26th October 2007
Concorde-sponsored Spitz takes silver in World Championships
German Olympic athlete and Concorde Owner Sabine Spitz races in Britain
Concorde-sponsored German Olympic athlete, Sabine Spitz, came second in the cross country event at the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships, held in Fort William, Scotland in September.
In a dramatic finish to the women’s XC race, 2003 World Champion and European Champion Sabine, was narrowly beaten by Russia’s Irina Kalentieva (RUS). After winning gold at the European championships and silver at the MTB long distance championships, this is Sabine’s third international medal this season.
During the third of four 8.5km laps, Irina Kalentieva was able to extent her lead over the German, who was also thwarted by third placed JingJing Wang (China). Sabine was not able to catch up with the Russian again and Kalentieva finished the race in 1:44:08 hours with a lead of 39 seconds over the German.
Commenting on her best performance since winning the world title in 2003, Sabine said: “I haven’t lost the gold medal, I have won silver. The circuit and the conditions definitely weren’t perfect for me. That’s why I’m very happy about winning the silver medal even considering that I was close to winning the title. I was in a good shape anyway.”
Since May 2006 Sabine, always supported by her husband and
manager Ralf Schäuble, has been travelling from race to race with a
Concorde Charisma 791 L. Having taken second place at the world
championships, the German athlete is virtually assured her ticket to the
Olympic Games in Beijing. Now, only one question remains: will she drive
there in her Concorde