August 2nd, 2015

Laurie Greenland Takes Back Series Lead, Top 10 for George Brannigan

At Round 5 of the UCI World Cup, Trek World Racing’s Laurie Greenland had an emphatic win in the junior category, taking the victory by 6.6secs and moving him back into the lead of the series, by a margin of 28 points with 2 races to go. Meanwhile, George Brannigan had a career best result for the track here at Mont-Sainte-Anne by finishing 10th in the final.

All eyes however were on the sky as Mont-Sainte-Anne, a regular stop on the circuit for 25 years, seems to always provide intermittent showers that can play havoc on team strategies. For Greg Williamson the rain was present for his whole run and despite taking the lead after crossing the line, his final position of 33rd was not a true indication of the speed he had on track.

Brook MacDonald improved on his 15th in qualifying to finish just behind George in 11th; this moves him up 4 places in the overall, to 12th. Both riders rode strongly and didn’t get tempted to over extend themselves on the slippery track, which was the cause of many a crash in the top 20.

George said: “The top sector was so slick and it was hard to maintain speed and not lose it completely. I felt really good in the middle sector and didn’t lose any time there to the top guys. In the final run to the line the rear end felt a bit loose and it turns out I had a slow leak in the rear tire. Overall though I’m happy with two top 10’s this week, easily my best performance ever at this legendary track.”

Laurie said: “After having the crash in qualifying where I thought I may not even make into today’s race, I was just keen to get on with it today. To take the win was really special especially on this track which has such a long history. To take the leader’s jersey back is a really nice bonus and sets me up well for the remaining 3 important big races this season.”

The team heads to Windham, New York, on Tuesday for the 6th round of the UCI World Cup.

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