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Greta Seiwald could not play at the front. © Noam Meresse / Social Media

Seiwald misses top spot in Crans-Montana

The Mountain Bike World Cup in Crans Montana ended without a top placing for South Tyrol. But Greta Seiwald is still looking positively towards the future.

Three athletes are fighting for two places in the Italian team at the Olympic Games: Martina Berta, Chiara Teocchi and Greta Seiwald. In the penultimate World Cup before the title fights in Paris, it was important to put herself in a positive light. The Gsieser only managed to do so to a limited extent.

After finishing 26th in the non-Olympic discipline of short track the day before, she had to settle for 20th place in the cross-country on Sunday. "At the moment, 20th place means a lot to me and I can't wait to take the next steps to feel stronger again," Seiwald wrote on social media, indicating that she was not in perfect shape.

Strong Italian gentlemen

At least she finished ahead of Teocchi, who did not reach the finish. Berta crossed the finish line about half a minute ahead of Seiwald and finished in 12th place. The undisputed victory went to the Frenchwoman Loana Lecomte, who was 46 seconds faster than Alessandra Keller (Switzerland). Third place went to the previous day's winner, Puck Pieterse from the Netherlands. Seiwald lost over two minutes on the first lap and then fell back a little further.

Meanwhile, two Azzurri celebrated a respectable success: Luca Braidot was delighted to finish third in the men's cross-country race, while Nadir Colledani came sixth. British superstar Thomas Pidcock was unbeatable, winning by over a minute over Mathias Flückiger (Switzerland).

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