McConnell, Gaze take short track gold in Albstadt MTB World Cup

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Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins) wins ahead of Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC MTB Racing)

Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins) wins ahead of Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC MTB Racing) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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L to r: Jordan Sarrou, Sam Gaze, Nino Schurter

L to r: Jordan Sarrou, Sam Gaze, Nino Schurter (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Start of women;s race

Start of women’s race (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jenny Rissveds (Team 31 Ibis Cycles)

Jenny Rissveds (Team 31 Ibis Cycles) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Alessandra Keller (Thömus Maxon) and Jenny Rissveds (Team 31 Ibis Cycles)

Alessandra Keller (Thömus maxon) and Jenny Rissveds (Team 31 Ibis Cycles) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Crash on lap 1 takes down Loana Lecomte (Canyon Clcctv) and Sina Frei (Specialized Factory Racing)

Crash on lap 1 takes down Loana Lecomte (Canyon Clcctv) and Sina Frei (Specialized Factory Racing) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins)

Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Alessandra Keller (Thömus Maxon)

Alessandra Keller (Thömus maxon) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC MTB Racing)

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC MTB Racing) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins)

Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Final sprint between Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC MTB Racing)

Final sprint between Rebecca McConnell (Primaflor Mondraker Genuins) and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC MTB Racing) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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L to r: Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Rebecca McConnell, Jenny Rissveds

L to r: Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Rebecca McConnell, Jenny Rissveds (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Start of men's race

Start of men’s race (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jordan Sarrou (Specialized Factory Racing)

Jordan Sarrou (Specialized Factory Racing) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team)

Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team)

Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jordan Sarrou (Specialized Factory Racing)

Jordan Sarrou (Specialized Factory Racing) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Sam Gaze (Alpecin - Fenix)

Sam Gaze (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Sam Gaze (Alpecin - Fenix) takes the win ahead of Jordan Sarrou (Specialized Factory Racing) and Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team)

Sam Gaze (Alpecin – Fenix) takes the win ahead of Jordan Sarrou (Specialized Factory Racing) and Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team) (Image credit: Rob Jones)

A month after winning her first World Cup cross-country (XCO) in Brazil, Australian champion Rebecca McConnell (Primaflora Mondraker Genuins) won the first Short Track (XCC) of her career on Friday at Round 2 in Albstadt, Germany. It was the first XCC win ever for an Australian rider. McConnell out-sprinted Pauline Ferrand Prevot (BMC MTB Racing), winner of the first round XCC, for the win, although the French rider continues to lead the overall standings.

Rain in the days leading up to the race led to a wet and slippery circuit. Eva Lechner (Trinix Factory) got the holeshot, but the race turned into one of attrition, with different riders taking turns at the front keeping the pace high. 2016 Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds (Team 31 Ibis Cycles) and Alessandra Keller (Thomus Maxon) were both aggressive in the early laps of the seven lap race, with Ferrand Prevot having to work her way back to the front group after missing a pedal at the start.

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