The seventh tournament of the 2015 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup will take place on Saturday in St Gall, Switzerland. First held in 1945, the Swiss event celebrates its 69th edition this weekend, making it the oldest cycle-ball tournament in the world. It has been part of the World Cup series since 2004.
Ten teams from six nations will compete at St Gallen‘s Athletic Centre. The favourites are reigning World Champions Patrick Schnetzer and Markus Bröll from RC Höchst I (Austria), winners of the tournaments in Denkendorf and Svitavka, and last year’s World Championship finalists Dominik Planzer and Roman Schneider from RS Altdorf (Switzerland), winners of the tournament in Krofdorf. Their strongest competition will come from Germany with the teams RVS Obernfeld (Andre and Manuel Kopp) and RMC Stein (Gerhard and Bernd Mlady). The Belgians from SNA Gent (Peter Martens – Christophe Baudu) and the Austrians from RV Dornbirn (Jürgen Türtscher – Martin Lingg) will play their fourth and last tournament of 2015.
The Czechs from SC Svitavka (Jiri Hrdlicka – Pavel Loskot), winners in Tokyo, are under pressure as they must reach at least rank 5 if they want to overtake their compatriots from TJ Favorit Brno (Pavel Smid – Petr Skotak) in the overall ranking. Switzerland will have another two teams playing in its home tournament: the young brothers from RMV Pfungen (Severin and Benjamin Waibel) as well as RMV Mosnang (Lukas Schönenberger with his new partner Rafael Wohlgensinger).
Saturday’s competition will also see the participation of Spanish team UC Benicarlo (Florencio Monge – Marcel Chaves), which won the group B competition of the 2014 World Championships in Brno (CZE).
With the absence this weekend of UCI World Cup leaders RC Höchst II (Simon König – Florian Fischer) the leader’s jersey could change hands in St. Gallen: RVS Obernfeld are in with a chance of claiming the jersey from the Austrian team.