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Battle for the Team Title

11. September 2013


BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
World Cup Finale in Hafjell, Norway

BMC Racing Team will firmly set its sight on the team ranking at the final of the UCI Cross-Country World Cup next weekend. With team captain Julien Absalon missing from the lineup and Lukas Flueckiger badly battered, Moritz Milatz and Co. are challenged to save the day.

„This will be an exciting race", says Moritz Milatz, pondering the current situation in the team ranking. Team BMC has a 32-point lead over its closest rival Multivan-Merida. This seems to be pretty much. But since reliable top scorer Absalon is missing due to a fractured rib, the framework conditions have changed.

Additionally, Lukas Flueckiger will have to wait till he is on site in Hafjell to make his final decision about his participation in the race. "I fully expect that I will be able to race in Hafjell. However, at the moment I would not be able to do it," said Flueckiger. After his fall at the world championship race in Petermaritzburg he has been diagnosed with two rib fractures - seventh and eighth rib, the latter even broken twice.

„My chances to deliver a top race are not really very good," says Flueckiger, curtailing all expectations. „All in" for the team ranking and for his own standing in the individual world ranking will be the motto for him and for the team.

All these setbacks require even more appropriate action from Moritz Milatz, Ralph Naef and Martin Fanger. „I will try to use the top form that I had at the Worlds to acquire another good result at any rate," announces Moritz Milatz.

Ralph Naef wishes to wipe out the disappointment suffered at the world championships. Last sunday the Swiss rider won a C2-category race in Langendorf where he - in his own words - „was feeling a lot better again. The good form that I had when I won the BMC Racing Cup in Muttenz cannot simply be gone. I am hoping for a conciliatory end of the season and for as many points as possible in the team ranking." Naef would also like to cut a fine figure in the Eliminator Sprint race next Thursday.

On the rough meadow passages of Hafjell the outstanding Fox fork with its electronic iCD lockout should be a magnificent help for the BMC riders. Martin Fanger also hopes for some improvement compared to the Worlds' race. „If I manage to recuperate quite well, my shape should also improve again a little more," said Fanger after having finished fourth at the O-Tour marathon last Sunday.

Next Sunday it's imperative for U23-biker Reto Indergand to defend second place in the U23 overall ranking. Overall victory is within reach for Indergand only if current leader Markus Schulte-Luenzum from Germany has a very bad day. Whereas Frenchman Hugo Drechou is only three points behind Indergand. Aiming at a good result, Matthias Stirnemann would like to delete a disappointing Worlds' race from his memory.