Mud Wrestling – 2021 Nove Mesto XC World Cup – fr

Mud Wrestling – 2021 Nove Mesto XC World Cup – fr

The second installment of the short track action kicked off tonight under sunny, albeit soggy, Nove Mesto. We had our fair share of rain over the last couple of days here which left the race track soft and muddy which meant the XCC was always going to be wild.
The women started the process and it didn’t take long for the drama to begin. The big news of this race was an unfortunate accident for world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. She couldn’t keep running and went to the hospital after the accident to get checked out, but based on her latest Instagram update, it doesn’t appear that she broke anything. Fingers crossed, we’ll see her back on the track on Sunday. The peloton gap was quite large, turning into a two-horse race between Loana Lecomte and Haley Batten, with the young American then freeing herself to claim her first short track victory with a gap of sixteen seconds. Lecomte was followed by Jenny Rissveds, Annie Last and Linda Indergand.

Tom Pidcock was in the spotlight last week or so and he got his first taste of XCC tonight and he didn’t disappoint. It was always going to be a sprint between him and his rival Mathieu van der Poel, right? MVDP came out the winner on this one, but Pidock said he’s struggling to upgrade to his bigger gear and will seek redemption on Sunday with a No.1 start. To complete the top 5, Jordan Sarrou, Victor Koretzky and Max Brandl.

The juniors and the U23s are in the limelight tomorrow with the elites back on track Sunday for the big one.


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