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Cooper cruises to junior men's cross country title

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Anton Cooper (New Zealand) win the junior men's cross country world championship

Anton Cooper (New Zealand) win the junior men's cross country world championship (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Anton Cooper (New Zealand) on the podium with his new jersey and gold medal

Anton Cooper (New Zealand) on the podium with his new jersey and gold medal (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Anton Cooper (New Zealand) triumphs in the junior world championship race in Saalfelden, Austria

Anton Cooper (New Zealand) triumphs in the junior world championship race in Saalfelden, Austria (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Anton Cooper (New Zealand) on his way to becoming junior world champion

Anton Cooper (New Zealand) on his way to becoming junior world champion (Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Junior men's cross country world championship podium: Victor Koretzky (France), Anton Cooper (New Zealand), Titouan Carod (France)

Junior men's cross country world championship podium: Victor Koretzky (France), Anton Cooper (New Zealand), Titouan Carod (France) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Titouan Carod (France)

Titouan Carod (France) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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2011 Junior World Champion Victor Koretzky (France) put in a strong race

2011 Junior World Champion Victor Koretzky (France) put in a strong race (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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American junior national champion Keegan Swenson rode into fifth place

American junior national champion Keegan Swenson rode into fifth place (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Anton Coope r (New Zealand) dominated the junior men's race

Anton Coope r (New Zealand) dominated the junior men's race (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Anton Cooper (New Zealand) on his way to winning the junior world championship in Saalfelden, Austria

Anton Cooper (New Zealand) on his way to winning the junior world championship in Saalfelden, Austria (Image credit: Trek World Racing)
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Anton Cooper (New Zealand) in his new rainbow stripes jersey

Anton Cooper (New Zealand) in his new rainbow stripes jersey (Image credit: Trek World Racing)

Anton Cooper won a gold medal for New Zealand in the junior men's cross country race at the mountain bike world championships in Saalfelden, Austria on Saturday morning. The Kiwi rider upset defending champion Victor Koretzky (France) and Titouan Carod (France).

"One of my goals I set for this year was to win the world championships," said Cooper. "It's been a dream as a kid to win this thing. I'm finally satisfied. I felt relaxed. Everything just fell into place."

Cooper set the pace from the start and only Koretzky could hang at first; however, the French maintained a strong presence at the front of the field. On the first lap, Cooper was chased by three French riders in a row: Koretzky, Carod and Antoine Bouqueret (France) and Romain Seigle (France) was not far behind them.

"The pace was hot. I knew going up the first climb because I could listen to the other riders breathing," said Cooper. "I got first into the singletrack. I wasn't quite on to it and I let a couple of the riders pass me, but I managed to get them back not long after and took the lead again. I played my cards well. I felt comfortable with my race and how it was going."

Carod bridged up to Cooper and Koretzky on lap two, but by the end of that lap, Cooper had dropped them both and would ride the rest of the start-loop-plus-four-lap race on his own off the front.

Koretzky and Carod were left to battle for silver and they remained close throughout the race, but the defending champion triumphed in the end.

"I felt good today, but Anton was stronger," said Koretzky. "For me, it was difficult on the uphill road sections. After he dropped me, I ended up in a race with Titouan. I went into the last singletrack first to keep my second place on that final lap.

"The French junior team is so good. It's a good achievement for us French juniors."

Carod said, "I feel very good. In the start, I had a bobble, and on the second lap, my legs were good, and I got on the wheel of Anton. We French are very strong. Anton and Victor got clear of me, but in the finish, Victor and I were very tight."

Seigle was fourth ahead of Keegan Swenson (United States) in fifth.

"I had a little problem at the start and missed my pedal. I had to catch up, but I felt good," said Swenson. "The race was fast - consistently fast."

Swenson, who will move up to the U23 ranks along with all of the top nine finishers on the day, is looking forward to the transition and was delighted to make his goal of finishing in the top five. "It was a great season. I had a bunch of top 10s and World Cup finishes and a national title. I'm excited for the U23s. It will be fun."

Full Results

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Cooper (New-Zealand)1:06:53
2Victor Koretzky (France)0:02:17
3Titouan Carod (France)0:02:34
4Romain Seigle (France)0:04:06
5Keegan Swenson (United States Of America)0:04:35
6Antoine Bouqueret (France)0:04:54
7Enea Vetsch (Switzerland)0:04:57
8Kevin Panhuyzen (Belgium)0:05:06
9Beltain Schmid (Italy)
10Manuel Fasnacht (Switzerland)0:05:07
11Nicolas Sessler (Brazil)0:05:34
12Eirik Sverdrup Augdal (Norway)0:05:40
13Georg Egger (Germany)0:05:52
14Ben Zwiehoff (Germany)0:06:01
15Martin Frey (Germany)0:06:05
16Dominic Zumstein (Switzerland)0:06:06
17Piotr Konwa (Poland)0:06:18
18Andri Frischknecht (Switzerland)0:06:26
19Artem Shevtsov (Ukraine)
20Lukas Baum (Germany)0:06:35
21Oleksii Zavolokin (Ukraine)0:06:42
22Boris Cara (Belgium)0:07:07
23Martin Stosek (Czech Republic)0:07:21
24Sebastian Carstensen Fini (Denmark)0:07:24
25Jesper Slik (Netherlands)0:07:30
26Emil Linde (Sweden)0:07:35
27Toki Sawada (Japan)0:07:44
28Ben Bradley (Australia)0:07:46
29Nigel Mcdowell (New-Zealand)0:08:13
30Raphael Gay (France)
31Peteris Janevics (Latvia)0:08:14
32Jan Vastl (Czech Republic)0:08:48
33Marc-Antoine Nadon (Canada)0:08:50
34Daniel Voitl (Germany)0:08:51
35Luis Camacho (Costa Rica)0:09:04
36Philipp Bertsch (Germany)0:09:13
37Edvard Vea Iversen (Norway)0:09:21
38Ruslan Boredskiy (Russian Federation)0:09:25
39Massimo Rosa (Italy)0:09:26
40Elias Hagspiel (Austria)
41Michael Mayer (Austria)0:09:40
42Patrick Belton (South Africa)0:09:43
43Niels Rasmussen (Denmark)0:09:47
44Omer Shubi (Israel)0:09:49
45Javier Cerdeno (Spain)0:10:02
46Sam Gaze (New-Zealand)0:10:31
47Denis Fumarola (Italy)0:10:42
48Samuel Stean (Great Britain)0:10:46
49Amado Goncalco Duarte Basilio (Portugal)0:10:55
50Casey Williams (United States Of America)0:11:07
51José Pedro Silva Dias (Portugal)0:11:28
52Alberto Rossi (Italy)0:12:01
53Max Foidl (Austria)
-1lapPaul Rodenbach (South Africa)
-1lapAlexandre Vialle (Canada)
-1lapKohei Maeda (Japan)
-1lapMathieu Dehaeze (Belgium)
-1lapMichael Thompson (Great Britain)
-1lapFelipe Rodrigo Garry Rojas (Chile)
-1lapLouis Bendixen (Denmark)
-1lapFranco Nicolas Adaos Alvarez (Chile)
-1lapIain Paton (Great Britain)
-1lapDiego Gonzalez Calderon (Spain)
-1lapKarl Henrik Nordbakken (Norway)
-1lapMartin Fusek (Czech Republic)
-1lapSylwester Seweryn (Poland)
-1lapGregor Krajnc (Slovenia)
-1lapPhilipp Wetzelberger (Austria)
-1lapRoman Vladykin (Russian Federation)
-1lapChristopher Aitken (Australia)
-1lapLukasz Szymczuk (Poland)
-1lapGuy Niv (Israel)
-1lapPeter Disera (Canada)
-2lapsFabian Costa (Austria)
-2lapsAmit Krispil (Israel)
-2lapsMaksymilian Jedrzejczyk (Poland)
-2lapsAndrea Maccagli (San Marino)
-2lapsCristian Losonczi (Romania)
-2lapsGregor Dimic (Slovenia)
-2lapsBen Comfort (Australia)
-2lapsKyle Dorkin (South Africa)
-2lapsConnor Bell (United States Of America)
-2lapsBlaz Kadivec (Slovenia)
-2lapsJihun Lim (Republic Of Korea)
-2lapsJose Antonio Barroso Roque (Spain)
-2lapsLeandro Baez (Argentina)
-2lapsNikita Fedorov (Russian Federation)
-2lapsRicardo Pelegrina (Argentina)
-2lapsSimon Vozar (Slovakia)
-2lapsAndreas Mündle (Liechtenstein)
-2lapsAdam Horvath (Hungary)
-2lapsMatej Fackovec (Slovakia)
-2lapsDominik Banyai (Hungary)
-2lapsLuka Pussnik (Slovenia)
-2lapsDylan Hattingh (South Africa)
-2lapsPaolo Rigo (Croatia)
-3lapsLukas Kaufmann (Austria)
-3lapsPawel Kawalec (Poland)
-3lapsSlobodan Stankovic (Serbia)
DNFOndrej Glajza (Slovakia)
DNFRomain Bannwart (Switzerland)
DNFFredrik Fang Liland (Norway)
DNSLucas Newcomb (United States Of America)
DNSJohan Widen (Sweden)

Rankings by nation
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France300pts
2Switzerland276
3Germany267
4New-Zealand233
5Belgium222
6Italy214
7Norway196
8Czech Republic189
9Denmark182
10Austria175
11United States Of America172
12Ukraine166
13Poland155
14Canada148
15Great Britain141
16South Africa132
17Australia131
18Japan123
19Israel118
20Spain116
21Russian Federation115
22Portugal106
23Brazil92
24Chile86
25Slovenia80
26Netherlands78
27Sweden77
28Latvia72
29Costa Rica68
30Argentina32
31San Marino26
32Romania25
33Slovakia25
34Hungary22
35Republic Of Korea19
36Liechtenstein13
37Croatia7
38Serbia4

 

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