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Stephen Ettinger arrived among U23's world-class in Offenburg; Bild: BMC archive
Stephen Ettinger arrived among U23's world-class in Offenburg; Bild: BMC archive

MTB World Cup Offenburg: Stephen Ettinger fantastic 6th in men`s U23 race; Moritz Milatz 14th among elite

29. May 2011

Offenburg, Deutschland

It was the men's U23 race where BMC raised eyebrows at the UCI MTB world cup in Offenburg. Dressed in the stars and stripes of the U.S. national team, Stephen Ettinger battled it out with the big guns to finish a spectacular 6th among the world's best U23 mountainbikers. "I am very happy with my race. It was a lot of fun out there today on that beautiful race course", said the 22-year-old.

As usual in the sport of cross-country racing, starting position turned out to be a potent variable in the success formula. "Following my 9th place at the Dalby Forest world cup last weekend, I had the privilege to get a good starting position today. That made all the difference and made my job a lot easier out there today. You can save so much energy not having to battle your way to the front." The saved energy enabled Ettinger in the front pack of a world-class field. His teammates Kerry Werner and Jack Hinkens gained valuable international experience finishing in solid 42th and 59th positions.

Moritz Milatz of BMC Mountainbike Racing Team did not have a smooth start in Offenburg. In the middle of a cloud of dust he rode into the unknown and straight into a tree trunk. He lost valuable time and - most importantly - positions as a result of his mishap. The lead group was gone and Milatz was stuck in a group where none was willing to push the pace. He finished the world cup in 14th position. Balz Weber was hoping for a (even) more challenging course at his first world cup race in years. At the end, he was content with 37th place.

Michelle Hediger of Team Fischer-BMC was having a good race until technical problems dropped her back to 18th in the women's U23 event. The course's technical passages took their toll on riders' equipment and tested it to its core. Cloe Forsman (BMC MTB Development USA) toughened it out among the world's best female mountainbikers and came in in 49th .

Riders are taking a month off world cup racing until they reunite in Canada and the United States at the beginning of July. In the meantime, national racing is keeping them up on their toes. The U.S. national team is returning to its home country after a month of racing in Europe.

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Race results and info: www.weltcup-offenburg.de