Liam Killeen and Christoph Sauser of the Specialized factory team were one of the major stories of the Monte Ste. Anne World Cup last weekend.
Taking the front of the race together, the duo were unstoppable once they developed a rhythm.
Sauser made a push on the last lap and Killeen fell back to settle for second. "I just didn't have that last little bit of strength to get back on Susi's wheel," he explained after the race. "I tried changing my feeding plan for this race and it actually worked really well. I took on more food than usual during the race, as I started hungrier and less bloated, but I was still a little hungry at the end. It's a really fine balance but I made some big improvements this week and I'm really happy to have this second place after some bad luck in other rounds", said Liam shortly before taking to the podium.
The second main story of the weekend was written by defending Mont Ste. Anne women's cross country champion and hometown favorite Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain/Business Objects).
"Marie-Helene passed me on the long climb through the last lap," Dahle-Flesjaa said after the race. "She was really fighting back and forth the whole race and I was on the limit."
Winning ultimately by more than a minute, Premont crossed the line with a huge smile and was immediately swarmed by the Quebec press. "Going back to back is very special," she said. " The crowd was incredible. People from Quebec make the best time you can have!"
There were also Four-Cross cross and Downhill competitions at Mont Ste. Anne. For full results, photos and race reports, check out the following links: