The retired Bike legend Julien Absalon gets a little grace period. The Frenchman remains even after the world Cup race in Lenzerheide the sole record winner in the world Cup with 33 take place. Helpful Absalon, the Dutch Hotshot Mathieu van der Poel, of Nino Schurter in front of the beautiful backdrop in the home race, the 33. Victory screwed up.
Only Van der Poel can keep up with the seven-time world champion Schurter, in the third of six laps, the two of them are alone at the top of the road. The decisive Stab of the Dutch in the 5. Round in the ascent, where it abuts a horrendes pace. Schurter can no longer follow him. A Meter to a Meter loses Schurter time and departs at the end of 25 seconds behind Van der Poel to the finish.
A strong performance was also Mathias Flückiger couches. The 30-year-old Bernese shows a tactical maturity and is third (+1:13). In the sixth world Cup race this season ends up Flückiger for the fifth Time on the podium. Impressive consistency.
Schurter after the race: “I am glad, nevertheless, of the 2. Place. Van der Poel is in a very good condition. He beat me there, where I thought would be my strength. So in the long climb. I could put him never really under pressure. It would sure have been nice to win here, in front of so many Fans.”
In the overall world Cup, Schurter remains before the final Competition in September at Snowshoe (United States) at the front. The 7. Total victory – a record – expected him to not take any more. Because Van der Poel waived participation, because he wants to focus on the world road Championships. Therefore, he is also missing at the MTB world Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada) at the end of August.
Rissveds emotionally – Neff in pitch, Free of strong,
Emotional scenes earlier in the women’s race in Lenzerheide. The Swede Jenny Rissveds (25) shines as a winner and shows up at the Interview stirred. With tears, she says: “two years ago, I no longer wanted to live. Now has closed a circle.”
What Rissveds means by this is clear: at the beginning of 2018, the Olympic champion retired due to depression. A return to the Bike had you open. This spring she returned to Nove Mesto with a 33. Rank back. The circle closes for Rissveds with her second world Cup victory, because you celebrated your single, also in the Canton of Grisons in 2016.
On Sunday Rissveds dominates the race from the beginning and distanced in the last round of their last remaining rival, Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) is crucial. To this date, the Swiss hope Jolanda Neff (26) already fallen from the agenda. The St. Galleries expressed in the third of the five rounds of effort. You will lose within a few meters around 25-30 seconds on the top and seems to come in Fourth to the finish.
Neff begins plates
also bad luck add to the sporty bearish at Neff. In the last round, you catch a flat, you must struggle to the technical Zone and lose time and places. What a disappointment. Neff reached the finish line as the Eighth with almost three minutes behind and has to leave the overall world Cup rival, Kate Courtney (USA) as the Seventh pass. Nevertheless, Neff still remains the leader.
A terrific race Sina Frei (22) lays on the track. The Zurich-emits as the best Swiss. Free 2 loses:03 on Rissveds and is behind Terpsta and Pauline Ferrand Prévot great Fourth.
In the case of Europe, champion of Neff’t work, however, wills in Lenzerheide easy. She’s waiting after five races (incl. WM) to a victory in the home race and a world Cup victory this season.