Carod 2nd After a Fierce Battle at The French Cup in Marseille26. March 2018, Marseille, France — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Titouan Carod gave a hard time to French Champion Maxime Marotte but yielded in the technical second to eventually take silver.
The two riders know each other very well. Marotte and Carod have been racing against each other for a few years already but the two have also sharing a few training camps with the French Team; the last of which was in Stellenbosch where they stayed after the first round of the World Cup. Marotte was third and Carod fifth in South Africa. Hierarchy was respected yesterday in Marseille.
Feeling confident after his promising race in Stellenbosch, Carod went for a very fast start. Marotte was the only one who could follow and that’s how the duo rode away from the rest of the field. A cat and mouse game started then and went on until the very last meters of the race. “Maxime attacked a few times in the last lap” Carod explained. “I managed to keep up but made a little mistake in the last technical section of the course, about 200m from the finish line and I knew it was over.”Even though he would have preferred to go away with the win, Carod was happy with the way he rode and built more confidence for the next races.
Marotte took his first win of the season but had high praise for Carod: “Titouan rides like a cat; smooth and in silence. Although he’s quite a few years younger than me, I learned from him today. He’s the future of French Olympic Cross-country”.
- Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory Racing) 1:26'14''
- Titouan Carod (BMC Racing Team) +0'07''
- Stéphane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail) +0'51''
Photo: Armin Küstenbrück / EGO Promotion