Giger stayed near the front of the field in the elite men's race, finishing just outside the top-10.

Strong World Cup Start for Rabo-Giant

March 19, 2012

The 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup kicked off in South Africa over the weekend, and the Rabobank-Giant team posted a number of solid XC results in front of large crowds in Pietermaritzburg.

Fabian Giger of Switzerland had the team’s best result in the elite men’s race, riding his XtC Composite 29er to 12th place on a technical course. Giger’s teammate Emil Lindgren, the Swedish National Champion, finished 22nd.

The top result of the weekend belonged to Dutch rider Michiel van der Heijden, who finished sixth in the Under-23 men’s race. The 20-year-old Dutch U23 Champion finished 1:47 back on his XtC Advanced SL.

In the elite women’s race Rosara Joseph of New Zealand and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of France finished 11th and 13th respectively for Rabobank-Giant.

The Mountain Bike World Cup series resumes next month with Round 2 in Houffalize, Belgium, April 14-15.