XCO Nationals: Silver Medal for Carod, 4th place for Forster17. July 2017 — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Although the main rival, fellow BMC MTB Racing teammate Julien Absalon, was absent from the start, a second place finish for Titouan Carod in his first elite French National Championship race was more than encouraging for the young French rider.
The thousands of spectators packed around the course in Brittany, a region that hosted the mountain bike national championships for the first time, enjoyed a very exciting race which remained undecided until the last lap.
Three riders took the lead from the very beginning of the race: Titouan Carod, Maxime Marotte and Stéphane Tempier. Marotte and Carod spared no efforts to increase their lead on the chasing riders and try to escape from the trio to avoid a finish ending in a sprint. Finally, Maxime Marotte, seven time runner-up of the French Championships, managed to get away in the last climb of the day to be crowned national champion for the first time in his career. Titouan Carod crossed the finish line in second place, 13 seconds later.
Although second place might feel like unfinished business for some riders but not for this young French rider : “The race was very tactical. I tried to break away lots of times, in the uphills and in the downhills so I have no regrets. I made a small mistake at the bottom of the last climb but Max was the strongest today anyway. I can only be happy with this silver medal!”
After his seventh place at the World Cup in Lenzerheide, Carod picked up a lot of confidence and is now looking forward to the European Championships in the last weekend of July and the next round of the World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada in the first weekend of August.
- Maxime Marotte 1:30'02''
- Titouan Carod +0'13''
- Stéphane Tempier +0'23''
Full results here.
Photos : Thomas Maheux
Switzerland: Lars Forster Just Outside the Podium
Things were looking good for a podium sport for Lars Forster. With one lap to go, the 24-year-old rider who broke his scaphoid at the end of May, was still in contention for the bronze medal or even for silver. “I was closing the gap on Mathias Flückiger and felt good. But at the same time, I could hear Flo Vogel (who spent most of the race in fourth position) just behind me. It surprised me and made me do a mistake in a corner. I ended up on the ground and had to let my hope for a medal fly away” a very disappointed Forster explained.
- Nino Schurter 1:28'35''
- Mathias Flückiger +0'13''
- Florian Vogel +0'16''
- Lars Forster +0'48''
(...) 8. Reto Indergand +3'40''
DNF. Lukas Flückiger
Full results here.
Photos: EGO Promotion