- Nino Shorter just missed his 33rd World Cup victory in Alpstadt. It is second only to Victor Kuritzky / FRA.
- With Matthias Flockiger, another Swiss made it to the podium for the season opener.
- Loana Lecomte (FRA) celebrates her end-to-end victory in the women’s race. Swiss women miss the first places.
Nino Shorter and Mathias Fluckiger showed their best team in the opening match of the World Cup at Cross Country. The two Swiss made the race and went on the final lap with Ondrej Cink (CZE) and Victor Koretzky (FRA).
Then the quartet became binary – and in the final drop it looked as if Shorter could decisively knock out Kuritzky. By winning the 33rd World Cup, Grisons had tied with record holder Julian Absalon.
Flückiger also shines behind Schurter
It was – because Kurtzky got up again and ran over Shorter in the last few meters. He passed the finish line in second place. Another Swiss man, Flückiger, came in third. Bernie toured the Romandy Road last week and only traveled to Albstadt on Friday due to a cold.
Also noteworthy is Thomas Bedcock’s 5th place. The British, who also had success on the road, handled the race with the 100 starters and slid the court from behind.
With Mathieu van der Poel (NED), the favorite should settle for a 7. It will be interesting to see how the Dutchman presents himself in the second race of the season. This is already in the coming weekend in the Czech Novi Mesto.
Lecomte celebrates for the second time in the 3rd Elite Race
The first women’s World Cup race was the prey of Luana Lecomti. The 21-year-old Frenchwoman headed off the start in Albstadt and won by 53 seconds over favorite countryman Pauline Ferran Prevot and Haley Patten. For Lecomte, who rose to the elite only a year ago, this was the third podium and the second wins in the third Elite Race.
Swiss women had no say in awarding the first places. The best driver was Linda Endergand, who finished seventh on the podium for the short track. Urnerin was nearly two minutes behind Lecomte. Sina Fry was in tenth, and Julanda Neff missed the top ten at thirteenth.
Indergand made the race for the staging grounds of the three Olympic Games of the Summer Games in Tokyo exciting. No one has been officially selected yet, but Neve and Frey have the best chances. Behind him, the third ticket race has been opened. With Alessandra Keeler, one of Indergand’s competitors took only 18th place.