Mountain biker Mona Mitrollner has already podiumed in her cross-country World Cup for the second time in the Elite class. The 20-year-old Tyrolean finished third in Alpstadt, Germany on Sunday. Only Rebecca McConnell (Australia), who had already managed to open the season in Brazil, and Rio Olympic champion Jenny Reseveds (Sweden) were faster. Metrowoman’s Laura Steiger came sixth.
A strong climber, lightweight Mitterwallner put on a solid performance on the custom-built course from 23rd place in the short track competition. “I’m totally happy. After the first lap, I got off into the flow better and better and had more self-confidence and a racing rhythm,” said Metrowallner happily.
It didn’t come close to the top duo, but Tyrolean finally took hold of the Tyrol with confidence under last year’s dominant Loana Lecomte (FRA), who rode with her for a long time, and everyone else. “I feel like things are getting a lot better,” says Mitroulner. She was exactly one minute behind McConnell, and Resveds was 12 seconds ahead of her. “The ultimate goal is to win, I’m getting closer and closer to that. I did a lot of things right today. I am really confident about the next World Cup,” confirmed Tyrolean, who finished fifth in the first race of the season.
Stigger returns to the top after falling
Steiger, who lost in the short race on Friday, scored another result at the top of the list after fourth in Brazil. She was more than three minutes behind the winner. Metrowalner finished fifth in the first race of the season in the Olympic discipline.
Accordingly, the Austrians are also at the top of the overall standings for the World Cup, which McConnell clearly leads. Mitterwallner, who won the U23 series last year, is third, Stigger just three points behind her in fourth. It continues next weekend at Nove Mesto (CZE).
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