Video: Nino Schurter, Lars Forster, Annika Langvad & Haley Batten Dominate the Swiss Epic after 5 Days of Racing

Aug 22, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

Stage 3:


Day three of the Swiss Epic may have been the shortest but that didn't mean it was easy going for the riders. With 1,900 meters of climbing and 50km to cover this was another tough day in the saddle. Once again coming out on top in the men's racing was the duo of Nino Schurter and Lars Forster with a lead of 25 seconds over Fabian Rabensteiner and Samuele Porro. This extends the lead of Schurter and Forster to nearly six minutes in the overall. For the Women, it was the dominant pairing of Annika Langvad and Haley Batten who continue to dominate the race with a lead of over 25 minutes heading into day four.

Results:

Men:

1st. SCOTT-SRAM - Nino Schurter/Lars Forster: 2:22:49
2nd. Trek-Pirelli 1 - Fabian Rabensteiner/Samuele Porro: 2:23:12 (+25)
3rd. Future Cycling Northwave - Kristian Hynek/Martin Stošek: 2:26:52 (+4:05)

Women:

1st. Specialized – Racing - Annika Langvad/Haley Batten: 2:57:19
2nd. jb BRUNEX Felt Factory Team 2 - Sophie von Berswordt-Wallrabe/Jacqueline Schneebeli: 3:05:21 (+8:02)
3rd. Centurion-Vaude Radon - Stefanie Dohrn/Elisabeth Brandau: 3:07:40 (+10:22)




Overall Results After Stage 3:

Men:

1st. SCOTT-SRAM - Nino Schurter/ Lars Forster: 8:41:37
2nd. Trek-Pirelli 1 - Fabian Rabensteiner/Samuele Porro: 8:47:32 (+5:55)
3rd. Future Cycling Northwave - Kristian Hynek/Martin Stošek: 8:52:29 (+10:52)

Women:

1st. Specialized – Racing - Annika Langvad/Haley Batten: 10:57:33
2nd. Centurion-Vaude Radon - Stefanie Dohrn/Elisabeth Brandau: 11:23:17 (+25:44)
3rd. Andermatt Spur - Ariane Lüthi/ Alice Pirard: 11:30:07 (+32:34)





Stage 4:


For the fourth day of the 2020 Swiss Epic, the riders were greeted to a huge challenge on the Queen stage with 2,700 meters of climbing and a technical 2,900-meter descent. Day four was no different for the results with the pairing of Nino Schurter/Lars Forster and Annika Langvad/Haley Batten taking the stage wins.


Results:

Men:

1st. SCOTT-SRAM - Nino Schurter/Lars Forster: 3:30:43
2nd. Future Cycling Northwave - Kristian Hynek/Martin Stošek: 3:31:06 (+23)
3rd. Trek-Pirelli 1 - Fabian Rabensteiner/Samuele Porro: 3:34:36 (+3:53)

Women:

1st. Specialized – Racing - Annika Langvad/Haley Batten: 4:20:01
2nd. Centurion-Vaude Radon - Stefanie Dohrn/Elisabeth Brandau: 4:26:49 (+6:48 )
3rd. jb Brunex Felt Factory - Nina Benz/Kim Ames: 4:27:11 (+7:10)




Overall Results After Stage 4:

Men:

1st. SCOTT-SRAM - Nino Schurter/ Lars Forster: 12:12:20
2nd. Trek-Pirelli 1 - Fabian Rabensteiner/Samuele Porro: 12:22:08 (+9:48 )
3rd. Future Cycling Northwave - Kristian Hynek/Martin Stošek: 12:23:35 (+11:15)

Women:

1st. Specialized – Racing - Annika Langvad/Haley Batten: 15:17:34
2nd. Centurion-Vaude Radon - Stefanie Dohrn/Elisabeth Brandau: 15:50:06 (+32:32)
3rd. Andermatt Spur - Ariane Lüthi/ Alice Pirard: 16:00:58 (+43:24)



Stage 5:


Coming into the final day in both the men's and women race the overall was pretty much tied up but that still didn't stop both the leading pairs from taking another stage win in their races. This means that the duo of Annika Langvad and Haley Batten finish the week with all five stage wins and a winning margin of nearly 40 minutes back to the second-placed womens team.


Results:

Men:

1st. SCOTT-SRAM - Nino Schurter/Lars Forster: 3:01:24
2nd. Trek-Pirelli 1 - Fabian Rabensteiner/Samuele Porro: 3:02:08 (+44)
3rd. TEXPA-SIMPLON - Andreas Seewald/Markus Kaufmann: 3:04:31 (+3:07)

Women:

1st. Specialized – Racing - Annika Langvad/Haley Batten: 3:50:35
2nd. Andermatt Spur - Ariane Lüthi/Alice Pirard: 3:52:38 (+2:03)
3rd. Centurion-Vaude Radon - Stefanie Dohrn/Elisabeth Brandau: 3:56:22 (+5:47)




Overall Results:

Men:

1st. SCOTT-SRAM - Nino Schurter/ Lars Forster: 15:13:44
2nd. Trek-Pirelli 1 - Fabian Rabensteiner/Samuele Porro: 15:24:16 (+10:32)
3rd. Future Cycling Northwave - Kristian Hynek/Martin Stošek: 15:30:30 (+16:46)

Women:

1st. Specialized – Racing - Annika Langvad/Haley Batten: 19:08:09
2nd. Centurion-Vaude Radon - Stefanie Dohrn/Elisabeth Brandau: 19:46:28 (+38:19)
3rd. Andermatt Spur - Ariane Lüthi/ Alice Pirard: 19:53:36 (+45:27)






10 Comments

  • 7 0
 Congrats to the Queen of Epic Stage Racing and Halley on a perfect ride. I think Halley has possibly had an impact on Annika's downhill/tech game. As in Upped it. Usually Annika and whoever's she's with kills everyone in the climbs. Not this race, they really paced the climbs and tore it up in the single track and downhills. Made most of their big time gains according to the article I've read. Check out Claudio's clip of Stage 3 following Annika & Halley. I don't think I've ever seen her ride as aggressively on the downhills.Out of the norm and interesting IMPO.

Looks like a great course, a lot of everything you could imagine.
I wish they did more extensive coverage of this race. More like what they do at the Cape Epic.

Claudio Caluori has more stuff on his Instagram & Facebook pages for those interested.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the Claudio Caluori-tip! www.facebook.com/claudio.caluori

Annika have always been good at XCM downhills, and in this race I would think she is usually the fastest. Swiss Epic have rather easy downhill trails compared to the XCO-tracks. The downhills are steep but flowy and not very technical, at least from the 3 years I rode the race. (I haven’t ridden the Arosa trail)

I don’t really think it makes good TV. The climbs are so long and steep so it’s pretty obvious who will win after day 1. It’s usually like one hour climbing and then 20-30 minutes descending, repeat, repeat, repeat.
  • 1 0
 @magnusc: Agree with you on the Flow portion but there are two different videos. In the second one it's not a flow trail, very rocky, very twisty, lots of tight nasty bits. I've watch her ride for years and I think she's stepped it up. Maybe something to do with the new slacker Epic. And, we all know Red is faster too...LOL
  • 1 0
 @magnusc: On the TV coverage, I really like the way they do it for the Cape Epic. A chopper, several e-bikers roaming the field.
For Commercial TV I think you're right, a tough nut to crack. But for internet videos/broadcast it's great.

Then again I'm a bit different, a lot of patients, like long very detailed things, don't get bored easily, don't suffer from instant gratification syndrome...... 3.5-4 hour broadcasts don't bother me at all.
  • 3 0
 Enduro-marathon is definitely a thing.
  • 1 0
 The first 2 or 3 years the race was divided into two races, Epic and Enduro. Both races where mostly doing the same downhills, but the Enduro-race had less climbing.
  • 2 0
 Does Nino ever lose?
  • 1 0
 depending on ze soundtrack!
  • 1 0
 Awesome videos!
  • 1 3
 Looks like a good gravel bike course

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