24.5.2015 22:44:02

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup race in Nové Město na Moravě closed by a victory of Jaroslav Kulhavý

Start of the Men Elite
Start of the Men Elite
(Foto: Jan Němec, MTBS.cz)

In a grand finale, the first stage of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě ended with a victory of Jaroslav Kulhavý, who in front excellent fans managed to repeat his four years old triumph at the home track.

"What a relief that is,indeed. I did not expect that it would be so easy and that I could actually win. The last week seemed quite promising, I seemed to be in a good shape, however, I did not have the comparison with the world's best. It was just a perfect race and I am overjoyed. The fans here... they were incredible. There were places where I feared I could lose my hearing," Jaroslav Kulhavý said after the race in which he had been struggling with Nino Schurter of Switzerland until the very last lap. The bronze medal goes to the current world champion, Julien Absalon of France.

The race of Elite Women was similar in its course, only the cast was different. The name parts were played by Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja of Norway and Jolanda Neff, a Swiss, who is twenty years younger. And it was the twenty-two-year-old racer from the Stöckli team who took the gold, but only after finally overcoming her older and more experienced competitor in the last lap. Finishing 32nd, Karla Štěpánová was the best of Czech ladies.

The morning programme offered a race of Men U23 which was won by Lars Forster of Switzerland. Young Czech riders did not prove what had been expected from them: Jan Vastl was 20th, Martin Stošek 28th. 


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