Dubau wins Difficult Race in Rain
von Erhard GollerDouble win for France
Under difficult conditions, Frenchman Joshua Dubau won the U23 race at the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt. Antoine Philipp made for a French 1-2. Third place went to the Dane, Jonas Lindberg. The Germans had a lot of bad luck, Simon Schneller finished 18th.
The rain set in before the race, with claps of thunder rolling through the valley. This made the track an extreme challenge, and the spectators saw many falls.
After two laps of six, a three-man lead group slipped away from the rest of the field. A short time later Lindberg attacked to join the group and thus the podium selection was made. Lindberg then attacked off the front with Dubai unable to follow. However, Lindberg then crashed and the Frenchman took no time in taking on the race and establishing a strong lead. Antoine Philipp was also able to pass and cement his second place.
Dubau won his first World Cup with an impressive 41 second victory margin ahead of Philipp, and 1:08 minutes over Lindberg.
Behind Lindberg, the Swissman, Filippo Colombo, was sometimes down to only 15 seconds on third place, but then had to confess that the competition was stronger on the day. He eventually finished sixth.
Joshua Dubau: "I had a bad start, but I was able to work my way up. In the threesome group I tried to find my own pace. It was a perfect race for me today."
Antoine Philipp: "I like such conditions when you can slide through the corners. But of course it was a tough race on this ground."
Jonas Lindberg: "The weather is like in Denmark. I set an attack and was able to go to the front after a fall of Dubau. Then I had a small gap, but then fell myself. As a result, the buckle on the shoe broke, but it was not a big problem. From that point on, I was alone. "