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2017 XCO World Cup season starts in Nové Město & Albstadt

The UCI XCO World Cup season started with two spectacular races in Nové Město and Albstadt. Where everybody was expecting the battle between Nino Schurter and Julien Absalon there was also a relatively new rider stepping to the elite podium of mountain biking; Mathieu Van Der Poel

The Dutchman, cyclo-cross rider and former World Champion, finished eight in his first world cup race in Nové Město a week earlier and pushed the boundaries in his second race setting a blistering pace on the opening start loop. Only Schurter could keep up with the 22-year-old on the opening lap. In the Women U23 group Evy Richards experienced a dream start taking second in Nové Město and the win a week later in Albstadt.

Scroll down through the best moments from both races in the gallery below.