UCI MTB World Cup: a Race with Ups and Downs in Andorra3. July 2017, Vallnord, Andorra — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
The third round of the UCI MTB World Cup took place in Vallnord, Andorra, a ski resort famous for its steep and technical course but also for its high altitude.
The BMC MTB Racing Team started with four riders; Lars Forster was back to the World Cup series after a broken scaphoid that kept him away for a few weeks, while Julien Absalon is sitting out his first World Cup in many years after breaking his collarbone in training in the beginning of June.
The race was dominated by World Champion Nino Schurter and saw the BMC riders experience different destinies.
Lukas Flückiger rode a very consistent race to take 12th place in the end, 2’02’’ behind Schurter: “I finally had a good race. It’s a step forward and I want to build on it to perform even better next week in Lenzerheide.”
Lars Forster knew his race would be all about chasing. Starting from the 9th row with his number 71, the Swiss rider managed to overtake more than 50 riders to appear in the top 15 with two laps to go. Unfortunately, there was very little energy left for the last two laps so he had to let pass a few riders to eventually take a final 21st place.
Like his teammate Flückiger, Reto Indergand had a very consistent race but far from the front. Oscillating between the 35th and 28th place during the entire race, he finally finished 29th.
Titouan Carod had a great start and was sitting in 6th place – in the middle of the chasing group – at the end of the first lap. Unfortunately, this didn’t last very long: “I had great legs and felt really good in the first lap but a headache, probably due to the altitude, hit me in the second lap. When things started getting better again, a rider pushed me in a corner and made me crash. I suffered a lot to finish.” The young French rider eventually crossed the line in 44th position with an injured thumb.
The fourth round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will take place this coming Sunday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
- Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:23'28''
- Mathias Flückiger (SUI) +0'18''
- Jordan Sarrou (FRA) +0'19''
12. Lukas Flückiger +2'02''
21. Lars Forster +3'09''
29. Reto Indergand +4'01''
44. Titouan Carod (FRA) +5'39''
Full results here.
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