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Team Centurion Vaude Wins Perskindol Swiss Epic 2017

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The final stage of the PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC again proved hard and challenging. However, it was nothing Daniel Geismayr and Jochen Käss of the CENTURION VAUDE team hadn’t seen before as they romped home to clinch a thoroughly deserved victory at their fourth attempt.

Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag of Team Meerendal CBC took the prized PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC championship belt in the women’s race. With Saturday’s award ceremony, the fourth edition of the six-day mountain bike stage race from Grächen to Zermatt via Leukerbad came to a successful close, with participants having covered a total of 350 km in distance and 12,000 m of ascent.

Today’s final stage of the PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC six-day mountain bike stage race was a circular trail in Zermatt, with 45 kilometres and 1900 metres of climbing. Views of the famous Matterhorn were few and far between on a rather cloudy day, while it was business as usual on the trails with a lot of flow and some technical challenges.

CENTURION VAUDE Victorious At The Fourth Attempt

They’ve won it this time! The “forever second”, Daniel Geismayr from Austria and Jochen Käss from Germany, representing the CENTURION VAUDE team, resolutely defended their lead as they finished first for a well- deserved and possibly even overdue victory at the fourth attempt. They won the final stage in 2 hours and 45 minutes, taking the championship belt with 18 minutes to spare. “We’ve finally broken the jinx, this is a really big win for us”, said Jochen Käss, who was unable to fire on all cylinders due to stomach problems on Tuesday. “We feel so proud and are really delighted.” – “We managed our descents carefully today as we wanted to minimise the risk element. Our teamwork was again impeccable throughout the week – that’s what made the difference and brought us the win”, explained Daniel Geismayr.

The BiXS Pro Team with Swiss cyclists Konny Looser and Oliver Zurbrügg came second today, thus achieving second place overall. “We were secretly hoping for a podium finish at the start of the week, so we are over the moon to have come second”, said Oliver Zurbrügg. Konny Looser added: “It means so much to me to achieve second place in this home race and it’s a great way to round off the season.”

Texpa-Simplon, a new team set up at short notice and represented by Austrian Christoph Soukup and the Swiss Michael Stünzi, came in third.

Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag Win the Women’s Race

The leaders going into the final stage of the women’s race, Team Meerendal CBC with Esther Süss from Switzerland and Jennie Stenerhag from Sweden, also won the overall event. However, Team Spur – Wallonie with Ariane Lüthi from Switzerland and Alice Pirard from Belgium continued their late rally by winning the final stage in a time of 3 hours and 24 minutes. “It was tough mentally to stay ahead of our competitors and the trails were really challenging”, commented Esther Süss on her first PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC win. “It’s a great weight off my shoulders and I’m beyond happy.” Jennie Stenerhag said: “That’s the fourth stage race we’ve won together this year. We worked in perfect harmony again.” The Scott Womens – R’adys team with Cornelia Hug and Florence Darbellay from Switzerland came in third.

In the mixed category, Benedicht Küpfer and Vivane Spielmann, team CrazyVeloShop SCOTT/TG Hütten took gold after a hard battle. In the Masters category, DANi SCHNIDER RADSPORT’s Dani Schnider and Oliver Imfeld posted their third successive win in style.

Multitask Industries – Optiek Mertens Wins FLOW format

In the race format SWISS EPIC FLOW, in which certain uphill sections are travelled using shuttles or cableways, the team Multitask Industries – Optiek Mertens with the Belgians Frans Claes and Michiel Van Aelbroeck won the men’s category. In the mixed category, Kristien Achten and Tim Jacobs from Team Perskindol - Vojomag took the victory.

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