UCI Mountain Bike World Cup: Elite Men and Women's XCO

Slams, roots, rocks and flat tyres: the results of the first round of the UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country race in Nove Mesto are in

Puck Pieterse took the win in her first race as an elite rider with a five second lead over the World Champion, Pauline Ferrand Prevot in yesterday’s World Cup race. Pieterse pushed into the lead during the final lap as the two riders climbed through the woods.

French rider Leana Lecomte made steady progress throughout the race, starting near the rear of the pack and finishing in third. The racetrack caught out British tank Evie Richards who was leading by a ten second margin before suffering a flat rear tire – in testament to her talent and determination, she still managed to finish in fourth place.

“I don’t know what happened,” Puck Pueterse said after the race, “I only knew that normally my start is really good but we were going so fast that I thought I totally blew myself up but it looked like the others did too. Then Pauline and I were going in front of each other and I think after a few laps Evie had a flat or something and then I was suddenly racing for the front and I didn’t know what to do. I just try to keep calm and it worked out.”

The men’s race saw rain on the trails, increasing the difficulty of the track for the Olympic champion and Friday’s XCC winner, Tom Pitcock. One of two mistakes threatened Pitcock’s battle for the win, the first a dismount at the top of the Shimano expert climb followed by a crash on the woodland descent that allowed French rider Joshua Dubau to overtake. Pitcock closed the thirty second gap that emerged between him and Debau in the final ten minutes and finished first. Joshua Dubau came in second, with Nino Schurter celebrating his 34th birthday with a third-place podium position.

Results

Elite Women

1st. Puck Pieterse: 1:23:01
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +5
3rd. Loana Lecomte: +11
4th. Evie Richards: +16
5th. Alessandra Keller: +38

Elite Men

1st. Tom Pidcock: 1:22:46
2nd. Joshua Dubau: +5
3rd. Nino Schurter: +23
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +23
5th. Thomas Griot: +48