THE CYCLING EXTRATERRESTRIAL DESTROYED UNBEATABLE
Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands is celebrating his first victory in the XCO World Cup, though he has been triumphant many a time
in his life. In the race, he left behind but the legend of world's mountain biking and the six-time winner of the event in Nové Město
na Moravě - Nino Schurter of Switzerland. Ondřej Cink, having finished fifth, was the best Czech in the peloton.
Van der Poel made his presence felt in the start lap already, after which - similarly to women's race - five riders made a breakaway group. However,
Schurter and van der Poel, who were the greatest favourites of the race, soon broke away and took turns in the lead.
Great cheering crowds helped Ondřej Cink join the two from another galaxy of cycling, but their pace was way too much for him. Having
endured it for several minutes only, he ended up fighting on his own in an effort to defend his twenty-second-long gap ahead of a strong
group consisting of Mathias Flueckiger, Henrique Avancini, and Maxime Marotte. About a lap before the end of the race, the group cought
up with Cink, only Marotte could not keep up with their pace and was not included in the battle for bronze. The best Czech rider had to
ride alone most of the time, and could not take advantage of sucking on wheel of a competitor, which turned out to be the decisive factor
in the end of the race.
While one of van der Poel's breakaways was successful and brought him the gold, Cink did not have the strength to stay neither with
Flueckiger, who took the bronze, or to Avancini. Still, fifth place meant the podium for Cink and cheers and ovations of packed stands in
the Vysočina Arena.
"Their support helped me a lot. Though I wanted to win today, I am still satisfied," the Czech rider commented on his result.