Gibson and Blunk both finished in the top 10 as Kate Courtney fought through on a bad day.
French rider says last-minute changes in start positions played a decisive role in Saturday's elite men's worlds race.
The 24-year-old powered through mechanical issues to take his first first elite mountain bike world title.
Acquaroli was one of the rising stars in Italy in the 1990s, and beat the likes of Miguel Martinez and Cadel Evans for the U23 world title. He was 48.
Top contender Pidcock derailed by two late-race errors, finishes fourth.
American Gwendalyn Gibson wins bronze, and Chris Blevins crashes in the final lap trying to retain his title
Federation names full lineup for races in Les Gets, France, August 22-28.
Blevins is the best hope in generations to bring the U.S. back to the pinnacle of international cross-country MTB racing.
Cross country mountain bike world championships: Evie Richards goes solo for standout victory, Nino Schurter wins thrilling finale in men’s race
Richards rides to commanding victory after catching and distancing defending champ Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Schurter outsprints Mathias Flueckiger in thrilling final.
VN news ticker: Team USA wins silver at MTB world championships relay, Jasper Philipsen abandons Vuelta a España
Here's the news making the headlines on Wednesday, August 25.
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Frenchwoman defends title in Leogang having also taken rainbow jersey in 2015.
Tom Pidcock outlasted American Christopher Blevins to win the Under-23 cross-country world title in Austria.
Finchamp trained harder than ever this year. And then, a week before worlds, she tested positive for Covid-19 and found herself sidelined and stunned.
"Racing was very hard, tight, especially the short track race but that’s why we came to Nové Město."