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Stars and bars. Intense Cycles. Aaron Gwin. IFR. What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July at a World Cup in Andorra. Top that with new bikes from Intense and new kits from each rider’s respective sponsor and you’ve got a real World Cup party!
While Intense Factory Racing started round four of the World Cup in high spirits, the path again turned bumpy. ‘Here we go again,’ said Aaron Gwin, after a slide-out in practice injured a key control item—his finger. Still, he qualified 14th but had to pull out of the finals after a second get-off in the final practice session.
Neko failed to qualify for the final, further illustrating just how intense the competition can be even before the racing, or at least the final, begins.
Jack Moir—coming back from his own pre-season injury; a broken collarbone—found a spot back at the table and spent a long stint Saturday afternoon in (one of the three) hot seats. When the dust finally settled, he found himself with a solid 10th place finish.
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