Coming off a successful U.S. Mountain Bike National Championships in which he claimed two titles, Todd Wells went back across the pond for the fourth event in the Mountain Bike World Cup, held July 25 in Champéry, Switzerland.
In the cross country event, Wells raced to a 12th place finish, 4 minutes, 27 seconds behind winner Florian Vogel, making him the highest North American finisher in the event. In a release, Wells said his strategy was to make his move on the flats and downhill portions of the track because of how much he had to labor on the climbs. He stormed briefly into the top 10 before José Antonio Hermida Ramos and Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez passed him on the final lap.
I was shooting for top 10 and nearly had it, so I have to be happy with that, Wells said.
Jaroslav Kulhavy, Nino Shurter, Mathias Flükiger, Julien Absalon, Burry Stander, Christoph Sauser, Maxime Marotte, Carlos Coloma Nicholas and Ramos rouned out the top 10.
Absalon leads the the tour with 710 points. Shurter is in second with 686, followed by Kulhavy with 660. Ramos at 565 and Flükiger at 490 complete the top five. Wells is currently in 20th for the Specialized Factory Racing Team with 215 points.
The Specialized Factory Racing Team sits fourth overall with 193 points, trailing leaders Multivan Merida, which has 241 points.
Next, Wells and company will head to Vai di Sole, Italy to compete in this weekends next World Cup event before returning to Colorado to ride in the Leadville 100.
It should be an interesting transition from racing nearly at sea level flat out for two hours to competing at 10,500 feet for almost seven hours, Wells said.