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Amos reaches podium in Val di Sole

Amos places third in U23 XCO
Riley Amos of Durango finished third on Sunday in Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy in the U23 world cup’s cross-country Olympic race.. (Courtesy Trek Factory Racing XC)

Durangoan Riley Amos (Trek Factory Racing) finished the UCI world cup stop in Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy with a strong performance on Sunday.

Competing in the men’s U23 cross-country Olympic race, Amos overcame an early mechanical issue to finish third out of 119 bikers and reach the podium. Carter Woods of Canada (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) won the race in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 57 seconds. Adrien Boichis of France (Trinity Racing MTB) finished 31 seconds later in second while Amos crossed third 45 seconds after Woods.

Amos got a front-row start for the race after placing fourth in the short-track race, which Woods also won, and kept the momentum rolling into Sunday.

“Back in business baby,” Amos said online. “Insane what’s possible when the mind and body are 100% together. Can’t even explain how good it felt to finish a race like this. After an amazing start a rear flat had me thinking my podium shot was over, but thanks to my (Tubolight) insert and (Daniel Carrigan’s) wheel change skills I came out of the pits just off the chase group. So proud of how I rode the rest of that race and had a little luck right at the end and ended up on the box...”

Carson Beard (Team Durango Segment 28) finished 89th in the U23 cross-country race (+11:25).

Christopher Blevins (Specialized Factory Racing) also had a front row start for the elite men’s cross-country Olympic race after finishing sixth on the short track.

Blevins, however, ended up placing 49th in the cross-country race, finishing 6:42 after Switzerland’s Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team) in first.

In the U23 women’s race, Bailey Cioppa (Bear National Team) ended up placing 29th out of 57 cyclists (+9:05). Denmark’s Sofie Pederson (Wilier-Pirelli Factory Team XCO) won the race in 1:07:09.

Elite women’s rider Savilia Blunk (Ford Rockrider Racing) and U23 racers Lauren Aggeler (Trinity Racing) and Ruth Holcomb (Bear National Team) didn’t compete in Val di Sole.