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France scores hat trick in Team Relay

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Czech Republic, France, Switzerland on the Team Relay podium

Czech Republic, France, Switzerland on the Team Relay podium
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Start

Start
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot hands off to Jordan Sarrou

Pauline Ferrand Prevot hands off to Jordan Sarrou
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Jordan Sarrou waits in the french box

Jordan Sarrou waits in the french box
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Czech Republic's Katerina Nash recorded the fastest lap for the women

Czech Republic's Katerina Nash recorded the fastest lap for the women
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Switzerland and Australia neck and neck on lap 3

Switzerland and Australia neck and neck on lap 3
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World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot was the 3rd French rider

World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot was the 3rd French rider
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Victor Koretsky starts things off for france

Victor Koretsky starts things off for france
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Jaroslav Kulhavy fell 16 seconds short of taking a Czech win

Jaroslav Kulhavy fell 16 seconds short of taking a Czech win
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France took their third consecutive victory in the Team Relay

France took their third consecutive victory in the Team Relay
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Jordan Sarrou celebrates the win by France

Jordan Sarrou celebrates the win by France
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Katerina Nash hands off to Jaroslav Kulhavy

Katerina Nash hands off to Jaroslav Kulhavy
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France took their third consecutive victory in the Team Relay (XCR) on Thursday at the Cross-country Mountain Bike World Championships, in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. The host Czech team took a very popular silver medal, while Switzerland took bronze.

All three of the medal teams used the same order of riders - U23 Man, Junior Man, Elite Woman and finishing with Elite Man (although Switzerland did use U23 woman instead of Elite). France was flawless in their execution, take the lead with Victor Koretzky and never relinquishing it. Benjamin le Ny was their second rider, followed by Pauline Ferrand Prevot and finally Jordan Sarrou. Their winning time was 59 minutes and 49 seconds; the only team to go under one hour.

"We were confident of our abilities," said Koretzky. "It is special to win our third in a row, and it took strong rides by everyone, to keep the lead through the while race."

The Czech team had a bit more of a struggle, finishing the first lap in sixth place, dropping to ninth on the second lap, and finally moving into contention with a very strong ride by Katerina Nash, who took them up to second. 2012 Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy maintained that position and gained a few seconds on Sarrou, to finish 16 seconds back.

"This medal was all due to Katka [Nash]," said Kulhavy. "She did all the work, I was merely holding the position. The French were just too strong today and could not be beaten."

The Swiss team also came back from ninth on the opening lap to fourth on the second and third, and finally into the bronze medal position on the last lap, 21 seconds down on the Czech team. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France0:59:49
2Czech Republic0:00:16
3Switzerland0:00:37
4Germany0:00:44
5Denmark0:01:06
6Italy
7Hungary0:01:42
8United States of America0:01:53
9Netherlands0:02:05
10Australia0:03:04
11Spain0:03:23
12Sweden0:04:14
13Ukraine0:05:23
14Slovakia0:05:54
15Poland0:06:39
16Japan0:07:05
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