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Lukas Flückiger intends to take his chances

3. July 2013

Grenchen

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
Swiss championships Lenzerheide / Bundesliga final Saalhausen

July 3, 2013 - Grenchen. Prior to the Swiss championships in Lenzerheide Lukas Flückiger takes his cue from BMC teammate Julien Absalon and plans to go for the title. Regarding the Eliminator Sprint competition, Ralph Näf hopes to reach the big final.

„Nino Schurter is the favorite but Julien has shown that it is possible to beat him." Given this insight and knowing that he himself is in top shape, Lukas Flückiger travels to Lenzerheide, which is a partner of the BMC team.
The reference to Absalon aims at the European championships in Bern, where Flückiger's teammate managed to beat the world champion.

„I usually have some problems in the initial phase of the race. If I do not lose too much time during the first 20 minutes, then the race is open-ended. Then I'll try to take my chances," explains Lukas Flückiger. So far he has not been Swiss champion in the elite category. The course with its two steep climbs offers an outsider's chance for Martin Fanger if he can build on the level of performance that he showed in spring.

Lukas Flückiger also sees Ralph Näf as a serious competitor. But Näf's focus is on the Eliminator sprint on Friday. „My form is getting better, top five would be very good. The sprint format offers many opportunities. Let's see what happens." The World Champion has to stand his ground against tough competition. By the way: Näf will ride his special edition world champion saddle made by fi'zi:k for the first time. Näf traveled to Lenzerheide as early as Monday in order to have the best possible conditions for his preparation.

Flückiger also plans to race the sprint which will be the opening competition in Lenzerheide. "I take that very seriously and I think I have some good chances on this course," said Flückiger. Since the race course includes some singletrail it will be important to diligently choose the best set of tires from the wide range offered by Continental.

As far as the U23-competition is concerned, BMC riders Reto Indergand and Matthias Stirnemann are the top favorites. In 2012 Stirnemann won the race ahead of Indergand. This time Indergand who was seventh at the European championships would like to reverse the order.

Meanwhile, at the C1 race in Saalhausen (Ger) Moritz Milatz is set to win the overall ranking of the international MTB Bundesliga for the fourth time. His form curve is on the rise, and he has already won three times in Saalhausen. A spot on the podium would suffice for gaining the overall victory.