UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup 2023: victories for Isabeau Courdurier and Luke Meier-Smith in Tasmania
Isabeau Courdurier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) made a successful start to the inaugural UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup by winning Maydena.
The French star mastered the tough six-stage race in the season opener in Tasmania to finish ahead of compatriot Morgane Charre (Pivot Factory Racing).
Two-time world champion Courdurier threw down the gauntlet with a win on the opening stage but saw reigning UCI Downhill World Champion Valentina Holl win the next two.
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A fall would derail Holl however and it was Charre who would put the hardest pressure on Courdurier but she ultimately failed despite winning the final stage.
Ella Conolly (Cannondale Enduro Team) was third.
In the men’s race, Luke Meier-Smith (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) took the win ahead of Daniel Booker (Nukeproof SRAM Factory Racing).
It was Booker who started the brightest on stage one, but Meier-Smith took control of the race with three stage wins.
Connor Fearon (Forbidden Synthesis) made it to an all-Australian podium after finishing third.
On a difficult day for Jesse Melamed (Canyon CLLCTV Factory Team), the reigning champion finished a low 19th.
In the U21 women’s category, Canada’s Emmy Lan (Forbidden Synthesis Team) leapfrogged Erice Van Leuven (Commencal Les Orres) for victory on the final stage, while the U21 men’s race was won by Sasha Kim.
The UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup will stay in Tasmania for the second round, which takes place over the weekend of March 31st – April 1st.
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