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MTB World Cup Les Gets – Pieterse and Koretzky win short-track with scorching final laps

Cofidis' Spanish rider Ion Izaguirre Insausti cycles in a lone breakaway in the final ascent of the Col de la Croix Rosier during the 12th stage of the 110th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 169 km between Roanne and Belleville-en-Beaujolais, in central-eastern France, on July 13, 2023. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

Victor Koretzky (Specialized Factory Racing) and Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Deceuninck) claimed victory in the opening salvo of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Les Gets, both taking out the short track (XCC) victories after pouring on the pressure in the final lap.

There were, however, some key rivals missing from the field with both Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Ineos Grenadiers) and Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) out due to illness. While that will leave them with start grid consequences both said they still hoped to be able to make it to the line for Sunday’s Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) race.

In the women’s short track the 21-year-old Pieterse came over the line ahead of Evie Richards (Trek Factory Racing XC), who passed Alessandra Keller (Thömus Maxon) in the last stretch to the line. Pieterse had broken away from the lead group of five that came into the final lap of seven together, recovering position quickly despite being disrupted by a coming together with Keller after the Swiss rider’s wheel slipped on a corner near the end of the penultimate lap.

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