Published on 09-27-2012 05:47 AM
The U.S. World Trophy Team moved up a notch - from sixth to fifth - after reaching the halfway point in this year's ISDE in Germany.
The U.S. team's gain came at Finland's loss when Juha Salminen DNF'ed with mechanical problems on day three. As a result, Finland dropped from fourth to sixth in the standings, settling into Team USA's old spot.
France, however, continues to tear up the German countryside. The team, made up of Antoine Meo, Rodrig Thain, Johnny Aubert, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, Sebastien Guillaume and Christophe Nambotin, stretched out its lead to a seemingly invincible 19 minutes over the second-place team of Australia, which has a comfortable lead of about eight minutes over Italy.
Charlie Mullins is still leading the U.S. effort.
Spain is four minutes back in fourth but is only about 55 seconds ahead of the Stars and Stripes.
The U.S. team continues to get solid performances from all of its six riders: Charlie Mullins, Taylor Robert, Mike Brown, Destry Abbott, Kurt Caselli and Russell Bobbitt.