World champion in first year

2013-08-30 00:00

YESTERDAY’S cross-country action at the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships saw a fascinating pair of events unfold as Lukas Baum of Germany and Alessandra Keller of Switzerland reigned victorious in the testing junior men’s and women’s clashes respectively.

Baum overcame a powerful junior men’s field to add the globe’s most prestigious junior cross-country title to his recently claimed German national and European continental victories, proving why he is regarded as one of the most talented young riders currently on the circuit. “This is my third title this year, so I guess I have done something right this year,” said Baum.

“I prepared the whole year for this race and built my form up to this point, so I’m so happy to have won.”

Despite Baum having secured victory relatively early on in the encounter, the race behind him was a cat-and-mouse affair right up until the final 500 m, with Canada’s Peter Disera ultimately claiming second.

Earlier in the day, Keller powered to a hard-fought victory in the junior women’s cross-country event, having put together a perfectly progressive performance over the four-lap affair.

Keller, who was down in fifth position after the first half a lap, steadily worked her way through the field until she found herself all alone out in front halfway through the clash, and the young Swiss competitor didn’t look back.

“This is crazy for me. I am the world champion in my first junior year!” said an overwhelmed Keller.

“There were too many riders at the start, it was like a traffic jam and I fell off my bike trying to pass a rider. When I got back on and continued I was down in fifth place. It then took me a long time to get past the athlete in front of me, but I always believed in myself and that I could do it.”




Junior Men: 1. Lukas Baum (GER) 1:20.06

2. Peter Disera (CAN) +00:42

3. Gioele Bertolini (ITA) +01:02

4. Raphael Gay (FRA) +01:07

5. Jan Vastl (CZE) +01:13

6. Eirik Augdal (NOR) +01:46

7. Georg Egger (GER) +01:54

8. Hugo Pigeon (FRA) +03:14

9. Philipp Bertsch (GER) +04.18

10. Andrin Beeli (SUI) +04.48

Junior Women: 1. Alessandra Keller (SUI) 1:18.24

2. Emilie Collomb (ITA) +00.46

3. Sarah Bauer (GER) +01.01

4. Sofia Wiedenroth (GER) +02:14

5. Nadja Heigl (AUT) +03:17

6. Kate Courtney (USA) +03:41

7. Alica Barnes (GBR) +03:52

8. Greta Weithaler (ITA) +04:29

9. Kristina Kirillova (RUS) +04:32

10. Bianca Haw (RSA) +04:35

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