Grant Ferguson secures second world cup podium appearance in Windham

Grant Ferguson secures second world cup podium appearance in Windham

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Great Britain’s Grant Ferguson scored his second podium place of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series, finishing third in Windham, America.

The British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme athlete – racing in the under-23 category – delivered his first podium appearance in April in South Africa, but a puncture in Nove Mesto and a crash in Albstadt meant he was forced to wait to return to the top positions.

In Windham, Ferguson replicated his previous best world cup result of third, heading a group of riders contesting the final podium placing.

Setting the fastest final lap of the race was enough to secure the result, 19 seconds down on Commonwealth Games champion Anton Cooper in second and one minute down on winner Jordan Sarrou.

In the same race, Britain’s Iain Paton and Michael Thompson both finished in the points, 20th and 22nd respectively.

In the women’s under-23 competition, Alice Barnes recorded another career-best finish, moving from 25th on the grid to finish sixth, four minutes down on winner Margot Moschetti. Beth Crumpton finished 16th, having finished the first lap of four in the top ten.

In the elite women’s race, Annie Last competed in her second consecutive world cup since an injury ruled her out of all competition for a year.

Twelfth in Mont Sainte Anne, Last scored more crucial qualification points for the 2016 Olympic Games in Windham with 13th place from a starting position of 47th.

The team will now continue their preparations with the final round of the British cross-country series in Cannock.

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