Optimism despite a lack of top results

With Ondrej Cink, José Hermida and Thomas Litscher the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM only fielded three of its five riders at the Worldcup opener in Cairns, Australia. Despite the lack of top results there’s plenty of reason for optimism.

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Lift in morale for Julian Schelb in Greece

As in the years before, persistent pollen allergy issues have kept Julian Schelb as the youngest rider of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM from showing his full potential this spring. Now he aims to rebuild his form and confidence at smaller races. In hot summery temperatures Julian Schelb scored a podium result in Greece right away.

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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå continues on her winning track

With one week to go to the first race of the Worldcup season in Australia, only one member of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM was competing this weekend. Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå started as the defending champion at Montichiari’s Trofeo Delcar, the fourth and final race of the Internazionali d’Italia MTB racing series. And just like a year before she managed to win the race.

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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå wins in South Tyrol

The athletes of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM competed at two different races last weekend: Ondrej Cink, José Hermida, Thomas Litscher and Julian Schelb all competed at Bad Säckingen’s MTB Bundesliga race, whereas Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå had opted to race the third round of the Italian crosscountry series in Nalles, winning the race in superior fashion.

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José Hermida on the podium at home race

The International Copa Catalana Internacional’s race in Banyoles, José Hermida showed a strong performance and improving form: MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM’s routinier was setting the pace for a long time and finally lost the sprint for 2nd place by a narrow margin.

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Podium results and an overall win in Cyprus

The MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM delivered some strong results at the fifth and final race of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup: Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå finished in 2nd in Voroklini, clinching the overall win. In the men’s race Ondrej Cink made it to the podium by finishing 3rd.

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One-two punch from Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå on Cyprus

At the Afxentia stage race on Cyprus the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM could once again count in Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå: The Norwegian won the fourth and final stage of the race - thus securing the overall victory. In the men’s overall standings José Hermida finished in 6th place.

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Start of the season in Cyprus

For the five athletes of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM the Olympic season 2016 starts with the «Cyprus Sunshine Cup». The riders want to log some serious miles and get into their racing rhythm on the Mediterranean island - and if possible they are aiming for some early success as well.

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Ondrej Cink wins Bronze at the World championships

A demanding course, rain in the days leading up to the cross country races and the altitude turned the World championships in Andorra into a formidable challenge for the athletes. The MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM got to celebrate a Bronze medal in the men’s race thanks to Ondrej Cink while Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå missed out on a medal in the women’s race by 40 seconds.

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Hermida’s sign of life at worldcup finals

At the finals of the cross country worldcup in Val di Sole, Italy José Hermida showed a courageous race: MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM’s Spaniard was competing for a podium position and finally finished in 7th. Despite abandoning the women’s race Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå held on to 2nd in the worldcup’s overall standings.

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