FBM Just outside the Podium at EWS in La Thuile18. July 2016, La Thuile, Italy — Mélanie Leveau — Enduro Team
François Bailly-Maitre produced a convincing performance over the weekend on some of his favorite trails in La Thuile, Italy at round four of the Enduro World Series.
The EWS event in La Thuile was one of the events François Bailly-Maitre was most looking forward to. After a second place there in 2014 (his best EWS result so far) and a win last season in the Superenduro series, the Frenchman knew he was on form. Made of six long, physical and rough stages over two days, the EWS could only be won by a strong and experienced rider.
After day one, the hierarchy was already pretty much established with series leader Richie Rude ahead of the pack by no less than 53 seconds over Downhill specialist Sam Hill. Damien Oton (winner at La Thuile in 2014) was sitting in third position over a minute behind. Although the gaps between first and third place were notable, they were very small between third and fourth with Bailly-Maitre only 12 seconds from the podium despite being in seventh place.
Bailly-Maitre rode particularly fast in the steep fifth and sixth stages of the weekend and eventually managed to make his way up through the overall classification to finish in fourth place. “I’m really happy with the way I rode this weekend” he explained, “I was very consistent and surprisingly strong in the steep stages which are usually not my biggest strength. On the other hand I couldn’t push as much as I wanted to in the more physical parts. I know what needs to be done before flying to North America for the next two rounds!” In the series overall, FBM is currently lying in fifth place, very close in points to his compatriots Damien Oton and Florian Nicolaï. The next events in Aspen, Colorado and Whistler, Canada will be interesting.
Kerstin Kögler 13th in her first race of the season
After a very busy spring representing BMC at some events and giving her signature mountain skills training courses, Kerstin Kögler had chosen La Thuile for her comeback to competition. Ranked 11th after day one, the German rider was very pleased with her performance. “I didn’t expect to be so close to the top 10, it’s awesome!” The stages on day two didn’t really suit her riding style but she hung on to finish 13th of the event; a very good performance considering it was her first race of the season.
- Richie Rude
- Sam Hill
- Damien Oton
- François Bailly-Maitre
Full results here: EnduroWorldSeries