SHORT TRACK: A ONE (WO)MAN SHOW
Chloe Woodruff of the USA and Mathieu Van der Poel of the Netherlands dominated the first discipline in
the schedule of World Cup races in Nové Město na Moravě, and were cheered by nearly full Vysočina Aréna.
Ondřej Cink was the best Czech rider (11th place), Jan Škarnitzl finished four places after him. Finishing
on 17th place, Jitka Čábelická repeated her result from the first World Cup event in Albstadt, Karla Štěpánová
(Superior XC team) did not manage to squeeze into the best 24 riders.
Both races evolved in a very similar fashion: In the first half of the race, the peloton rode nicely packed together.
But then Chloe broke away from the peloton and left other contestants behind, and managed to build up a crucial
lead that she maintained to the finish line. Mathieu firs needed to cover the breakaway of Avancini (BRA) and Cooper (NZL)
only to charge off a bit later. He dominated the race from the sixth of the ten laps.
"I did not start well, I was held back by Valero a bit, who had slow reaction at the start. I also did not see the starting
lights properly which did not work anyway. It was utter chaos. Avancini made the race at its beginning, riding very fast,
and I lacked power in the last lap in which I struggled to get to the leading group. I am satisfied, though, the second
row in the Sunday's race was what I aimed for," Ondřej Cink, the best of the Czechs, said after the race.