Team Bianchi Countervail's Frenchman places second in Haiming, preceded only by his countryman Marotte. Fontana 7th
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Team Bianchi Countervail's Stephane Tempier rode his Methanol 29.1 FS to second at Oeztaler Forest Cross, Mountainbike Liga Austria's round 3, on Sunday, April 22nd. After a thrilling battle with seven laps of a 4,3 km course, the French biker completed the Austrian HC race in 1:32:20, 22 seconds behind his countryman Maxime Marotte. Florian Vogel rounded out the top three. Team Bianchi Countervail's Marco Aurelio Fontana placed 7th while his teammate Nadir Colledani 16th, same placement of Chiara Teocchi in the Women's race.
Tempier was a long leader of the race, before being forced to tackle Marotte's comeback, losing ground in last hundreds of meters. "In the final lap I wasn’t brilliant as I would have been, but it was a good race and I'm happy with my performance. April was an excellent month for me with the win at Garda Lake MTB Race and two-runner up spots in HC races. Now I’m going to enjoy a rest Sunday: I'll come back to action in Coupe de France on May 6th, then I'll warm-up for the World Cup" Tempier commented.
Bianchi supplies the team with two high end carbon models with racing geometry: the revolutionary Methanol CV and Methanol 29.1 FS (full suspension). The Junior Team is equipped with Methanol 29 SX model.