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Batelier, Bucher Win XTERRA Germany Championship

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Franky Batelier on the bike. Photo: XTERRA
Franky Batelier on the bike. Photo: XTERRA

Frenchman Franky Batelier edged local pro Felix Schumann by two minutes and Renata Bucher outran fellow countrywoman Sibylle Matter from Switzerland to win the XTERRA Germany Championship in Zittau on Saturday.

The event also served as the DTU German National Championship so although he finished as the runner-up in the overall, Schumann was crowned the German National Champ.

“Batelier was simply too strong today, it is easy to see why he is leading the tour,” said Schumann.

Third-place finisher Ronny Dietz had a tough time staying in front of the ever improving Czech, Karel Zadak, but was able to pull away near the end of the run to make it so there were two German’s on the podium.

Batelier (pictured courtesy Hitziger.net) is now 3-for-3 on the XTERRA European Tour (he also won at Italy and Czech).  For Bucher, it’s her second Euro Tour win on the season (she captured Italy title and was 2nd at Czech) and the victory also marked Bucher’s 19th career XTERRA Championship in 11 countries (Saipan, Czech Republic, Austria, France, German, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia, America).

Men
1. Franky Batelier (FRA) 2:22:35
2. Felix Schumann (GER) 2:24:31
3. Ronny Dietz (GER) 2:26:15
4. Karel Zadak (CZE) 2:27:47
5. Mikko Vastaranta (FIN) 2:28:25

Women
1. Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:48:34
2. Sibylle Matter (SUI) 2:50:12
3. Maud Golsteyn (NLD) 2:52:33
4. Marion Lorblanchet (FRA) 2:55:18
5. Myriam Guillot (FRA) 2:58:08

Press release provided by XTERRA.