Promising 7th place for Carod at Lenzerheide World Cup10. July 2017, Lenzerheide, Switzerland — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
New in the Elite category, Titouan Carod registered a promising 7th place that confirms his great debuts at the highest level.
The weather was very uncertain yesterday for the Elite Men’s race, final event of an action-packed event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Titouan Carod was hoping for rain so he had a smile on his face when it poured down heavily one hour before the race. The sun came out for the start but the course had changed and its roots became slippery to the delight of the Frenchman.
Carod had a great start – Lukas Flückiger and Reto Indergand too. The three of them were racing in the top 15 for the first half of the race.
While World Champion Nino Schurter was fighting at the front for his fourth consecutive World Cup win of the season, a small group of four riders (Carod with Sintsov, Sarrou and Van der Poel) worked well together for the major part of the race to keep within seconds of the lead. It’s only in the last two laps that the final outcome of the race gradually became clearer. 2012 Olympic Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy charged hard to try to catch Schurter and while doing so dismantled the chasing groups. Riders eventually crossed the finish line one by one with Carod taking a great 7th place, 1’01’’ behind Schurter.
“I’m happy with this 7th place. Last weekend’s race in Vallnord didn’t go well so it’s great to come back this way. I wish the track would have stayed wet and in this case a top 5 might have been possible but 7th is definitely a good result.” Carod is now 8th in the overall classification of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
Lukas Flückiger rode another consistent race to cross the finish line in 12th position, similar to last week’s result in Vallnord. “I’m still not where I want to be but I enjoyed every pedal stroke in front of an amazing crowd.”
It’s now time to focus on the “Championships season” with the Nationals in France and Switzerland next weekend and the Europeans on the last weekend of July where Julien Absalon will make his return to competition.
- Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:29'48''
- Jaroslav Kuhlavy (CZE) +0'03''
- Anton Sintsov (RUS) +0'15''
7. Titouan Carod (FRA) +1.01''
12. Lukas Flückiger (SUI) +2'06''
24. Reto Indergand (SUI) +4'05''
55. Lars Forster (SUI) +7'51''
Full results here.
Photo: Phil Gale