France doubles up as Sarrou claims elite males’s XC race at Mountain Bike Worlds

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France doubles up as Sarrou claims elite men's XC race at Mountain Bike Worlds


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Jordan Sarrou (France) wins elite men's 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Jordan Sarrou (France) wins elite males’s 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (Picture credit score: Rob Jones)
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Jordan Sarrou (France)

Jordan Sarrou (France) (Picture credit score: Rob Jones)
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2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships elite men's podium: l to r - Mathias Flueckiger, Jordan Sarrou, Titouan Carod

2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships elite males’s podium: l to r – Mathias Flueckiger, Jordan Sarrou, Titouan Carod (Picture credit score: Rob Jones)

Jordan Sarrou accomplished a sweep for France on the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships on Saturday in Leogang, Austria, profitable the elite males’s cross-country (XCO) after his nation additionally received each the elite and under-23 girls’s titles earlier within the day. Mathias Flueckiger (Switzerland) took the silver medal after a tough fought battle with Titouan Carod (France).

The lads began with looming gray clouds and wind, however the rain held off till the race was nearly over and didn’t impression the course. Nonetheless, the mud from per week’s value of rain made the descents slick and treacherous, with nearly each rider moving into issue at one time or one other.

Milan Vader (Netherlands) attacked on the beginning loop, opening small hole, however on the primary of six laps, Sarrou bridged throughout to him. Behind, a chase group fashioned consisting of Henrique Avancini (Brazil), Flueckiger, Carod, Luca Braidot (Italy) and Victor Koretzky (France). Lacking was defending champion Nino Schurter (Switzerland), who was by no means an element within the race, ultimately ending ninth.

Sarrou and Vader rode on the entrance till the third lap, when Vader crashed pretty exhausting on a descent, chasing Sarrou. The Dutch rider acquired again up and going, however gave the impression to be shaken by his fall. He was caught by the chase group after which slid again by means of the sphere to ultimately end twenty third. 

Sarrou continued to journey easily and powerfully all through the race, making solely small errors on the rooty descents. Staring the final lap he had over a minute lead, however nearly did a face plant on a quick part of descending earlier than backing off to journey extra conservatively to the end, 45 seconds forward of Flueckiger.



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