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Wright Leads Giant XC Squad at Pro XCT Finals in Vermont

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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The Giant Factory Off-Road Team’s XC squad was in Vermont over the weekend, racing the Julbo Eastern Grind, the final race of the 2019 USA Cycling Pro XCT series. The technical East Coast terrain served as good preparation for the upcoming UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which will be held this weekend just north of Vermont, across the Canadian border in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec.

All three of the team’s riders finished the Eastern Grind race in the top 10. Australian Cameron Wright scored the team’s best result in Vermont, landing a podium with a fifth-place finish. Joining Wright were Americans Cole Paton and Stephan Davoust. All three raced their Anthem Advanced Pro 29 bikes on the steep, rocky and rooty track. Paton finished 7th and Davoust was 8th. All three riders wore Giant Rev helmets and Charge Pro shoes. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my training here in Vermont in preparation for World Championships next week,” said Paton, who will compete in the Under-23 men’s class at Mont-Sainte-Anne. “The terrain is challenging and the vibes have been great. I was racing well in the lead group until a few hard crashes sent me spiraling backward, but I’m ready to reset and focus on the main objective of this trip, which is Mont-Sainte-Anne next weekend.”

Davoust, coming off an impressive 7th place finish at the Breck Epic stage race in the Rocky Mountain high country of Breckenridge, Colorado the previous week, finished 8th in Vermont.

“This was a great warm up race, and reminder of the intensity that’s going to be required for next week,” said Davoust, who will race in the elite men’s category at World Championships. “It has been a while since I’ve raced on the East  Coast, and the riding has a much different feel than the West Coast. So I was happy to find out how my Anthem Advanced Pro 29 was able to overcome the rooty and rocky terrain out here before the main event.”  

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