Mathias Flückiger e Jolanda Neff vestiranno la maglia rossocrociata durante il 2021, avendo battuto l’agguerrita concorrenza durante la prova valevole per il campionato svizzero di XC 2021 a Gstaad. E per “agguerrita” si intende gente del calibro di Nino Schurter e Lars Forster fra gli uomini e Alessandra Keller e Sina Frei fra le donne.
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In glorious weather and the best conditions, the Swiss MTB stars delivered exciting title races. Mathias Flückiger broke away from the competition before the race was even halfway through and gave an impressive demonstration of power. Although defending champion Nino Schurter, together with team mate Lars Forster and Marcel Guerrini, can ride in the group on the long finishing straight, the gap has steadily increased. Flückiger pulls through, with a lead of more than a minute he takes the gold medal and thus puts the next exclamation mark after excellent World Cup results. Schurter takes silver, bronze goes surprisingly to Guerrini.
Neff with her 7th career championship title
In the women’s race, Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Alessandra Keller fight a three-way battle. Linda Indergand, who was convincing in the World Cup, drops out of the decision early on, but then fights her way back to fourth place. Only in the final lap Frei has to let the competition go, then Neff successfully shakes off Keller as well and thus successfully defends her Swiss championship title. “In spring I regularly have problems with hay fever. Now it’s slowly getting better, I felt good and I’m overjoyed,” Neff is happy about the gold medal. Keller takes the silver medal, Frei wins bronze.