Charlie Aldridge crowned 2019 cross-country world champion

Charlie Aldridge crowned 2019 cross-country world champion

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Charlie Aldridge was crowned the new junior men’s cross-country mountain bike world champion on Thursday in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada.

The gold medal won by Aldridge marks the first gold medal and rainbow jersey to be won by a British male in the cross-country discipline.

After the race Aldridge said, “I’m speechless, I know everyone says that but it’s true. I can’t believe it really, it’s fantastic, it’s great!”

The Scottish-rider finished 11 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Luca Martin (France) who won the silver medal and 20 seconds ahead of Andreas Emanuele Vittone (Italy) winning the bronze medal.

Also representing Britain in the junior men’s race, Harry Birchill finished 17th. The youngster was first over the line after the first short lap after a blistering start from the second row and fought to maintain every position he could through the race.

In the junior women’s race, last year’s bronze medallist Hattie Harnden finished the race in 12th, as Anna McGorum finished in 15th place who fought her way through as many places as possible as the race went on, moving from her initial rank of 30 to a top 15 performance.

Charlie Aldridge with his winners medal and rainbow jersey at the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada.

In Wednesday’s racing, the Great Britain team registered a fantastic sixth in the team relay.

The five riders, Charlie Aldridge, Frazer Clacherty, Evie Richards, Annie Last and Grant Ferguson all produced a flying lap of the technical course do register the result.

The racing can be followed via live timing on the UCI website here.

You’ll be able to watch the elite mountain bike cross-country races live on the BBC Red Button as well as online here and the elite downhill race will be broadcast on RedBull TV.

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