Speaking on course conditions and race strategy, Brosnan said: “It was tough at the top today, yesterday it was super tough at the bottom in the mud but today it was the top in the dust. It was so fast! Along the motorway the wind was a tailwind, and it was blowing so you were cranking so hard.”
Asked about the moment when he saw the chance to win, Brosnan said: “Once I got into the woods, I was like, ‘Let’s send it!’ I made a couple of mistakes, but I think everyone else would’ve too. I just got down and got it done and got the win. I can’t be happier!”
Brosnan was followed by a rookie, 19-Year-Old Daprela from France in second place. The 2018 and 2019 Junior World Cup Champion has been on a roll in what is only his second season racing Elite World Cups. In Leogang, Daprela came down with only two riders to go, and thrust his fists in the air as he crossed the line into first place. The Frenchman had a tense six minutes as Danny Hart (GBR) came down and slid into sixth place with only Brosnan left at the top. Daprela ultimately took home silver and his first ever World Cup podium with a 3:27.254-minute final time.
“It’s so good to be back racing, it’s been two months now. The week has been so crazy with the weather. I did a really good run today, so I was confident. It’s so good to be second, it’s my best result ever,” said Daprela, adding: “It gives me confidence, as I did mistakes and can be better next time. Learning from each mistake I can be better for next time. I prefer to be second and make mistakes than first and just think I’m fast.”
Finishing in third place in Leogang, Monster Energy’s Pierron spent most of the abbreviated last season on the bench after injuring himself last August at a French National round. His comeback was short and fast, riding his number 93 plate into third place and sending notice to the rest of the field that he is back in top racing form.
“I was struggling yesterday during qualifying and found my best riding today. It’s so good to be back racing. My last World Cup was the end of 2019, so it’s nearly been two years. It's been a long way, a really long recovery. Everything is getting good now, so finishing the first race on the podium is great,” said Pierron. “I need to thank my trainer and team for all of the recovery work, it’s been a team effort. It’s good to be back for sure. It helped my confidence. I want to win, that’s it. I don’t care what race it is, I just want to send it.”
Next, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will return on July 2 at legendary Les Gets, France, for round two of the 2021 season. The rest of the year has some classic European venues in store, before the tour moves to Snowshoe, United States, for the World Cup finals, as in 2019. It’s definitely good to be back!