Jens Schuermans and Pierre de Froidmont finished in the top six of the introductory short track in the mountain bike World Cup round in Canadian Mont-Sainte-Anne on Friday night Belgian time. As a result, they can start on the front row in the more important cross-country on Sunday.
The 20-minute short track race in Mont-Sainte-Anne was decided in the final round by the Swiss Filippo Colombo, who won solo. Behind his back, a group sprinted for second place, including Limburger Jens Schuermans (fourth) and Pierre de Froidmont (sixth) from Liège. The Mexican José Gerardo Ulloa was second, the Dane Sebastian Fini third. An important part of the world top riders did not start in Mont-Sainte-Anne for various reasons, which is nevertheless a classic in mountain biking.
In the women’s race, Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff won the short track race in a long uphill sprint ahead of American Gwendalyn Gibson and another Swiss rider, Alessandra Keller. The Dutch World Cup leader Anne Terpstra was fourth, no Belgian women came to the departure.