A perfect start, a crash and a great finish: Thomas Litscher went through all ups and downs of a real World Cup showdown in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada.
The FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC rider had a perfect start riding in 4th position. He was side by side with the world’s best riders until a crash in the third round ended his chance of a podium World Cup. Litscher last around 2 minutes having to stop in the tech zone which threw him back into 14th position. But instead of giving up, Litscher caught fire and recaptured place by place. His great pursuit ended in a fantastic last lap. With the second best time overall in the final lap, he overtook Maxime Marotte, Martin Gujan, Stephane Tempier and Patrik Gallati in a spectacular photo finish. With 4:33 minutes behind winner Jaroslav Kulhavy and 2:39 minutes behind the third ranked Jose Antonio Hermida everyone can calculate what might have been possible without his crash.
What a series by the young Swiss rider: 10th place in Dalby Forest, winner of the Sprint and 9th place at Offenburg and now his third Top10 rank in a row! Thomas Litscher is an integral part of the world’s best riders.
A great weekend, although it started badly: the flight company that brought the riders to Canada lost Litschers luggage and – most important – lost Litschers FELT race bike!
Anxious waiting that was not over until the very last evening before raceday. Puh!
Charly Markt in 24th position
As number 18 in the world, Charly Markt started the race! He was never ranked higher in the UCI Ranking before, but what he really needed in Canada was his big fighters’ heart. After a failed start Markt found himself in 46th position and had to fight his way through the tumult. It took him more than three laps to get him close to the Top20 again. With the 15th time overall in the 5th lap, he secured the 24th place overall. It’s obvious that the Austrian was not happy with the ranking in the end. A great race that was not rewarded!
Klemencic finishes in 15th position after a hard week
After last weeks Marathon World champs and the long journey to Canada, the big effort was written in Klemencics face. While the fans celebrated the win of local hero Catharine Pendrel, a lot of favourites did not make it to the Top10. Blaza Klemencic tried to make the best of the situation, finishing in 15th position in the end and beating current World Champion Maja Wloszczowska and new Marathon World Champion Annika Langvad. The Slovenian National Champion now is looking forward to the second overseas world cup in Windham next weekend.
Sabrina Enaux in 21st position, Adelheid Morath out of the race early
After the first lap, the race was already over for Adelheid Morath. The German rider of the FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC World Cup team had to stop after 25 minutes of racing. The third women, Sabrina Enaux had a better day! The French crossed the finish line in 21st position.