Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Ukrainian hungry for more success after sealing UCI World Cup XCO title.
Yana Belomoina has set herself even bigger goals after joining Nino Schurter in wrapping up the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCO title at Mont-Sainte-Anne last weekend.
She missed out on the podium in the first 2017 race at Nové Město na Moravě, but hit back brilliantly for wins at Albstadt, Vallnord and Canada along with a Lenzerheide third place.
The 24-year-old revealed, “At the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself – to get on the podium of the World Cup.
“However I could not think that after five rounds, I would have secured such a confident victory. Tears of happiness. The emotion of it all cannot be explained entirely in words, it’s amazing.
“Two weeks of racing and two titles – European champion and World Cup overall winner. I still cannot believe it. All that I dreamed of.”
She secured a 2015 world championship bronze behind Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Irina Kalentieva, but is hungry to go two better when the field lines up in Cairns, Australia on September 9.
The Lutsk native declared, “I’m really motivated with my number one title and I will now fight for the rainbow jersey along with the next 2020 Games in Tokyo.”
The loud Canadian fans were a big part of her success on a course that she clearly holds dear.
She added, “There were a lot of fans, it was really cool. I am pleased to hear support like that at the race, it really charges me with energy. Thank you all for that!
“I already had good memories of Mont-Sainte-Anne thanks to my junior silver medal from the 2010 World Championships. It’s a great course.”