Litscher Gets Silver in Team Relay
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Champéry, Switzerland - Felt X-Bionic’s Thomas Litscher began his 2011 World Championships with a Silver Medal in the Team Relay. The 22-year-old Swiss was the lead rider in the Team Relay and looked strong as he sharpens his form ahead of the U23 Race that takes place later this week.
The Swiss team competing on home soil, was off to a strong start with Thomas Litscher riding into sixth place after the first lap. With each lap, Switzerland closed in on the podium, passing two riders on the final lap to claim Silver in front of an elated home crowd.
For Litscher, the first leg also served as a preview to the battle with Kerschbaumer—one of Litscher’s biggest rivals for the U23 title. Both raced the first leg of the Team Relay, but it was Litscher who came out on top, besting his rival by 19 seconds in just over 12 minutes of racing.
Fellow X Bionic teammate Paul Van der Ploeg also raced the Team Relay for Australia. Van der Ploeg rode the last leg, and propelled his team from 15th place to a top ten finish.