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Patrik Gallati
Patrik Gallati

MTB World Cup Windham/USA: 16th for Gallati and Ettinger

9. July 2011

Windham, NY / USA

The mountainbiking season is approaching its season highlight slowly but surely. The world championship is taking place in Champéry, Switzerland, in the beginning of September. Next weekend, cards will be dealt at various national championships such as the United States' and Switzerland's. The UCI world cup series hosted its 6th round this weekend on Windham Mountain (United States). Upstate New York is where the international caravan of the world's best off-road cyclist had just moved to from Mont St. Anne in Canada's Quebec region 800k up North.

No top placing due to bad luck

It was not meant to be for BMC's mountainbikers at the Windham world cup. Both Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA) and Moritz Milatz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) were haunted by bad luck: puncture in the first lap tok away all chances for top-5 finishes. While BMC's aces could not hit, their teammates stepped it up and showed great performances.

Men's elite: Patrik Gallati 16th

"I am very happy with my race. Today's 16th place was my second-best world cup performance behind my 13th place from last weekend in Mont St. Anne. I am very motivated for next week's Swiss championships now. I am really looking forward to that", comments Patrik Galati on his race. He rode like a Swiss clock in Windham, riding very consistently picking up one riders after the other to move forward through the field. His BMC Mountainbike Racing teammate Moritz Milatz, on the other hand, was left to fight the odds on the course: "I had great legs in the first lap, hitting the top of the climb in third position and closing up on Nino Schurter on the descent. That's when I punctured. It was all over from there. When I got back on the bike after the technical zone, there was nothing left in my body." Frustration and disappointment were written in Milatz' face. Swiss champion Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) rode to second place behind dominant world cup leader Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized/CZE).

Men's U23: Three BMC rider in the top 21

Stephen Ettinger of BMCMountainbike Development Team USA was a hot iron for BMC in the hunt for a podium placing in the men's U23 cross-country race at the Windham world cup. He had shown great form at Mont St. Anne where he finished 5th. He punctured and crashed in the first lap in Windham. He fought back to 16th by the end of the race. His teammates Kerry Werner (17th) and Jack Hinkens (21st) were able to get their best-ever world cup finishes. The race was dominated by overall world cup leader Gerhard Kerschbaumer of Italy. Second was Swiss Mathias Stirnemann.

Women

In the women's race, Cloe Forseman was forced to drop out of the race due to an injury. The race was won by yet another world cup leader: only 22-year-old Frenchwoman Julie Bresset in an exciting duel with Canadian Catherine Pendrel. Forseman's teammate Erica Zaveta rode to 15th place in the women's U23 category.

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