Multivan Merida Biking Team

No medals at European championships


No medals at European championships

At the European crosscountry championships in St.Wendel the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM did not succeed in winning any medals. In simmering hot weather both Julian Schelb and José Hermida finished withing the top10.

Thomas Litscher had been forced to forfeit his start at the European championships as he was suffering from the shingles. Being the youngest rider of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, Julian Schelb showed a pleasing performance in the under23 race after some set backs. He crossed the finish line in 7th, only 12 seconds in arrears if the 4th placed rider. "Today's race was an incredibly hard: I had to go beyond my limits repeatedly to keep in touch with the group that I was riding in. For quite a while the Bronze medal seemed to be within reach, but this 7th place is a boost for my morale as well", Julian Scheib commented after the race.

In the two most recent Worldcup races leading up to the European crosscountry championships, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå had been the best-placed European elite rider. Thus the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM's Norwegian had been optimistic for the championships, but after the race in Albstadt she had caught a cold. And this prevented her from being a relevant factor in the race. "This was just a terrible day, as my body had not recovered from the cold as I had hoped. I could not breathe freely and as a consequence my entire body felt stiff. Seen these circumstances I'm just happy to have finished the race", Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå said after having finished the women's race in 14th position.

In the men's race the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM had three riders competing with José Hermida, Rudi van Houts and Ondrej Cink. Cink however had been forced  to abandon the race in Albstadt one week earlier, but he said that he had been feeling better in the days before the race. This feeling proved to be treacherous, however: "As soon as the race started, I simply had no power to keep up with the best riders on this physically demanding course and in this brutal heat", Ondrej Cink explained after he had given up the race in the very first lap." Rudi van Houts did get a whole lot further either, abandoning the race in the second lap: "I've had some stomach problems in the week before the race, so I had no power at all on race day."

Thus José Hermida was the last option left from the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM's perspective to score a decent result and save the day. During the first half of the race the Spaniard was riding in the first chasing group and within reach of the medals. "For the second part of the race I lacked not some physical but some mental fitness: We've been riding a lot of races and travelling even more since February. So I am really looking forward to spending some time at home in the next couple of weeks", José Hermida said after having finished the race in St.Wendel in 9th positions, winning some precious points for the world standings.