Switzerland’s Andrea Waldis gave Colnago a second world title at the UCI mountain bike world championships with a dominant performance in the junior women’s race that confirmed her huge talent and ability.
Riding her black and white-colored Colnago C29 Italia bike, Waldis won alone, savouring every second of her victory and waving a huge Swiss flag as she crossed the finish line.
Waldis took control of the race on lap two and never looked back, distancing her rivals and going on to finish 30 seconds ahead of Germany’s Sofia Wiedenroth, with her compatriot Lena Putz third at 1:19. The very testing and technical descent proved crucial. Waldis opted to take the safer line early on but knew she had to follow Wiedenroth when she took the more testing line. Wiedenroth crashed but Waldis did not, ensuring her a great chance of victory.
“I’m very happy to be world champion. I was focused on my race and being on my line. I didn’t even think about winning the Worlds in the first few laps,” Waldis said, modestly.
Edmund Telser, the team manager of MTB Pro-Team Colnago-Südtirol, was more emotional after a second consecutive world title. 24 hours earlier, Eva Lechner and Beltrain Schmid had ridden Colnago bikes in the Italian team that won the world cross country relay title.
“Andrea had a very good season. After succeeding in the World Cup in Val d‘Isere we knew that she had good chances to also medal here at the World Championships,” he said.
Photo courtesy of Marius Maasewerd/Team Colnago-Südtirol.