Belomoina targets rainbow jersey

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Yana Belomoina performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on August 6th, 2017 –
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Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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.

The Ukrainian has come on leaps and bounds this year to claim her maiden overall title ahead of pre-season favourites such as Jolanda Neff, Catharine Pendrel and Gunn-Rita Dahle.

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.

Yana Belomoina poses for a portrait in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on May 18, 2017 –
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Jan Kasl / Red Bull Content Pool

“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.

Yana Belomoina performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra on July 2nd, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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.”

Yana Belomoina performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on August 6th, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool
Yana Belomoina performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on August 6th, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool
Emily Batty, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Yana Belomoina, Catharine Pendrel and Irina Kalentyeva stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on August 6th, 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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