Marco Aurelio Fontana had another top performance in round 6 of the UCI Mountainbile World Cup in Windham, New York. With a controlled effort, Fontana again made the podium, finishing in 3rd place. “That was a tough race today and actually I did not really feel good at the beginning, but could follow the leaders,” said Fontana. “Mid-way through the race I felt far stronger, but told myself to just hang in there and not waste my energy. This paid off later, when I was on the limit, but could defend my 3rd position. I am super happy and feel my program is working well in preparation for the Olympics.”
Manuel Fumic and Martin Gujan did not have the best of luck in Windham and struggled with flat tires on the tough and technical course. Fumic was leading the race with 15 seconds when he had his first puncture. After changing a wheel he fought back to 14th position, but flatted again and had to quit the race due to a crash caused by that flat tire. “I am really dissapointed because my legs felt amazing today,” said Fontana. “Unfortunately, flat tires are part of our sport and I was not the only one to find that out today. At some point luck will work out for me. I am on plan for the Olympics and the World Cup finals in the end of July in Val d’ Isere.”
Martin Gujan finished 41st after his flat tire, while Jeremiah had a great performance, finishing 19th.
In the Juniors race, Keegan Swenson finished second and Taylor Smith 19th. Both will compete in the US National Championships this coming weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Cannondale Factory Racing is currently sitting in second position in the Overall World Cup Team ranking with one World Cup round to go in Val d Isère, France on July 26th.