- In the short track race at Leogang, Matthias Flückiger took the victory of the day ahead of Vlad Daskalo (ROU).
- With Vital Albin, the second Swiss rider finished third for the first time on the World Cup podium.
- In the women’s category, Alessandra Keeler took fourth place as the best Swiss woman, and Frenchwoman Luana Lecomte easily won.
“One more step forward,” was how Matthias Flückiger summed up his performance shortly after the race. Indeed, the appearance of Flückiger, a convincing victory on the short track, gives hope of another reversal on Sunday in Cross Country. There, after his double in 2021 and the latest victory on Friday, Bernays will be one of the favorites.
Big Black Albin Day in Colombo
While the previous year’s World Cup winner finished as predictably on the podium on his “way”, Vital Albin delivered a surprising second from Switzerland’s point of view in third. Bündner Oberlander managed to hold the back wheel of his teammate for so long on his first podium appearance at the World Cup and only had to let Romanian Vlad Dascalo through to the finish.
A few meters later, the race ended in favor of Filippo Colombo. The Swiss champion fell causing a mass fall. Andrei Frischknecht was one of the victims, who was decisively restrained.
Keeler is masked too
For women, too, it seemed like a podium for a long time. But in the end, the cycle must have been too much for Alessandra Keeler. She fell from second to fourth and narrowly missed the podium. After all: with Rebecca McConnell, the newly crowned Swiss cross country champion left the current World Cup leader behind her. The Australian was fifth in front of Sina Fry, the second best Swiss.
You can follow the Leogang (AUT) cross-country races on Sunday on SRF Zwei and in the sports app as follows:
- 12:15 pm: Cross Country F
- 2:45 p.m.: Cross Country M.
Yolanda Nef, who finished third on the podium last year in Leogang, missed a chance to take advantage in tough conditions and a wet surface when she was 12th – just behind teammate Linda Endergand.
Lecomte in his own league
Tactical maneuvers and tension to win the day until the last metres? Not with the short track in Leogang. Last year’s winner, Loana Lecomte, handled the conditions best on an eclectic road with a lot of variation in altitude. On lap five, Lecomte also left the last chaser behind and confidently took pole position at the start of the weekend race in Salzburgerland.
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