Ángel Suárez, seventh in the World Downhill Mountain Bike Championship

Spaniard Angel Suarez He stayed close to the podium in the elite men’s downhill mountain bike test that Saturdaythanks to his seventh place in the final of the Fort William circuit during the World Cycling Championships, held in Glasgow (Scotland).

At this multi-disciplinary cycling event, the Spanish mountain bike team shared the joy of winning a medal with Suárez. During a large part of the test, the Galician cyclist even remained the leader while seeing several “cocks” fail. Not surprisingly, the change in weather conditions was crucial.

Of the 73 riders who took part in the finale, the first completed their respective descents in dry conditions. However, the rain seemed to change the winning strategies of the favourites. In the meantime, Suárez started early and only struggled with the wet terrain in the highest part of the track.

Before crossing the finish line in a total time of 4:29.211, the man from Vigo timed his stages at 55.687, 2:48.293, 3:27.468 and 4:02.807. Suárez didn’t mind the mud buildup, something that affected the competition of subsequent contestants, including an ugly crash by Australian Remy Meier-Smith.

British victory in decline.

The eventual medal winners were among the last to leave. Britain’s Charlie Hatton managed an impressive descent in 4:26.747 that earned him a dirty dress and dashed Suárez’s hopes. to win gold and amuse the local public in Fort William. Austrian Andreas Kolb the money was hungfinished his descent in 4:27.346, and the Britain’s Laurie Greenland also took bronze1,229 slower than the leader and champion. The other Spaniard contesting that men’s final, Pau Menoyo, finished 57th after trailing Hatton by 22.471 points.

Downhill modality podium with a mountain bike at the Glasgow 2023 World Cycling Championships.
Downhill modality podium with a mountain bike at the Glasgow 2023 World Cycling Championships.

In the women’s elite competition, on the other hand, Zoe Zamora, also from Spain, took 31st place out of 33 participants. She was 1:05.297 slower than Austria’s Valentina Höll, champion with a finish of 4:58.242; Silver went to Camille Balanche from Switzerland (+2,020) and bronze to Marine Cabirou from France (+2,361).

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