Leandre Bouchard, Canada’s top global

Just days after receiving the confirmation of his selection on the national team mountain bike that will compete at the Olympic Games in Rio, Leandre Bouchard quickly back to work Sunday at the Mountain Bike World Championships . The Almatois finished 20th in cross-country, scoring Canada’s best.

A few hours earlier, Catherine Fleury was also the top Canadian in under 23, finishing 22nd. The event was held on the site of Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

“It takes great result, especially in the biggest race of the year after the Olympics,” said Bouchard Sportcom the network. Derek Zandstra (33), Andrew Esperance (53) Raphael Gagné (54th), Geoff Kabush (68th) and Evan McNeely other Canadians were in contention. This however did not finish the race.

Twenty-eighth after the first round, 23 of the cyclist has maintained a good pace while improving his fate a few ranks.

“I have managed to take a few seats at every turn, drawing on the tactical side and my driving skills so I am very happy, said Leandre Bouchard. This is my favorite international course because it is very technical and with a physical style that encourages me. There are several punchées mounted! My bike was really good in this extremely brittle Racineux course. Not to mention the fans are crazy here, there is a lot of noise. You almost forget the pain in the legs. This is one of the largest crowds of the circuit! ”

The men’s race was won by Switzerland’s Nino Schurter, 17 seconds ahead of Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy and 30 before the French Julien Absalon.

Catherine Fleury wanted more

For its part, Catherine Fleury was to return to competition after an absence of almost two months because of a sprained ankle. So she accepted the 22nd position, while admitting a little disappointed as it would have liked further push the machine.

“There was the caliber and I thought I was able to pull a big race, but this was not the case unfortunately, told the 21-year-old. I gave everything I had without being able to completely out of my area. I know I’m capable of more and I certainly have not said my last word. ”

Catherine Fleury accused a 10 minutes late and 36 seconds on the winner, Sweden’s Jenny Rissveds. Swiss women Sina Frei and Alessandra Keller completed the podium. Frederique Trudel of Levis finished 25th, and Ontario’s Soren Meeuwisse took the 37th level.

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