UCI MTB World Cup Val di Sole: Pieterse, Gaze win short track openers

Puck Pieterse wins short track event at UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole
Puck Pieterse wins short track event at UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole (Image credit: UCI Mountain Bike World Series)

It was a good day for Alpecin-Deceuninck as Puck Pieterse and World Champion Sam Gaze triumphed in the elite women's and elite men's short track openers, respectively, at the fourth round of the WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series in Val di Sole, Trentino.

Pieterse won the women's race by just one second ahead of World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Ineos Grenadiers) in a two-rider sprint to the line, while Savilia Blunk (Decathlon Ford Racing Team) finished in third place at five seconds back.

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