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Courtney wins second consecutive MTB World Cup in Nove Mesto

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Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing wins

Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing wins
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Start of the women's race in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic

Start of the women's race in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic
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Podium: l to r - Sina Frei, Rebecca McConnell , Kate Courtney, Haley Smith, Malene Degn

Podium: l to r - Sina Frei, Rebecca McConnell , Kate Courtney, Haley Smith, Malene Degn
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Second place for Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor

Second place for Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor
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Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor

Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor
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Anne Tauber (Ned) Cst Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team being hunted down by Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racin

Anne Tauber (Ned) Cst Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team being hunted down by Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racin
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Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing on a mission

Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing on a mission
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Rio Olympic gold medalist Jenny Rissveds (Swe) returns to racing after a 2 year absence

Rio Olympic gold medalist Jenny Rissveds (Swe) returns to racing after a 2 year absence
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 Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor and Sina Frei (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing

Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor and Sina Frei (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing
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Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing

Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing
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Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing and Sina Frei (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing

Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing and Sina Frei (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing
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 Lea Davison (USA)

Lea Davison (USA)
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Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team and Malene Degn (Den) KMC-Ekoi-Orbea

Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team and Malene Degn (Den) KMC-Ekoi-Orbea
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Great ride for Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor

Great ride for Rebecca McConnell (Aus) Primaflor Mondraker Rotor
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Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing chased back after a flat

Kate Courtney (USA) Scott-SRAM MTB Racing chased back after a flat
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Anne Tauber (Ned) Cst Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team took the lead

Anne Tauber (Ned) Cst Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team took the lead
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Jolanda Neff (Sui) Trek Factory Racing XC went out fast

Jolanda Neff (Sui) Trek Factory Racing XC went out fast
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Podium: l to r - Sina Frei, Rebecca McConnell , Kate Courtney, Haley Smith, Malene Degn

Podium: l to r - Sina Frei, Rebecca McConnell , Kate Courtney, Haley Smith, Malene Degn
(Image credit: Rob Jones)

World champion Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) took her second straight victory in the Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday, at Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Unlike the first round, a week earlier in Albstadt, Germany, when Courtney rode away from the field, this time she had to battle her way back to the front after having been dropped with a flat tire.

Anne Tauber (CST Sandd Bafang) attacked on the opening lap to take the lead, with Courtney, Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory), Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker) and Sina Frei (Ghost Factory) chasing. Tauber was joined by Neff, while Courtney fell back to fourth by the second lap after flatting.

She worked her way back up to join Neff on Lap 4 and then went on a solo chase, joining and dropping Tauber on the last lap, after the Dutch rider crashed multiple times, bending her derailleur. McConnell moved up to take second, while Haley Smith (Norco Factory) had the fastest lap of the day to move from sixth to third. Courtney solidified her lead in the overall standings with 700 points, followed by Neff at 490 and Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) at 385.

"I think I started a little hard," said Courtney, "and when I had my flat it was tough mentally. But I was able to reset and focus on my own pace. It took every ounce of what I had, so I'm pretty happy."

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kate Courtney (USA)1:27:31
2Rebecca Ellen McConnel (Aus)0:00:36
3Haley Smith (Can)0:00:42
4Sina Frei (Sui)0:00:45
5Malene Degn (Den)0:01:33
6Linda Indergand (Sui)0:01:34
7Anne Terpstra (Ned)0:02:01
8Jolanda Neff (Sui)0:02:13
9Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)0:02:26
10Anne Tauber (Ned)0:02:38

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