This Friday marked the real return of the Mountain Bike World Cup for the first time in two years (the 2020 edition having been truncated due to the health crisis). And there are good people in Albstadt (Germany).

On the men’s side, Mathieu Van der Poel, who put his road season on hold and was doing his first mountain bike race since August 2019, won the Short Track event, which is run for about twenty minutes, in front of Frenchman Victor Koretzky and Swiss Nino Schurter. What reassure on the state of form of the Dutchman.

In women, it was Pauline Ferrand-Prévot who won, ahead of Swiss Linda Linda Indergand and Briton Annie Last. His attack in the last kilometer allowed him to catch up with Indergand and win solo. “I wasn’t expecting it,” said the Frenchwoman, according to comments made by Cycling News. I didn’t want to run too much ahead with the headwind so I waited until the last moment to attack and held on. It was the right tactic. “