An incredible weekend in La Bresse to conclude the UCI MTB World Cup 2018.

An incredible weekend in La Bresse to conclude the UCI MTB World Cup 2018.

A formidable off-road weekend was take place in La Bresse (France) for the last stage of the UCI MTB World Cup. The athletes representing our teams have contributed significantly to the show during the entire weekend, starting from Friday with the men’s Short Track to conclude Sunday with the Cross Country Elite Men’s race, interspersed with beautiful successes from women. Here are the most significant results:

 

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team)

The Swiss champion (Kross Racing Team), holder of the rainbow jersey and fresh winner of the European Championships, is the protagonist of a breathtaking race that sees her in a thrilling duel with the Danish athlete Annika Langvad (the two were playing point to point for the overall classification of the world cup). Jolanda Neff, already leader of the general classification, after an impeccable start, runs into two punctures that risk compromising her fight for the title. However, thanks to her class and talent, the Kross Racing Team champion was able to recover immediately, win this race and win the world cup for the third time.

 

Mathieu Van Der Poel (Corendon Circus Cycling Team)

The Dutch champion of the Corendon Circus, after a few weeks of road races that saw him starring during the European Championships in Glasgow and the Arctic Race of Norway, returns to the ground that consecrated him and does it in his own way: winning! On Friday, at his first chance, he won the Short Track (XCC) in front of Lars Forster and Henrique Avancini thanks to a powerful and decisive attack on the last climb of the track. In the Cross Country Elite (XCO) race on Sunday Mathieu Van Der Poel took an excellent fourth place, after being close to the Swiss champion Nino Schurter for half the race, which ensures him the second place in the general classification of this specialty. Definitely a great result that projects him, once again, among the best prospects in the whole off-road world.

It is also worth mentioning the excellent second place of the day, behind the only Schurter, of the Italian champion Gerhard Kershbaumer (Torpado-Gabogas) thanks to a race in constant ascent.

 

Sina Frei (Ghost Factory Racing Team)

The Under 23 champion of Ghost Factory Racing Team confirms to be the strongest in her category and, with a whole race in the lead, goes to win for the sixth time in a row despite having already won the overall standing two weeks ago in Mont Saint Anne (Quebec). Probably this will be her last participation in the Under 23 UCI MTB World Cup since, as already done by Jolanda Neff before her, the next season she could take part to the Elite competition with a year’s advance. Second place in the general classification for his teammate Malene Degn.

Excellent placement, immediately down from the podium, for the reigning Italian champion Marika Tovo (Rudy Project XCR) who made a race always in the top positions and at the end finished in fourth place.

 

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