Lars Forster says goodbye to the Scott SRAM Team and becomes the teammate of Nino Schurter’s greatest antagonist: Mathias Flükiger (recently cleared of doping charges). Now it remains to seen who will be at Schurter’s side from 2023. Below is the official press release…
[Press release] – Team Thömus maxon enters the 2023 season even stronger and with a bigger squad. With the signing of 29-year-old Lars Forster, Ralph Näf’s team will compete for the first time with three riders in the elite men’s category. Mathias Flückiger and Vital Albin will have a third strongman at their side: “We are very happy that we managed to sign Lars Forster. Lars still has great untapped potential, despite his two European champion titles, the 2019 World Cup win with the snowshoes and other international victories. Furthermore, he fits very well into the team”, explains Ralph Näf, explaining the reasons for signing Forster.
Forster: “Confidence was the deciding factor”
Lars Forster is looking forward to the new cooperation with Thömus maxon: “The decisive factor for me was that Ralph and the team put their trust in me and believe in me. This gives me great confidence. Furthermore, Thömus maxon offers everything you need to be successful: a professional environment, super team spirit and perfect material.”
Thömus maxon’s goals are clear and Ralph Näf looks ahead: “We want to win World Cup races, national and international titles and become one of the best mountain bike teams in the world!”. These goals also correspond to those of Forster. The former Cape Epic winner wants to be in top form already at the start of the season and at the first World Cups. Forster’s biggest goal for the season is the World Championship in August in Glasgow, Scotland, the same venue where he won his first European title in 2018.
Cyclocross as the start of the season
As in previous years, the season will be inaugurated by two cyclo-cross races. Alessandra Keller, Vital Albin, Luke Wiedmann and Lars Forster will compete in the Radquer Meilen on Monday 2 January 2023. This is also the final round of the Swiss Cyclo-Cross Cup. Two weeks later, the Swiss Championships in Mettmenstetten (January 15) are scheduled. After that, the focus will be on preparing for the MTB season.
Profile of Lars Forster
Date of birth: August 1, 1993
European champion 2018 and 2021
Winner of the Snowshoe World Cup (USA) 2019 Overall
win of the Cape Epic 2019
Cyclo-cross Swiss champion 2016, 2018, 2020