Nove Město na Moravě, World cup 2013

30 May 2013
Nové Město na Moravě was one of the best World Cup events in last two years. Expectations were high and I think they were met. One fairly technical section called 'Rubena Choice' was added, and some other minor changes to the course promised a good race for both spectators and riders alike.

The women's race was actually not dissimilar from the Albstadt race one week prior - same names, except instead of Katrin Leumann it was Catharine Pendrel getting back on top. For the majority of the race, it was Maja Włoszczowska, Eva Lechner and Catharine leading the charge, with Tanja Zakelj seemingly struggling to match the fast pace of the leaders. But it was Tanja who proved the strongest on the final lap, with only Maja able to respond. All hopes of a sprint finish were lost when Maja crashed on a slick section of tarmac just prior to the final straight. So it was a first World Cup victory for Tanja, with Maja repeating her 2nd place from the week before. Catharine Pendrel took the bronze medal. Since Eva crashed Alexandra Engen took the fourth spot and Eva rounded out the podium in 5th. After 2 rounds of the World Cup, Maja and Tanja have equal points, but since Tanja has a win to her name she wears the leader’s jersey. Eva Lechner is in the 3rd spot with 100 more points than UCI ranking leader Alexandra Engen.

While the women’s race was similar to the first round, the men’s race was quite the opposite. Everyone was interested to see what Daniel McConnell could do in the second race, but unfortunately there was no surprise this time and he finished 18th. Nino Schurter was conducting this race from the very beginning. The only rider who made it look like a competition was Julien Absalon who wanted his win badly after the bad luck in Albstadt. Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavý had a crash on ‘Rubena Choice’ and subsequently lost the chance to win in front of his home crowd. He finished only to not disappoint his fans. Lukas Fluckiger finished 3rd, more than 1 minute behind Nino and Julien, gold and silver respectively. Nino leads the World Cup standings, but Daniel McConnell has the same number of points. Third position goes to Lukas Fluckiger. Nino Schurter also has a huge lead in UCI ranking.

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