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MTB: Short Track in France – Shortly before the finish: Keller gives second place, Letcher on the podium – Sports

MTB: Short Track in France – Shortly before the finish: Keller gives second place, Letcher on the podium – Sports

  • Two weeks after her short track win in Valnord (F), Alessandra Keller finished third in Les Gets (FRA).
  • Evie Richards (GBR) overtakes the Swiss shortly before the end, and Puck Pieterse (NED) wins the race by one second.
  • For the men, Thomas Letscher misses out on a potential podium spot on the home stretch.

In the 6th round out of 7 rounds, Alessandra Keller dared to attack local champion Loana Lecomte, who was in the lead at the time. But the Swiss woman failed: Keller slipped with her rear wheel in the curve and she had to return to her bike, briefly holding on to the chase field. The sole beneficiary: Lecomte. But the 24-year-old Frenchwoman was forced to let her rivals overtake her on the final lap.

Like Book Peters. The World Cup leader from the Netherlands quickly built a comfortable lead and finally reached the finish line safely. Behind him in second place was not Keeler, but Evie Richards. Shortly before the finish line, the 26-year-old English woman was able to overtake the Swiss woman, who was a little slow.

With Nicole Kohler in ninth place, a second Swiss woman entered the top ten. Other Swiss women were ranked outside the top 15: Sina Frei in 16th, Linda Indergand in 20th, Steffi Haberlein in 28th and Ramona Forchini in 35th.

Letcher Awards on the podium

In the men’s race, and in the last 8 rounds, there were many indicators pointing to another Swiss rising to the podium. Thomas Letscher was on the verge of third place behind Frenchmen Victor Koretzky and Jordan Saro. But the 34-year-old has done the math without Luca Schwarzbauer. The 26-year-old German blocked the Swiss in the last corner, causing him to stumble and fall.

In the end, Letscher only managed seventh place, and soon after the other Swiss Lars Forster (9th place), Vital Albin (10th) and Matthias Flückiger (12th) crossed the finish line. Marcel Guerini and Joel Roth reached the finish line around the same time in twentieth and twenty-first respectively.

Cross Country Live on Sunday

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Follow the cross-country races in Les Gets on Sunday live on SRF Channel 2 or in the SRF Sport app.

  • From 12:55 p.m.: Women’s cross country
  • From 3:25 p.m.: Men’s cross country

Meanwhile, the French celebrated their double victory on home soil in Les Gets. Koretzky and Saru reached the finish line together after 20:33 minutes, Schwarzbauer two seconds later. The decision regarding the World Cup overall remains interesting: with Nino Schurter skipping the short track race due to rest, there has been a changing of the guard at the top. Flückiger now leads the classification by two points. Sarrou is right behind thanks to second place.