François Bailly-Maître Third at Enduro Tour9. May 2016, Mollau, France — Melanie Leveau — Enduro Team
FBM couldn’t do better than third against strong local riders Rémy Absalon and Nico Lau.
The Cannondale Enduro Tour has established itself as one of the best national series in Europe thanks to its beautiful trails and flawless organization. The second round of the 2016 series took place in Mollau and saw a high number of participants including a handful of Elite riders polishing their preparation for this week’s EWS in Wicklow, Ireland.
Comprising of 32km and no less than five timed stages, the day started off with the longest three stages (between 4’30 and 5’ each) to finish with a rather short one (1’30’’). François Bailly-Maître didn’t find the right flow at the beginning and lost some precious seconds on the longer stages that are usually his favorites. Despite better performances in the last two stages, including a win in the fourth stage, he finished third of the day, 19’’ behind Remy Absalon and 12’’ behind Nico Lau.
“I didn’t feel like I could push really. It might be because of the hard training sessions I went through in the last two weeks to prepare for Ireland” explained Bailly-Maître.
He will be the only BMC Factory Trailcrew rider competing in Ireland next Sunday since his teammate Lewis Buchanan is out of action with a broken elbow.
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