In the past four years of UCI World Cup racing in Nove Mesto there have been only two winners of the men’s race – Kulhavy took the first edition, and Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) the last three. Once again, it came down to these two riders.
Schurter attacked on the start loop, with Kulhavy, World Champion Julien Absalon (BMC), Australian Champion Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) and Florian Vogel (Focus XC) the only riders to stay with him. Schurter surged again on the first full lap, and this time only Kulhavy could hang on…
After a long wait, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup finally fired into life at perhaps one of it’s finest race tracks, Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic.
In the Women’s race Neff had her usual fast start to open a 15 second lead by the end of the start loop. Leading the chase was legendary Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), who took her first World Cup victory 19 years ago. With Dahle Flesjaa were defending Nove Mesto winner Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabobank Liv) and Annika Langvad (Specialized).
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