Australian Mountain Bike - - Between The Tape -

Cana­dian Finn Iles will be the favourite to add an­other ju­nior World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle to his 2017 World Cup se­ries win, which was sealed with three suc­ces­sive first places. His main chal­lenge could well be Bri­tain’s Matt Walker, who tri­umphed in Fort Wil­liam in June and proved his abil­ity on the Cairns course when win­ning the 2016 World Cup event ahead a slew of lo­cals. Syl­vain Cougoureux from France is also likely to fight hard af­ter reg­u­larly

fea­tur­ing on the podium all this sea­son.

In the ju­nior women’s event, the form guide sug­gests it could be a close-fought bat­tle be­tween Lat­vian Paula Zibasa and France’s Me­lanie Chap­paz as they have largely shared the vic­to­ries be­tween them­selves in the World Cup races this sea­son. Oth­ers to keep an eye on in­clude New Zealan­der Shania Raw­son-Pickard, Italy’s Alessia Mis­si­a­gia and Flora Le­soin from France.

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