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Canada’s Peter Disera Career-best Third in U23 Men’s Race at Albstadt UCI XCO World Cup

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Peter Disera  ©  Michal Cerveny
May 27, 2017 (Albstadt, GER) – Reigning Canadian U23 Men’s champ, Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team XC), finished third on Saturday in the Under-23 Men’s World Cup in Albstadt, Germany. It is Disera’s first Under-23 men’s world cup podium.  Nadir Colledani (Ita) Torpado Gabogas won, with Georg Egger of Germany taking second.

U23 Men Start  ©  Michal Cerveny
Round 1 winner Petter Fagerhaug (Team Norway) continues to lead the overall standings with 112 points despite flatting with a lap to go and finishing 10th. Disera moves up to sixth in the standings from eighth, only three points out of the top-5.

Peter Disera CER_0513
It was Disera who took an early lead on the first of five laps one gaining 10+ seconds on the chasers but he was reeled in by the third lap as Colledani and Egger joined him at the front.

Peter Disera  ©  Michal Cerveny
“I didn’t really attack,” explained Disera, “but then people were telling me that I had 12 seconds, so I rode my own pace. Because this is a hard course, sure enough, they came back to me and we had a group of six. I paid a bit for that effort at the beginning.”

Fortier  ©  Michal Cerveny
Then Colledani and Egger attacked, dropping the rest of the leaders, and Disera set a hard tempo, whittling his competition down to one rider, Gioele Bertolini of Italy (Team Nob Selle Italia).

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“On that last lap I just smashed every little pitch I could and wore down Bertolini who was with me until I got a gap.  Then I messed up the last corner so we had a sprint finish, but I had a bit more of a kick. I think this result fits my trajectory and where I want to be in three or four years. The Olympics is on the horizon and I have more self confidence now,” added Disera.

Fincham  ©  Michal Cerveny
In other Canadian results, Marc Andre Fortier (Team Canada) was 90th, Sean Fincham (Team Canada) finished 123rd after crashing on the opening loop, and Anthony Audet (Independent) placed 137th.

Results here.

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