Blanca Vas takes fifth place at the World Championships in the U23 XCO competition! – BikeSport
From a Hungarian perspective, the World Cycling Championships in Glasgow continued with one of the most anticipated races, the Women’s Under-23 XCO Mountain Biker Race. Approximately sixty riders took part in the technical three and a half kilometer course with a level of 145 meters and many built elements, among them Ana Pokros Senge and Blanca Kata Vas.
The two Hungarian girls managed to start relatively far behind, and Fez, on the other hand, made a great start, halfway through the first lap she was already in fifth place, and since she started precisely from the forty-seventh position, she sent forty-two competitors behind her in a matter of seconds. It was also no coincidence that the competition favorite, Sophie Pedersen, of Denmark fell behind, while it was New Zealand’s Samara Maxwell who set the pace at the front.
At the end of the second lap, the New Zealand girl had already led by twenty seconds, while Kata Vas was fighting for third place, unfortunately Anna Pokros Singh had a flat tire, so she could start the third lap in the penultimate position after changing tires.
In the middle of the distance, Maxwell increased his advantage even more, but the second Swiss, Ronja Blochlinger, and her compatriot, Gina Calori, confidently kept their position. Hungarian champion Calori followed by more than twenty seconds in fourth place, Swiss Noel Borry was also twenty seconds behind Blanca for variety.
Soon, Canadian Emily Johnston arrived basically out of nowhere, and beat Blanca, but Berry, on the other hand, could no longer break the Hungarian girl, who came after Johnston with renewed vigor.
Samara Maxwell had a one-minute advantage in the last three and a half kilometres, and from there she didn’t let her down, so two Swiss rivals, Ginya Calori, who changed pace on the decisive lap, and Ronja, who was a little shaky, took the world championship title by winning from start to finish. the end. in front of Blochlinger.
Vas Cata Blanca performed confidently and took fifth place, thereby, most likely, getting the Olympic quota for Hungary, which will be awarded to the two countries – New Zealand and ours – whose rivals took first place after the closing of the ranking list in the spring of next year. This competition, but their country did not finish in one of the top nineteen in the UCI ranking list. Unfortunately, Anna Bokros Csenge was thrown out of contention three laps behind.