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Van der Poel and Woodruff win MTB World Cup short track races in Czech Republic

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Podium: l to r - Maxime Marotte, Mathieu van der Poel, Henrique Avancini

Podium: l to r - Maxime Marotte, Mathieu van der Poel, Henrique Avancini
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Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) wins

Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) wins
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) sits in the bunch

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) sits in the bunch
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Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) at the front

Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) at the front
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Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) leading Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing)

Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) leading Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing)
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Nadine Rieder at the front

Nadine Rieder at the front
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Malene Degn (KMC-Ekoi-Orbea), Yana Belomoina (CST Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team)

Malene Degn (KMC-Ekoi-Orbea), Yana Belomoina (CST Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team)
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Chloe Woodruff (Team USA)

Chloe Woodruff (Team USA)
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Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Nadine Rieder, Annie Last (KMC-Ekoi-Orbea), Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing)

Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Nadine Rieder, Annie Last (KMC-Ekoi-Orbea), Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing)
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Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Anne Tauber (CST Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team), Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Rotor)

Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Anne Tauber (CST Sandd Bafang MTB Racing Team), Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Rotor)
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Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) attacks

Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) attacks
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Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) checks to see who is chasing

Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) checks to see who is chasing
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Chloe Woodruff (USA) well out in front with 1 lap to go

Chloe Woodruff (USA) well out in front with 1 lap to go
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The bunch start the last lap

The bunch start the last lap
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Annie Last (KMC-Ekoi-Orbea) takes 2nd, Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) 3rd

Annie Last (KMC-Ekoi-Orbea) takes 2nd, Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) 3rd
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The women's short track start

The women's short track start
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Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing) takes the lead

Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing) takes the lead
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Matthias Stirnemann (Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team), Andri Frischknecht (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing)

Matthias Stirnemann (Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team), Andri Frischknecht (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing)
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Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing), Anton Cooper (Trek Factory), Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing)

Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing), Anton Cooper (Trek Factory), Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing)
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Titouan Carod (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing)

Titouan Carod (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing)
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 Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Nadir Colledani (Bianchi Countervail)

Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing), Nadir Colledani (Bianchi Countervail)
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Keegan Swenson (Team USA)

Keegan Swenson (Team USA)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) goes to the front

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) goes to the front
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) gaps the bunch

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) gaps the bunch
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) about to start the final lap

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) about to start the final lap
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Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) leads the chase

Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) leads the chase
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) checks for the chasers

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) checks for the chasers
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Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) takes the win ahead of Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory Racing)

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) takes the win ahead of Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory Racing)
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L to r: Annie Last, Chloe Woodruff, Jolanda Neff

L to r: Annie Last, Chloe Woodruff, Jolanda Neff
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Women

Chloe Woodruff (Team USA) took a gamble and it paid off with victory in the XCC (Short Track) at the second round of the Mountain Bike World Cup on Friday, in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic.

The fast track at Nove Mesto led to a race of attrition, with a few riders getting shed every lap due to the high intensity. Woodruff stole off the front of the women's race and nobody was willing to take up the chase, allowing her to roll in for the best World Cup result of her career. Annie Last (KMC-Ekoi-Orbea) won the field sprint ahead of Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) and World Cup leader Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM). Courtney continues to lead the women's standings, with Neff second and Woodruff moving up one spot to third.

"I was inspired by Kate [Courtney, Round 1 winner] last week," said Woodruff, "so this means a lot. I race short track all the time and I love it. I knew my best bet was to go early, but I didn't know how big a gap I had until the last corner."

Men

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon Circus) proved once again that he is the best XCC (short track) racer on the Mountain Bike World Cup circuit with his second win in a row, in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, on Friday night.

The men's race saw multiple riders take a turn at the front, with van der Poel biding his time until four laps to go, when he accelerated away. He quickly opened a nine second lead, with Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) leading the chase at the front of the field. The Dutchman eased up at the line, crossing just ahead of the field sprint, led by Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory) and Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory). Van der Poel padded his lead in the overall standings over Mathis Flueckiger (Thomus RN Swiss Bike), with Marotte moving up to third from fourth.

"Last year, this was a really nervous race," explained van der Poel, "so I didn't really want to take a chance with a sprint. It was really painful, but eventually I got a gap and just went full gas to the finish."

Brief Results

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:22:08
2Annie Last (GBr)0:00:08
3Jolanda Neff (Sui)
4Kate Courtney (USA)0:00:09
5Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)
6Linda Indergand (Sui)
7Nadine Rieder (Ger)0:00:11
8Anne Tauber (Ned)
9Rebecca Ellen McConnell (Aus)
10Yana Belomoina (Ukr)

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned)0:20:49
2Maxime Marotte (Fra)
3Henrique Aavncini (Bra)0:00:01
4Nino Schurter (Sui)
5Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa)
6ordan Sarrou (Fra)0:00:02
7eter Disera (Can)0:00:04
8Alan Hatherly (RSA)
9Anton Cooper (NZl)
10Reto Indergand (Sui)

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