A SIX-DAY LONG WORLD CUP MARATHON ENDED WITH A BRAZILIAN TRIUMPH
The racing marathon of two World Cup races in six days finished in Nové Město na Moravě. The Sunday’s programme that took place in a lovely sunny weather was the peak of the short 2020 MTB World Cup that actually comprised of two rounds only, both of them taking place in the Vysočina Aréna. Though the event lacked the audience that makes races in Nové Město so special, it was praised by both racers and their teams. “The organizers must be thanked for making it possible and organizing the races despite many obstacles that needed to be overcome,” many would say.
The last day offered two Elite category races. Women and men competed in weather that was absolutely different to that on Thursday, and temperatures reminded of summer. Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France was the first Elite woman to have crossed the finish line, and it was her second victory in Nové Město na Moravě. She had won here in 2014.
The second race of the day was one of unforgettable epic battles that will certainly make the history. The gold went to Henrique Avancini from the Cannondale team who was victorious for the very first time in a World Cup race. It was a historic moment for his country, too, as he became the very first Brazilian to have achieved such a success!
Czech racers did not stand up to their expectations; both Czech champions in the roster - Jitka Čábelická among women, and Ondřej Cink among men - were the best Czechs but most definitely had aimed higher to 25th, or 18th place respectively.