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Mountainbike: The World Championship in Albstadt with Schurter and Neff

Jolanda Neff (26) succeeds in a podium place in the crossroads of the Albstadt (D) beginning of the World Cup season. St. Gallen becomes second behind Kate Courtney (USA). Mathias Flückiger wins in Albstadt.

  • World Cup dress rehearsal for the title stores in 2020, mountain biker Jolanda Neff succeeds. In the Albstadt district of Baden-Württemberg, the 26-year-old cross-country secretary can get a second place.

    On a partly slippery track – as it rained during the night – Neff shines in the first race with her new team Trek in the technically difficult passages. However, she is lost to reigning world champion Kate Courtney.

    Neff loses contact in the first round and falls back to third place almost two minutes behind Courtney. But she does not deliberately exaggerate her "engine" and push her own pace. It pays off. Jolanda moves up again to finish second, 49 seconds behind the podium completing the Ukrainian Yana Belomoina (+1: 31).

    Neff is pleased: "I'm very happy. I didn't plan my preparation for it, so far I haven't done much mountain biking this year."

    Sina Frei in elite debut eleventh

    shortcut in Albstadt after brief success on Friday. For the first time, she wins a World Cup competition. In the World Cup she clearly leads before Neff.

    The other Swiss women cannot fully continue. U23 driver Sina Frei (21) missed the top 10 in 11th place as the second best Swiss elite debut in 11th place. Ramona Forchini (16th) and Linda Indergand (20th) are behind.

    Second victory for Mathias Flückiger

    Men's race overshadowed by heavy rain in the afternoon. The track becomes a muddy business. Conditions like superstar Nino Schurter (33) do not love. It won't have anything to do with its fourth victory in Albstadt in a row.

    Grisonsna comes home completely dirty and must settle in sixth place. Mathias Flückiger jumps into the Swiss cross. He is celebrating the second World Cup career after Mont-Sainte-Anne in August.

    It doesn't look like it first. Berner from the team Thömus with team manager Ralph Naef jumps out of the chain, but he still manages to move on.

    Flückiger: "I never had to go to the border, it's crazy. I ran like hell in a tunnel and concentrated only on my race." Lüfte of the euphoric fans, Flückiger raises his arms 32 seconds before Mathieu van der Poel . Third is the Frenchman Jordan Sarrou (+33).

    Schweizen convinces with great results. In addition to Flückiger and Schurter, Flo Vogel (5th), Reto Indergand (8th) and Andri Frischknecht in top 10.

    Forster injured at the knee

    European champion Lars Forster is unlucky! He crashes in the second round and falls far behind – at the end of the 4th lap he gets stuck again at a height downhill in the forest. It's not the day forsters. To make matters worse, Schurt's team member was injured on the right knee.

    The support of the paramedics supports the target and must be examined at the hospital. Team manager Thomas Frischknecht: "Hopefully it won't be as bad as it looks!"

    Next weekend, men and women in the World Cup will continue with the competition in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic).

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