Full results and photo recap from Leogang XC

Loana Lecomte and Mathias Flueckiger too strong for the rest as they win both their respective XCC and XCO events in Leogang, Austria.

Even though the weather was much improved from last year’s World Championships, the steep, technical descents and savage climbs remained a real test and produced some brilliant racing over the weekend. It is very much a course for the climbers.

Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Lecomte and Ferrand-Prevot turn the heat up in the Women’s race.

Elite Women

France’s Lecomte was already the woman to beat coming into the third round, following dominant performances in the opening two stops, and a win in Friday’s Short Track only added to the hype. She stuck to the wheel of fast-starting world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot before opening a gap on the first full lap and never looking troubled thereafter to win by a comfortable 1m48s and make it three wins from the first three races, the first woman in 15 years to achieve the feat. The final lap was all action in the battle for the podium places, with Austrian Laura Stigger on the attack and dropping Ferrand-Prevot but then being overtaken by fast-finishing Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds. South Africans Candice Lill placed 45th, Cherie Redecker 51st and Mariske Strauss had a DNF.

Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
The start loop of the Austrian track kicks straight up.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
A few minutes into the race and Loana Lecomte had checked out from the party and began to build a substantial gap.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Evie Richards was fully pinned for P6.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
P3 for Laura Stigger who said: “My whole family was here cheering for me and it gave me extra motivation.”
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Pauline Ferrand Prevot rode up front early on before slipping back for a P5 finish.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Jolanda Neff is returning to her form of old and despite a crash (which broke her hand!) secured P4.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
P32 for Canadian Emily Batty.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
P2 for the 27-year-old Swede Jenny Rissveds.
“I have been struggling a bit with my self confidence the last couple of weeks, so this has been a very good race. I have been practicing a lot to commit fully. It is very scary to go all in because it hurts and there is always a chance of making mistakes.” – Jenny
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Loana Lecomte has 3 wins from 3 starts in the XCO this year. She is simply untouchable.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Women’s podium.

Results

Women’s XCO result
1. Loana Lecomte FRA 1:17.03
2. Jenny Rissveds SWE +1.48
3. Laura Stigger AUT +1.50
4. Jolanda Neff SUI +2.02
5. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot FRA +2.30

Women’s XCO standings
1. Loana Lecomte FRA 1045 points
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot FRA 680
3. Haley Batten USA 669
4. Rebecca McConnell AUS 544
5. Linda Indergand SUI 533


The men’s race played out in similar fashion to Friday’s XCO with Flueckiger and Czech rival Ondrej Cink repeating their first and second places after Flueckiger broke clear on the penultimate lap. Behind them, the fight for the podium positions was entertaining with Kiwi Anton Cooper easily ahead of Frenchman Thomas Griot, who held off Romanian Vlad Dascalu in a photo finish for fourth. South African Alan Hatherly was running in the top 6 midway through the race before a mechanical cost him a lot of time and he dropped to 24th.

Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
P2 for Ondrej Cink: “It was a very hard race. I knew I could do a good result here and was fully focused. I did my best I think but in the end Mathias was a little stronger. Mathias is very fast on the downhills and he made a little gap which I couldn’t close.”
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Mathias Flueckiger: “I was still a bit tired in my mind from Friday but I found my rhythm eventually and in the end, I could open a gap on Ondrej. I’m really happy with this win. Ondrej was a bit stronger on the climbs so I knew where I had to attack and after I opened the gap I had the confidence and knew I could hold it to the finish.”
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Just imagine what those roots would have been like had it rained.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Mathias Flueckiger won the XCC and XCO in Leogang. It was a weekend not to forget for the Swiss star.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
P8 and a solid ride for Simon Andreassen.
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
P3 for Anton Cooper who went on to say: “I was in no man’s land for a lot of the race. I tried to stay on Ondrej’s wheel but I had to be smart at it and ride my own pace as I could not go with those guys on the climbs.”
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
It’s an on form Anton Cooper this year: “I’ve raced less and am a bit fresher this year as I’ve made life a bit simpler with better structure in my training and travel days which is paying dividends.”
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Flueckiger, 32, said: “It was more mental for me today. I was still a bit tired in my mind from Friday. More and more in the race I found my rhythm and I could find a gap to Ondrej. I knew I had to attack because, when it was constant climbs out there, he was a bit stronger.”

Results

Men’s XCO result
1. Mathias Flueckiger SUI 1:15.50
2. Ondrej Cink CZE +0.14
3. Anton Cooper NZL +0.45
4. Thomas Griot FRA +1.26
5. Vlad Dascalu ROU +1.27

Men’s XCO standings
1. Mathias Flueckiger SUI 794 points
2. Ondrej Cink CZE 654
3. Victor Koretzky FRA 623
4. Mathieu van der Poel NED 570
5. Anton Cooper NZL 570


Full Results

Elite Women

Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC

Elite Men

Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC
Full results and race recap from Leogang World Cup XC

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