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The Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup in Snowshoe, USA, was full of action despite being rain-affected.
A partisan home crowd was treated to American winners in the women’s and men’s XCC races on Friday evening. Gwendalyn Gibson won the women’s race while reigning XCC world champion Christopher Blevins was victorious in the men’s event.
In an event that saw a deluge of rain come down mid-race, Jenny Rissveds and Alessandra Keller found themselves leading during the final stages. Rissveds was the main driving force in the singletracks and descents, with Keller pulling back time in the climbs. A moment of lapsed focus coming into an off-camber corner in the final lap saw Rissveds lose traction, crash and slide down, and it was then that Keller took the opportunity to power away. Rissveds tried to close the gap, but Keller seized the moment and was full gas to the end, whereas the Swedish rider dropped back and took second place.
David Valero-Serrano emerged as the strongest man in an attritional men’s race on a very sodden Snowshoe track. Valero-Serrano was involved in a final lap shoot-out for the win after catching a lead group of Titouan Carod, Christopher Blevins and Luca Braidot on the penultimate lap (lap 7). Blevins attacked first on the final lap, but Carod and Valero-Serrano managed to get back on his wheel. With a sprint finish looming, Valero-Serrano took the lead of the group and attacked. The Spaniard broke the will of Blevins first and then distanced Carod with the finish straight looming to take his first World Cup win. Carod finished second, with Braidot passing Blevins on the finish line for third place.
1st. Alessandra Keller
2nd. Jenny Rissveds
3rd. Anne Terpstra
4th. Mona Mitterwallner
5th. Jolanda Neff
1st. David Valero Serrano
2nd. Titouan Carod
3rd. Luca Braidot
4th. Christopher Blevins
5th. Filippo Colombo
#xco #mountainbike #snowshoe
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