Hatherly, Keller claim U23 World titles

U23 Women

Host nation Switzerland took their third title in three days at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships on Friday in Lenzerheide. Swiss teammates Alessandra Keller and Sina Frei finished 1-2 before a cheering crowd.

Switzerland was favoured for the women's race and they did not disappoint, with defending champion Frei and Keller riding away from the rest of the field on the first lap. The pair rode together until the third lap when Keller attacked, opening a 38 second gap by the end of the lap and extending it to 1:22 by the finish.  Frei rode the rest of the race in second, holding off a late effort by Marika Tovo of Italy to make it a 1-2 finish for the Swiss. This is the third gold medal for the host nation in five events contested so far. "

There are no words," said Keller, "the crowd was amazing, cheering for me - it was so loud. It's a big dream to win this title, I was unlucky last year with a crash, and I was sick at Europeans [Championships], so this is a dream come true."

U23 Men

South Africa became the third nation at the 2018 Mountain Bike World Championships to win a rainbow jersey in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, with a dominating performance by Alan Hatherly, last year's silver medalist.  Hatherly follows in the footsteps of the late Burry Stander, who became South Africa's first XCO world champion as a U23 rider in 2009.

The men's race saw a group of ten form at the front on the first lap, including Hatherly, World Cup champion Petter Fagerhaug (Norway), Christopher Blevins (USA) and David Nordemann (Netherlands). Hatherly was the most aggressive, and by the third lap only Blevins was still with him. The pair rode together for the remainder of the race, with Hatherly finally dropping Blevins in the last half lap to solo in for the win, 27 seconds ahead of the American. Nordemann took third.

"I had a taste of victory at Mont-Ste-Anne [World Cup] about a month ago," said Hatherly, "and since then I've just been preparing. I knew the possibility of winning was quite good, so it was a matter of making sure the final preparations were perfect. It's pretty unbelievable; these aren't the sort of conditions we get in South Africa, and at altitude where I normally struggle. A dream come true. I knew Chris has a pretty good kick from his road racing, so the last thing I wanted was for it to come down to a sprint. So on the last lap I just wound it up and kept my head down the whole way."

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alan Hatherly (South Africa)1:21:22
2Christopher Blevins (United States Of America)0:00:27
3David Nordemann (Netherlands)0:01:05
4Petter Fagerhaug (Norway)0:01:24
5Jonas Lindberg (Denmark)0:01:28
6Vital Albin (Switzerland)0:01:47
7Jofre Cullell Estape (Spain)0:01:53
8Simon Andreassen (Denmark)0:02:00
9Antoine Philipp (France)0:02:18
10Luca Schwarzbauer (Germany)0:02:36
11Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo (Mexico)0:02:38
12Márton Dina (Hungary)0:02:49
13Noah Blöchlinger (Switzerland)0:02:50
14Sean Fincham (Canada)0:03:09
15Martin Emil Siggerud (Norway)0:03:20
16Filippo Colombo (Switzerland)0:03:32
17Ben Oliver (New Zealand)0:03:35
18Thomas Bonnet (France)0:03:59
19Erik Hægstad (Norway)0:04:11
20Marc Andre Fortier (Canada)0:04:16
21Marc Bouwmeester (Netherlands)0:04:22
22Vlad Dascalu (Romania)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Eden Cruise (New Zealand)0:04:37
24Pierre De Froidmont (Belgium)0:04:55
25Milan Vader (Netherlands)0:04:57
26Niklas Schehl (Germany)0:05:14
27Quinton Disera (Canada)0:05:16
28Matej Prudek (Czech Republic)0:05:22
29Emil Hedlund (Sweden)0:05:39
30Attila Valter (Hungary)0:05:45
31Joel Roth (Switzerland)0:05:51
32Raphael Auclair (Canada)0:05:54
33Simon Schneller (Germany)0:05:56
34Neïlo Perrin Ganier (France)0:06:02
35Gunnar Holmgren (Canada)0:06:03
36Juri Zanotti (Italy)0:06:52
37Jakub Zamrozniak (Poland)0:07:13
38Joshua Dubau (France)0:07:31
39Joris Ryf (Switzerland)0:07:34
40Tobias Johannessen (Norway)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Julian Jessop (South Africa)0:07:43
42Lukáš Kobes (Czech Republic)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Jerry Dufour (United States Of America)0:07:49
44Rok Naglic (Slovenia)0:08:04
45Alessio Agostinelli (Italy)0:08:13
46Filip Helta (Poland)0:08:29
47Ivan Filatov (Russian Federation)0:08:36
48Jaromír Skála (Czech Republic)0:08:41
49Ramon Lauener (Switzerland)0:08:47
50Sandy Floren (United States Of America)0:09:02
51Alessandro Saravalle (Italy)0:09:04
52Carson Beckett (United States Of America)0:11:37
53Tomer Zaltsman (Israel)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Cameron Orr (Great Britain)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Axel Zingle (France)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Callum Carson (Australia)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Volodymyr Kozlovskyy (Ukraine)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Sasu Halme (Finland)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Alessandro Naspi (Italy)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Guy Leshem (Israel)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Cole Paton (United States Of America)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Frazer Clacherty (Great Britain)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Arsentii Vavilov (Russian Federation)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Reece Tucknott (Australia)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Nicolas Patricio Delich Pardo (Chile)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Zsombor Palumby (Hungary)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Fernando Contreras (Argentina)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Ori Leonzini (Israel)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Jhon Fredy Garzon Gonzalez (Colombia)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Michael Harris (Australia)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Tristan De Lange (Namibia)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Tomasz Budzinski (Poland)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Moritz Bscherer (Austria)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Tom Reho (Ukraine)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Alex Lack (Australia)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Pavel Lunde (Russian Federation)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Marcin Budzinski (Poland)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Jorge Gomez Mora (Spain)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Filip Sklenarik (Slovakia)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Pavlo Lukan (Ukraine)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Habouria Maher (Tunisia)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Matija Meštric (Croatia)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Amando Martinez Galvan (Mexico)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Joaquin Plomer (Argentina)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Luke Brame (Australia)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Riki Kitabayashi (Japan)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Aleksandar Roman (Serbia)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Brent Rees (Australia)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Cristobal Omar Gonzalez Cornejo (Chile)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Ari Hirabayashi (Japan)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Tumelo Makae LESRow 90 - Cell 2
92Yuki Kobayashi (Japan)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Josip Meštric (Croatia)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFJosep Duran Reig (Spain)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFMaximilian Brandl (Germany)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFGonzalo Artal Lokman (Argentina)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFJoel Ramirez Miranda (Mexico)Row 96 - Cell 2


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U23 Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandra Keller (Switzerland)1:22:53
2Sina Frei (Switzerland)0:01:22
3Marika Tovo (Italy)0:01:40
4Ronja Eibl (Germany)0:02:32
5Caroline Bohé (Denmark)0:03:25
6Sophie Von Berswordt (Netherlands)0:04:00
7Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez (Spain)0:04:26
8Malene Degn (Denmark)0:05:16
9Nicole Koller (Switzerland)0:05:21
10Loana Lecomte (France)0:05:36
11Lucie Urruty (France)0:06:51
12Haley Batten (United States Of America)0:07:03
13Savilia Blunk (United States Of America)0:07:20
14Chiara Teocchi (Italy)0:07:33
15Martina Berta (Italy)0:07:36
16Giorgia Marchet (Italy)0:07:47
17Aline Seitz (Switzerland)0:07:48
18Antonia Daubermann (Germany)0:08:08
19Felicitas Geiger (Germany)0:09:01
20Emily Unterberger (Canada)0:10:24
21Laurie Arseneault (Canada)0:10:48
22Gwendalyn Gibson (United States Of America)0:11:21
23Nadja Heigl (Austria)0:11:50
24Anna Spielmann (Austria)0:12:13
25Isla Short (Great Britain)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Leidy Johana Mera Cadena (Colombia)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Mackenzie Myatt (Canada)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Kristina Ilina (Russian Federation)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Jana Czeczinkarová (Czech Republic)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Ramona Kupferschmied (Switzerland)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Erika Monserrath Rodriguez Suarez (Mexico)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Lisa Pasteiner (Austria)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Corina Druml (Austria)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Lena Mettraux (Switzerland)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Leonie Daubermann (Germany)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Ida Jansson (Sweden)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Regina Schmidel (Hungary)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Emeline Detilleux (Belgium)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Marta Branco (Portugal)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Lara Krähemann (Switzerland)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Megan Williams (Australia)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Juliette Tetreault (Canada)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Patrycja Swierczynska (Poland)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Warinothorn Phetpraphan (Thailand)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Viktoria Kirsanova (Russian Federation)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Maria Sherstiuk (Ukraine)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Natalie Panyawan (Thailand)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Sarah Tucknott (Australia)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Matshidiso Bakang Ebudilwe BOTRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFCharlotte Culver (Australia)Row 49 - Cell 2
DNFEvie Richards (Great Britain)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNSGabriela Wojtyla (Poland)Row 51 - Cell 2

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