50 000 spectators turned out to watch Super Bruni make history by winning his fourth world title in five years at the UCI World Championships. In the women’s race, Myriam Nicole stunned her rivals by winning the rainbow jersey to cap a dominant weekend for French riders in Canada.
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ELITE WOMEN’S RACE
Myriam Nicole had not raced in any UCI World Cup events this season after badly breaking her foot in April. With a low UCI ranking her race run was scheduled a little earlier on than usual. Despite her lack of competition in 2019, she sent down in a blistering time of 4:53.226 to put herself into the hot seat. Britain’s Tahnee Seagrave, herself returning in her first race back after shoulder surgery in June, also showed no signs of rustiness and pushed Nicole’s time all the way to the line to finish just one second behind in the silver medal position. Young Frenchwoman Marine Cabirou rounded out the podium for 3rd.
TAHNEE SEAGRAVE “I started the season super strong and I thought I was getting stronger, so I’m happy in a way that the injury happened when it did because I was able to cope with it very well. This race is 12 weeks on the mark from my injury and I’m back racing where I should be so I’m more than happy.”
MYRIAM NICOLE “I still can’t believe I won. That wasn’t the plan after these last six months of bad, bad, bad times. With the team, with the coach, everyone made it a good comeback. We didn’t have pressure, I just wanted to be back on my bike and feel good.”
- Myriam NICOLE (FRA) 4:53:226
- Tahnee SEAGRAVE (GBR) +1.204
- Marine CABIROU (FRA) +1.694
- Tracey HANNAH (AUS) +4.121
- Emile SIEGENTHALER (SUI) +5.391
ELITE MEN’S RACE
Bruni has now won the world title four times in five years and is only the second rider ever to win three in a row. The Frenchman, 25, was the last man out the starting gate and attacked from the off in a bid to beat the time of Australian rider Troy Brosnan. Bruni is the man for the big occasion and crossed the line with the fastest time of 4:05:455 which sparked wild celebrations. Brosnan took second in front of Pierron.
LOIC: “It is so hard to explain. I just crossed the line totally exhausted. It is insane. I didn’t really know what to do so I just attacked, which I don’t do so often. It was a bit of a struggle, but we put it together today. It was crazy. I didn’t have much pressure, I have done it before and it is only a bonus if I did it again. I was nervous but just went for it. Last year, I missed the first race of the year and so I focused more on the World Champs. I didn’t want to lose my stripes, while this year I felt like I had nothing to lose with the season I’ve done. Even if I lost the jersey, I would still be proud of this season.”
- Loic BRUNI (FRA) 4:05.544
- TROY BROSNAN (AUS) +0.581
- Amaury PIERRON (FRA) +2.549
- Danny HART (GBR) +2.805
- Greg MINNAAR (RSA) +3.187
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