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Media Release EKZ Cross Tour – see here for more details
Dielsdorf is ready for an international cyclocross spectacular
For the first time the Crossquer event will be part of the new Swiss EKZ Crosstour series
Dielsdorf, October 2, 2014 – On the second race of the EKZ Crosstour in Dielsdorf, the overall leaders in all categories will have to fight to maintain their leads.
Francis Mourey (Fra) and Eva Lechner (Ita), the leaders of the Elite Men’s and Women’s categories, start as favorites.
In the Elite Men’s race, the seven-time French champion and winner of the EKZ Crosstour in Baden will be in everyone’s sights. Last year in Dielsdorf, Mourey lost out to Lars van der Haar, who later became overall champion in the Cyclocross World Cup. Now the Frenchman will be starting as the leader of EKZ Crosstour in Dielsdorf. Behind him there are plenty of co-favorites, including the Swiss riders Simon Zahner, Lukas Flückiger and Arnaud Grand, not forgetting the U23 Swiss champion Lars Forster.
Amongst the foreigners who are competing, the two Italians Bryan Falaschi and Enrico Franzoi, as well as the French riders Clément Venturini and Steve Chainel are hot contenders for a podium place.
A repeat of the duel between Lechner and Koller?
For the Elite Women, the question arises whether the young Swiss rider Nicole Koller can put up the same strong resistance against the Italian Eva Lechner as she did last time in Baden in her last race before she takes a break from racing.
Hanka Kupfernagel (De), four-time World XCO champion, and Lucie Chainel (Fra), the World bronze medalist in 2013, will certainly want the duel between Lechner and Koller to become a three-or even four-way battle.
It will also be exciting to watch the comeback of the former Swiss champion Jasmin Egger-Achermann, who will be taking part in a cyclocross race for the first time after taking time off to have a baby.
Of particular interest from a domestic point of view will be the performance of the Zürich lowlanders and the athletes of the “MG-Cycling Team”, which (amongst others) is supported by Thomas Müller, President of the Organising Committee.
Timon Rüegg (Oberweningen) starts after his victory in Baden as the leader of the U19 / A / M category. The two youngsters from Steinmauer, elite rider Fabian Lienhard (who was twelfth a week ago in the U23 World Cup Road Race in Spain) and Lukas Mueller want to pit themselves against the best in the world.
Müller: “Strengthening the foundation of the Swiss Cyclocross from the ground up“
Thomas Müller, President of Dielsdorf’s Organising Committee, is full of anticipation for the initial staging of this event under the EKZ Crosstour banner: “The EKZ Crosstour brings new perspectives, especially for the young riders. This is because – in cooperation with the EKZ, who are a super partner for us – we can work together with the other CPB Crosstour organizers to strengthen the foundation of Swiss Cyclocross from the ground up and benefit from synergies.”
From a sporting perspective, the races in Dielsdorf promise much in the way of excitement and power. For the spectators, Dielsdorf offers everything one could wish for: a fast, twisty circuit, and very up close, as everything takes place in an extremely small area in the racecourse.
Already 250 participants from 13 nations have registered to compete in the different categories.