A sensational leap forward, best German Team and just a blink of an eye away from the third ranked Team Scott Swisspower of Nino Schurter – the FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC World Cup Team is unstoppable and is now ranked fourth after the World Cup races in Dalby Forest and Offenburg in the UCI Ranking.
Team effort and peak results
Two essential factors made this big step forward possible: Great individual results and the efficiency as a team! Race by Race, Thomas Litscher rides further to the front topping his best Elite result again in Offenburg with his 9th place. Furthermore, no other team has that much power: In both Eliminator races this season, it was a FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC rider who was crowned king of this modern and stunning race format. With Litscher winning in Offenburg and Van der Ploeg winning in Dalby, the future of mountainbiking lies in the hands of these cool young guys. But especially the unity of the team makes the difference in the UCI Ranking. Blaza Klemencic was 7th in Offenburg, Charly Markt rides like never before and is close to the Top15 and a reinvigorated Sabrina Enaux all contributing lots of points.
Big names are not enough
Multivan Merida Biking Team with current World Champion Hermida and Team Orbea with serial winner and two times Olympic Champion Absalon – the Felt ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC Team overtook both teams.
Ranking - Mountain Bike 2011
1 SPECIALIZED RACING – United States – 6,556 points
2 RABOBANK-GIANT OFFROAD TEAM – Netherlands – 3,864
3 SCOTT-SWISSPOWER MTB-RACING – Switzerland – 3,465
4 FELT OETZTAL X-BIONIC TEAM – Germany – 3,428
5 MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM – Germany – 3,413
6 ORBEA – Spain – 3,098
7 TREK WORLD RACING – Spain – 2,918
8 CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING – Germany – 2,856