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Left: Stephen Ettinger descending "rock garden"; right: Patrik Gallati fighting the heat @A.Küstenbrück
Left: Stephen Ettinger descending "rock garden"; right: Patrik Gallati fighting the heat @A.Küstenbrück

MTB World Cup Mont St. Anne/CAN: Stephen Ettinger 5th in the men’s U23 Cross-Country for BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA

3. July 2011

Mont St. Anne, Canada

Men's U23: Ettinger 5th

Stephen Ettinger of BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA has been on a roll this year. Once again, he provided BMC with its top cross-country world cup placing. The 22-year-old Montana-native rode to a strong 5th-place finish in the 5th round of the UCI MTB World Cup series in Mont St. Anne (Canada). Ettinger had already placed 6th in Offenburg and 9th in Dalby Forest. His 5th place in Canada propelled him to 8th in the overall world cup classification. "I am stoked. I took a break after the Offenburg world cup so I did not exactly know where I was at going into Mont St. Anne. My 5th place will give me a great starting position for the upcoming world cup in Windham, New York next weekend", Ettinger is looking ahead to the next challenge on his schedule.

Men's women's U23: Werner 17th

BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA put a total of 5 riders to the lines. Kerry Werner had another breakthrough race and rode strongly to 17th place. His teammate Erica Zaveta finished 14th among the U23 women. Jack Hinkens (men's U23) and Chloe Forseman (women's elite) used their showing to gain further international experience and learn for future challenges in international mountainbiking.

Men's elite: Patrik Gallati 13th

It was love at first sight for Patrik Gallati of BMC Mountainbike Racing Team. This weekend's mtb world cup wasn't his first big race on the gruelling Mont St. Anne course. "Last year, I was able to win bronze at the World U23 Cross Country Championships on this course, so I had very good memories of it" explained Gallati his feelings going into the race. He ended up swallowing one rider after the next throughout the race and rode a consistent race to 13th place. "This was the best world cup result I ever had in the elite category. I am very happy with my performance. I just love this course. It suits me perfectly", resumed Gallati.

Men's elite: Moritz Milatz disappointed with 34th

Gallati's teammate Moritz Milatz wasn't in good spirits after his Canadian cross-country stint: "I felt terrible. I didn't recover fast enough from last week's Racer Cup in Chur and our subsequent intercontinental travel. I had nothing in my body today." It was easy to read Moritz Milatz' emotions from his face during the race. The German Champion had shown great form in Switzerland a week ago where he dominated the race alongside Swiss Champion Nino Schurter (Swisspower/SUI). Schurter placed 2nd in Mont St. Anne behind untouched winner Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized/CZE). Milatz dropped back steadily from the start to finish in 34th.

Technical challenges to cause crashes

The race course in Mont St. Anne is the closest it can get to Darwin's laws of human existence. Only the fittest survive. Selection is based on pure nature. The list of DNF`s was long in Canada. "I lost 13 riders today!", said German national coach Frank Brückner. The course offered many technical challenges that caused innumerable riders to crash and ride timidly. Even illustrious names dressed in world champion stripes touched Canadian rock and mud more than once. Mont St. Anne is known to be the hardest cross country course of UCI's world cup series.

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