Rebecca McConnell showed she was in form ahead of the this weeks UCI Mercedes-Benz World Championships in Leogang, Austria after the final World Cup race on the weekend.
Having competed in four races in six days, the Australian champion claimed a podium finish in fourth, her second top 10 result at the Nové Mesto course.
A front row start gave the Canberra rider the opportunity to stick with the leading pack, which saw current world champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA) break away early and claim a much needed victory in her final race in the rainbow stripes.
McConnell rode with Laura Stigger (AUT), another of the young talents who shone this week in Nove Mesto, for several laps before making her move on the final lap.
I actually made a lot of mistakes during the race but most importantly I felt strong in the climbs. I knew today’s race was going to be difficult for everyone after 3 races already but I had confidence in my work over the last month’s and just kept suffering the whole race. I’m so happy to give this podium to my team who have worked so hard and many hours this week with tough weather conditions.
Another difficult race for Dan McConnell trapped at the back of a massive elite men’s field.
However the Australian jersey wearer would improve his plate number to finish in 40th.
Brazil’s Henrique Avancini would claim his first ever World Cup victory.
Riders are now preparing for the World Championships with the Elite XC races to be held on Saturday 10th October.
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