Carod Impresses with Victory at the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup9. April 2018, Monte Tamaro, Switzerland — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Titouan Carod opened his 2018 victory counter at the opening round of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup. Teammates Forster and Indergand finished 3rd and 4th.
Strong of a fifth place at the World Cup in Stellenbosch and 2nd place at the French Cup in Marseille, Titouan Carod was one of the top favorites on the start line of the Proffix Swiss Bike Cup in Monte Tamaro, Ticino. But things promised to be arduous with strong competition coming from Julien Absalon, the riders of the RN Racing Team and strong teammates, Forster and Indergand.
The Frenchman had a very good start and Mathias Flückiger (RN Racing Team) was the only rider able to follow his fast pace. The duo rode well together but Carod didn’t want to wait until the last lap to get rid of Flückiger. “He was very strong and made me suffer for a couple of laps. With two laps to go I decided to test him with a few attacks; I eventually managed to drop him at the top of the long climb and could finish alone. It’s great to win so early in the season, it gives me confidence for the next races.”
Never far behind the leading duo, Indergand fought for a spot on the podium the entire race; first alone, then joined by Julien Absalon and finally with teammate Lars Forster. “I’m happy with the way I rode today. Fourth isn’t bad even if I would have preferred to take third place but Lars took it so it stays in the team.”
Lars Forster’s podium finish seemed very unlikely after the first lap when the Swiss rider crossed the line in 18th position due to a flat tire. “The start of the race was really sh… but the wheel change was quick and I could get back on track and make my way through the field. I felt really good today and third place is good due to the circumstances.”
With three riders in the top four, the BMC MTB Racing Team was the clear winner of the Team Classification.
Bad luck for Colombo in the U23 race
Living just a few kilometers down the road, Filippo Colombo was playing at home on the Monte Ceneri course. The U23 Swiss Champion wanted to do well in front of an encouraging crowd and took a great start riding away from the rest of the field in the early race. Unfortunately, a flat tire obliged him to stop in the technical zone in the third lap. Despite a great job from the mechanics, some precious time was lost there and Colombo never managed to close the gap with new race leader Thibault Daniel. He had to settle for second place which doesn’t entirely satisfy him: “I’m disappointed of course. I wanted to do well here in from of my home crowd and MTB club but luck wasn’t on my side. That’s racing I guess…”.
- Titouan Carod (FRA) 1:31'07''
- Mtahias Flückiger (SUI) +0'33''
- Lars Forster (SUI) +0'50''
- Reto Indergand (SUI) +1'04''
- Julien Absalon (FRA) +1'14''
- Thibault Daniel (FRA) 1:20'55''
- Filippo Colombo (SUI) +0'30''
- Joel Roth (SUI) +0'54''
Full results here.
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