World Cup XCO: Mont Saint Anne

What a day, beautiful racing. Started with reading the great news that Jenny Rissveds took 2nd place in Women U23 🙂

The Women elite race with Julie Bresset showing Absalon how to race and was in the lead alone for a long long time, but faded in the end and ended 4th. Katerina Nash took her first world cup win with Maja Wloszczowska second and Tanja Zakelj 3rd. Alexandra Engen 11th.

women flower

 

Mens race was like I wanted it to be. Nino Schurter vs Julien Absalon after Jaroslav Kulhavy tried to join but faded after first lap. 7 laps and on 4(?) Absalon attacked to put pressure on Schurter on the climb as Schurter is much better in the sprints. Schurter tried to get up to Absalon in the downhil but maybe tried to hard on his Shurterline in the end so punctured and had to stop in the technical zone. Absalon raced his race, awesome as he is when the bike works 🙂 Ended like this:

the one

 

Behind Schurter got caught up but the chasing group but he and Hermida was stronger so they rode their own race for second. Hermida attacked on the last lap and got some time, took second and showed that he’s not that old 😀 Lovely race except that Fontana maybe got a bit to far down and ended 8th, would liked him on the podium too.

men flower

 

Absalons chainring broke in Vallnord, Andorra so that’s why he had some problems there. Wolf Tooth or what is he using? Today he rode with a single chainring and MRP or e.Thirteen chain guide and it seemed to work well.