Call Laia Sanz “The Foiler”…
During her Enduro X race at the X Games Foz, the 27-year-old Spanish sportswoman foiled Maria Forsberg‘s bid at a three-peat after zooming past her in one of the first obstacle sections, taking an early 15-second lead and eventually lapping most competitors.
Sanz finished with a time of 1:03:76 — 32 seconds ahead of Forsberg. Tarah Gieger, Forberg’s longtime rival, finished in third place with a time of 1:12.49
“I think it helped me that it was really, really slippery, and my trials experience was really important,” Sanz said, in a podium interview. “I didn’t know that it would be like this, so I’m really excited and really happy and I need to say thank you to my family, my friends and everybody that was supporting me here.”
Sanz’s 32-second win qualifies as a major upset, as Forsberg was previously undefeated in X Games Enduro X competition and went nearly undefeated in everything else in 2012.
Sanz is an 11-time Woman’s Trial World Champion and 10-time Woman’s Trials European Champion in the Outdoor Motorcycle Trials.