The seventh round of the 2015 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup in St Gall, Switzerland, on Saturday was dominated by the Germans.
The expected battle in the final between World Champions RC Höchst I (Patrick Schnetzer – Markus Bröll) and the silver medallists from the 2014 UCI World Championships RS Altdorf (Roman Schneider – Dominik Planzer), was not to be.
Instead, the Swiss Champions RS Altdorf found themselves up against a surprising and very strong German team RMC Stein. The 25-year-old cousins put on a brilliant performance to take their first victory in a UCI World Cup round, winning the final against the Swiss 4:3. The Germans prevented RS Altdorf, winners five times in St Gall in the past, from getting closer to the record of Swiss cycle-ball legend Paul Oberhänsli, who recorded seven victories in the world’s oldest cycle-ball tournament between 1975 and 1984. It is worth noting that in this 69th edition, the victory returned to Germany for the first time since 2004.
The German triumph was completed with the third place of Andre and Manuel Kopp (RV Obernfeld) who are now wearing the World Cup leader jersey for the first time in their career. The German duo took a clear 8:2 win against Swiss team RMV Pfungen (Benjamin and Severin Waibel), who were competing in the semi-finals for the first time in their career after an upset win (8:6) over RC Höchst I in the preliminary round.
RC Höchst I finally took fifth place after their 10:7 victory over Czech team SC Svitavka (Pavel Loskot – Jiri Hrdlicka). With the presence of newcomers UC Benicarlo (Florencio Monge – Marcel Chaves), at the bottom of the table in St Gall, Spain becomes the 21st participating country in the history of the UCI Cycle-ball World Cup.
With 160 ranking points, RV Obernfeld is the new World Cup leader. The 8th and last tournament before the Final will be held in Höchst, Austria, on October 24.