8, Cooper, Anton, Cannondale Factory Team, , NZL

I gained a lot of confidence after my performance at Mont Saint Anne the previous week so I was really looking forward to having another crack at the podium in Windham. I slept poorly for the whole week, I’m not too sure why but come race morning I still felt in reasonable shape. I had set my sights set on a podium finish and wanted to do well on a course that didn’t play to my strengths at all. With a long climb followed by a fast non-technical descent it suited the skinny climbers but nonetheless I wanted to lay down a good performance. I felt a bit off at the start of the race and it took me 2 laps before I really found my rhythm and settled into a solid tempo. Just like in MSA I found myself locked in a battle for the 5th position with the Swiss Champ Andri Frischknecht. By working together we were also able to keep sight of the guys in the 3rd and 4th positons.

With 1 lap to go I was able to drop Andri and emptied the tank in pursuit of the podium, in the end crossing the line a bit over 20secs off a spot on the box in 5th place. While slightly disappointed to not be on the podium I was still happy enough with my performance and feel like my form is building nicely at the right time of the season. Tomorrow I will fly back to Germany for a couple of days before heading to Livigno before Val di Sole to squeeze in some time at high altitude. I’m feeling confident and really looking forward to what lies ahead!

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