Carod Powers to Fifth at Stellenbosch World Cup10. March 2018, Stellenbosch, South Africa — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Titouan Carod showed a strong performance at the opening round of the Mercedes Benz UCI MTB World Cup finishing 5th of an exciting race that saw Kiwi Sam Gaze take his first win at this level and stop Nino Schurter’s winning streaks.
The long-awaited World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa didn’t disappoint. It delivered one of the most exciting Elite races of the last few years and a solid start for the BMC MTB Racing Team riders as well. Titouan Carod was the most prominent team rider of the day.
“I came here with some confidence after my second place at the XCO stage at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup but didn't expect to do so well to be honest. I started pretty well but then struggled a bit for a couple of laps. I did my best to hang on around the tenth place hoping for better legs to come and luckily they did! I found some power in the fifth lap so could catch up a good group that was fighting for fifth place. After a few minutes I could even drop them and I finished the race alone riding at my own pace. The technical course suited me and I’m super happy to start the World Cup season this way.”
Despite a slow start, Reto Indergand could make his way through the field to end up 12th place which doesn’t entirely satisfy him: “I take it – it’s only the beginning of the season - but I was coming here for a top 10 position.”
Lars Forster also had a pretty slow start but flirted with the top 10 for three laps before his engine broke down: “I had no power left, my body and legs switched off.” The winner of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup is very disappointed with his final 24th place. He will now take a well-deserved break to recover from his cyclo-cross season and first MTB races to come back stronger.
U23: Colombo digs dip to take 8th place
Struggling with his shape since he landed in South Africa, Filippo Colombo had to work hard today: “I had a terrible start and tried to ride at a consistent pace until the finish. I didn’t feel great during the race so I’m happy with today’s result.”
- Samuel Gaze (NZL) 1:30’14’’
- Nino Schurter (SUI) +0’01’’
- Maxime Marotte (FRA) +0’03’’
5. Titouan Carod (FRA) +1'27''
12. Reto Indergand (SUI) +2'59''
24. Lars Forster (SUI) +3'53''
- Faggerhaug Petter (NOR) 1:18'23''
- Ben Oliver (NZL) +1'06''
- Neilo Perrin Ganier (FRA) +1'54''
8. Filippo Colombo (SUI) +3'28''
Photo: Irmo Keizer