After the world title by teams, this week the Aguedense formation put a trio of athletes in the Portugal formation, conquering the second place in the Cross Country Worlds – E-Bike strand. The Quinas Team ended just behind Switzerland and in front of the strong French armada.
The 2020 edition of the UCI World Championships on the Cross Country E-MTB side took place this Wednesday, in the Austrian resort of Leogang. The second edition of this competition had a truly technical route, about 4 km’s in length. With very demanding weather conditions and a track “massacred” by the lap system, the falls were a constant.
Wearing the colors of Portugal, among the athletes present, were the winners of the EWS – Enduro World Series, Emanuel Pombo, José Borges and Tiago Ladeira.
The Madeiran would become the best representative of Portugal, guaranteeing in the end a place within the top 10. Emanuel Pombo showed his best moment in form and even though he didn’t avoid a fall, he managed the best record ever in this aspect.
“Very happy to finish in the top 10. I still fell on the first lap to avoid contact with another athlete, but I managed to recover. I am feeling better than ever these past few weeks and that was reflected in the race, even in an XCO format that I am not used to and in demanding conditions. Thanks to Miranda for all the support at this time. An atypical year, but one of excellence with much experience acquired for 2021”.
José Borges was always in the fight with his most direct opponents, guaranteeing a 12th place. The northern athlete did not avoid some falls, as a result of the requirement of this newly created Austrian layout.
“I started well, but on the first climb I was thrown to the ground. I had to recover, I took a lot of risks and ended up falling a few more times. Sometimes things don’t go as we want. Overall, it turned out to be an excellent result for Portugal”.
Tiago Ladeira proved to be very useful in this Portuguese representation, guaranteeing a consistent 16th place. He is a very young athlete, with a margin for career progression and the benefits from day to day, become increasingly safer.
“I felt physically well, so the biggest difficulty was the dubbing. A lot of mud, rain, however we demonstrate once again why we are champions of the enduro world”.
Another important international feat for Miranda Factory Team, this time helping Portugal to win the title of Collective Vice-Champion of the World in the discipline of Cross Country E-MTB.