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BMC Mountainbike Racing Team: Trans Zollernalb – 1st stage

23. September 2011

Balingen, Germany

The second edition of the Trans Zollernalb mountainbike stage race is taking place this weekend. 600 amateur and pro cyclists are covering 220km in length and 4500 meters of climbs in three consecutive days of riding in fast ground. The rubber is rolling well in Southern Germany during sunny fall weather.

BMC's got the numbers

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team is putting plenty of manpower to the start. Team captain Alexandre Moos brought along teammates Julien Tamararcaz, Yves Corminboeuf, and Balz Weber in order to have tactical options for a possible victory. Having formerly been professional cyclist on the road, Moos has a lot of experience, tactical sense, and racing fitness under his belt that he wants to use the way he won the Albstadt Marathon a couple of months ago with help of Yves and Balz.

Moos: with strong legs & high heart rate to 2nd place

"I had strong legs today. Just my heart rate was fairly high today. I got sick after last weekend's race", resumed Moos after stage one that he finished in 2nd place behind Karl Platt (Team Bulls)- an established world-class marathoner who has won every major stage races in the world. "Midway through the race we rode away in four, including former world champ Alban Lakata and Robert Mennen from Topeak Ergon Racing Team. The finale had lots of tight corners. I took one corner wrong and Karl used his chance to pass me for the win with 200m to go", unfolded Moos the race in retrospective. The quadruplet finished 2:40 minutes ahead of their 6 pursuiters.

Final pedal strokes of Balz Weber

"So far, I am not too emotional about my final days as professional mountainbiker", answered Balz Weber when asked about his feelings upon announcing his retirement. Trans Zollernalb represents Weber's second to last race as a professional athlete. Emotions might surface at the Roc d'Azur where he lines up in BMC colors for the last time in 2 weeks. Weber was disappointed today: ""ever since I had the late-summer flu, my body is tired. My hear rate has way too high also in training." His fatigued body threw Weber out of the front group at the halfway point. He ended up in 15th place 2:43 minutes down on the leaders. Julien Tamararcaz finished in solid 10th (2:40 min. behind). Yves Corminboeuf rolled in in 27th (8:04 min. down)

One down. Two to go.

Warm-up is over. Two stages to go. Tomorrow's second stage starts in Balingen and finishes in Albstadt. There are 82km to ride and 1800m to climb. What will happen to the general classification? There are four riders left with a good shot at the overall win: Race leader Karl Platt, Alban Lakata, Robert Mennen, and BMC's very own Alexandre Moos. Tomorrow will reveal some more truth.

Stage two race report Stage three race report

Event info & results: www.sparkasse-trans-zollernalb.de/
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