The morning is just as sunny as it was yesterday and that’s definitely good news. The course just got drier, though there still are some muddy bits. Most of the women riders already picked up their timing chips, there’s 45 minutes until their start.
In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from yesterday’s junior race. It includes junior ‘cross world champ, Tomas Paprtska, who finished 4th – an impressive result, there aren’t many riders who perform well in both principles.
Current junior women world champion, Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
I spotted ‘cross legend Sven Nys by the course during the juniors’ race. I asked him what he thought of the course, he said he liked it, it was quite technical which definitely is in his favours. When I aked about his plans for the rest of the season, he said that he won’t do any more World Cup races but he was planning on going to the World Championships in Canada.
Yesterday, I have spotted another legendary but retired rider, Paola Pezzo. At one of the hardest drop-offs, a young Italian rider crashed and was taken in to hospital. Pezzo was standing next to her while medics were putting her into the ambulance.
Junior ‘cross world champion Tomas Paprtska.