Stigger, Balmer win Junior XC World titles

At the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Thursday, Austria's Laura Stigger won the junior women's XCO race, while Alexandre Balmer (Switzerland) was victorious in the junior men's event.

Junior women

Austria took the first individual title of the 2018 mountain bike Worlds with Laura Stigger successfully defending her junior women's XCO title.

The Austrian was untouchable in the junior women's five-lap race, riding away from the rest of the field on the opening climb, and extending her lead throughout the race to win by over three minutes.

Tereza Saskova of the Czech Republic moved into second place on the first lap, but was challenged in the second half of the race by Harriet Harnden of Great Britain.

Saskova managed to drop her British rival in the last half lap to take the silver medal, 34 seconds in front of Harnden.

Junior men

Host nation Switzerland continued their winning streak for a second day with Alexandre Balmer taking a come-from-behind victory in the junior men's XCO.

Balmer had also been a member of the winning Swiss team relay squad the day before.

The junior men began in the rain, making the track slick and treacherous, although it gradually dried out in the second half of the six-lap race.

Mathis Azzaro of France jumped away to build a strong lead in the first half of the race, opening a maximum gap of 41 seconds on the second lap.

But his gap began to shrunk after that, with Leon Kaiser of Germany, Balmer and his teammate Loris Rouiller steadily closing in.

By the start of the last lap, Balmer, Kaiser and Azzaro were together, and when Kaiser attacked, only Balmer could respond. The Swiss rider then countered to cross the finish line a slim two seconds ahead of Kaiser, and immediately collapsed after his effort.

Azzaro held on for third ahead of Rouiller.

"My start was very bad and I lost 30 seconds," said Balmer. "In my head, I thought my race was over, but I decided to give it everything – for my country, my family, my team.

"I just kept calm, but it was very long and difficult. Leon [Kaiser] went crazy on the uphill, but I was able to come back. It was a crazy race.

"I'm usually not so good at altitude, so I'm very happy with this race; it has been a perfect season. Now I'll focus on Innsbruck," said Balmer, who will head to Austria to compete in the junior race at the road world championships later this month.

Full Results

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Junior Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Stigger (Austria)1:09:46
2Tereza Sásková (Czech Republic)0:03:03
3Harriet Harnden (Great Britain)0:03:37
4Isaure Medde (France)0:04:39
5Sofie Heby Pedersen (Denmark)0:05:04
6Ronja Blöchlinger (Switzerland)0:05:43
7Jacqueline Schneebeli (Switzerland)0:05:59
8Marianne Theberge (Canada)0:06:06
9Emma Eydt (Germany)0:06:26
10Raquel Queirós (Portugal)0:06:54
11Giada Specia (Italy)0:08:01
12Magdalena Mišonová (Czech Republic)0:08:14
13Pasquine Vandermouten (France)0:08:15
14Virág Buzsáki (Hungary)0:08:20
15Anna Mcgorum (Great Britain)0:08:33
16Angie Milena Lara Zarazo (Colombia)0:09:03
17Akari Kobayashi (Japan)0:09:11
18Radka Paulechová (Slovakia)0:09:30
19Melanie Tresch (Switzerland)0:09:51
20Zoe Cuthbert (Australia)0:09:57
21Leoni Fend (Germany)0:09:58
22Roxane Vermette (Canada)0:09:59
23Tamara Wiedmann (Austria)0:10:26
24Zandri Strydom (South Africa)0:10:33
25Lisa Baumann (Switzerland)0:10:45
26Tina Züger (Switzerland)0:10:59
27Darya Alexeeva (Russian Federation)0:11:06
28Mireille Larose Gingras (Canada)0:11:10
29Anna Mirolyubova (Russian Federation)0:11:31
30Vita Movrin (Slovenia)0:11:32
31Justine Tonso (France)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Agnieszka Szpocinska (Poland)0:11:57
33Catalina Maria Vidaurre Kossmann (Chile)0:11:58
34Madeline Robbins (United States Of America)0:12:11
35Urara Kawaguchi (Japan)0:12:48
36Noëlle Buri (Switzerland)0:13:16
37Monika Kucerová (Czech Republic)0:13:35
38Rina Matsumoto (Japan)0:13:38
39Fiona Eichenberger (Switzerland)0:13:40
40Kata Blanka Vas (Hungary)0:14:09
41Tiffany Keep (South Africa)0:15:19
42Simone Roßberg (Germany)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Eva Poidevin (Canada)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Saga Molin (Sweden)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Mina Ricci (United States Of America)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Fatima Anahi Hijar Marin (Mexico)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Teagan Atherstone (Australia)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Eszter Bereczki (Romania)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Surattiya Buppha (Thailand)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Aleksandra Ushakova (Russian Federation)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Larisa Bošnjak (Croatia)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Camila Samso (Argentina)Row 51 - Cell 2
53María Valentina Santomartino (Argentina)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNFOleksandra Logvinyuk (Ukraine)Row 53 - Cell 2
DNSKätlin Kukk (Estonia)Row 54 - Cell 2


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Junior Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandre Balmer (Switzerland)1:13:45
2Leon Reinhard Kaiser (Germany)0:00:02
3Mathis Azzaro (France)0:01:13
4Loris Rouiller (Switzerland)0:01:22
5Moritz Schäb (Germany)0:01:53
6Cameron Wright (Australia)0:02:07
7Alexander Young Andersen (Denmark)0:02:15
8Simone Avondetto (Italy)0:02:23
9Holden Jones (Canada)0:02:45
10Pierre Chabaud (France)0:03:46
11Hugo Peyroux (France)0:04:00
12Carter Woods (Canada)0:04:07
13Kevin Vermaerke (United States Of America)0:04:49
14Tim Van Dijke (Netherlands)0:04:59
15Andreas Emanuele Vittone (Italy)0:05:02
16Charlie Aldridge (Great Britain)0:05:04
17Kedup Gyagang (Switzerland)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Jørgen Anmarkrud (Norway)0:05:12
19Luca Schätti (Switzerland)0:05:15
20Benedikt Fritz (Germany)0:05:16
21Lars Hemmerling (Germany)0:05:40
22Clément Horny (Belgium)0:05:41
23Simon Walter (Switzerland)0:05:44
24Carlos Canal Blanco (Spain)0:06:20
25Charles Antoine St-Onge (Canada)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Stiven Thür (Switzerland)0:06:43
27Nils Brun (Switzerland)0:06:44
28Alex Miller (Namibia)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Ignacio Esteban Gallo Florido (Chile)0:06:54
30Valeriy Sukhnev (Russian Federation)0:07:03
31Nikolay Ivanov (Russian Federation)0:07:04
32David Domingo Campos Motos (Spain)0:07:05
33Eitan Levi (Israel)0:07:13
34Markus Pajur (Estonia)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Scott Funston (United States Of America)0:07:20
36Martin Vidaurre Kossman (Chile)0:07:30
37Arne Janssens (Belgium)0:07:42
38Rafael Rita (Portugal)0:07:43
39Matthew Dinham (Australia)0:07:54
40Vilgot Lindh (Sweden)0:08:12
41Sam Fox (Australia)0:08:26
42Cameron Jones (New Zealand)0:08:27
43Markus Kaad Heuer (Denmark)0:08:28
44Gil-Li Gonen (Israel)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Markus Eydt (Germany)0:08:29
46Mick Van Dijke (Netherlands)0:08:51
47Zaccaria Toccoli (Italy)0:09:10
48Samuel Jirouš (Czech Republic)0:09:17
49Omer Katzman (Israel)0:09:21
50Ian Millennium (Denmark)0:09:33
51Didac Carvacho Sevilla (Spain)0:10:11
52Hugo Eliasson (Sweden)0:10:14
53Sean Flynn (Great Britain)0:10:24
54Sam Walsh (Australia)0:10:29
55Agustin Duran (Argentina)0:11:37
56Tyler Clark (Canada)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Mikhail Pilipchuk (Russian Federation)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Paul Fabian (United States Of America)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Shinichi Kaminaga (Japan)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Adrian Barros Rodriguez (Spain)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Colton Woods (Canada)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Nadav Raisberg (Israel)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Jakub Jencuš (Slovakia)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Jeronimo Bedoya Botero (Colombia)Row 63 - Cell 2
65František Honsa (Czech Republic)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Wiktor Wisniewski (Poland)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Tomáš Dudek (Czech Republic)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Kilian Folguera Diaz (Andorra)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Thomas Creighton (Ireland)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Nolan Jenkins (United States Of America)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Max Taylor (New Zealand)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Maxwell Wickens (New Zealand)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Julian Agustin Molina (Argentina)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Emanuel Zangerle (Austria)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Caleb Bottcher (New Zealand)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Jamie Penfold (South Africa)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Corey Smith (Australia)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Agustin Dominguez (Argentina)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Andre Alonso Vega Cordova (Chile)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Genadiy Moiseev (Ukraine)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Pawel Garczyk (Poland)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Dominik Dankowski (Poland)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Connor Johnston (New Zealand)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Phunsiri Sirimongkhon (Thailand)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Niko Heikkilä (Finland)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Daniel Van Der Walt (South Africa)Row 85 - Cell 2
87August Höglund (Sweden)Row 86 - Cell 2
88David Juarez (Venezuela)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Tomáš Meriac (Slovakia)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Rodzers Petaks (Latvia)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Lee Harvey (Ireland)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Keagan Bontekoning (South Africa)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Vasile-Gabriel Silaghi (Romania)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Sebastian Brenes Mata (Costa Rica)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Yudai Fujiki (Japan)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Rangsiman Hangquart (Thailand)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Stjepan Hunjak (Croatia)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Koutarou Murakami (Japan)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Silviu-Narcis Buzan (Romania)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Josh Burnett (New Zealand)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Fontana (Italy)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFErik Fetter (Hungary)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFAdair Zabdiel Gutierrez Prieto (Mexico)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFMatevž Govekar (Slovenia)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFJake Yackle (United States Of America)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFÁdám István Fülöp (Hungary)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFMiha Klemencic (Slovenia)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFHarry Birchill (Great Britain)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNSAlex Juan Pablo Zapata Unas (Colombia)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNSMirco Näf (Switzerland)Row 109 - Cell 2


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