EWS#7, François Bailly-Maître takes 7th place28. September 2015, Ainsa, Spain — Enduro Team
The seventh and penultimate round of the Enduro World Series took place in Ainsa, Spain over the weekend. With eight rather short stages and a total of 3’734m of vertical descent, the race was the perfect setting for a very close battle between the best Enduro riders. François Bailly-Maître finished the weekend in seventh place after coming 2nd in one of the stages.
After his excellent results in August and September (5th at EWS Whistler, 2nd at Trans Savoie and winner of the Enduro du Mercantour and La Forestière Enduro), François started the EWS in Spain with a podium finish in mind.
However Richie Rude, winner of rounds 4 and 6 of the EWS this season, wasn’t leaving anything to chance; with a clean sweep of all of Saturday’s stages he showed that he would be hard to beat. Behind him, a few riders, including François, battled for the remaining spots on the podium. The leader of the BMC Factory Trailcrew came second in Stage 3, elevating him to seventh position at the end of the day. “It was hard to find the right pace today. I didn’t feel as confident on the bike as I had felt at the Enduro du Mercantour. Although I really liked the second stage, I only finished 11th; it’s a real disappointment. On the other hand, my second place in the following stage put me back on the right track” he explained at the end of day one.
The next day didn’t bring much change to the top 10 ranking. A thunderstorm flooded the trails of the 8th Stage, leading to it being cancelled and Sunday’s race time to be under ten minutes. “The stages were very short, so every single mistake cost precious seconds. Seventh is not what I came for, so I will give my very best next week in Italy to stand on the podium” François said.
The last round of the Enduro World Series takes place this weekend in Finale Ligure, Italy. François Bailly-Maître will race there for a podium position and a top 10 in the final overall classification.
1. Richie Rude (USA) 30:32.217
2. Yoann Barelli (FRA) +20.227
3. Martin Maes (BEL) +20.305
7. François Bailly-Maître +35.443
Photo: Jeremie Reuiller, www.reuiller.com