NewsRacing 20 May 2018

The Queen is back! Neff triumphs in World Cup in Albstadt

The Elite World Champion impressed in Germany with Northwave Ghost XC. In the U23 race, the category’s World Champion Sina Frei claimed a great win

Jolanda Neff won Mountain Bike Cross Country UCI World Cup’s stage 2, in Albstadt (Germany), on Sunday May 20th, smashing the opponents with an impressive solo action, started very early on. Eight months have passed since the 25-year-old from Thal (Switzerland) had triumphed at the World Championships in Cairns (Australia), but time seems to have stopped. Today as then, Neff’s win never looked in doubt: the Swiss biker forced the rhythm in the first lap on the German circuit.

The 2018 season of the blonde Northwave rider had not started well: in fact, the double injury to her collarbone and elbow, suffered in Cyclocross World Cup’s last round in Hoogerheide (Netherlands), compromised the first part of the season of the World Champion, coming off a sixth place in XCO World Cup’s opener in Stellenbosch (South Africa).

On the treacherous Albstadt’s trails, the Kross Racing Team’s biker flew over the muddy surface, preceding with her Northwave Ghost XC shoes the European Champion, Ukrainian Yana Belomoina (+2’16”), and Dutch Anne Tauber, third at 2’25”. Fourth place for another Northwave’s rider, Swiss Alessandra Keller (Thömus/RN Racing Team) at 2’32”, sixth Linda Indergand (Focus XC Team) at 3’01”.

Jolanda Neff occupies the first overall place with 380 points ahead of Anne Tauber (320) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (300).

SINA FREI’S RAINBOW SHINES IN THE U23 WOMEN’S RACE
The rainbow jerseys of Northwave’s World Champions shone in Albstadt: in fact, Swiss Sina Frei grabbed a beautiful win in the U23 Women’s category. Team Ghost Factory Racing’s 20-year-old preceded Brit Evie Richards (+21”) and her teammate Malene Degn (+3’52”), winner in the World Cup opening round in Stellenbosch. In addition, Frei took over the overall lead with 160 points, with Degn (150) in second. Richards occupies the third place (130).

ELITE MEN: MAX MAROTTE JUST SHORT OF TOP-3
Maxime Marotte took the fourth place in the Elite Men’s race. Good performance for the Cannondale Factory Racing’s 31-year-old biker, who crossed the finish line behind Nino Schurter, Stephane Tempier and Mathieu Van der Poel. Three more Northwave’s athletes entered the day’s top-10: an unlucky Mathias Flückiger (Thömus/RN Racing Team) finished sixth despite a puncture in the early phases of the race, whilst Lukas Flückiger (Thömus/RN Racing Team) and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) placed eighth and ninth respectively.

FAGERHAUG MAINTAINS THE LEAD IN THE U23 MEN’S RACE
On Saturday May 19th, Northwave’s Petter Fagerhaug confirmed himself among the best U23 athletes, finishing fourth in Albstadt behind French Joshua Dubau and Antoine Philipp and Dane Jonas Lindberg. The Norwegian prospect maintained the overall leadership with 140 points; second place for Dubau (90) ahead of Lindberg (84).

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