Maxxis-sponsored riders won both the Men’s and Women’s Elite XCO races at World Cup Nove Mesto, with the company’s riders also taking second place in both events.
Maxxis-sponsored riders dominated both the Men’s and Women’s Elite XCO races at the second round of the World Cup in Nove Mesto. Fresh off her win at the opening round in Albstadt, Germany, last week, SCOTT-SRAM’s Kate Courtney took a decisive victory,with PrimaflorMondraker-Rotors Rebecca McConnell in second place. Corendon-Circus’ Mathieu Van der Poel, meanwhile, earned his first-ever World Cup win with SCOTT-SRAM’s Nino Schurter in second place. The races were held May 25-26 in the Czech Republic.
Courtney showed grit by overcoming an early mechanical, moving forward steadily before gaining the lead in the final lap and winning by 36 seconds. She now leads Women’s Elite XCO World Cup overall standings. “My race in Nove Mesto was a special one. After a tough start, a flat tire and one of the deepest digs of my entire life, I was able to cross the line for my second World Cup victory. It took every ounce of my physical and mental strength to stay focused, positive and keep pushing until the very end. This was a real team effort and one I am very proud of. It has been a dream start to my season, and these last two races have given me great confidence in my preparation, equipment and in the unbelievable team around me. I am excited to keep working hard with the belief that anything might be possible,” Courtney said. Ghost Factory Racing’s Sina Frei, also sponsored by Maxxis, finished in fourth place, marking her first podium in the Elite category since moving up from the U23 ranks this year.
Van der Poel and Schurter controlled the race from the start, riding and working together well ahead of the field in chase. In the final lap, Van der Poel attacked and broke away on the last climb, going on to win by 19 seconds. "It was a battle between the greatest mountain bikers, so it was so sweet to win," he told cyclingnews.com. "I had that point on the course for my attack in my mind two laps before the finish, and I just went all in. I'm really happy to finally get my first World Cup win. For me, it is one of my biggest achievements, one of the toughest things I can do. I've been trying for three years, so I've been dreaming of a World Cup win." Also doing well at Nove Mesto was Courtney and Schurter’s teammate Andri Frischknecht, who took ninth place.
The next UCI World Cup XCO race is scheduled for July 6-7 in Vallnord, Andorra.
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