First MTB World Cup and first podium in Albstadt
May 20, 2019
Titouan Carod and Reto Indergand took 4th and 8th places respectively of the opening XCO round of the Mercedes Benz UCI MTB World Cup.
Heavy rainfall took hold for a while in Albstadt but it wasn’t to displease Titouan Carod and Reto Indergand. Reto Indergand had a very consistent race, riding in the chase group with cycling sensation Mathieu Van der Poel, Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel. Titouan Carod didn’t have the best start and had to fight his way up the field to eventually catch Indergand’s group in the second last lap with a couple of other riders.
In the meantime Mathias Flückiger took the lead of the race and Van der Poel took off chasing Sarrou for second place. There were still two spots on the podium to fight for and French Champion Carod crossed the finish line in 4th place thanks to a very strong finish. “I’m super happy with today’s result” he said. “This course is not really made for me. I prefer technical courses and this one is more of a physical one so it’s great to perform here. It gives me a great boost of confidence for next week in Nove Mesto.
Reto Indergand was another man. Crossing the line in 8th position, he scored his best ever World Cup result. “I could feel this week that I had good legs and was confident I could do well. The course here in Albstadt is a good one for me and I am really happy I could race at the forefront from start to finish.”
Positive result for Julie Bresset
Two months after rupturing her shoulder ligaments, Julie Bresset stood on the start line with only 1h30 of racing so far this season. Starting from the sixth row, the French rider quickly found her way up the field and positioned herself for a potential top 20 finish. Unfortunately, the effect of a lack of racing and training became apparent with two laps to the finish. Bresset had to settle for 29th place; a positive result considering the injury she just overcame.
“I knew I would suffer so I was as serene as possible this week. I am missing racing time and I could definitely feel it in the last third of the race today but it is part of the process. I felt good on the bike and had fun in the descents; all in all I am happy with my race and how it went today.”
Focus is now on the next round of the World Cup in nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic taking place this week (XCC on Friday, U23 XCO on Saturday and XCO Elite Women and men on Sunday).
- Mathias Flückiger (FRA) 1:23'54''
- Mathieu Van der Poel (NED) +0'32''
- Jordan Sarrou (FRA) +0'33''
- Titouan Carod (FRA) +1'20'' (...)
- Reto indergand (SUI) +1'55''
- Lukas Flückiger (SUI) +6'58''
- Kate Courtney (USA) 1:26'03''
- Joland Neff (SUI) +0'49''
- Yana Belomoina (UKR) +1'31'' (...)
- Julie Bresset (FRA) +7'56''
Full results here.