It was not the day of Alexandre Balmer (20 years) this Friday during the World Mountain Bike Championships in Leogang (AUT): the young Chaux-de-Fonnier finished 25th at 9’12 ” behind the winner, the untouchable Briton Thomas Pidcock.
The Swiss Joël Roth is third at 3’05 ” and thus brings a bronze medal to Switzerland. Second place went to the American Christopher Blevins (1’52 ”).
For Alexandre Balmer, who was hoping for a medal before this race, this is a poor performance. “It was a very hard day,” he admitted after the race. “It’s been a week, after the World Cup in Nove Mesto, that I lack energy. On one lap (red: like Wednesday during the team race), it’s fine, but then it becomes very difficult. Today I fought to give the maximum, but I had no strength in my legs. The race was very long, I had no fun. It was truly a disaster. ”
Le Chaux-de-Fonnier will have the opportunity to catch up next week at the European Championships in Monteceneri (Ticino).
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