21 Jan All to race for heading into the final stage of the 2017 Snow Bike Festival (Stage 2)
The second stage of the Snow Bike Festival got underway with a tough climb up to the “Land Rover Mountain Prize” on Eggli. How will this effect the overall rankings?
It’s Florian Chenaux who arrives first at the top of Eggli. However, Nicola Rohrbach, Sascha Weber, Ramon Lauener and Markus Bauer are just a few seconds behind.
Will they be able to close the gap in the technically challenging downhill from the Eggli? No chance. Chenaux is too strong, he defends his advantage all the way to Gsteig. Rohrbach, Weber, Lauener and Bauer fail to collaborate and can’t close the gap.
Florian Chenaux defends his advantage and wins Stage 2 of the 2017 Snow Bike Festival. Germany’s Markus Bauer and Sascha Weber and Swiss riders Nicola Rohrbach and Ramon Lauener arrive together in the finish area. It is Markus Bauer who wins the sprint, Sascha Weber comes in 3rd, Ramon Lauener is 4th.
Rohrbach may have lost the sprint but still managed to defend his lead in the GC. He’s still nearly one minute ahead of Chenaux, Bauer and Weber each following in gaps of under 60 seconds. The third and final stage promises to be action packed and very exciting.
A disappointing day for Joris Ryf, who won the prologue two days ago. He broke his gearshift lever early on and had to continue riding with only two gears. Lars Hubacher, another young and promising Swiss Rider also didn’t have the best of days. Recovering from a flu, he crashed in the downhill and lost unnecessary time.
In the woman’s race it was Esther Süss who dominated the climb and downhill section. Katrin Leumann closed the gap in the flat section towards Gsteig. Esther Süss remained on her heels, but it was Katrin who crossed the finish line first.
It was a sprint to decide the 3rd and final place on the podium. Cornelia Hug secures her podium spot, with Nathalie Schneitter coming in 4th.
Is everything decided in the women’s race? Not at all! Anything can happen, and the Snow Bike Festival Champion trophy is still up for grabs.