The Swiss of the Radon XC Team claims his best World Cup placement in Andorra’s stage 3 with Northwave XC, surrendering only to a monumental Nino Schurter
Matthias Flückiger (Team Radon XC) claimed a brilliant second place in UCI MTB Cross Country World Cup’s round 3, staged in Vallnord (Andorra) on Sunday July 2nd. After the nasty crash that took him out of contention in Albstadt (Germany), the 28-year-old Swiss was in the spotlight from start to finish, winning the duel for second place against Jordan Sarrou, and taking the first World Cup podium in the season with his Northwave Extreme XC shoes. In Andorra, Flückiger also nailed his best career World Cup result.
Flückiger crossed the finishing line 18 seconds behind the day’s winner and overall leader, Nino Schurter, whilst Frenchman Jordan Sarrou has to stand with third place after losing the sprint against the Swiss. New Zealander Samuel Gaze was fourth ahead of another Northwave’s biker, Florian Vogel (Focus XC Team), who came out strong late in the race. Seventh place for Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory Racing), who is also overall third with 410 points behind Schurter (750) and David Valero (412), whilst Marotte’s teammate Henrique Avancini scored tenth on the day.
Northwave also showed up prominently in the Women Elite category thanks to consistent Swiss Linda Indergand (Focus XC Team), fourth on the line with her Northwave Extreme XC shoes, as Ukrainian Yana Belomoina claimed the second World Cup win in a row, dominating on the Pyrenees ahead of Dane Annika Langvad and Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle. Two more Northwave’s bikers, Alessandra Keller (Radon XC Team) – victim of an ill-timed puncture that spoiled her ambitions for a top-5 placement - and Helen Grobert (Cannondale Factory Racing), completed the top-10 placing ninth and tenth respectively.
The Andorran day had started with the U23 Women race, where Malene Degn (Ghost Factory Team) was sixth; Swiss Sina Frei clinched victory preceding US Kate Courtney and Brit Evie Richards.