A good beginning
4th place for Maxime Marotte, who has been struggling for the victory during all the race (only 17″ from the first place at finish), Stéphane Tempier fought as ever, despite some tough days before this week-end: he’s 10th.
In front of a huge crowd, Maxime Marotte proved he’s got the right stuff! After a tricky 2012 season, the Alsatian found again the way to the podium. Furthermore, he has been close to win! He’s now well placed in the World Cup overall ranking, and will approach the next race in Nove Mesto with good confidence. During this German stage, Stéphane Tempier has also experienced a relentless fight, which was reflected in a rise from the 23rd position in the first lap, up to the top 10 at finish. The international season starts successfully.
Maxime Marotte (4th): “The feelings were good during the warm-up. It’s been a few weeks that I feel good. After a difficult year in 2012, I did not really know what to expect before the start. Weather was cold and it usually hinders me, but this time I think I found the answer over that. At a certain time, I was not far from the lead, but I don’t know if I believed in it. It seemed so huge. In the last turn, when I saw that Kulhavy pulled everybody, I knew it was going to be tough! I was missing the podium standings, and with my family and relatives on arrival, there was a lot of emotion. ”
Stéphane Tempier (10th): “I did not really expect it. The last few days have been more dedicated to maintenance than to real training workouts. I spent time treating me (he suffers from various deficiencies). It has jammed in the first lap, but for me it was maybe a blessing in disguise. I rose in the rankings all the race long. I even was 9th in the final round. This comes beyond my expectations of the moment, I hope to do better for the rest of the season! I still need to be patient. Time is going to play for me, I hope to be even better next week. ”
Earlier in the morning, Laura Metzler and Lucie Chainel finished 50 and 52nd. Lucie is back in the World Cup after an enforced break. The best will come now for her, starting next week in Nove Mesto. Laura was heading to a top 40, but a fall has totally disturbed her.
Saturday, in U23, Pablo Rodriguez Guede took the 21st place. The Spanish rider should be more comfortable in a week, in Nove Mesto, where he signed the 7th place last year.
Next step, in a week : Nove Mesto Na Moravia (Czech Republic)