Van der Poel surges to maiden win as Courtney doubles up at Nové Mesto

World champion Kate Courtney became only the eighth woman in UCI MTB World Cup history to win the first two cross-country races of a season as Mathieu van der Poel edged out Nino Schurter in a thrilling men's race at Nové Mesto.

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Kate Courtney performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

Courtney won the 2019 season opener in Albstadt last week to become the first American woman to win an XCO race in 20 years and she started brightly again.

 

Dutch rider Anne Tauber looked in control towards the finish, however suffered a bent rear derailleur on the final lap to let Courtney in for back-to-back wins.

 

Kate Courtney Nove Mesto finish.jpgKate Courtney performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.
Mcconnell Nove Mesto.jpgRebecca McConnell performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

Australian Rebecca Ellen McConnell and Canada's Haley Smith both had career best finishes in second and third with Tauber 10th and Sweden's Jenny Rissveds 30th on her emotional UCI MTB World Cup return from depression at the scene of her 2016 World U23 triumph.

 

Courtney, 23, said: "I am so gutted to see her (Anne) have an incident in the last lap. I was just trying to stay focused on riding clean lines. When I had my flat it was a little bit of a tough mental day, but I was able to reset and focus on my own pace."

 

Tauber added: "I am not really sad, but really angry at myself because I am in good shape. I have improved a lot technically, but I don't know how to win yet."

 

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Sina Frei, Rebecca McConnell, Kate Courtney, Haley Smith, Malene Degn stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

In the men's race, Van der Poel produced a brilliant surge to finally get the better of rival Schurter and record his first UCI World Cup win on a mountain bike.

 

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Mathieu Van der Poel performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

The Dutchman tracked the six-time World Cup champion for the first half, then used an uphill surge on the last lap to create a winning gap.

 

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Mathieu Van der Poel and Nino Schurter perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 

Van der Poel, 24, revealed: "It is extra sweet against one of the greatest mountain bikers. I went all in and I am really happy to finally take that World Cup win."

 

World champion Schurter, 33, added: "I tried to break him over the last three laps, but he was just too strong today. It was the best possible result for me."

 

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Henrique Avancini, Nino Schurter, Mathieu van der Poel, Mathias Flueckiger, Ondrej Cink stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool.

 




11 Comments

Thomo, May 26 2019 08:16

Wow.!! Some great entertainment today.

Foxy_Roxy, May 26 2019 09:13

Some emphatic celebrations today too. Well done to these champs. Good to “see” Jenny back even though she hasn’t featured - yet...

Andrew Steer, May 27 2019 09:12

Finally some proper competition for Nino... just a pity VDP is not going to be doing much more Mtb this year.

What an athlete he is 

Wil6, May 27 2019 10:07

Wow what a race. Courtney at only 24 years of age, is dominating die XCO womans scene (and will for many years to come). Still scratching my head how on earth Spez could let this one slip trough their fingers. 

mrcg, May 27 2019 10:10

MvdP's surge was on the last lap at the tech zone uphill - not 2 laps before end

TheJ, May 27 2019 11:19

MvdP's kick on the last lap was absolutely brutal. Jaw dropping moment...

DieselnDust, May 27 2019 01:38

First line of the article says MVDP edged out Schurter.........Edged out? that was a very large edge that was!

Headshot, May 27 2019 02:50

That pic of the podium has the making of a meme in it. Look at VdP's expression :-) 

 

My theory is he switched on a BB based electric motor to accelerate like that. :-) Poor coverage of some of the incidents by the TV crew I thought. We missed KC's flat, AT's mechanical and most of the VdP kick. 

 

Congrats to Bart for finally saying "tree roots" and not "root trees" although his engrish is terrible in general. 

Shebeen, May 27 2019 03:04

First line of the article says MVDP edged out Schurter.........Edged out? that was a very large edge that was!

only U2 makes a greater use of its Edge.

Foxy_Roxy, May 27 2019 04:18

Wow what a race. Courtney at only 24 years of age, is dominating die XCO womans scene (and will for many years to come). Still scratching my head how on earth Spez could let this one slip trough their fingers.


Heard on GMBN that she already signed with Scott before the world champs. Unfortunate for Spaz

TheJ, May 28 2019 09:02

Wow what a race. Courtney at only 24 years of age, is dominating die XCO womans scene (and will for many years to come). Still scratching my head how on earth Spez could let this one slip trough their fingers. 

 

So... is Jolanda old news then you guys think?