For the second time in his career, Cannondale Factory Racing’s Manuel Fumic won the XCO Elite Tiltle in Bad Säckingen, Germany this past weekend. In a time of 1:32 and with a gap of over two minutes to second place, he won the race in a dominant way and will proudly wear the German colors from now on in the International race circuit.
Fumic attacked at the end of the first lap and constantly grew his lead on the competition, which was mainly 2011 German National Champion and 2012 European Champion Moritz Milatz and multiple time Marathon National Champion Jochen Käss.
“It was important for me to go to the Olympics as the German Champion and I felt great today. I rode focused and tried to make no mistakes all race long, but was pushing in the climbs constantly as hard as I could to ride consistant lap times. My legs from last week in Windham were there and felt even better and today also luck played for me,” said Fumic. “With this win in my pocket, I will go into the final hard training period for the last World Cup in Val d’ Isere and for the Olympics.”
On the other side of the ocean, Keegan Swenson proved his good form from the last World Cups and won the Junior National Cross Country Title in the US in a similar way as Fumic. Keegan also won the Super D title, with a time that would have placed him in the top five in the elite race! On Sunday’s final race, Keegan took his third title of the weekend, attacking his lone breakaway partner to win the short track title!
"I felt great. I was planning with two or three to go to attack Tobin (Ortenblad) and get a gap because I knew he'd be a stronger sprinter," said Keegan. "I wanted that gap before the finish."
Both Fumic and Swenson will show their new National Champion jerseys in Val d’ Isere, France for the World Cup finals the last weekend of July, while Marco Aurelio Fontana and Martin Gujan will fight for their National Champion titles on July 22nd.