2009/08/02

Kabush wins 1st World Cup



Happy about the rain and hard conditions at today's World Cup in Bromont, Geoff Kabush showed why when he finally won a World Cup race. Congratulations!

A few notes about the race, Kabush was the only one able to follow Julien Absalon. The unbeatable french then snapped his chain, dropping to around 35th. He managed to make up some positions but was still losing time to Kabush who kept a steady high pace throughout the race, perhaps not having the choice to go fast by running a single big chainring was a good idea, lighter, less chances of mechanicals in the mud and of course, you can't go slow with only a big ring.

The XC racers still seemed to have fun, some throwing some tailwhips over double jumps in the 4-cross looking middle section. Fontana was getting serious airs...

The race was hard on some racers and/or their equipement. The whole Cannondale Factory Racing team was plagued with more flats than they'll want to remember. Sauser continued his streak of less than stellar results, his rainbow jersey doesn't seem to bring him superpowers. Sauser's teammate fared a lot better in the women's race. Lene Byberg too took her first World Cup win in front of Irina Kalentieva and Catharine Pendrel. Local favorite Marie-Hélène Prémont again wasn't racing up to the standards she has got us used to. She didn't look too powerful today and ended up in 13th, never really in contention.

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