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The loneliness of an endurance athlete... which did not last long in Dalby Forest: Moritz Milatz sprinted for 3rd later on  @A.Küstenbrück
The loneliness of an endurance athlete... which did not last long in Dalby Forest: Moritz Milatz sprinted for 3rd later on @A.Küstenbrück

MTB World Cup Dalby Forest: Milatz reaching for podium

23. May 2011

Pickering, GBR

The German Champion of BMC Mountainbike Racing Team is on a roll. Moritz Milatz placed a brilliant sixth at last weekend's British edition of the 2011 UCI MTB World Cup series.

Moritz Milatz barely misses podium

It was a dominant solo win for Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) on the fast course in Dalby Forest. The Czech rider reached the finish line in 1:40:53 hrs., putting 50 seconds on multiple World and Olympic Champion Julien Absalon (Orbea) of France. A group of four riders ended up sprinting for 3rd place. Marco Fontana (Cannondale) was able to activate most fast-twitch muscle fibers. Moritz Milatz counted a few too little against his world-class competition.

Handicap at the start

Moritz Milatz started the race handicapped. After having been hampered by illness at the first edition of the UCI MTN World Cup 2011 in Pietermaitzburg (South Africa), Milatz was put way back in 23rd on the starting line. By mid race he had made his way to around 10-15th place before he found another gear towards the end. The switch propelled him to the first group of four riders. "Moritz did great. It couldn't have gone better for him", reported team manager David Chassot from Northern England.

Bad luck for Gallati

David Chassot added: "Too bad that Patrik Gallati was so unfortunate today. He touched wheels with another rider in the beginning of the race, which made his chain break. He had no chance afterwards. You can't do anything about such bad luck" The race was over prematurely for Gallati.

U23 - Ettinger and Hediger tenth

BMC's development riders spent an equally successful day in the British national park. On Saturday, Stephen Ettinger (USA national team) ploughed his way through half the field to tenth place. On the women's side, Swiss U23 Champion Michelle Hediger (Team Fischer-BMC) finished in a strong tenth place as well.

There is no time to rest now. The world's best cross country riders are back in action next weekend when the world cup caravan of sports Nomads arrives in Offenburg, Germany.

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Video race coverage: freecaster.tv/mountainbike/1014233/replay-uci-world-cup-elite-men-2011-yorkshire-dalby-forest-gbr