A mechanical failure prevented Leandre Bouchard of showing Sunday in the second installment of the Mountain Bike World Cup presented in Albstadt in Germany. The representative of the Canadian team could not finish the race, forced to retire after a string of failures.
“Sometimes it takes a little luck in the World Cup! Unfortunately, I broke my chain at the end of the start loop. Time to rally the technical area and change the channel I left far behind and that was hardly lost on me. I preferred to stop rather than belabour “shared the Almatois on his Facebook page.
Eight other starters also asked dismounted before the end of the cross-country race of the elite men. Derek Zandstra has the fastest time among Canadians taking the 15th position. Raphael Gagné of Quebec has meanwhile finished 28th.
Nino Schurter won the men’s race, after a tough battle with Julien Absalon. Switzerland surpassed the French in the final stretch before the finish line. Maxime Marotte is mounted on the top step of the podium.
For his part, Rebecca Beaumont had a difficult day on the bike. The from Alma concluded the cross-country race in 64th place among women in the elite category. Canada’s best returned to Catharine Pendrel. The experienced runner is mounted on the third place, just over 30 seconds behind the winner Annika Langvad, Denmark.
86 participants were enrolled; nine of them have not completed and another does not start.
The next step in the Mountain Bike World Cup takes place next week in the Breaststroke in France. Leandre Bouchard, Catherine Fleury, Rebecca and Rachel Beaumont Pageau will be regional cyclists in action.