Brilliant start to the Mountain Bike World Cup in Pal Arinsal in the mountains of Andorra. The German Luca Schwrzbauer and the Swiss Alexandra Keller They won the short track with two good rides on one of the toughest tracks of the season.
Among the women, the big dominator was the Swiss Alexandra Keller. The central European won with an attack three laps from the end, and only Britain’s Richards kept up the pace, but in the end she had to bow down to the Swiss, who completed the short test.
The German, Luca Scharzbauer, won the men’s race. The Germans endured the final attack from legend Nino Schurter. The Swiss controlled the breakaway group and tried to surprise with a good grip on the last climb. The Germans withstood the attack and overtook the Swiss at the finish.
Pidcokc Rainbow disappointment
The one who didn’t have his afternoon to pass the Olympic test on Sunday was the recently named world champion, Thomas Pidcock. He started at the bottom of the group of 40 riders who will be starting, and although he was obviously making a comeback, he ended up in an odd seventeenth place.
Descent and cross-country
After the first day, it’s time for the “crazy and crazy” descent. Saturday is all about speed and risk on a descent that will take your breath away and get your adrenaline pumping to brutal levels. On Sunday, the World Cup concludes with Cross Country (the Olympic test), where the world’s best mountain bikers compete for crucial points for overall World Cup victory.
The Spaniards could not be included in the chosen group either. The best was Jofre Cullel (16), followed by David Domingo Campos (25) and David Valero (32).