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Back to BMC MTB Racing Team

Carod’s third place in Canada concludes a fantastic week for the BMC MTB Racing Team

13. August 2018, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team

Titouan Carod took a solid third place at the World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne; his best World Cup result ever. The performance of the French Champion is one of many reasons for the BMC MTB Racing Team to be pleased about.

Mont-Sainte-Anne has been on the World Cup calendar since the very first year of the series in 1991 and is considered as the Mecca of Mountain Bike racing. A good performance there means more than anywhere else on the globe; there is tradition there and the track is the most challenging of all. The highlights of Titouan Carod’s young career happened in Mont-Sainte-Anne - two World Cup wins in the U23 category (2015 and 2016) and a first podium in the Elite category last season – so the French Champion was more than excited to race there in his new blue-white-red jersey.

Carod had the fastest start and finished the first lap with a ten second-gap on a small group with all the race favorites. But it was way too early to go so Carod let the group close the gap and rode patiently in the leading group. Not as strong as some others in the climbs, he rode up at his own pace knowing he could come back in the downhills: “In the first lap I realized I was the fastest going down and that I could managed to close gaps up to 10 seconds. So I decided to ride at my own pace instead of trying to follow the high pace and attacks in the climbs.”

An elimination race started at the front with riders being taken out due to mechanicals (Nino Schurter) and crashes (Gerhard Kerschbaumer and Anton Cooper). Carod took advantage of it to ride to third place, his best World Cup result so far. “I’m super happy about today’s race. I’ve always loved racing here so the love story continues!” he said with a large smile on his face. “Racing with the French Champion jersey is so motivating; people cheer more. I can’t wait for La Bresse in a couple of weeks!”

Indergand and Forster in the top 15

Arrived in Mont-Sainte-Anne after a detour via Glasgow for the European Championships (Lars Forster became European Champion and Reto Indergand finished 5th), Indergand and Forster managed to overcome the travel fatigue and the jetlag to put good performances together.

Indergand suffered a crash in the third place but still managed to race in 8th position before a short stop in the tech zone to fix a flat tire in the last lap. “It’s a real pity” he said. “I was feeling great and a top 10 was possible today. 12th isn’t exactly where I wanted to be but most importantly the shape is back!”

With Forster’s 15th place in the XCO and the excellent team performance in the short track on Friday evening (all riders in the top 8), the BMC MTB Racing Team won the team classification in Mont-Sainte-Anne.

The three Elite riders are part of the top 15 of the World Cup overall standings: Forster is 8th, Carod 11th and Indergand 15th. 

Colombo 8th despite an early crash

Filippo Colombo had no luck in the U23 race. The Swiss Champion suffered a crash in the start loop and spent the entire race passing riders. A frustrating day for Colombo who can consulate himself with the insurance of a great shape and a consolidated third place in the overall classification.

The next and last round of the Mercedez Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will take place in La Bresse on Agust 24 to 26, 2018.

Results: 

Elite Race XCO

  1. Mathias Flückiger (RN Racing) 1:27'26''
  2. Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado Gabogas) +0'15''
  3. Titouan Carod (BMC MTB Racing Team) +0'23''

(...)

12. Reto Indergand (BMC MTB Racing Team) +3'27''

15. Lars Forster (BMC MTB Racing Team) +4'07''

Elite Race XCC

  1. Samuel Gaze (Specialized Racing)
  2. Enrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory)
  3. Mathias Flückiger (RN Racing)

(...)

5. Lars Forster (BMC MTB Racing Team)

6. Titouan Carod (BMC MTB Racing Team)

8. Reto Indergand (BMC MTB Racing Team)

U23 race

  1. Alan Haterly (RSA) 1:17'44''
  2. Chrsitopher Blevins (Specialized Racing) +0'28''
  3. Jose Gerardo ULLOA AREVALO (MEX) +1'18''

(...)

8. Filippo Colombo (BMC MTB Racing Team) +3'23''

 Full results here

 

Photos: Irmo Keizer and Andreas Dobslaff

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