May 14th, 2012

Lukas Flueckiger Finishes 13th in Tough XC World Cup Round 3



Again the cold weather returned to the Mountain Bike World Cup yesterday in Nove Mesto Na Morave (CZE) despite summer like conditions during the week leading up to the race. Riders were met with 7 degrees and a chilly wind as they took to the start line for their 6 lap race. More than 180 starters lined up for the race including Luk and Math Flueckiger who both started on the 2nd row.

Luk had a great start and was in touch with the leaders on the start loop. Math was lucky to avoid a massive crash that happened just behind him only 50m into the race, which split the field in two. It was an incredibly fast start and Math lost a number of positions before then having a mechanical issue which he resolved trackside before re-joining the race in around 60th, but fought his way back to finished 37th. His final 3 laps were very strong with times equal to that of the top 15 in the race.

Luk stayed in the top 15 throughout and was posting great lap times on lap 4 and 5. He spent most of his time in the third chase group, and near the final lap he caught Christoph Sauser (SUI) and Jose Hermida’s (ESP) group, but then had a crash and lost all he had gained. Impressively in this Olympic selection race, 6 of the top 13 finishers were Swiss, which makes life tough for a rider who wants to be one of the 3 that will be selected to represent Switzerland. Currently Luk sits as 3rd Swiss rider in the World Cup overall, and has been the 2nd most consistent rider.

Luk said: “This Olympic selection process was really playing on my mind. It’s so much pressure. It was like the wires between my brain and legs were crossed, when I asked the legs for more, nothing happened, but they were feeling great. I really just need to focus on racing and not the other stuff going on around me, and aim to have a great race this weekend in La Bresse.”

Math said: “The position 37th doesn’t really tell the full story. I’m actually happy with this, especially the 2nd half of the race. Last week I had a very tough training week in Italy, 37 hours in the saddle in 8 days, and the legs were not responding at the start of the race, but felt great in the 2nd half. I think the timing is good for this weekend coming.”

This weekend sees the brothers at Round 4 of the World Cup, in La Bresse (FRA), in the mountains that Julien Absalon calls home. The organizers are expecting a record turn-out of fans.

Full results: http://www.uci.ch/templates/BUILTIN-NOFRAMES/Template1/layout.asp?MenuId=MTYzODg&LangId=1


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