Andrew L’Esperance lands podium finish at Salamina Epic stage race

Four Canadians put down strong results at early-season mountain series in Greece

February 20th, 2020 by | Posted in MTB | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Andrew L’Esperance is off to a smoking fast start to his early-season racing. The Canadian finished third overall in the Salamina Epic #3 on Thursday in Greece.

L’Esperance is in Greece with Norco Factory Team riders Quinton Disera and the team’s new recruits Jenn Jackson and Carter Woods. Racing started last week with the first two rounds of the Salamina Epic Cup series, a single day C1 event and the first four-day stage race. After two days rest, the team was back at it for a second four-day stage race.

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It’s not the first year Andrew L’Esperance has raced that Salamina Epic series. He joined teammates Haley Smith and Peter Disera in Greece last year. L’Espy used that experience to improve his results steadily over the seven days of racing in Salamina this year.

On the final day of racing, L’Esperance was third in the XC Pursuit race. Combined with his result in the XCM the day prior, it put the Canadian third overall.

Jenn Jackson raced consistently through all three Salamina Epic races. After finishing eighth and seventh at the first two rounds, the Ontario-based racer was again seventh in Epic #3. Along the way, Jackson notched a third place on the opening day’s XCC and a fourth on the final day of racing.

Salamina Epic #3 was won by Caroline Bohé, the rising star of Danish cross country. The U.S.’s Erin Huck was on the podium in third. Huck was joined by fellow American, and former Olympian Lea Davison, who finished sixth, one spot ahead of Jackson.

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19-year-old Carter Woods led the Canadian men early on in Salamina Epic #3. Woods was fifth in the opening stage, a seaside XCC. L’Esperance finished sixth behind him, with Quinton Disera eighth.

Quinton Disera would end up riding consistently for a 10th place. It’s a strong start to the season for the Canadian under-23 XCO national champion.

Carter Woods finished the Salamina Epic #3 in 17th place, the same position he finished #2 in. With the Greek series being the young riders first elite races, and first-ever mountain-bike stage race appearances, it is a strong debut with Norco Factory Team for the Vancouver Island rider.

Video from Wednesday’s Stage 3 XCM

2020 Salamina Epic #3: Women’s GC Results

1 BOHÉ Caroline
DEN
06:27:13
2 MEDVEDEVA Vera
RUS
06:28:54
3 HUCK Erin
USA
06:30:34
4 ILINA Kristina
RUS
06:35:16
5 GORYCKA Paula
POL
06:37:10
6 DAVISON Lea
USA
06:37:42
7 JACKSON Jennifer
CAN
06:39:36
8 OSL Elisabeth
AUT
06:51:07
9 PEDERSEN Sofie Heby
DEN
06:52:55
10 KOVALCHUK Ekaterina
RUS
07:00:18
11 GUSTAFZZON Linn
SWE
07:03:52
12 KIRSANOVA Viktoria
RUS
07:08:09
13 MIROLYUBOVA Anna
RUS
07:14:06
14 MATSUMOTO Rina
JPN
07:16:23
15 MONTEIRO Joana
POR
07:23:00

2020 Salamina Epic #3: Men’s GC Results

1 IVANOV Timofei
RUS
05:29:25
2 WAWAK Bartlomiej
POL
05:32:35
3 L’ESPERANCE Andrew
CAN
05:33:12
4 PETTINA’ Nicholas
ITA
05:33:33
5 TOCCOLI Zaccaria
ITA
05:37:05
6 HEUER Markus Kaad
DEN
05:37:22
7 SPESCHA Ursin
SUI
05:37:22
8 SONNTAG Benjamin
GER
05:38:06
9 YAMAMOTO Kohei
JPN
05:38:28
10 DISERA Quinton
CAN
05:41:28
11 ANDERSEN Alexander Young
DEN
05:42:43
12 COSTA Mário
POR
05:43:23
13 MILLENNIUM Ian
DEN
05:45:13
14 TITARENKO Dmytro
UKR
05:45:28
15 PHILIPSEN Victor
DEN
05:46:31
16 SCHÄTTI Luca
SUI
05:49:55
17 WOODS, Carter
CAN
05:54:43
18 SOMMER Jan
SUI
05:58:35
19 ERIKSSON André
SWE
06:00:05
20 OMARSSON Ingvar
ISL
06:01:08