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Rocky terrain puts an end to a perfect start

22. June 2014

Valloire - Enduro World Series

François Bailly-Maître was on fire in the first and second run of day 1, leading the GC by 3 seconds ahead of the Jared Graves and Justin Leov. In the last run of the day François had some bad luck when a rock destroyed his chain guide causing his chain to fall off after each pedal stroke. However, he was still lying in 9th after day 1 with good hopes for the next 3 stages to follow on Sunday. It was unfortunate that bad luck struck again on Sunday, and he was pulled back by a flat and a small crash as well as a dislocated shoulder. "The terrain is extremely rough and there were many loose rocks. I'm really gutted that I wasn't able to nail it. But it's good to see that without any issues I'm right up at the top", explained Bailly-Maître who eventually placed 19th. His teammate Florian Golay, who raced his first EWS of the season was pleased: "I had some good runs but still need to get into proper racing mode. I can do better and I am looking forward to round 4 in La Thuile in a few weeks". Kerstin had some bad luck on the first day when her rear derailleur was ripped off her bike, and had to finish the stage by foot. Her last two runs on Sunday were promising when she finished 12th and 13th - her best result in EWS so far. Aaron Bradford who had travelled over to Europe from the US had some difficulties adapting to the high altitude and was battling the time difference. "I will for sure be in better shape for La Thuile", he promised.


Results Men
1. Jared Graves (1:20,39)
2. Damien Oton (+0:00,3)
3. René Wildhaber (+0:00,4)
19. François Bailly-Maître (+0:02,29)
23. Florian Golay (+0:03,31)
30. Aaron Bradford (+0:04,01)

Results Women
1. Tracey Moseley (1:29,49)
2. Anne Caroline Chausson (+0:01,36)
3. Anneke Beerten (+0:02,40)
23. Kerstin Kögler (+0:20,18)

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