Nico Vouilloz back on the podium!

Back in France for the 4th round of the Enduro World Series, which took place this weekend in Samoens. A great opportunity for Team Lapierre Gravity Republic to shine on home soil! Before this round, Adrien Dailly was leading the U21 category and Nico Vouilloz was in the top 10 in the Elite category.

 

Nico Vouilloz

 

Nicolas Vouilloz

Photo credits: Jérémie Reuiller – Ill Prod

 

 

This time, the race was spread over 2 days. On Saturday, the conditions were pretty hard for all the riders. Long stages, changing weather and mixed terrain… From storm to sun and from mud to dust! But finally a great day for Nico Vouilloz: 7th place on stage 1, fastest time on stage 2 on the kind on track he loves: steep with a lot of berms. He then took the 6th place in the 3rd special, and led the rankings at the end of this first day. Following him: Richie Rude (Yeti) and Thomas Lapeyrie (Sunn).

 

2 specials were planned on Sunday and the perspective of an incredible victory for Nico Vouilloz. On the 1st stage, he lost 6 seconds on his rival, and they were only separated by 0.2 seconds before the final stage of the weekend! Everything rested on that last run, and Nico was ready to give it all to get the victory. Unfortunately, this is certainly what pushed him to commit “the” small mistake. "At the exit of a corner, I hit my crank really hard on a rock, and it pushed my chainring into the frame, I even needed to run on a short hill at the end of the stage." Even if he gave everything right up to the finish line, all hope of victory flew away for Nico, who missed the victory by 6 seconds. The 1st place was taken by the young American rider Richie Rude, former world champion in Junior DH. Fabien Barel, who set the 2 fastest times on Sunday, completed the podium.

 

Great come-back in the overall for Nico, who’s now 6th ! In front of him: Justin Leov, Florian Nicolai, Richie Rude, Fabien Barel and Jérôme Clementz.

 

 

Nico Vouilloz

Adrien Dailly

Photo credits: Jérémie Reuiller – Ill Prod

 

Adrien Dailly on his side wanted to confirm his status of N°1 in the U21 category. It's done!

Regular throughout the 2 days, he claimed victory for the 3rd time in 4 rounds, and reinforced his 1st place overall!

 

Now it’s time to head off to the US and Canada for the 5th and 6th rounds. Let’s keep the pace for our 2 riders! 

 

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