After finishing fifth at the U23 mountain bike cross-country on Friday, Blanka Vas was able to don the coveted rainbow jersey for the first time in her career on Sunday. Right from the start, Blanka Vas coloured the race by slipping into the early breakaway. "That was the right decision because my legs didn't actually feel super. I couldn't follow the pace on the climb and blew back to the peloton. When we got to the local circuit, I almost had to drop out on the first lap, but I felt myself getting better towards the end."
Vas rode in a group of nine towards the finish. In it were also Shirin van Anrooij and teammate Anna Shackley who were also in with a chance of winning the U23 title. Blanka Vas won the sprint of the chasing group for 11th place, making her the best performing promise. Good to succeed her teammate at Team SD Worx Niamh Fisher-Black as U23 world champion.
Vas: "I really didn't expect to become world champion. I am very happy about this. It might have been even nicer if this was a separate race and you actually crossed the finish line first. It is special to be able to put on that coveted jersey. The fact that Lotte crowned herself elite world champion only makes it more beautiful. Whether I also hope to achieve this one day? Of course, but for that I need to improve a lot. For now, let me just enjoy this U23 title first."