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Tough elimination race at Montsevelier

6. July 2014

Delemont / Montsevelier - BMC Racing Cup

Despite some weeks without competition Julien Absalon still stepped onto the podium at the BMC Racing Cup in Montsevelier. While Martin Fanger and Reto Indergand were a bit off form after after a hard training block at high altitude but they remain optimistic for the upcoming nationals.

The air in the Jura region was extremely hot and humid. A challenging course with hefty climbs and tricky descents awaited the riders on Sunday. The Ozzie, Daniel McConnell, set a brisk pace right from the start that he kept on increasing throughout the race of attrition. According to Julien Absalon "After three weeks without competition and a one week break due to my knee injury, we expected that I would not be able to keep up with the high pace that Dan (McConnell) and Fabian (Giger) set right to the end. But I was doing pretty well under these circumstances," remarked the European Champion in a conciliatory tone. "The race course is great, it was fun," praised Absalon.

Martin Fanger had to realize just how fast the top riders were racing: finishing fourth, he lost almost six minutes: "In the beginning I tried to keep up but after a while my legs just gave in. I lost power more quickly than expected but I know that it's from my altitude training in Engadine. So I had no other choice than to just race at my own rhythm."

Reto Indergand also came straight from training at altitude to Montsevelier. "After three weeks in the Engadine region of Switzerland I wasn't sure what to expect in this race. In the beginning everything went well but after a while I was not able to put enough pressure on the pedals." The extreme difference in temperatures was another factor: on the Bernina where Reto was staying they measured 5 degrees. During Sunday's race temperatures climbed up to 30 degrees. "Let's see how things will go next week in Lenzerheide," said Indergand, who finished in eighth position.

Auch Reto Indergand kam direkt vom Höhentraining: «Zu Beginn lief es gut. Doch dann schwand der Druck auf den Pedalen.» Der Temperaturunterschied sei extrem gewesen. Auf dem Bernina habe es lediglich etwa fünf Grad gehabt - und in Montsevelier wieder 30.

Participating BMC Athletes: (Julien Absalon, France, Martin Fanger, Switzerland, Reto Indergand, Switzerland)

1. Daniel McConnell (Aus)
2. Fabian Giger (Sui)
3. Julien Absalon (Fra)
4. Martin Fanger (Sui)
5. Martin Gujan (Sui)
6. Cameron Ivory (Aus)
8. Reto Indergand (Sui)

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