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The huge relief was written in his face: Comeback für Balz Weber with his 3rd place at the Racer Cup Engelberg-Titlis
The huge relief was written in his face: Comeback für Balz Weber with his 3rd place at the Racer Cup Engelberg-Titlis

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team: Balz Weber beats World Champion!

12. June 2011

Engelberg-Titlis/Switzerland

The fifth edition of the Racer Cup turned out to become a breakthrough race for Balz Weber. The former U23 World Cross Country Champion found a nurturing home in BMC Mountainbike Racing Team which gave him back psychological and physiological strength. Balz stepped it up race after race in 2011. He arrived at the world-class level this weekend by leaving behind current World Champion José-Antonio Hermida (Multivan Merida).

All-out

"I went all-out from the very beginning", commented Balz on his furious first kilometres riding along in the lead group amongst riders such as Hermida, Lukas Flückiger (Trel World Racing), or Martin Fanger (Giant). It wasn't any different for his competition. The field quickly busted into pieces and Balz found himself alone in fourth position. At the front, race winner Flückiger and local hero Fanger rode in a class of their own.

Strong mind = strong body

"It was my head that made the difference today. Even though I was maxed out, I forced myself to think positively. This way I was able to close the gap on José in the final stage of the race and surpassed him to take third by the finish. Today's race gave me great morale", said the 30-year-old looking forward to his upcoming altitude training in the Engadin Alps.

DNF for Tamararcaz and Gallati

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team riders Julien Tamararcaz and Patrik Galati did not have a good day. Julien's race ended before it even started. His chain broke at the start. Patrik came down to Engelberg from altitude training with the Swiss national team and suffered from corresponding physiological strains. He listened to his body and dropped out.

European Marathon Championships: 13th place for Moos

A few valleys further East from Engelberg, Alexandre Moos faced Europe's best marathon mountainbikers at the continental championships in KLeinzell, Austria. He found himself in the lead group in the early stages but later missed the decisive attack at kilometre 60 (of 100) and fell back to 13th after fighting cramps in the final kilometres. Alexey Medvedev (RUS) became European Champion ahead of Jukka Vastaranta (FIN) and bronze medal winner Tim Böhme (GER).

Results & infos: www.racerbikescup.ch & www.granitmarathon.at/de/granitmarathon/55/home.html

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