What a fairy tale! That was the opening race of the MTB World Cup in Nove Mesto in Moravia. In a fantastic atmosphere made by 13 thousand fans in Vysocina Arena, Jaroslav grandly returned to the top of the podium after beating the Swiss Nino Schurter reminding the dramatic finish of the golden Olympic race in London.
“I am very happy to win! I have been preparing for this race de facto since autumn and it was the most important race of the season for me, although it has only started. To win the World Cup again and moreover here, in front of great home fans, it´s a stunning feeling!” said happily the Czech biker in the finish when putting on the jersey of the World Cup leader.
Jaroslav managed to get into the leading group during the initial lap from the not too good starting position and then he overtook the sovereign biker of this season Florian Vogel and the reigning World Champion Julien Absalon in order to fight with his rival Nino Schurter, who has won three last World Cup seasons. In the longest climb of the last lap Jaroslav, being greatly supported by the crowd, attacked and decided about his triumph.
“The atmosphere hare was again fantastic; it is the best race every year. I was riding in a perfect mood. And except one fall right in the second lap, everything was under control. I would like to thank all our partners and fans for their support now and in the last season, when due to my injury, I wasn´t in a good condition,” added Jara.
This Sunday Jaroslav is awaiting the second race of the World cup, this time in the German Albstadt. There he cannot rely on such support of the fans, but after the home success he will definitely belong to the favourites.