MOUNTAIN BIKING – Alessandra Keeler celebrates her first World Cup victory in the Olympic Cross Country World Cup in snowshoe.
In the absence of the best French riders, the 26-year-old from Nidwalden won the World Cup in the USA, 37 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Jenny Risved. Anne Terpstra of the Netherlands came in third.
This makes Keeler the first Swiss to win the World Cup in cross-country since Jolanda Neff at La Presse nearly four years ago. Having climbed to the podium in a cross-country race for the first time three weeks ago, finishing third in the World Cup at home in Lenzerheide and celebrating her first victory in the short race five days later in Andorra, she helped define the duel. Today’s victory at Snowshoe Rissveds is up front thanks to an attack before the final round.
Jolanda Neff managed difficult conditions with rain, muddy land and thin air at an altitude of about 1,500 meters above sea level. M- Not interfering in the struggle for coronation positions after another health setback. The Olympic champion had to give up after a quick start and was ranked fifth.
Sina Fry, who, like Neve, had recently had to declare his defeat by illness in Vallnord, decided not to make the overseas trip. Linda Indergand has been denied travel to Snowshoe after testing positive for coronavirus.
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