STRONG TEMPIER RUNNER-UP IN ALBSTADT'S WORLD CUP ROUND
Team Bianchi Countervail’s Stephane Tempier grazed victory in XCO World Cup round 2, placing second in Albstadt (Germany) on Sunday, May 20th. The Frenchman got to the finish line with a 16-second gap from Nino Schurter, ahead of Mathieu Van der Poel, equalling his career best in the XCO World Cup: in 2017 Tempier had placed second in Mont-Sainte-Anne (Canada), Val di Sole (Italy) and the GC. Eighth placed in the XCC race, Marco Aurelio Fontana was 13th in the XCO event with a 3:42 gap from the winner. Unlucky Nadir Colledani was forced to withdrawal.
In the slick conditions (earlier rain had cause the track to be sprinkled with mud and treacherous roots), the team opted for the Kenda Karma, a favorite for when conditions get wet and slippery.
"It was really a great race. I rode at my pace without any risks. I lost some seconds in the early race, then I managed to come back at the right moment to break away with Schurter. I was fast in the descents thanks to my Methanol CV, but in the late race I was feeling a little tired. I'll try to better understand how to manage the effort after the introduction of the short track race on Friday" Tempier commented.
Team Bianchi Countervail's good day in Albstadt had started with Chiara Teocchi brilliant performance in the Women's Under 23 race: the Italian was fourth with a 4:46 gap from winner Sina Frei, less than a minute away from the third position. "I'm satisfied but not totally happy with my result. The race was demanding, due to the muddy course, but I performed well, above all in the technical stretches. I would have preferred to finish in the top-3 of my series, I'll try to do it next time," Teocchi said.