Emily Batty scores fourth in 'home' race
The UCI World Cup traveled to famed Mont Sainte Anne (MSA), Canada this weekend. As one of the oldest, and most storied, World Cup events, MSA proves to be an epic backdrop for the story lines of this year’s season.
Scoring the team’s best result was Emily Batty, who took home a hard fought fourth place.
Emily has shown incredible consistency this season, taking several top positions. Sunday was no different, with the local favorite fighting hard to take fourth. The race saw a very fast start, with the eventual top finishers separating themselves within the first lap. From there, precipitous increases in speed separated the top five riders.
Sergio Mantecon has shown a big recovery from his early season bad luck, taking a solid 15th place. Sergio had the misfortune of a farther back start, but made the most of his situation, fighting up to be within a breath of the lead groups.
Anton Cooper fought hard today, but suffered in the deep woods of the MSA. 23rd for him.
"Although the past month or so hadn't been ideal with training I was still optimistic of a good result. I really like the course in Mont Sainte-Anne and have had two World Cup wins in the age categories in past years. Unfortunately this year a good result wasn't to be as I felt like I didn't have the edge needed to be up the front right from the word go. I pushed hard the whole race and rode the descents well, but was lacking on the climbs and power sections where it really mattered. A few more weeks training and intensity and I'm confident I will find myself racing a lot closer to the front again"
The next stop for the XC team is the final round of the UCI World Cup in Italy. Stay tuned for more info! Keep in touch with the team on Instagram.