Another World Cup Podium for Colombo in the thin air of Andorra
Jul 08, 2019
The World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra is famous for its steep course and the special conditions of racing at 2’000m of altitude. Colombo managed admirably well on a course that may not fit his skills at best.
After his win in Albstadt and his second place in Nove Mesto na Morave, Filippo Colombo was committed to race at the forefront once again and score precious points for the overall classification. And so he did but it was far from being a walk in the park. “I had to dig deep” he explained before stepping on the third place of the podium. “I was with Dascalu (ROM) and Cullell (ESP) for most of the race but had to slow down in the fifth lap. I lost touch with them and started a solo race to secure the last spot on the podium”.
Filippo Colombo is now second in the overall classification and is looking at closing the 30-point gap with current leader Vlad Dascalu next weekend in Les Gets, France.
Carod takes fifth place in short track event
What Carod will retain from his weekend in Andorra is his fifth place in the short track event on Friday night. Very active from the start to the finish, the French Champion missed the podium by a couple of seconds only.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t repeat his performance in Sunday’s cross-country race struggling with the altitude. He crossed the finish line in 21st place but is still 8th in the World Cup overall classification.
Good recovery for Indergand after last week’s sickness
Reto Indergand also did well in the short track event finishing 12th. “I really didn’t expect such good feelings. I skipped the Swiss cup in Andermatt last weekend due to a cold and really didn’t think I could do well tonight.” Full of confidence for the cross-country event, Indergand had a good start of but suffered a flat tire in the third lap that cost him precious time and places. “Because of the altitude, it is really hard to recover from any extra effort so you have to manage yourself and never exceed your limits.” He eventually finished 34th and is currently ranked 12th in the overall classification.
The Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Cup continues next weekend in Les Gets. The French ski resort didn’t host any UCI international event since the 2004 World Championships and is looking at a great comeback on the MTB scene.
Full results here.
Photos by Phile Gale / @1_in_the_gutter