Mathias Flückiger took second place in the cross country and brought home a sixth medal for his team.
Mathias Flückiger added on Saturday a medal (six now) to the already abundant harvest of the Swiss team at the World Championships in Leogang, in the Austrian Alps.
The Bernese took second place in the cross country, behind Frenchman Jordan Sarrou and ahead of another Frenchman, Titouan Carod.
Already second at the Mont Saint-Anne Worlds, in Canada, in 2019, the 32-year-old rider adds a line to his record.
Arrived 45 seconds behind Sarrou (1 h 25 ’37 ”), he was never able to catch up with him. The Frenchman put on a show, alone in the lead, after overtaking the Dutchman Milan Vader who had tried the breakaway from the start.
Behind, Flückiger contained Carod’s inclinations and finally crossed the line 10 seconds ahead of the bronze medalist.
The other Swiss rode well, two were classified in the Top 10: Filippo Colombo 7th (at 2’12 “) and Nino Schurter 9th (at 2’33”).
Sina Frei au pied du podium
Among the ladies, after 2015 and 2019, the French Pauline Ferrand-Prévot became world champion for the third time. She won ahead of the Italian Eva Lechner and the Australian Rebecca McConnell.
The Swiss Sina Frei (23), double world champion in the U23 (2017 and 2019), missed the medal in the climbs and finished at the foot of the podium for 45 seconds (4th). The Zurich native, however, is doing better than her compatriots Jolanda Neff (6th) and Alessandra Keller (10th).