (Fischer Junior MTB Team)Row 24 - Cell 2
-1lapJeremias Marti (TG-Zentralschweiz.ch)Row 25 - Cell 2
-1lapMarc Metzler (Pink Gili Swiss)Row 26 - Cell 2
-1lapPatrick Hediger (RV Merishausen/Russenberger)Row 27 - Cell 2
-1lapOliver Windler (Ullmann Yeti)Row 28 - Cell 2
2lapsBenjamin Walker (VMC Erstfeld/IG RS Uri)Row 29 - Cell 2
2lapsLuca Formoso (Cycle Shop/RV Winterthur)Row 30 - Cell 2
DNFMatthias Rupp (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing)Row 31 - Cell 2
DNFMirco Widmer (Fischer Junior MTB Team)Row 32 - Cell 2
DNFSandro Kessler (ewz.biketeam.gr)Row 33 - Cell 2
DNFMathias Flückiger (23 deegres/Trek)Row 34 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Grand (Thömus Racing Team)Row 35 - Cell 2
DNFMirco Zürcher (BSK Graf/VC Volketswil)Row 36 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Bieri (Krapf Bike Wave)Row 37 - Cell 2
DNFJörg Egli (Wheeler-IXS Swiss Team)Row 38 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Ritter (MTB Cycletech Racing Team)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFDumeni Vincenz (Thömus Racing Team)Row 40 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Thie (MTB Cycletech Racing Team)Row 41 - Cell 2
DNFPascal Schmutz (Corratec World Team)Row 42 - Cell 2
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Under 23 women
1Vivienne Meyer (Colnago Cap Arreghini)1:27:47
2Kathrin Stirnemann (Merida Suisse Team)0:02:18
3Virginie Pointet (BikePark.ch)0:03:24
4Joelle Schmutz (Corratec Worl Team)0:05:44
5Marina Giger (Tower Sports-VC Eschenbach)0:06:43
6Jennifer Sägesser (Thömus Racing Team)0:11:05
7Deborah Spescha (ewz.biketeam.gr)0:11:08
8Karin Rappo (Mahu)0:15:49
-1lapCéline Farner (Velo Franz/Univega)Row 8 - Cell 2
-1lapAndrea Wilhelm (Stevens Tröhler/VC Hittnau)Row 9 - Cell 2
-1lapDaniela Stünzi (Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB)Row 10 - Cell 2
DNFLorraine Truong (Prof Flühlmann / CCL)Row 11 - Cell 2
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Master men
1René Wildhaber (Schwinn OBG)1:30:03
2David Baumann (Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB)0:00:51
3Roland Häfeli (Fischer-BMC)0:01:51
4Beat Morf (Chälbli Bikes & Service)0:02:33
5Stefan Huber (Alptours/Pneu Egger)0:03:05
6Marcel Knecht (CSI Group MTB Team)0:04:30
7Daniel Huber (ewz.biketeam.gr)0:05:09
8Roger Dittli (Stöckli-Craft)0:06:47
9Andreas Bruder (Bike4Fun)0:06:48
10Marco Hinrichs (Stöckli)0:08:06
11Claudius Thommen (Merida Suisse Team)0:11:39
12Lee Mazzoleni (VC Industrie Zürich)0:11:47
-3laps50083 N.N.Row 12 - Cell 2
-5lapsAlain Bischofberger (veloschöpfli.ch)Row 13 - Cell 2
-5lapsMartin Steiert (Kraftstoff Bike-Werkstatt)Row 14 - Cell 2
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Under 17 men
1Tobias Spescha (VC Surselva)0:51:09
2Andri Frischknecht (VC Eschenbach Hakle)0:00:12
3Erik Jonsson (Corratec World Team)0:00:33
4Lars Forster (VC Eschenbach Hakle)0:00:45
5Florian Chenaux (VC Fribourg/Cycles Pache)0:01:53
6Valentin Berset (Procycle/Scott/New York)0:02:14
7Jan Gafner (Ski-Velo-Center.ch)0:02:14
8Dominik Risi (TG Zentralschweiz)0:02:50
9Philipp Hediger (Fischer Junior MTB Team)0:03:01
10Marcel Guerrini (Energie MTB Team)0:03:19
11Isak Jonsson (Corratec World Team)0:03:24
12Roger Jenny (Bike 4 Fun)0:03:35
13Jonas Loretz (Tropical Solothurn)0:03:43
14Silvan Kälin (TG-Zentralschweiz/RV Einsiedeln)0:04:12
15Dominic Zumstein (VC Eschenbach Hakle)0:04:29
16Nick Albrecht (bikebrothers.ch/RV Winterthur)0:04:43
17Manuel Boog (Hobi-Bau)0:05:16
18Dylan Page (Dom Cycle / VC Rennaz)0:05:18
19Nicola Conrad (Fischer Junior MTB Team)0:06:22
20Rico Von Burg (Tropical Solothurn)0:06:27
21Maurus Dürr (Koba.ch)0:06:56
22Ciril Spescha (VC Surselva)0:08:11
23Joel Haubensak (Sherpa Tensing Pedalerie)0:08:13
24Kilian Motzer (RV Altenrhein)0:08:14
25Roman Gisler (TG Zentralschweiz /IG RS Uri)0:08:58
26Gabriel Senn (Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler Wetzikon)0:09:21
27Patrik Koller0:09:28
28Joel Koller (VC Eschenbach Hakle)0:10:04
29Ismael Müller (Felt Cycles Centre)0:10:21
30Fabian Kiser (TG Zentralschweiz)0:10:29
31Pascal Dieterich (Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler Wetzikon)0:11:19
32Fabian Bucher (Merida Rookies Team)0:11:26
33Kilian Oertli (Radteam Degersheim)0:11:28
34Samuel Schwendener (Koba.ch)0:11:43
35Silvan Gisler (VMC Silenen/IG Radsport Uri)0:12:47
36Thomas Eymann (Thömus Factory Team)0:13:43
37Kilian Badrutt0:14:46
38Albin Gehriger0:15:07
-1lapNicolas Allenspach (Koba.ch)Row 38 - Cell 2
-2lapsFlorian Suter (Fischer Junior MTB Team)Row 39 - Cell 2
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Under 17 women
1Andrea Waldis (thomyk/VC Gersau/TG Zentral)0:56:55
2Linda Indergand (TG Zentralschweiz/IG RS-Uri)0:02:25
3Jolanda Neff (RV Altenrhein)0:03:37
4Eliane Müggler (RV Altenrhein)0:09:34
5Julia Vontobel (RV Wetzikon)0:09:42
6Fabienne Andres (Cannondale Küttel)0:10:47
7Deborah Inauen (Danis Bike/RMC Appenzell)0:11:54
8Jil Saxer (MTB Racing Team Hägglingen)0:11:54
9Ramona * Forchini (Velothek-Baloise)0:13:31
10Laura Fedier (VC Horgen)0:14:09
11Michelle Vollenweider (Haibike-Swiss IT Repair MTB)0:20:24
-1lapLarissa Zimmermann (RBT Glarnerland Oel Hauser)Row 11 - Cell 2
-3lapsJanine Hanselmann (Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler Wetzikon)Row 12 - Cell 2


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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.