FBM final 8th of the 2016 EWS series3. October 2016, Finale Ligure, Italy — Melanie Leveau — Enduro Team
Flat tire after 100m in stage 1; that’s how François Bailly-Maître started off his weekend. After that, it was all about fighting for every second to score as many points as possible for the overall classification.
Hopes for a podium at the last round of the Enduro World Series didn’t last long. François Bailly-Maître suffered a rear flat tire from the first pedal strokes on stage 1 and lost 47 seconds on future winner Martin Maes. Despite the disappointment, the Frenchman pushed hard on the six remaining stages to pick up as many places as possible in the race classification. He went from 54th place after stage 1 to a final 17th place. “Of course, I’m a bit frustrated with what happened yesterday” he said after crossing the finish line, “but it’s part of the game. I must say I’ve been pretty lucky this season and didn’t flat a single time until yesterday. It’s a real pity it happened here but the overall performance shows that my Trailfox and its parts are great.”
His 17th place here in Finale Ligure meant he lost a couple of places in the series overall classification finishing 8th. “It’s a great proof of consistency. If I was told at the beginning of the season that I would finish with a top 10, I would have taken it for sure. The level is rising every year: we ride faster and faster and gaps are getting smaller and smaller so there’s no place for mistakes. However, I’m disappointed with the fact I couldn’t jump onto the podium once and couldn’t do better in La Thuile (4th) and Valberg (8th) which are my favorite races.”
“I’ll keep great memories of the 2016 season: my 4th place in La Thuile of course but also racing in the Argentinian dust. It was something new, like riding in snow powder. I’m also thankful I can live such a life, ride my bike in great places and share all these adventures with great people. The atmosphere in Enduro is very special, it feels like family.”
With the EWS, the Enduro season is coming to an end. “It was great to finish here in Finale on such great trails and in front of such big crowds. It already makes me want to race again. But before that, time for holidays!” he said before jumping into the Mediterranean Sea to kick-off the end-of-season celebrations.
- Martin Maes (BEL) 38'38''150
- Richie Rude (USA) 38'46''080
- Nico Lau (FRA) 39'01''900
17. François Bailly-Maître (FRA) 39'49''890
Full results here.
2016 EWS final classification:
- Richie Rude (USA) 3'430 pts
- Damien Oton (FRA) 2'990 pts
- Jérôme Clementz (FRA) 2'790 pts
8. François Bailly-Maître (FRA) 2'400 pts
Full results here.
PC: Jérémie Reuiller - Illprod