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A superb Tempier back on Roc d'Azur throne
14 october 2018
Six years after the first time, Team Bianchi Countervail’s Frenchman clinched win with Methanol CV
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Six year after his unforgettable first time, Stephane Tempier soloed to win at Roc d'Azur, 52-km race with a 1.200-meter altitude difference held in Fréjus' Base Nature (France) on Sunday, October 14th. Equipped with Methanol CV, the 32-year-old rider from Gap completed the race in 2:09:19, with a 1:37 advantage on Victor Koretzky and 2:21 on Jordan Sarrou.
"I like the Roc because it’s a fast race with exciting uphills and descents" Tempier said at the race's eve: on Fréjus’ course the Frenchman confirmed he wasn't simply being polite. After all, Tempier had won the Roc d’Azur in 2012, placing second two years ago.
"It's the perfect end for my season: it was an incredibile race, I felt good and self-confident. I attacked after 18 kilometers on the Col du Bougnon slopes, acting a solo breakaway. On the top I could manage a 45-second advantage on Koretzky and Sarrou, but then I was able to hold my fast pace and to open the gap up to over one minute. I’m really happy” Tempier says.
“It was special for the whole team to conclude the season with such a result in this prestigious international race with a high-profile field. We couldn’t finish this season in a better way: Tempier re-affirmed himself as one of World’s top riders” Team Bianchi Countervail's Team Manager Massimo Ghirotto comments.
The Team Bianchi Countervail is equipped with two Bianchi Methanol models: 
•             Methanol CV, the first ever mountain bike frame enhanced with the innovative and exclusive Bianchi CV System powered by Countervail, assuring a total “After-Shock Control” by eliminating vibrations that pass through the suspension after impact and from trail buzz 
•             Methanol 29 FS, counting on the Racing geometry oriented to maximize the performance. Its heart, the frame, is made in carbon monocoque and relies on a 4-Bar suspension system with Horst link
Photo credits: ASO/Aurélien Vialatte, ASO/Pauline Ballet, ASO/Thomas Maheux