The Swiss Mathias Flückiger and the French Loana Lecomte won the short track races over 20 minutes on Friday during the first day of the mountain bike World Cup round in Leogang, Austria. Jens Schuermans did well with a fifth place.
Yanko BeeckmanSource: BELGA
After a few weeks break, the MTB World Cup continued in Leogang, Austria, where the rain had clearly had an impact on the course. Some heavy mud passages resulted in much greater differences in the short track races than in the previous World Cup races in Albstadt, Germany, and Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
In the men’s competition, Swiss champion Mathias Flückiger won solo with an 11-second lead. Jens Schuermans, traditionally good in short track, fought hard for second place, bought a tempo acceleration in the final lap, but the Limburger still finished fifth, after Flückiger, the Romanian Vlad Dascalu, the Swiss Vital Albin and the Brazilian Henrique Avancini . The second Belgian, Pierre de Froidmont, was fifteenth.
Rebecca McConnell straight to the top in the women’s
In the women’s World Cup leader Rebecca McConnell went straight to the head, but the Australian had no answer to an attack by Loana Lecomte. The young Frenchwoman won solo with nine seconds ahead of the Dutch Anne Terpstra. The Danish Caroline Bohé was third at 0:19. Emeline Detilleux, the only Belgian national champion, finished 33rd. Githa Michiels did not start earlier this season due to the consequences of an appendix operation.
The finals in the downhill will be played in Leogang on Saturday. On Sunday, the Olympic distance, the cross-country, the races for the elite and U23 riders will take place, both for women and men. Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel did not travel to Leogang.