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Swiss National Championships - CN

Seon, Switzerland, July 19-20, 2008

2007 Results   Results  

Olympic team members excel at Swiss nationals

Olympic team members won three of the four elite and U23 races at the Swiss National Championships. Florian Vogel, Nino Schurter and Nathalie Schneitter won their elite men's, U23 men's and U23 women's Swiss National titles while Katrin Leumann, won the elite women's race. Leumann is the only non-Olympic team member to win a U23 or elite national. Vivienne Meyer and Mirco Widmer earned the junior titles while Roland Abächerli collected a win in the Masters category.

The weather held out until the last race with the elite men. For the men, Swisspower's Thomas Frischknecht, Jürg Graf, Florian Vogel and Till Marx and Athleticum's Lukas Flückiger and Martin Gujan were fast from the start. Then, from lap three on, Vogel, Graf and Gujan were at the front and just before the half-way point, Vogel made his move and got away. He enlarged his lead for the rest of the race and collected his first elite national title.

"The tactic worked. I'm overjoyed and of course that gives me extra motivation for Beijing," said Vogel. Dethroned champion Jürg Graf was happy with his performance and third place. Flückiger, who finished second, recognized Vogel's superiority for the day.

In the elite women's race, 26 year-old Kathrin Baslerin Leumann rode a decisive first lap and went on to win a champioship ahead of Marielle Saner and Maroussia Rusca. Favorite Petra Henzi struggled on the technically challenging course and finished a disappointing fourth.

"I started with dry tires and when the rain started, I had to switch to rain tires and needed almost a lap again until I was away from Mathias," said Schurter of his fourth-U23 championship.

U23 woman Nathalie Schneitter won her race, even after her plane was delayed in Paris and landed just one hour before the race in Basel. She was delivered to the start by helicopter with just minutes to spare. Kathrin Stirnemann, last year's junior European champion, would have to settle for second, and Corina Gantenbein finished third.

Vivienne Meyer collected her third junior title this year while the junior men and masters saw tight races. Mirko Widmer won the junior men's race in a sprint while defending master's champion Roland Abächerli narrowly beat local Roland Häfeli


Elite men

1 Florian Vogel (Swisspower Mountainbike-Team)         2.05.01
2 Lukas Flückiger (Athleticum MTB Team)                   2.06
3 Jürg Graf (Swisspower Mountainbike-Team)                2.21
4 Martin Gujan (Athleticum MTB Team)                      2.44
5 Daniel Suter (Giant-Swiss-Team)                         5.29
6 Andreas Kugler (Fischer-BMC)                            6.35
7 Marcel Wildhaber (Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach)         7.35
8 Christof Bischof (Bikin Cyprus)                         8.37
9 Ivan Planzer (Giant-Swiss-Team)                         9.54
10 Thomas Frischknecht (Swisspower Mountainbike-Team)    10.08
11 Tobias Hollenstein (Bike Team Ramsauer-Aquapower)     11.59
12 Gion Manetsch (Athleticum MTB Team)                   14.25
13 Joel Graf (BSK Graf/RV Altenrhein)                    14.55
14 Andreas Moser (Bürgis Cycling Team)                   15.41
15 Patrick Tresch (Gisler Bike+Hike)                     18.06
16 Manuel Scheidegger (Velobern Racing Team)             18.21
17 Urs Föhn (GU Plus / Thomyk Team)                      18.30
18 Jonas Baumann (Campione Celeste BMC)                  18.39

Behind one lap

19 Samuel Reichen (Velo Franz/Univega)                        
20 Klemens Bont (Hafner+Gätzi/RMC Gossau)                     
21 Adrian Gerber (Velobern Racing Team)                       
DNF Sven Dumusc (VC Rennaz Dom Cycle)                         
DNF Joris Boillat (Frenetic-Bernasconi)                       
DNF Till Marx (Swisspower Mountainbike-Team)                  
DNF Roland Mischler (Stöckli Bike Team)                       
DNF Balz Weber (Bikepark.ch / BMC)                            
DNF Alexandre Moos (BMC Racing)                               
DNF Florian Meyer (Velobern Racing Team)                      
DNF Claudio Andenmatten (Velobern Racing Team)                
DNF Cyril Calame (Frénétic-Bernasconi-Volvo)                  
DNF Patrick Gobat (Free Velo Passion VCFM)                    
DNF Andreas Lieberherr (ARBÖ Denzel Cliff Wien)               
DNS Andy Bachmann (RM Team)                                   
DNS Patric Kottmann (goldwurst-power / Ridley / VCR)          
DNS Marcel Bartholet (Scott Allianz Suisse)                   
DNS Silvio Bundi (Giant-Swiss-Team)                           
DNS Marcel Kuratli (Bike Team Ramsauer-Aquapower)             
Elite women

1 Katrin Leumann (goldwurst-power / Sputnik)           1.43.53
2 Marielle Saner Guinchard (Bikepark.ch / BMC)            1.15
3 Maroussia Rusca (Scott Allianz Suisse)                  2.24
4 Petra Henzi (Fischer-BMC)                               3.20
5 Fabienne Niederberger (X.0-Felt Womens MTB Team)       11.50
DNS Sarah Koba (Koba)                                         
DNS Renata Bucher (Stöckli - Craft)                           
DNS Kathrin Heimberg (X.0-Felt Womens MTB Team)               
DNS Gabrielle Mosset (Free Velo Passion VCFM)                 
DNS Nadia Walker (X.0-Felt Womens MTB Team)                   
DNS Lilian Huwyler (Bike Team Ramsauer-Aquapower)             
Junior men

1 Mirco Widmer (Fischer Junior MTB-Team)               1.37.03
2 Arnaud Grand (Thömus Racing Team)                       0.00
3 Reto Indergand (TG Zentralschweiz/IG RS-Uri)            0.43
4 Lukas Loretz (Scott Allianz Suisse)                     3.07
5 Bryan Falaschi (Zeta Cycling Club)                      4.07
6 Matthias Rupp (Swisspower Mountainbike-Team)            4.49
7 Donat Albin (Biketeam.gr)                               5.17
8 Michael Wildhaber (Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach)        5.23
9 Simon Weber (Merida Suisse Team)                        5.53
10 Daniel Kaufmann (Koba Team/RC Gränichen)               6.22
11 Martin Strebel (Fischer Junior MTB Team)               7.15
12 Marc Koller (Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach)             7.35
13 Alain Page (DOM Cycle / VC Rennaz)                     7.47
14 Bastien Bugnard (Stöckli)                              8.37
15 Eric Brüngger (Pulver Cycles/VC Hittnau)               8.52
16 Simon Wäfler (Merida Swiss Bike Team)                 11.17
17 Mike Schuler (TG Zentralschweiz)                      11.19
18 Marc Stutzmann (RSC Aaretal Münsingen)                11.22
19 Gian-Marco Gasser (Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach)      11.23
20 Benedikt Mündle (Merida Adolf's Bike Shop)            12.02
21 Fabian Cavelti (Biketeam.gr)                          12.17
22 Adrian Amsler (Velo Franz/Univega)                    13.35
23 Rick Reimann (PBR-Matic Swiss Team)                   13.56
24 Jeremias Marti (TG-Zentralschweiz.ch)                 14.06
25 Benoit Beaud (PEV Genève)                             14.37
26 Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles - Scott - Newwork)        16.16
27 Marco Hungerbühler (Velo+Bike Team Seetal)            16.23
28 Mirco Zürcher (BSK Graf/VC Volketswil)                16.23
29 Samuel Bieri (Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach)           17.34
30 Marc Flury (Thömus Factory Team)                      18.55
31 Rafael Haubensak (Sherpa Tensing Pedalerie)           20.49

Behind one lap

32 Adrian Räss (Sherpa Tensing Pedalerie)                     
33 Yoann Mercier (Pb-Scott)                                   
34 Fabian Obrist (Chälbli Bikes)                              
35 Benjamin Walker (VMC Erstfeld/IG Radsport)                 
36 Anthony Grand (DOM Cycle / VC Rennaz)                      
37 Fabian Aschwanden (VMC Silenen/IG Radsport Uri)            
DNF Emilien Barben (Zeta Cycling Club)                        
DNF Maxime Schmid (VC Rennaz/Dom Cycle)                       
DNF Pim Heinrich (TG-Zentralschweiz)                          
DNF Fabian Zogg (Koba)                                        
DNS Tobias Fédier (VC Horgen)                                 
DNS Marc Hermann (Biketeam.gr)                                
DNS Matthias Stirnemann (Merida Suisse Team)                  
DNS Oliver Walder (Peko Engineering / Trek)                   
DNS Norman Amiet (Zeta Cycling Club)                          
Junior women

1 Vivienne Meyer (Scott Allianz Suisse)                1.13.34
2 Michelle Hediger (Fischer-BMC)                          3.32
3 Karin Rappo (Mahu / BSO)                                5.07
4 Nicole Hanselmann (Hobi-Bau/MF.Hügler Wetzikon)         5.24
5 Marina Giger (Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach)             6.21
6 Tanja Starkermann (Fischer Junior MTB Team)             7.55
7 Lorraine Truong (Prof Flühlmann / CCL)                  8.14
8 Jennifer Sägesser (Thömus Racing Team)                 13.03
9 Aurelia Sonderegger (Bsk Graf/RV Altenrhein)           15.05
10 Deborah Spescha (Biketeam.gr)                         28.07

Behind one lap

11 Melanie Bucher (PBR-Matic Swiss Team)                      
DNF Carina Cappellari (Suso Bike / RSV Pizol)                 
DNF Céline Ernst (Stöckli Racing Team)                        
DNF Virginie Pointet (Prof Flühmann / CCL)                    
DNF Joanna Muoser (Ägeri Bike Club/Giant)                     
U23 men

1 Nino Schurter (Swisspower Mountainbike-Team)         1.49.15
2 Mathias Flückiger (Athleticum MTB Team)                 0.27
3 Patrik Gallati (Swisspower Mountainbike-Team)           3.48
4 Lukas Kaufmann (Thömus Racing Team)                     4.57
5 Nicola Rohrbach (Central Ghost Pro Team)                5.23
6 Thomas Litscher (Scott Allianz Suisse)                  5.31
7 Marco Arnold (Gisler-Craft)                             6.09
8 Nicolas Lüthi (Prof Flühmann CCL)                      10.17
9 Severin Disch (Scott Allianz Suisse)                   11.00
10 Michel Luginbühl (SRM Stevens/RC Steffisburg)         12.33
11 Benjamin Büchi (Scott Allianz Suisse)                 14.43
12 Ueli Schädler (Energie MTB Team)                      15.49
13 Matthias Allenspach (Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach)    16.02
14 Marc Metzler (Gili's Velolade)                        16.22
15 Oliver Windler (Ullmann Yeti)                         17.58
16 Oliver Schär (Röbis Velo-Shop)                        21.27

Behind one lap

17 Christian Bickel (Total Sport/RV Winterthur)               
18 Sandro Hediger (Fischer Junior MTB Team)                   
19 Lucien Besancon (Bergamont)                                
20 Patrick Hediger (RV Merishausen/Team Russi)                
21 Dumeni Vincenz (Thömus Racing Team)                        
22 Florian Thie (Crazy Velo Shop / Felt)                      
23 Michael Frei (Velo Franz/Univega)                          
24 Adrian Berger (RV Solothurn)                               
25 Andreas Hurter (goldwurst-power / Ridley / VCR)            
26 Gael Martinet (Dome Cycle)                                 
27 Marcel Bader (VBT Seetal)                                  
28 Nicolas Aeby (Mahu)                                        
DNF Jérémy Huguenin (Prof Flühmann CCL)                       
DNF Giancarlo Sax (Thömus Racing Team)                        
DNF Pascal Schmutz (Corratec Team Schweiz)                    
DNF Sepp Freiburghaus (Thömus Racing Team)                    
DNF Daniel Eymann (Thömus Racing Team)                        
DNF Pascal Meyer (Scott Allianz Suisse)                       
DNF Paolo Gugelmann (Chocolat Stella-Merida-Belcar)           
DNF Christophe Geiser (Prof Flühmann)                         
DNF Marc Bühler (Fischer Junior MTB Team)                     
DNF Fabian Giger (SKS M.I.G. Team)                            
DNF Benjamin Loretz (Thömus Racing Team)                      
DNF Michael Hutter (Pink Gili Swiss)                          
DNF Martin Fanger (Giant-Swiss-Team)                          
DNS Michi Klauser (Ciclosport)                                
U23 women

1 Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago)                        1.36.34
2 Kathrin Stirnemann (Merida Suisse Team)                 1.11
3 Corina Gantenbein (Biketeam.gr)                         6.29
4 Jasmin Achermann (Fischer-BMC)                          9.45
5 Janine Droz (Thömus Racing Team)                       10.12
6 Gabriela Glaus (VC Kerzers Scott)                      11.35
7 Melanie Gay (Zeta Cycling Club)                        20.25

Behind one lap

8 Daniela Stünzi (X.0-Felt Womens MTB Team)                   

Behind three laps

9 Andrea Kiser (Thömus Racing Team)                           
DNF Fanny Martinet (Dome Cycle)                               
DNF Joelle Schmutz (Corratec Team Schweiz)                    

1 Roland Abächerli (Giant-Swiss-Team)                  1.38.36
2 Roland Häfeli (Fischer-BMC)                             0.02
3 Roger Dittli (Stöckli-Craft)                            1.11
4 Pascal Cattin (Thömus Racing Team)                      4.39
5 Pierre Berberat (Frenetic Bernasconi)                   7.03
6 Philipp Brack (Bike-Zone)                               7.37
7 Marco Hinrichs (Stöckli)                                8.54
8 Stefan Huber (Alptours/Pneu Egger)                     10.12
9 Claudius Thommen (Merida Suisse Team)                  12.53
10 Marcel Knecht (Raiffeisen Team)                       13.14
11 David Baumann (Team Bike Zone)                        16.16
12 Fabian Spielmann (Wheeler Radsport Schär)             17.10
13 Bastian Hilty (Pro Cycling Aarau)                     18.54
DNF Christophe Niederhauser (Ragno / Prof)                    
DNF Alain Bischofberger (veloschöpfli.ch)                     
DNS Michael Montandon (Zeta Cycling Club)                     
DNS Ueli Nauer (thomyK/RV Einsiedeln)                         
DNS Beat Morf (Chälbli Bikes Uster)                           
DNS Jörg Hägler (MTB Cycletech/VC Surselva)