After a dramatic season opener in Brazil, the UCI XCO World Cup hosted its first European round at Albstadt, Germany.
Heavy rain complicated practice sessions for the world’s best XCO mountain bikers throughout the week, but Sunday’s race conditions were untroubled by rain.
With adequate trail drainage, the Albstadt track rewarded riders willing to rail its berms and power up climbs.
Breaking the European dominance in women's MTB
The women’s race was a second win for Australia’s Rebecca McConnell. Former Olympic mountain bike gold medallist, Jenny Rissveds, finished second – by quite a significant margin, of 48 seconds.
Completing the women’s podium was Mona Mitterwallner. McConnell now enjoys an enormous lead in the overall points standing.
No catching pocket rocket Pidcock
South Africa’s Alan Hatherly was part of an initial breakaway group and eventually finished a solid seventh.
Pidcock pulled an unassailable lead on the powerful men’s field during lap three of the Albstadt track. Despite the best effort of Nino Schurter and Vlad Dascalu, there was no catching the English rider.
Nino Schurter finished 20 seconds behind Pidcock, with Dascalu taking third.
The Swiss multiple World Champion retains the overall UCI XCO World Cup lead, as the riders prepare to move across to the Czech Republic, for round three, at Nove Mesto, on 15 May.