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Sam Gaze, pictured winning the short course cross country title at the UCI mountain bike championships in France, crashed in the men's elite race.

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Sam Gaze, pictured winning the short course cross country title at the UCI mountain bike championships in France, crashed in the men’s elite race.

Commonwealth Games champion Sam Gaze was being treated for a potential shoulder injury after crashing at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in France.

The new short course world champion crashed out on the second lap of the elite men’s 24km cross-country race in Les Gets on Sunday (Monday New Zealand time).

Gaze, 26, had made a superb start from the fifth row to move into the top 10.

He disconnected during a jump and landed awkwardly, requiring doctors to assess his shoulder.

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National champion Anton Cooper led home the New Zealand team.

Cooper, who was compromised in his preparation with a Covid fight that ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, braved it to finish 33rd.

Anton Cooper in action for Team New Zealand at the UCI Mountain Bike Championships in France.

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Anton Cooper in action for Team New Zealand at the UCI Mountain Bike Championships in France.

While he put in consistent lap times on the demanding Les Gets course, he lacked his usual spark after getting back on his bike just three weeks ago.

Swiss superstar Nino Schurter claimed his 10th world title with a brilliant performance, on a course where he won his junior world championship in 2004 and became the oldest winner at 36 on Sunday.

Switzerland's Nino Schurter is on course to win the men's elite title of the 2022 UCI mountain bike world championship in France.

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Switzerland’s Nino Schurter is on course to win the men’s elite title of the 2022 UCI mountain bike world championship in France.

Another veteran, France’s Pauline Ferrand Prévot, added a fourth elite individual cross-country title in the women’s race, her second rainbow jersey of the week after winning the short course crown. It also adds to his victory at the UCI road racing world championships in 2014 and the world victory in cyclocross in 2015.

Rotorua’s Ruby Ryan led the New Zealand Under-23 riders to 32nd in the women’s race, with Cameron Jones the best of the Under-23 men.

There is no respite for the riders, who travel to Val di Sol in Italy this week for the final round of the World Cup season.

Great Britain's Tom Pidcock flies away.

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Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock flies away.

Results:

Cross country:

Elite men, 24km: Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:21.13, 1; David Valero-Serrano (ESP) at 9sec.2; Luca Braidot (ITA) at 29s, 3; Tom Pidcock (GBR) at 1:29.4; Marcel Guerrini (SUI) at 1:40.5. Also from New Zealand: Anton Cooper at 6:04.33; Ben Oliver at 8:53.52; Craig Oliver at 9:21.55; Sam Gaze dnf.

Elite women, 20.58 km: Pauline Ferrand Prévot (FRA) 1:22.08, 1; Jolanda Neff (SUI) at 1:35.2; Halen Batten (USA) at 2:13.3; Loana Lecomte (FRA) at 3:27, 4; Anne Terpstra (SUI) at 3:46, 5.

Women under 23, 17.15 km: Line Burguier (FRA) 1:11.09, 1; Puck Pieterse (NED) at 43s, 2; Sofie Pedersen (DEN) at 59s, 3. Also from New Zealand: Ruby Ryan at 10:35, 32; Amélie Mackay at 2 rounds, 54.

Men under 23, 20.58 km: Simone Avondetto (ITA) 1:10.35, 1; Mathis Azzaro (FRA) at 28s, 2; Luca Schatti (SUI) at 57s, 3. Also: New Zealander: Cameorn Jones at 9:48, 66; Caleb Bottcher 1 lap, 74; Matthew Wilson at 2 rounds, 93; Ethan Rose dnf.

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