Short Track: Albstadt - Albstadt
The first full season of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup since 2019 began on Friday evening in Albstadt, Germany, with the women's and men's Short Track.
Two of the dominant riders of this discipline became the first this season to wear the World Cup leader's jerseys, with World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Absolute-Absalon-BMC) winning the women's race and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) the men's.
The roughly 20-minute Short Track offers half the points of a cross-country (XCO) win, and the top 16 finishers occupy the first two rows on the start line for Sunday's XCO, so for the top 40 ranked riders who are allowed to enter, it is a serious battle.
Powering to victory in the XCC Short Track 🚀 Congrats @mathieuvdpoel 🇳🇱 and @FERRANDPREVOT 🇫🇷 #MBWorldCup pic.twitter.com/V18BrGJv0uMay 7, 2021
"Unexpected" victory for Ferrand-Prévot
Australian champion Rebecca McConnell (Primaflora Mondraker XSauce) led the start of the six-lap women's race, but Ferrand-Prévot was always lurking in the top three, along with 2019 World Cup Champion Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM).
Linda Indergand (Liv Factory) made an unexpected mid-race attack and opened an almost 20-second gap as the contenders hesitated, and still had a 13-second gap going into the final.
However, Ferrand-Prévot attacked out of the chase group hard on the first climb and caught her in the final kilometre. Indergand held on for second, just ahead of Annie Last (Great Britain) and Courtney.
"I didn't really expect to do that well," said Ferrand-Prévot, "but I just tried to stay out of the wind at the beginning of the race. I didn't want to ride [at the front] because of the headwind on the long straight section, so I waited until the end. I wanted to go [with Indergand], but I said to myself, 'if you go you will kill yourself', so I waited and let others to the job [of chasing]. I attacked at the last lap and didn't hold back. It was a good tactic."
Van der Poel attacks early
The men's race saw Van der Poel returning to mountain biking for his first race since August of 2019. That year the Dutch rider was five-for-five in Short Track and, while he has shown his continued speed and power on the road and in cyclo-cross, the question was: how would he fare against the top mountain bikers?
He answered quickly on the second lap of a seven-lap race, attacking explosively and shredding the field.
Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM), the world number one ranked rider, struggled to latch onto his wheel, and the bunch came back together once Van der Poel eased back on the pedals.
For the rest of the race, until the final lap, Van der Poel sat a few riders back from the lead, recovering, while Schurter, Victory Koretzky (KMC-Orbea) and Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory) took turns setting a high tempo. But on the final lap the Dutch rider attacked again and no one could respond. Koretzky beat Schurter at the line for second.
"It was different racing on mountain bikes with the wide handlebars ... there's was a lot of touching. But at the end I managed to pull out a win," Van der Poel admitted..
Talking about his early attack, he explained, "I wanted to reduce the group a bit, because of the headwind it was tactical and I tried to get away with a little group, but there was nobody pushing on with me. So I tried to recover a bit for the last lap. I wanted a good starting position [for the XCO] and as many points as possible to go for the Olympics, so I'm happy I get to start with the leader's jersey."
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)||0:20:37|
|2||Linda Indergand (Swi)||0:00:01|
|3||Annie Last (GBr)||0:00:02|
|4||Kate Courtney (USA)|
|5||Loana Lecomte (Fra)||0:00:05|
|6||Rebecca Mcconnell (Aus)||0:00:06|
|7||Anne Terpstra (Ned)||0:00:08|
|8||Sina Frei (Swi)||0:00:10|
|9||Eva Lechner (Ita)||0:00:18|
|10||Jenny Rissveds (Swe)|
|11||Haley Batten (USA)||0:00:20|
|12||Chloe Woodruff (USA)||0:00:21|
|13||Jolanda Neff (Swi)||0:00:22|
|14||Ramona Forchini (Swi)||0:00:26|
|15||Jitka Čábelická (Cze)||0:00:30|
|16||Janika Lõiv (Est)||0:00:31|
|17||Emily Batty (Can)|
|18||Erin Huck (USA)||0:00:32|
|19||Ronja Eibl (Ger)||0:00:35|
|20||Anne Tauber (Ned)||0:00:36|
|21||Maja Wloszczowska (Pol)||0:00:37|
|22||Rocio del Alba Garcia Martinez (Spa)||0:00:42|
|23||Laura Stigger (Aut)||0:00:44|
|24||Barbara Benkó (Hun)|
|25||Nicole Koller (Swi)||0:00:46|
|26||Martina Berta (Ita)||0:00:50|
|27||Alessandra Keller (Swi)||0:00:51|
|28||Sofia Gomez Villafane (Arg)|
|29||Evie Richards (GBr)|
|30||Lea Davison (USA)||0:01:03|
|31||Haley Smith (Can)||0:01:09|
|32||Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)|
|33||Candice Lill (RSA)||0:01:22|
|34||Catharine Pendrel (Can)|
|35||Sophie von Berswordt (Ned)||0:01:23|
|36||Daniela Campuzano Chavez Peon (Mex)||0:01:25|
|37||Mariske Strauss (RSA)||0:01:26|
|38||Isla Short (GBr)||0:01:27|
|39||Githa Michiels (Bel)|
|DNS||Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)|
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Mathieu van der Poel (Ned)||0:20:39|
|2||Victor Koretzky (Fra)||0:00:02|
|3||Nino Schurter (Swi)||0:00:03|
|4||Henrique Avancini (Bra)||0:00:09|
|5||Mathias Flueckiger (Swi)||0:00:10|
|6||Jordan Sarrou (Fra)||0:00:11|
|7||Peter Disera (Can)|
|8||Luca Braidot (Ita)||0:00:13|
|9||Nadir Colledani (Ita)||0:00:14|
|10||Alan Hatherly (RSA)|
|11||Anton Cooper (NZl)||0:00:15|
|12||Lars Forster (Swi)||0:00:17|
|13||Titouan Carod (Fra)||0:00:18|
|14||Milan Vader (Ned)|
|15||Daniele Braidot (Ita)||0:00:20|
|16||Christopher Blevins (USA)||0:00:21|
|17||Ondřej Cink (Cze)||0:00:22|
|18||Jens Schuermans (Bel)||0:00:23|
|19||Maxime Marotte (Fra)|
|20||Maximilian Brandl (Ger)||0:00:24|
|21||Thomas Griot (Fra)||0:00:25|
|22||David Valero Serrano (Spa)|
|23||Manuel Fumic (Ger)|
|24||Leandre Bouchard (Can)||0:00:27|
|25||Sebastian Fini Carstensen (Den)||0:00:30|
|26||Vlad Dascalu (Rom)||0:00:31|
|27||Jofre Cullell Estape (Spa)||0:00:34|
|28||Stephane Tempier (Fra)||0:00:37|
|29||Reto Indergand (Swi)||0:00:46|
|30||Thomas Litscher (Swi)||0:00:50|
|31||Daniel Mcconnell (Aus)||0:01:07|
|32||Karl Markt (Aut)||0:01:08|
|33||Matthias Stirnemann (Swi)||0:01:12|
|34||Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol)||0:01:18|
|35||Keegan Swenson (USA)||0:01:22|
|36||Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Ita)||0:01:32|
|37||Andri Frischknecht (Swi)|
|38||Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo (Mex)|
|39||Simon Andreassen (Den)|
|DNS||Filippo Colombo (Swi)|
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