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Dahle Flesjå 5th in Mont Sainte-Anne


Dahle Flesjå 5th in Mont Sainte-Anne

At the fourth race of the cross country worldcup held in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå from the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM finished on the podium in 5th. Ondrej Cink confirmed his rising form, took the early lead and finished the men’s race on a top10 position in 9th.

Mont Sainte-Anne is a proven venue in mountainbiking’s worldcup, and a couple of technical section had been added to the tried and tested, demanding course in Canada for this year. The racing weekend saw a mix of summer rainshowers and sunny periods, and thus the the athletes of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM had to show all of their skills at the fourth race of the cross country worldcup. In the women’s race Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå at first was part of the first small group of chasers until she crashed in the third lap and finished the race in 5th place. „The crash happened in one of the new sections and I damaged one of the brake levers in it. It’s not good that I lost contact to Emily Batty. But I’m confident regarding the next couple of races: Today I felt much better than at the European championships, and my best form will come - maybe next weekend, maybe in three or in five weeks, we will see.“

From the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM’s perspective the men’s race started very promisingly: Ondrej Cink made good use of his right to start from the front row and showed an impressive start. For a short while he was leading the race, and for the first two laps the young Czech was part of the lead group.

„This probably was the best start of my whole life, but maybe I went a bit too hard. So I had to let the fastest riders go after two laps and dropped back to a group that was fighting for 6th place. In the end I only finished in 9th, but a top10 result is okay on this course that does not really suit me. The next race in Windham is one of my major targets of the season, and I’m very confident for it“, Cink commented. José Hermida lost a lot of positions and time throughout the frenzy of the first lap and fought his way back to 16th.

Another rider of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM who rode far up front at the beginning of the race was Thomas Litscher. „Unfortunately I got some bad back pain after, and that kept me from really pushing my pedals. This pain was gone for the last two laps, and I picked up the pace again and moved up to 20th position. I’d really like to know my lap times for the final two laps“, Thomas Litscher said after the race. Rudi van Houts was the next rider to finish in 21st on a course that he says is not to his liking at all. „I lacked some power in the most technical sections, so I kept losing time and positions. Climbing courses simply suit me better, so I guess I have to be happy with this result.“ Julian Schelb finished the race in 48th.