CM – Richard’s first Briton to win world mountain bike championships


Evie Richards won her first title at the mountain bike world championship in the women’s cross-country race, while Nino Schurter won a ninth rainbow jersey with his victory in the men’s in Val di Sole, Italy.

The 24- year old Richards caught and distanced herself early in the race from defending champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot from France and maintained this lead as the first British female driver to win a world title in this discipline.

Richards drove a time of 1 hour 23 minutes 52 seconds, while Dutch athlete Anne Terpstra finished second and Sina Frei from Switzerland completed the podium after a close battle for bronze on the last lap of the track.

« I can’t believe it, I’m really shocked that I haven’t done much Had confidence in the race but the race plan was to have confidence, « Richards said via VeloNews.

 » When I’m happy, I ride really well and I’ve been the last few weeks Really happy at home, and I think it shows today. « 

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In the men’s category, Schurter led a Swiss double victory after an exciting final round and won his ninth world title.

The 35-year-old held off a violent attack from Mathias Flückiger before he did overtook his compatriot and drove to a sprint victory.

The Austrians Mona Mitterwallner and Laura Stigger led the table in the cross-country event of the U23 women, while Caroline Bohe from Denmark won bronze.

In the U23- In the men’s category, Chilean Martin Vidaurre Kossman won, while Italian Juri Zanotti and Swiss Joel Roth completed the podium.

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