Successful Comeback for François Bailly-Maître at Italian Cup in La Thuile13. July 2015, La Thuile, Italy — Enduro Team
Only five weeks after he broke his scapula in the third round of the Enduro World Series in Scotland, François Bailly-Maître rode to victory in La Thuile, Italy.
With a week to go before the fourth round of the EWS in Samoëns, France – his main goal of the season – François Bailly-Maître decided to test himself and his shoulder at an Italian Cup race at La Thuile, Italy. The French rider has good memories of the alpine resort where he finished second last year at the EWS round.
The fourth round of the Italian Cup comprised of six stages to make a total of 40 minutes of racing over two days. At the end of day 1 and with one stage win, François was lying in second position, 4 seconds behind Nicola Casadei. The next day, he grabbed every possible second to reduce the gap with the Italian rider. Going for the last stage and after another stage win, François was still 0.18 seconds behind the race leader. The final stage would be decisive. Riding fast on his Trailfox but without taking any risks, he finally managed to close the gap and won the event with a two second-margin on Nicola Casadei. Swiss rider Ludo May completed the podium.
François was obviously very happy with his result: “Coming here, I just wanted to test my shoulder and gain some confidence. But things turned out really well. I almost forgot that I was coming back from injury. My morale is at its best and I really look forward to next weekend - the EWS in Samoëns!”.
François and his BMC Factory Trailcrew teammates will be racing the fourth round of the Enduro World Series in Samoëns, France, next weekend.