– What happened? –
Shortly before midnight on Saturday, a message appeared on RV Stahlross Obernfeld’s Facebook page: “What a crazy final at the World Cup in St Gallen.” The match in question was a genuine thriller that ended in the event’s first German one-two since 2010.
Obernfeld pair André and Manuel Kopp faced RMC Stein’s Bernd and Gerhard Mlady in a captivating showdown in the seventh round of this year’s UCI Cycle-ball World Cup. With the scores tied at 8-8 after normal time and 10-10 after extra time, Obernfeld finally prevailed 3-2 on penalties to win the 70th edition of the Olma Cup, the oldest cycle-ball tournament in the world. By securing their third triumph in 25 UCI World Cup appearances, the Kopp cousins now top the overall standings once more.
The third-place play-off was an all-Swiss affair as former UCI World Champions RC Winterthur (Peter Jiricek/Marcel Waldispühl) defeated wildcards RMV Mosnang (Timo Reichen/Lukas Schönenberg) 5-1.
Although both home teams made it through the preliminary rounds unbeaten, Winterthur narrowly lost 7-6 to Obernfeld in the semi-final, while Mosnang were soundly beaten 7-2 by Stein in the other last-four encounter.
– What’s next? –
2016 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup #8: Wendlingen (Germany), 29 October
Last year’s results
Wendlingen did not hold a UCI Cycle-ball World Cup event in 2015. The last tournament took place here in 2012.
1. RC Höchst I/AUT (Dietmar Schneider*/Patrick Schnetzer – *retired)
2. SV Ehrenberg/GER (Mike Pfaffenberger/Rico Rademann – retired)
3. RV Gärtringen/GER (Matthias König/Uwe Berner – retired)
– What you should know about… Wendlingen –
Wendlingen is a German town near Stuttgart, with a population of 16,000. Its indoor cycling pedigree stretches back to 1909. Local rider Andrea Barth won three women’s artistic cycling titles at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships between 1994 and 1996, and since then, the town has tasted success in this discipline at both domestic and European youth level.
Wendlingen’s most recent cycle-ball triumph dates back to 1973, when the Mayer brothers became German youth champions. Local heroes Kevin Seever and Frank Schmid are representing the town in this season’s UCI World Cup. Playing in the fourth tier as recently as 2012, the pair were promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga last year.
– Photo of the week –
– Focus on… Stein (GER) –
With the retirement of several long-serving teams, cousins Bernd and Gerhard Mlady are among Germany’s brightest cycle-ball hopes. Winners of two UCI World Cup qualifying tournaments so far this season, the men from Bavaria have high hopes for the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart in early December. For their first appearance in the UCI World Cup in 2014, the Mladys qualified for the Final, finishing in 6th place. Last year they improved to take 4th place in the Final.
2016 National League – 1st
2014 National Cup – 1st
2015 National Championship – 2nd
2016 National Cup – 3rd
2014 National Championship – 3rd
2015 UCI World Cup Final – 4th
2014 European Cup – 4th
2010, 2011 U-23 European Cup – 1st
2007, 2008 U-19 European Championship – 1st