First World Cup Podium ever for Titouan Carod7. August 2017, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
On one of his favorite tracks, Titouan Carod knew he could do well yesterday. Last year's U23 World Cup Champion eventually delivered the best performance of the field behind an unstoppable Nino Schurter.
Titouan Carod showed the extent of his talent yesterday on the legendary and technical track of Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. As usual, the vice-French Champion had a very good start and didn’t hesitate to take command of the field in the start loop. When World Champion Schurter decided to accelerate before the first bottleneck in the first of the six full laps, he was the only one capable of following him.
Carod rode very smart and could keep up with Schurter’s pace in all sections of the challenging course: steep uphills and technical downhills. German champion Manuel Fumic joined the leading duo for a couple of laps but overestimated his potential. He attacked a couple of times before blowing up and having to let the Swiss-French duo go again. Threatened by the return of another Frenchman Stéphane Tempier, Schurter attacked in the penultimate lap. Carod cracked a little and had to let Schurter ride solo to his fifth World Cup win of the season, a new record set in the sport. Despite great resistance, Carod couldn’t avoid the return of Tempier and was outsprinted on the finish straight by Italian Champion, Gerhard Kerschbaumer.
“I love the track here in Mont-Sainte-Anne. It suits me really well and I won there last year in the U23 category. I felt good in training the entire week and the bike worked super well on all these natural rock gardens. Right now, I’m a bit disappointed to have missed the third step but I think I’ll be pretty happy with my race in an hour or two” he said after crossing the finish line.
Great Team Performance with four riders in the top 15
Behind Carod, the other riders of the BMC MTB Racing Team also achieved great results. Reto Indergand rode a very consistent race to take a final 10th place, his best World Cup result this season. “It feels great to be in the top 10. I hope I can get selected for the World Championships with this result.”
Fellow countrymen Lars Forster also had a great race despite a little crash in the second lap. “I’m not yet where I want to be but I had a solid race.” Starting from position 47, he eventually took the 14th place, 7’’ seconds behind team mate Julien Absalon. The Frenchman, second of the European Championships last weekend, had higher expectations for his return to the World Cup series but was caught in traffic at the start. He didn’t manage to move up early enough in the race to be able to fight for a podium spot.
With four riders in the top 15, the team was crowned Best Team of the day and is back in contention for the overall title which has been the BMC MTB Racing Team’s property since 2013.
It will all come down to the next and final round of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup which will take place in three weeks in Val di Sole, Italy.
- Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:31'51''
- Stéphane Tempier (FRA) +0'10''
- Gerhard Kerschbaumer (ITA) +0'21''
- Titouan Carod (FRA) +0'22''
10. Reto Indergand (SUI) +2'20''
13. Julien Absalon (FRA) +3'09''
14. Lars Forster (FRA) +3'16''
28. Lukas Flückiger (SUI) +5'05''
Photos: EGO Promotion