Evie Richards takes mountain bike world title with commanding display in Val di Sole

Richards becomes the first-ever British woman to take the MTB rainbow jersey in the XCO

Evie Richards
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Brit Evie Richards has become the new mountain bike XCO world champion after a commanding display in Val di Sole, Italy.

Starting on the second row, she soon moved up through gaps to the front of the bunch in the first loop, entering the start of lap one in third place, then bringing back Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Switzerland's Jolanda Neff who had tried to break away.

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