The Olympic champion is back! Pickcock reigns in Albstadt

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If Tom Pidcock hasn’t been on his mountain bike as much, having spent the spring on the road, it didn’t show on Sunday. The Olympic champion took the lead of the men’s elite field, seemingly comfortably enough, to claim victory in Albstadt, Germany.

After riding in a group in the first laps, Tom Pidock (Ineos) started alone. That left World Champion and current World Cup leader Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) battling for positions with the rest of the field.

“I found myself in front after they went very fast in the first laps. Nino was pushing really hard,” Pidcock said after the race. “I just thought I’d test the waters and see where everyone really was, and I got a spread. I want to win the world title and maybe also the Euro.

Schurter held off the rest of the field to take second place. The result retains the Swiss star’s top seed ahead of the Nove Mesto World Cup next weekend.

Romanian Vlad Dascalu (Trek Factory Racing) battled mechanical difficulties to take third place at Albstadt. The 24-year-old saddle broke mid-race, requiring quick work from his race mechanics in the pits.

“The mechanics did a great job changing it so quickly,” Dascalu said. “I didn’t waste a lot of time and I went as fast as possible. The legs were good today. Super happy with the result.”

Canadians struggle in Germany

Sean Fincham (Norco Factory Team) led the Canadian results in Albstadt, finishing 48th. Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) followed in 56th position, one place ahead of Andrew L’Esperance (Maxxis Factory Racing).

Quinton Disera (Canyon Devo) added an 81st and Marc-André Fortier (Pivot Cycles-OTE) crossed the line 98th. Victor Verreault (Forresco Holdings ProCo RL Pro Team), the last Canadian in the elite men’s race, finished 111th.

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