The French Benoit Coulanges (Dorval AM) and the Italian Eleonora Farina were the fastest in the timed sessions of the Downhill European Championship (DHI), held today at Pampilhosa da Serra. Gonçalo Bandeira (Miranda Factory Team), junior of first year, was the best Portuguese, in fifth place of the elite overall ranking.

The European runner-up of 2018, Benoit Coulanges, completed the track in 3’16”056. In the second place was the compatriot and teammate Baptiste Pierron, a mere 290 thousandths of a second. Austrian Andreas Kolb closed the podium, 1.403 seconds from the first.

Gonçalo Bandeira assumed the status of best Portuguese, obtaining the fifth place in the overall,  2.141 seconds far behind of Benoit Coulanges. Gonçalo Bandeira is still junior of the first year.

The women’s timed session showed that Slovenia’s Monika Hrastnik will have to accelerate in the final if she wants to maintain their status as European champion. In the descent of Saturday was imposed the Italian Eleonora Farina, with 3’36”359, followed by the compatriot Veronika Widmann (Insync Racing) at 7.332 seconds and Switzerland’s Camille Balanche at 7,560. Monika Hrastnik was fifth, 10.092 bejind the best.

The Portuguese were in good shape in the veteran categories, achieving the best times of Saturday in master 30, through Daniel Pombo (Ciclo Madeira Sport Club), master 35, by Luís Ribeiro (UD Lorvanense), and master 50, with João Estêvão (Wildpack Algarve Racing). The Italians Michele Berera (Team Ilbiciaio Bmt Madbros) and Oscar Colombo (Scoutbike) were the fastest in master 40 and 45, respectively. Master 55 Bruno Rizzo (Dorval AM), master 60 Rui Portela and master 65 Rui d’Almeida were the only ones on track in those age categories.


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