Anton Cooper wins World Mountain Bike Championships
The Armstrong Motor Group sponsored rider, Anton Cooper has achieved Mountain Bike greatness this month securing the 2015 World Mountain Bike Championships in Vallnord, Andorra.
“Armstrongs and Anton Cooper have enjoyed a long relationship since his earliest stages of competition, we’re delighted to see Anton’s dedication and hard work come to fruition this year at the pinnacle of Mountain Biking.” said Rick Armstrong.
Cooper, from Woodend in North Canterbury, rode from the front in wet and muddy conditions to win in a sprint finish. It is Cooper’s second rainbow jersey after winning the junior (under-19) world championship in 2012.
Compatriot Sam Gaze (Cambridge) finished fourth to complete an outstanding performance from the Kiwi pair who finished first and second respectively at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year.
Cooper, who turned 21 last month, had a brilliant ride from the front in challenging conditions on a brutally tough course at altitude.
“To win both the under-23 title and junior world titles is something to be proud of,” the Cannondale professional said.
Anton Cooper (NZL) 1:22.03 1, Victor Koretzky (FRA) 1:22.05 2, Grant Ferguson (GBR) 1:22.25 3. Also: Sam Gaze (NZL) 1:23.44 4, Craig Oliver (NZL) 1:34:01 47, Ben Oliver (NZL) 1:35.48 54, Jack Compton (NZL) at one lap 67.