Matthias Fluckiger finished third in the cross-country World Cup in Nove Mesto. 3 Swiss women are in the top ten.
Matthias Flockiger presented the most prominent Swiss limelight at the World Cup in Novi Mesto. The 32-year-old led the third place for a long time, then he managed to catch up with Matthew van der Bolle, who finished second. The Swiss and the Dutch fought a fierce duel. In the end, however, Fluckiger had to admit defeat.
Tom Bedcock was in a class of his own. The 21-year-old Briton pulled out of Van der Bolle on the third lap and celebrated his first victory in the second Elite Race. Bidcock pushed the competition away by a minute or so.
Shorter tied early
Nino Shorter couldn’t intervene in the fight on the platform in the wet conditions, which he particularly disliked. Bündner lost contact early. On 4 of 6 laps, he suffered a slight drop and lost over 3 minutes to Bidcock.
Lecomte is superior
For women, there was never a transcendence again for Luana Likumti. After her inaugural victory a week earlier in Albstadt (Germany), the young Frenchwoman also won in Novi Mesto (Czechoslovakia). The 21-year-old beat Haley Patten (USA) and Rebecca McConnell (Australia). For Lecomte, this was already their third victory in the fourth race in the elite.
Indergand is again the best Swiss woman
Heavy rains in the past few days have softened the difficult track so much that the race has turned into a muddy battle. Linda Endergand felt it, too. Yuri suffered a fall on the final lap, but was still the best Swiss woman in sixth place, 2:50 minutes behind Lekomti. Immediately behind her, Sina Fry is ranked 7th (+3: 22) and Golanda Neff is ranked 8th (+3: 39).
After a four-week break from competition, the World Cup will continue in June in Leogang, Austria.