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WORLD CUP | Van der Poel, Pidcock and Sagan don't start in the back row: but it's controversial

There was a last minute regulation change to allow Mathieu van der Poel, Tom Pidock and Peter Sagan not to start from the back row.

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Van der Poel moved from the last row of the grid, 13th, to 4th thanks to a change in the UCI regulations just over 24 hours after the race. Same goes for Tom Pidcock. Peter Sagan has also been brought forward on the grid and will start ahead of athletes who are currently much more popular in MTB.

And some riders complain about these changes made a few hours after the race just to favor the athletes: among the first Nino Schurter (READ ARTICLE).

ALL THE INFORMATION ON THE 2023 MTB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STARTING LIST XCO 2023

1 SCHURTER NinoSWITZERLAND
3 SARROU JordanFRANCE
2 VALERO SERRANO DavidSPAIN
4 FORSTER LarsSWITZERLAND
6 HATHERLY AlanSOUTH AFRICA
5 BRAIDOT LukeITALY
7 de FROIDMONT PierreBELGIUM
10 DUBAU JoshuaFRANCE
8 SCHUERMANS JensBELGIUM
9 VIDAURRE KOSSMANN MartinCHILE
12 SCHWARZBAUER LukeGERMANY
11 BLUMS MartinsLATVIA
14 DASCALU VladROMANIA
15 BRAIDOT DanielITALY
16 FLUCKIGER MathiasSWITZERLAND
23 CINK OndřejCZECH REPUBLIC
19 ULLOA AREVALO Jose GerardoMEXICO
18 CAMPOS MOTOS David DomingoSPAIN
17 GRIOT ThomasFRANCE
22 by SILVA AVANCINI HenriqueBRAZIL
26 ALBIN VitalSWITZERLAND
20 WAWAK BartlomiejPOLAND
25 LITSCHER ThomasSWITZERLAND
21 FINI CARSTENSENSebastianDENMARK
13 CAROD TitouanFRANCE
28 ROHME KnutNORWAY
31 COOPER AntonNEW ZEALAND
32 ANDREASSEN SimonDENMARK
29 GONEN Gil LyISRAEL
24 MAROTTE MaximeFRANCE
33 MARQUES de ALMEIDA Jose GabrielBRAZIL
30 FOIDL MaximilianAUSTRIA
55 PIDCOCK ThomasGREAT BRITAIN
101 van der POEL MathieuNETHERLANDS
104 SAGAN PeterSLOVAKIA
27 GUERRINI MarcelSWITZERLAND
35 BRANDL MaximilianGERMANY
34 GAZE SamuelNEW ZEALAND
38 HOLMGREN GunnarCANADA
36 COLLEDANI NadirITALY
41 BASTOS GALINSKI UlanBRAZIL
43 EID Emil HasundNORWAY
45 LUKASIK KrzysztofPOLAND
37 ZANOTTI YuriITALY
47 ORR CameronGREAT BRITAIN
48 CULLELL ESTAPE JofreSPAIN
50 KORETZKY VictorFRANCE
39 RAGG GregorAUSTRIA
44 LIST DavidGERMANY
40 FRISCHKNECHT AndriSWITZERLAND
42 ROTH JoelSWITZERLAND
53 FOX SamAUSTRALIA
51 BOUCHARD LeandreCANADA
56 BLEVINS ChristopherUNITED STATES
49 PHILIPP AntoineFRANCE
57 GLENDE Mats TubaasNORWAY
54 PALUMBY ZsomborHUNGARY
59 EGGER GeorgGERMANY
58 RODRIGUEZ GUEDE PabloSPAIN
61 CONTRERAS Joel FernandoARGENTINA
62 JANSSENS ArneBELGIUM
60 PEREZ ROMAN GeorwillPUERTO RICO
64 OLIVER WellNEW ZEALAND
66 DURAN AgustinARGENTINA
67 FINCHAM SeanCANADA
69 LOPEZ LouisHONDURAS
70 KITABAYASHI RikiJAPAN
71 NAGLIČ RokSLOVENIA
63 SCHELB JulianGERMANY
65 KAISER Leon ReinhardGERMANY
73 LEVI EitanISRAEL
72 COCUZZI Luiz HenriqueBRAZIL
89 TITARENKO DmytroUKRAINE
75 SOTO CatrielARGENTINA
77 MASON CameronGREAT BRITAIN
74 ULIK MatejSLOVAKIA
78 HORNY ClementBELGIUM
68 BOTERO VILLEGAS JonathanCOLOMBIA
79 KOBES LukashCZECH REPUBLIC
76 HELTA FilipPOLAND
81 ZALTSMAN TomerISRAEL
80 MILLER AlexNAMIBIA
84 DAWSON ChristopherIRELAND
85 IVORY CameronAUSTRALIA
82 DESERA PeterCANADA
83 DELICH PARDO NicolasCHILE
86 ŠKARNITZL JanCZECH REPUBLIC
105 MAKAE TumeloLESOTHO
88 FANANI ZaenalINDONESIA
91 DONIZETES VALERIAN RubensBRAZIL
93 RAUCHFUSS MarekCZECH REPUBLIC
94 ARIAS CUERVO Diego AlfonsoCOLOMBIA
96 MIRANDA JAIME JaimeMEXICO
98 FARFAN PALOMINO Frank KelvinPERU
99 ENTEZARIOON MohammadrezaREFUGEE CYCLING TEAM
103 JONSSON KristinnICELAND
102 NDUNGU EdwinKENYA
100 RANA MAGAR SurajNEPAL

MATHIEU VAN DER POEL

The Dutchman, not having a single UCI point in MTB, was forced to start from the last row. But not now after an ad hoc modification of the regulation just for him, but which could also be valid in the future for other athletes. Thomas Pidcock and Peter Sagan have also exploited this possibility. The rule allows a good grid position for cyclists well classified in the UCI classifications of other modalities.

Mathieu van der Poel

What was the regulation like up until now? The starting grid in the World Championship XCO was established by the UCI ranking XCO. Among the bikers without UCI points, a random selection was made.

DOUBTS IN THE RULE

The rule, not having a "scientific" basis, can give rise to controversy: not in the case of Mathieu Van der Poel, given his physical form, but for example in that of Peter Sagan, who will start in front of the Short Track World Champion Sam Gaze, and to Victor Koretzky, also an athlete who competes in a professional road team and who was 2nd in the Short Track yesterday.



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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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