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Rothaus Hegau Bike-Marathon 2013 /
Marathon European Championships 2013
UEC Mountainbike Marathon European Championships in Singen, Germany
Top-class favorites in the women's race

02. Mai 2013

Two former World champions and last year‘s European silver medalist are considered the top favorites for the Marathon European Championships that will take place on May 13, 2013 as part of the Rothaus Hegau Bike-Marathon in Singen, Germany. Sabine Spitz and Esther Süss are aiming the Champs in another way, than Great Britain‘s Sally Bigham does.

"A title is a title." Esther Süss leaves no doubt about her ambition. The Olympics fifth-place from Switzerland is undoubtedly one of the best marathon racers in the past five years. She was World Champion in 2010, Vice World Champion in 2009, 2011 and 2012 World Championships bronze medalist, and European Champion in 2008 and 2010, which is a clear proof of this.

Sabine Spitz (Haibike) has many similar successes in endurance racing, but she believes that it will be hard for her to beat the rider from Eidgenössin. "In my opinion, Esther is the top-favorite for the title. She is certainly hard to beat," said the rider from Südbadenerin. She was Marathon World champion in 2009 and won four World Championships silver medals (in 2007, 2008, 2010 and in 2011). She also won the Marathon European Championships in St. Wendel in 2007.

The fact that the Marathon European Championships will take place again in Germany, is also one of the reasons why Sabine Spitz wants to win her 26th international medal. "Singen is very close from where I live and the course there suits me. My goal is to win a medal," said the three-time Olympic medalist Spitz.

The course also suits her Swiss rival from Wheeler iXS team. The profile is similar to the one in Albstadt where the World Cup opener is scheduled to take place a week later.
"A good run at European Champs would also be a good motivation for the World Cup," said Esther Süss. "And in the same time it’s hard training."
The 39-year-old Sally Bigham is also a strong competitor. The rider from Great Britain is a marathon specialist and was Vice-European Champion in the past two years, crossing the line behind the Finn Pia Sundstedt, who ended her career.

"Sally is a very strong on flat sections," said Esther Süss, who also lives not far from Singen. Bigham‘s team manager Dirk Juckwer from German Topeak-Ergon team confirmed this. "That's right, Sally is a world class athlete on the flat and in climbing.  She misses some skills in downhill, but by riding the new 29-inch bike, she was able to improve. And she is currently in a super good mood," said Juckwer. We will see Bigham in her best next Sunday. She won a cross-country race last weekend in the UK and this weekend she is going to test her form at the Bike Festival in Riva del Garda.
Although the above-mentioned riders are the hot contestants for the medals, other riders might surprise as well. Polish rider Anna Szafraniec (Kross Racing Team), who was cross country vice-world champion in 2002, could also be a tough competitor and so is Swiss Milena Landtwing, Bigham’s teammate, and Dutchwoman Laura Turpijn. Jane Nüssli, who rides for the UK but lives in Switzerland might also surprise.

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