Campos happy with season's start

23 year-old Francisca Campos is off to a good start to her season as she looks toward qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The Pan American Champion from Chile finished fifth in the second round of the Gran Premi Massi-Copa Catalana BTT Internacional in Aviles, Spain. Margarita Fullana (Massi) won the elite women's race followed by Rocio Gamonal (Spol Caixanova) and Euth Moll (BH-Toscaf). Campos was 5'40" behind the Spanish winner and Massi team-mate.

After finishing four laps of the six kilometer circuit, Campos said, "I felt well. The experience has been very good, although it is not reflected absolutely in the final result. In the beginning it fought for a spot on the podium, but I noticed it is still the very early season, and I know I'm correct in my preparation."

Perennial favorite Julien Absalon (Orbea) won the men's race ahead of fellow Frenchman Jean Christoph Peraud (Orbea) and Spaniard Juan Pedro Trujillo (Cemelorca-Seguros10.Com).

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.