Top 10 for Bailly-Maître and Truong at EWS#420. July 2015, Samoëns, France — Enduro Team
The fourth round of the Enduro World Series took place in Samoëns, France over the weekend. Back from injury, François Bailly-Maître took a great 9th place on his new BMC Trailfox and Lorraine Truong slipped to 8th after a big crash in the second last stage.
The French round of the EWS series was François Bailly-Maître’s main goal for the 2015 season. His crash in Scotland six weeks ago – he broke his scapula – certainly disrupted his planning. But the motivation to race on home soil, on his new BMC Trailfox and in his new team kit colors was too high. A week after his successful return at the Italian Cup in La Thuile, François arrived to Samoëns confident “I have almost forgotten what happened. I cannot feel anything but it is still fragile so I have to be careful and race a bit safer than usual.”
The physically demanding first stage of the day set the pace for the weekend. François liked the slippery ground and finished 5th before signing the 12th and 16th best times in stage 2 and 3. At the end of day 1, François was sitting in 5th place overall, 26 seconds behind the French legend, Nico Vouilloz. With two stages only, the second day did not allow François to make the most of his physical abilities. Finishing 13th and 12th of stage 4 and 5 he slipped to 9th place. Nevertheless, this top 10 finish makes him a happy man: “Considering I broke my scapula six weeks ago, I am very happy with my 9th place.”
Big Fright for Lorraine Truong
Things were going pretty well for Lorraine Truong until the second last stage of the weekend where she crashed heavily. “I was coming back on the rider who went before me so I was having a good run. The next thing I remember is that I was on the ground. It took me a few seconds to get my head straight and somehow I managed to ride down to the bottom. After this, things only got worse. The other girls, especially Pauline Dieffenthaler, were great and supported me on the way up to the last stage. I don’t really know how but I rode safely to the finish line and ended up in 8th place overall.” She is now sitting in 8th place of the overall classification after four rounds of the EWS.
Kerstin Kögler and Florian Golay also raced on their new BMC Trailfoxes this weekend. They finished 16th and 41st respectively.
Photos: Jérémie Reuiller, www.reuiller.com