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World Cup Podium And Olympic Form For Flückiger And Keller

World Cup podium and Olympic form for Flückiger and Keller

Mathias Flückiger and Alessandra Keller impressed at the World Cup in Les Gets (Fra), taking second and third place on the podium in the cross-country race. The Thömus maxon duo thus proved that they are on the track for the Olympic Games in Paris.

Mathias Flückiger made up for his poor starting position within a few minutes and was quickly at the front of the race. At times, Flückiger fought a duel with Alan Hatherly (RSA) before the South African was able to break away on his own and take a superior victory. Flückiger, on the other hand, found his own fast rhythm and never ran the risk of losing second place.

The 35-year-old Flückiger was satisfied at the finish: «I had a good start and am happy with the whole race. Alan Hatherly was extremely strong today and on a different level. Considering that I came straight from the altitude training camp, I’m extremely happy with my shape and the podium finish today.»

Keller once again consistent and on the podium

In the kit of the overall World Cup leader, Alessandra Keller started the race rather cautiously and was in 10th position at the time when the eventual winner Puck Pieterse (Ned) was able to pull away decisively on the first lap. However, Keller managed her strength excellently over the entire race distance and secured another World Cup podium place behind Pieterse and Candice Lill (RSA). She thus confidently defended her lead in the overall World Cup.

«My start was certainly not ideal. But my goal was to be consistent throughout the race. I kept up my rhythm and am certainly satisfied with third place, which is also very good in terms of the overall World Cup», was Alessandra Keller’s conclusion immediately after the race.

Lars Forster and Vital Albin were not quite able to build on their strong performances of the short track and finished the race in 24th and 38th place. Luke Wiedmann finished a disappointing 71st in the U23 race.

Results XCO World Cup Les Gets

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