Tracey Hannah and Kye A’Hern featured on the podium at Val di Sole while Rebecca McConnell rode her way into another top ten placing at the fifth round of the UCI MTB World Cup held in Italy over the weekend.
Hannah (Polygon UR), who recorded her best result with a silver said she rode too safe during her finals run, which was won by Marine Cabirou (Scott Downhill Factory) by more than 11 seconds.
“I am happy to get the points but disappointed with the way I rode today.”
But the 11-time Australian champion holds a 230 point lead in the overalls with two races remaining.
There was little that seperated the junior men with A’Hern (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) only 0.4 seconds off top step of the podium
It was also the first world cup race this year Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) hasn’t featured on the podium. The South Australian would finish in 10th place and remain in third place overall.
The stunning season of McConnell (PMR Racing Team) continued in the Valley of the Sun with a fourth place in the short track on Friday giving her a front row spot on the starting grid for Sunday.
The Australian would go out hard with the leading riders including eventual winner Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Canyon Factory Team) and Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory XC Racing) in the early stages of the five lap race.
McConnell crossing the finish line in seventh, her fourth top 10 this season.
Dan McConnell came home in 48th in the hot men’s field, with Cam Ivory 74th and Sebastian Jayne in 82nd.
In U23 men, Matt Dinham lead the Australian charge in 48th, with Cam Wright in 68th and Callum Carson in 83rd.
Photo Credit: PMR Racing Team
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