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Moritz Milatz (top) and Stephen Ettinger (bottom) in action at the Val di Sole MTB World Cup  Photos: Maasewerd/Kleinmann
Moritz Milatz (top) and Stephen Ettinger (bottom) in action at the Val di Sole MTB World Cup Photos: Maasewerd/Kleinmann

MTB World Cup Val di Sole: Ettinger 8th & Milatz 13th

20. August 2011

Val di Sole/Alto Adige, Italy

Men's U23

It were the U23 men that had to rise and shine in the Italian alpine "valley of the sun" the earliest. The gun for the seventh round of the UCI MTB world cup for the cross country disciplines went off at an early bird 9:00am. There were two BMC ambassadors representing the Swiss bike manufacturer at the top of the offroad world : Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA) and James Reid (Team Mr. Price BMC South Africa).

Stephen Ettinger headed into Val di Sole in 8th place of the overall world cup ranking. His ambitions were high after his 5th-place finish at the Nove Mesto world cup the previous weekend. "It was hard today. The course wasn't challenging technically but the constant steep up's and down's made you tired. My 8th place was alright!" said the modest U.S. champion who is getting ready to turn pro in the men's elite category for 2012.

"This was my very first world cup and it is my first year in the U 23 category. So I am happy with my 42nd place", wraps up James Reid his rookie experience and added: "I will stay in Europe until the world championship in Champery in the beginning of September. It is very good to race in Europe. When you return home to South Africa, you raised yourself to another level. The competition here is just so strong."

The race unfolded during lap 3 of 5 when world cup leader Gerhard Kerschbaumer (ITA/ ) tightened the screw. Alongside French champion Fabien Canal, he got a gap on the pursuiters. Canal dropped back to the first larger group while the world cup leader crowned his consistent season with the overall world cup win 2011. Ettinger kept hanging on to the front group until the finish which he reached 1:12 min. behind the winner.

Men's elite

The stringent racing calendar took its toll on BMC Mountainbike Racing Team. Both Patrik Gallati and Moritz Milatz raced at the European Championship and the World Cup in Nove Mesto. Val di Sole made up for the third hard race in three weeks. Which is a lot for a mountainbiker's body. "I was tired from the start. Three hard races plus all that travel inbetween was too much to recover properly for this race", explained Patrik Gallati and Moritz Milatz in perfect synchrony.

Milatz added: "I went all out from the beginning. I had trouble following at first but then I was able to move uo to eventually finish in 13th place. It is time for some rest now before I head to the world championship." Up in front it was a battle of three: world cup leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE/Specialized) controlled the race once again ut chose to ride away from his companions later than usual. In the final few meters he left behind Nino Schurter (SUI/Swisspower). Swiss champion Florian Vogel (Swisspower).had to let the duo pull away with jst over a lap to go. Moritz Milatz finished 3:14min. behind Kulhavy who secured is dominant overall world cup win in Val di Sole.

Patrik Gallati finished the day in 57th place. BMC Mountainbike Racing teammates Julien Tamararcaz reached the line in 62th while Balz Weber was forced to run several kilometres which put him in 102nd place.

Next up: Racer Cup Muttenz, Swiss Marathon Championships & World Championships

The season is far from over for BMC Ountainbike Racing Team. Next weekend, the Swiss Racer Cup will reach its final round of the year in Muttenz. On the same day, Alex Moos will battle for the Siwss marathon champion title. A week later, the best mountainbikers in the world will crown its global champion in the Swiss ski resort of Champéry where Moritz Milatz will represent his home country of Germany.

 

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