Colombo completes his U23 career with a win
UCI MTB World Cup Final Snowshoe
“The track was very different from Mont-Sainte-Anne and it took me a while to get into it”, explained Colombo. “On Saturday, during last practice, I was still confused with it somehow and had a stupid crash. I ended up with an open chin and two stitches…” Not the ideal scenario on the eve of a race…
“I still wasn’t feeling 100 % during the race and suffered a bit with the tempo in the first laps.” World Champion Dascalu had troubles with mechanicals and was out of contention for the win so the race scenario differed from the last races. “With three laps to go, I broke away with Cullel and Brandl and from then on the sky started to clear up for me. I started feeling better and could attack in the last lap to finish alone.”
“I couldn’t think of a better way to end up my U23 career. I’m now looking forward to joining the Elite category!” It was the third U23 World Cup win for Colombo after Albstadt and Lenzerheide which brought him the second place in the World Cup overall classification. The third place goes to the Spanish WINFORCE athlete Jofre Cullel who finished second in Snowshoe.
The weekend started well for Titouan Carod who took second place behind Nino Schurter in the Short Track race. “The course had more curves, ups and downs that most of the short track courses and I think I could take advantage of it. I felt great and really enjoyed the racing.”
With such a result, expectations were high for the XCO race on Sunday but Carod suffered with back pain and couldn’t really hold on with the high pace (24km/h!). He eventually crossed the line in 13th place just behind team mate Flückiger. Carod finished 8th in the World Cup overall classification.
Lukas Flückiger managed a great race, coming back from the seventh start row to take 12th place. “I’m finally back to where I belong. I will now focus on the Marathon Worlds in Grächen, Switzerland, and try to score a few UCI points at other races this Fall to secure a top 40 in the UCI ranking which would allow me to take part to the short track World Cups next season.”
Source: BMC MTB Racing Team
Photo: The Attention Builders