Stages Athletes Olympics Results
Two Silver, One Bronze for Stages Athletes in Tokyo
This post will be updated with results from six athletes across three sports representing four countries competing in the 2020 Olympics with Stages Power and Stages Dash.
Stages Cycling is proud to support athletes competing in triathlon, paratriathlon and cross country mountain biking in the Olympic games in Tokyo. Erin Huck, Maximilian Brandl, Mathias Flückiger, and Martín Vidaurre Kossmann competed in cross country mountain biking, Morgan Pearson competed in triathlon and Grace Norman will compete in paratriathlon. These athletes compete and train with Stages Power Meters, Stages Dash GPS cycling computers and the StagesBike SB20 Smart Bike.
“We’re thrilled to have these outstanding athletes representing Stages and their respective countries at the Tokyo Olympics,” said Sean Coffey, Stages Global Marketing Director. “Stages has a strong history of success at the highest levels of cycling, including five Tour de France victories. We look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence at the Olympic level.”
Morgan Pearson, Triathlon (USA)
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Morgan Pearson competed as the anchor leg of the mixed relay triathlon and helped the team earn a silver medal in the inaugural event. Pearson combined with Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Taylor Knibb to finish 14 seconds behind Britain in gold and nine seconds ahead of France in bronze.
“The highs have been probably some of the highest I’ve ever experienced, but it’s also the lowest of lows. It does wear on you,” Pearson said to USA Today. “I was a little bit worried about that heading into here, like maybe I’m out of steam.
“I know my family’s watching at home, family, friends. And my brother’s watching too. This is for my brother, if anything, and my family.”
Pearson didn’t have his best day during the individual event and finished 42nd. He said he didn’t feel well during the race and afterwards leaned on his teammates, asking them to remind him of their confidence in him.
“I leave Tokyo with a medal. I also leave with huge emotion, experience, excitement and plenty to improve on. Back to work,” Pearson said.
Mathias Flückiger, Mountain Bike (Switzerland)
Mathias Flückinger finished with a silver medal for Switzerland in the men’s cross-country mountain bike final. Flückinger and Swiss teammate Nino Schurter set a strong pace after pre-race favorite Mathieu van der Poel crashed in the first lap. Flückinger finished 20 seconds behind Tom Pidcock (Great Britain), and 34 seconds ahead of David Valero Serrano (Spain) who rounded out the podium.
“First, it was a really mixed feeling, but I’m happy about the medal. I have to say, my goal was to win. I didn’t win. There was one stronger guy and I was second, Flückiger told VeloNews. “I did some mistakes in the middle of the race, two times in one lap, and that was unlucky, but now I’m happier with the silver medal.”
Team USA Track Cycling Team Pursuit Bike
For the second time, Stages supplied the U.S. Olympic track cycling team with LR Stages Power meters built on to the team’s custom lefthand drive aero cranks. The 2021 Olympic line-up featured Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert, Megan Jastrab, and Emma White. The US brought home bronze in the women’s Team Pursuit after beating Canada in the third-place match-up.
“The last year has been so difficult for everybody, filled with so many unknowns, and to finally line up after a year and a half without racing is a privilege in itself,” Valente said to Cycling News. “We’ve just worked so hard to get here and I think we can all finally say that we’ve ridden the very best that we had, up to this point, and that we’re really happy with the bronze.”
The German squad won gold with a world record time of 4:04.24.
Check out VeloNews for an in-depth look at the team’s $26,000 Felt TA FRD Superbike.
Maximilian Brandl (Germany) & Martín Vidaurre Kossmann (Chile) Mountain Bike
Lexware Mountainbike teammates Martín Vidaurre Kossmann and Maximilian Brandl finished 14th and 21st respectively in the men’s cross-country mountain bike event.
“Tokyo – dusty and dusted,” Brandl said on Instagram. “Happy with my performance, the placement has room for improvement but I’m really looking forward to work for Paris.”
Erin Huck, Mountain Bike (USA)
Erin Huck finished 31st in the women’s cross-country mountain bike event on a muddy and adjusted course due to severe weather.
“This was my first Olympic experience,” Huck said in a release from USA Cycling. “It lived up to the hype of an Olympic course, with a pretty amazing field of competitors. It was awesome to be here.”
Three athletes from Switzerland swept the medal podium, with Jolanda Neff taking the top spot with a time of 1:15:46, outpacing her runner-up teammate Sina Frei by 71 seconds.
Grace Norman, Paratriathlon (USA)
Grace Norman will compete in the Paralympic Games on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 pm ET (Sunday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 am Tokyo time).