Alex makes his enduro debut
Competing in the highly competitive Pro Men class, a strong start to the day saw Alex place inside the top 15 on the first two stages. But a slow puncture on stage three pushed him back to 19th. The uphill power stage proved itself to be the most critical of the day and in making numerous mistakes, Alex lost time to his rivals.
“There were some ups and downs along the way,” admits Alex. “A slow puncture, some crashes and a bad run on the power stage didn’t help, but on the more downhill style stages I felt like my speed was good.”
Finding his rhythm again on the final loop of the day, the Frenchman put his Mountain Cross 7 back inside the top-20 with 17th and 12th on stages seven and eight. Unfortunately, a crash on the ninth and final stage ended his hopes of a debut top-20 result, finishing his day in 26th overall.
“It’s been a massive learning experience for me this weekend, but it feels great to have done my first EWS-E,” he continues. “My plan is to try and digest everything that’s happened and work to improve on it next weekend in Finale Ligure.”