Fabien Barel did it again! After taking first place at the SRAM-Specialized Enduro Series race in Riva del Garda (ITA) the Frenchman stood for the second time at the top of the podium in Punta Ala (ITA). At the kick-off event of the Enduro World Series the former three-time downhill world champion celebrated a phenomenal triumph. Also, his CANYON Factory Enduro Team co-riders showed a remarkable performance: Scotsman Joe Barnes finished in the top 10 of the overall ranking and the team was second in the team ranking.
The Enduro fans were looking with high anticipation to the premiere of the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala – and with all action and the level of competition their expectations were definitely met. On a sunny race day over 500 competitors took part, including professionals of the Downhill World Cup and other familiar faces from different mountain bike disciplines.
After his success in Riva del Garda Fabien Barel, racer for the CANYON Factory Enduro Team, showed his former downhill colleagues that he is also well-prepared for uphill climbs. In the end, his solid effort awarded him the full 600 points and a consecutive win.
The final breakthrough came in the longest and most technical section. During stage 2, Fabien saw his chance to ride a good time and powered through to come out leading the riders’ field. With a time of 6:37 minutes, he pulled out a solid lead of 13 seconds to his fellow, Jerome Clementz. The lead was enough to secure Fabien’s success for the remaining two stages.
With Joe Barnes’ ninth place in the overall ranking, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team celebrated another Top 10 victory. In total, their impressive team performance placed them second in the team ranking. The CANYON Factory Enduro Team is proud of their achievements in these early stages. Flo Goral, Team Manager of the CANYON Factory Enduro Team says: “We are all crazy about Fabien’s outstanding debut! Our other riders Joe Barnes, Maxi Dickerhoff, Ines Thoma and Marco Buehler also did a great job. This is exactly the way we want to go. Of course, the team can still learn a lot but that is why we are here! We have a strong team spirit and relaxing together at the beach was also great fun.”
As an “Official Gold Supporter” of the Enduro World Series, CANYON fully backs the newly formed association and is very pleased with the smooth running of the Superenduro race including the live timing during Punta Ala. The bike manufacturer from Koblenz welcomes the professionalization of this mountain bike discipline and is sure that the upcoming races will be eventful and not short of surprises.
Highlight-Clip from Punta Ala