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Puy and Guillaume shine on the opening day of Portugal

A tight battle in the Women’s ended with the French colors, McCanney rose to the podium and a fuel line leaves Cervantes out of the race.
The first day of Polisport Enduro Grand Prix of Portugal again had two faces for the GasGas team, on the one hand of glory after the great battle between Féminas 'Lulu' Puy and Laia Sanz, a podium for 'Seb' Guillaume in E3 and the excellent ride of Danny McCanney in Junior, but also that of desolation, because of neglect of Ivan Cervantes after a simple gasoline hose left him out of the game.

The victory for Ludivine began to take shape after the Super Special on Friday, where the nerves and confusion in the route caused Laia to lose valuable seconds. However, for much of the day Sanz gained strength and almost a surprise victory. Finally 'Lulu' asserted her experience on the final day and beat her team mate by more than 6 seconds, enough to make the difference and achieve victory. After his physical problems on the second day of Munitibar, Sebastien Guillaume has recovered and made a memorable first race, arriving in second place in Enduro 3. In the same vein, Danny McCanney became unable to go back to the podium in Junior, closing the day in fourth place. Meanwhile, Jordi Figueras was 11th in E3 and Gonçalo Reis had a good day before his home audience, finishing eighth.

Regarding Ivan Cervantes, the rider started the day full of enthusiasm, but in the first Enduro Test he lost the opportunity to proceed because of a combination of small and fatal misfortune. Ivan saw the heat had affected a fuel supply hose which was collapsed and could not breathe.

Iván Cervantes

“It was a shame because the bike had started good, but after the first half hour stopped at the first special test. I could not discover what happened. After some time looking around we saw that it was a simple hose that the heat was collapsed, but it was too late. This is where the world gets complicated, but we cannot give up. We'll have to go race by race and give it everything, starting tomorrow. The championship is long and many things can happen”.

Ludivine Puy

“The victory has been quite tight until the final stage, but it went well and I am happy. This is the first win of the season and I hope to continue. Laia took advantage in the Extreme, and I in the Cross Test and in the end I got the win. It was not easy, but it will not be in any race. We two are at a high level and anything can happen”.

Laia Sanz

“Seeing as everything has been set, now I wish I had gotten a little more, but yesterday I started with something wrong in the Supertest, I lost eight seconds and without this time would have won today. Still, I think I can be happy. We have been recovering until finally almost got it. Little by little I hope to improve the strategy and not get so nervous at having to fight against the clock”.


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