After 1 hour and 15 minutes, Austria won the first medal at the 33rd UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Saalfelden Leogang fixed in the junior women’s cross country race. The Tyrolean Mona Mitterwallner shone with the sun in the finish area.
After the runner-up world title last year, she won the rainbow jersey and crowned herself the new junior world champion with a lead of almost two minutes over German Luisa Daubermann. Third place went to Aneta Novotna from the Czech Republic.
“I was on the last switchbacks just before crying. You wonder whether that is true, the last few meters were pure emotion, ”said the happy 18-year-old, who won Austria’s 23 medals at mountain bike world championships, the ninth in gold. “I can’t describe the feeling yet and I haven’t even realized it yet. I’ve worked so long towards this day, trained so much, invested so much and now it’s become a reality, “added an overjoyed new world champion.
After initial difficulties, Mitterwallner had fallen on the first lap, she took the lead after crossing the finish line for the first time and didn’t give up until the end of the race: “I was only insecure for a moment, but then attacked and pushed again. I knew the shape was right and wanted to keep a safe distance. “
Even in the run-up, she was considered to be the big contender for the title, especially when she won the dress rehearsal at the Junior Series in Nove Mesto last week by over three minutes. But she felt the pressure before the home race: “There was only one place I would have been happy with, even if I didn’t get any pressure from my family or the national team. Nevertheless, you can feel enormously that everyone expects only one result from one. “
With Cornelia Holland from Lower Austria, another athlete on the national team made it into the top 15. The Wilhelmsburg woman was 13th in the top-ranked race on the challenging track at the Asitzbahn in Leogang. “Mona is incredible. We grant her it with all our hearts. She trains so hard, gives everything for the sport. The pressure was on her, everyone was expecting the title and she delivered, ”said Holland, enthused about her teammate.
She was one of the first to congratulate the new world champion. “The conditions were very difficult. In the first two laps we had to run uphill, which costs substance. I’m glad that I was able to go my pace, ”she analyzed her race. The Tyrolean Viktoria Gratzer was the third best Austrian 31st. Carinthian Katharina Sadnik came in 33rd, Valentina Gruber from Styria was 36th. Fiona Klien from Lower Austria ended the race in 46th place after technical problems.
GOLD: Mona Mitterwallner (AUT) 1:15:55
SILVER: Luisa Daubermann (GER) + 1:56
BRONZE: Aneta Novotna (CZE) + 2:36
13. Cornelius Holland (AUS) 9:26
31. Viktoria Gratzer (AUT) – 1 lap
33. Katharina Sadnik (AUT) – 1 Runde
36th Valentina Gruber (AUT) – 1 lap
46. Fiona Klien (AUT) – 2 rounds
Satisfied and dirty faces among Austria’s juniors after their World Cup appearance
Since the start of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Saalfelden Leogang, the Austrian team has presented itself from its best side. After Mona Mitterwallner won gold in the junior women’s cross country race, Daniel Churfürst from Lower Austria achieved 12th place in the junior division.
“It was great. I was a little lucky and was spared technical defects, ”said the 18-year-old from Korneuburg. Although the mountain bikers were spared the rain on Thursday like the day before and the sun was shining over the racing area at the Asitz Bergbahn, the course was already very deep due to the precipitation: “It was a real mud fight. I still can’t believe my result. “
From 33rd place after the starting lap, Churfürst worked his way up lap by lap and in the end just missed the top ten by 14 seconds. “I knew top 15 was possible, but in the race I didn’t even realize that I was so well placed. It was great fun, ”beamed the Lower Austrian.
The second best Austrian of the day, Lukas Hatz, showed an even bigger catch-up. “Unfortunately I missed the start a little and came back on rank 51 from the starting lap. My goal would have been a place in the top 20. I then gave everything and caught up place after place, ”said the Styrian, who finished in 21st place. The title in an exciting race went to the German Lennart-Jan Krayer, who secured the gold medal ahead of the Swiss Janis Baumann. In the sprint for third place, Frenchman Luca Martin prevailed.
“I can be proud of the placement, a great World Championship result,” said Hatz, who was able to overtake almost 30 drivers on the track. “It’s not easy here. But then I always managed to slip through wherever, ”grinned the Styrian. Kilian Feuerstein from Vorarlberg also made a great comeback after he was seriously injured in a fall during a race during the Austrian championships.
“I am very satisfied with the result,” said the third best Austrian of the day, who ended up in 37th place: “I suffered a pulmonary pneumothorax when I fell on Zanzenberg, and my lungs collapsed completely. So I was happy to be at the start here. ”Theo Hauser finished the race in 50th place, Dominik Gaßner finished 54th and Julius Scherrer finished the junior cross country in 73rd place.
Thursday is the day of the big fight for the downhillers, because all 15 Austrian starters will qualify for the juniors and the elite. In the afternoon at 3 p.m. the U23 men around Mario Bair, Julian Pöchacker and Emanuel Zangerle will fight for a good position.
GOLD: Lennart-Jan Krayer (GER) 1:16:39
SILVER: Janis Baumann (SUI) + 0:40
BRONZE: Luca Martin (FRA) + 1:24
12. Daniel Churfürst (AUT) + 7:26
21. Lukas Hatz (AUT) + 9:20
37. Kilian Feurstein (AUT) + 14:37
50. Theo Hauser (AUT) – 1 lap
54. Dominik Gaßner (AUT) – 1 lap
73rd Julius Scherrer (AUT) – 2 laps
World Cup program:
Friday 9th October 2020
10:30 am Qualification downhill juniors
11:45 am Qualification Downhill Elite men and women
15:00 Cross-Country U23 men
Saturday 10th October 2020
10:00 Cross-Country U23 women
12:15 Cross-Country Elite Frauen
14:45 Cross-Country Elite Men
Sunday 11th October 2020
09:25 Downhill juniors and juniors
12:50 Downhill elite women
14:10 downhill elite men
World Cup line-up for the 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships in Saalfelden Leogang:
Downhill Elite Men (5): Andreas Kolb, Stefan Mauser, Kilian Schnöller, Boris Tetzlaff, David Trummer
Team Downhill Elite Women (2): Marlena Neissl, Valentina Höll
Downhill Juniors (7): Kilian Buhl, Jonas Göweil, Noah Hoffmann, Maximilian Oberhofer, Nico Ofner, Christof Stulik, Gabriel Wibmer
Squad Downhill Juniors (1): Sophie Gutöhrle
Cross-Country Elite Men (7): Moritz Bscherer, Fabian Costa, Armin Embacher, Maximilian Foidl, Karl Markt, Gregor Raggl, Florian Wimmer
Cross-Country Elite Women (2): Nadja Heigl, Elisabeth Osl
Squad Cross-Country U23 Men (3): Mario Bair, Julian Pöchacker, Emanuel Zangerle
Cross-Country U23 Women (4): Corina Druml, Anna Spielmann, Laura Stigger, Tamara Wiedmann
Cross-Country Juniors (6): Daniel Churfürst, Kilian Feurstein, Dominik Gaßner, Lukas Hatz, Theo Hauser, Julius Scherrer
Cross-Country Juniors (6): Viktoria Gratzer, Valentina Gruber, Cornelia Holland, Fiona Klien, Mona Mitterwallner, Katharina Sadnik
Kader Cross-Country E-MTB (1): Jacqueline Mariacher
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