Riley Amos lands breakout victory at Leogang as Loana Lecomte, Mathias Flueckiger win elites
Coloradan rider Riley Amos took a breakout win in the U23 cross country World Cup in Leogang on Sunday. The 19-year-old’s victory over Martin Vidaurre Kossmann marks the first time an American has won a U23 World Cup.
“Today we didn’t just win a World Cup. Today the USA stood on top of a male U23 World Cup podium for the first time and stood on top of any male World Cup podium for the first time since 1994 (correct me if I’m wrong Ned Overend),” Amos wrote on Instagram.
“This is the power of youth development in the US … I am so proud that I could hold on to that spot after a crash and some stomach problems, and I’m so pumped to be here at 19 years old.” In the elites, Loana Lecomte took her World Cup hat trick Sunday. The Frenchwoman bettered Jenny Rissveds and Laura Stigger to make it three-in-a-row in cross country racing.
“I’m very happy to have this shape,” she said. “I just prepare the best I can and it is enough. It’s strange, because I have now won four World Cups as an elite, but I never won a junior race or a U23 World Cup.”
Jolanda Neff crashed and broke her hand but still managed to ride to fourth.
Mathias Flueckiger won the men’s race, beating Ondrej Cink and Anton Cooper. With Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Pidcock not racing, […]