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Litscher claims 9th place in a hellish and never ending last lap, Markt overtook 79 riders

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thomas Litscher gained lots of self esteem in the last World Cup race of the season and rode into the Top 10 for the 4th time. In a hellish and never ending last lap, he claimed the ninth position and kept World Champion Hermida in check. A great end of a great World Cup season! In two weeks, Litscher will try to catch the rainbow.
Decision in the last lap
After technical problems last week and at the European Champs the week before, Litscher had a clean race this time, which hopefully convinced everybody to keep an eye on the young gun. Two weeks before the World Champs, Litscher overcame all uncertainness! “It was such a hard race, but that was what I needed. The last lap was a hell of a ride. The final spurt started kilometers before the finish line. What a finish and what a season! I never even dreamed of riding into the top 10 four times in my first season as a pro. Now I focus on the world champs. I want the team relay title and of course the U23 rainbow shirt!”
From the beginning, Litscher was able to find the right speed. In a group of 8 to 10 riders, Litscher was on a lookout for the leaders and managed to get rid of lots of his rivals during the first half of the race. The decision though was not made until the last lap. The final spurt started kilometers before the finish line. Totally exhausted, Litscher gave everything he had when the speed nearly exploded and everybody tried to escape his rivals. Litscher kept World Champion Hermida in check and secured 9th place!
Markt overtook 79 riders during the race
Charly Markt had to face a hard challenge. The Austrian champion had a big problem in the start loop and fell back into 117th place - an unusual rank for the FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC rider who is normally a hot candidate for the Top 20! But he is known as one of the biggest fighters in the field and he took the challenge by heart. In the first lap, he overtook 30 riders, in the second 20 more, and in the third lap he passed 10 more riders. Furthermore, he overtook 12 more riders in the 4th lap, 9 more in the fifth and 2 more shortly before the finish line. That put him in 38 place in the end – a race where he overtook 79 riders!  Special applause for the FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC rider!
Charly amazing journey: (rank/lap) 117/1- 91/2- 71/3 – 61/4 – 49/5 -40/6 -38/finish
Morath best German rider in Italy
With Sabine Spitz out of the race due to her preparation for the world champs, it was Adelheid Morath who led the German riders ranking, finishing 28th overall. 
Blaza Klemencic and Sabrina Enaux could not get back to the best results of the season in the final race. Klemencic in 18th position and Enaux in 22nd had a solid race. Both are in the middle of their preparation for the World Champs. In two weeks they want to race the best results of the season.