Cannondale Factory Racing riders Marco Aurelio Fontana, Manuel Fumic, Martin Gujan, Jeremiah Bishop and Alex Grant, plus Juniors Keegan Swenson and Taylor Smith had a strong appearance in their first fully united World Cup race in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada.
On a tough and technical course, Marco Fontana was with the chasing group almost all race long, until strong rain kicked in and made the course even harder to ride and more risky for injuries. “I did not feel super recovered from travel all week long, but was able to go pretty fast. I am already looking forward to Windham, as we now have some good time to recover in between races. The shape is there, I only need some relaxing,” said Fontana, who finished in ninth.
Manuel Fumic had a hard time finding his rhythm on the technically demanding course and struggled even more once the rain came. He finished in tenth place.
Martin Gujan rode strong from the beginning and was hunting for a spot in the top ten, until a crash slowed him to with two laps to go. Gujan finished in twelfth and completed the three spots for a fourth-place finish in the team ranking. In the overall ranking, CFR is sitting comfortably in second.
Jeremiah Bishop rode to a 34th-place finish and Alex Grant finished 57th in his first ever World Cup race.
In Sunday’s Junior race, Keegan Swenson deliverd another podium finish with a third place and secured his second position in the overall standings going into Windham. Taylor Smith finished a respectful 14th position in his first World Cup appearance today aboard his Scalpel 29er.
Next stop for the Global CFR team is the American World Cup round in Windham, New York this coming weekend.