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Mountain bike bronze for Anton Cooper

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/05/2017
Anton Cooper of New Zealand © Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Anton Cooper of New Zealand

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anton Cooper has become just the second Kiwi to secure a mountain bike cross-country World Cup podium after finishing third in Germany.

The 23-year-old Trek Factory Racing rider produced a stunning performance to claim bronze in the second round of the World Cup in Albstadt.

He was beaten only by Olympic and world champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland and world cyclo-cross champion Mathew van der Poel (Netherlands).

"Third place in Albstadt. I am so stoked to put the Kiwi jersey on an elite World Cup podium," Cooper said.

After climbing from the fourth row to ninth in the opening round of the World Cup last week in the Czech Republic, Cooper impressed in holding off Frenchman Julian Absalon, the double Olympic and five-time world champion.

The only New Zealander to previously earn a World Cup podium is understood to be Kashi Leuchs more than a decade ago.

Compatriot Sam Gaze, the current under-23 world champion, did not finish.

The mountain bike World Cup action moves back to downhill competition this weekend in Scotland and the following week in Austria, with the next cross-country competition in Andorra in July.

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