The World Championships in the disciplines Cross-Country and Downhill were staged in Les Gets, France. The atmosphere was impressive in all competitions and the fans cheered the athletes on every meter of the tracks.
On Thursday, Paul Schehl already caused a sensation by winning the gold medal in the junior cross-country race and brought the rainbow stripes to the Black Forest for the third time. Martin Vidaurre finished fourth and could not defend his title. Sina van Thiel celebrated her comeback and crossed the finish line in 23rd place, as did Lennart Krayer. In the elite race Maximilian Brandl and David List finished in 24th and 32nd place.
"I didn't think I could do it. I still can't believe it," he said even the day after his victory. "The feeling is indescribable."
Lexware Team world championship set-up
Saturday was all about the downhill sport. Team rider Camille Balanche finished the race, only three weeks after her collarbone fracture, with a respectable fourth place, closely followed by her teammate Monika Hrastnik in fifth place. The German athletes Justine Welzel and Charlotte Germann finished 21st & 22nd. Benoit Coulanges unfortunately could not keep his first place from the qualification and finished the race in 10th position.