Lenzerheide XCO World Cup Race Recap | Presented by SHIMANO

One week after the Val di Sole World Cup the Worlds best racers assembled for another weekend of Short Track and XCO racing. The venue, Lenzerheide in Switzerland, is at a reasonably high altitude with some reasonably tough climbs but with the season winding down and valuable points on offer, the racing would be anything but reasonable.

Competitors perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
The Women’s race was as dramatic as it was inspirational.

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ELITE WOMEN’S RACE

 In the women’s race Rissveds crashed early on as Swiss hope Jolanda Neff and Anne Terpstra of the Netherlands swapped the lead before France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot upped the ante. Neff dropped back as the pace quickened with Swede Rissveds coming back superbly to challenge the stubborn Terpstra for the lead on the last lap. The 25-year-old held her nerve brilliantly after her recent battle with depression to triumph from Terpstra and Ferrand-Prevot as a late puncture for Neff saw title rival Kate Courtney overtake her for seventh and crucial points ahead of their 2019 finale in Snowshoe. Rissveds said: “So much emotion. Two years ago, I didn’t want to be alive. It is possible and never give up like Pauline said last week. I was nervous before the start as I had to start on the front row and that is why I crashed in the first lap. The circle is complete. Three years ago I won this World Cup race and I won today.”

Competitors perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Neff and Mcconnell get the early jump on the pack before Rissveds rolled through to lead them up the first climb.
Competitors perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Anne Terpstra stretched out and dropping in.
Competitors perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Neff leads Terpstra and Ferrand-Prevot in the early laps.
Competitors perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 201
Ferrand-Prevot leads Neff followed by Terpstra and Pendrel.
Competitors perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019//
Neff was battling to hold the wheels on lap 3 and not long later the European champ and series leader dropped back from the lead group.
Kate Courtney performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
A slightly off pace Kate Courtney soldiered on for a 7th place.
Jolanda Neff performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Jolanda Neff charges one of the downhill sections.
Sina Frei performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Sina Frei fought her way forward and won the sprint for 4th.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Jenny Rissveds  perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot leads Jenny Rissveds.
The race-winning attack on the long climb was nothing less than all-in. Jenny simply stomped away from them to steal the show.
Jenny Rissveds performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
For Jenny, her family, her team and the entire mountain bike world – it was an emotional victory.
enny Rissveds celebrates at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Jenny Rissveds celebrates.
Competitors stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019 /
Podium from Left to right: Frei, Terpstra, Rissveds, Ferrand-Prevot, Pendrel.

RACE RESULTS

  1. Jenny RISSVEDS (SWE) 1:21:09
  2. Anne TERPSTRA (NED) +0.25
  3. Pauline FERRAND-PREVOT (FRA) +1.19
  4. Sina FREI (SUI) +2:03
  5. Catharine PENDREL (CAN) +2:12

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6

  1. Jolanda NEFF (SUI) 1 625 points
  2. Kate Courtney (USA) 1 552
  3. Pauline FERRAND-PREVOT (FRA) 1 225
  4. Anne TERPSTRA (NED) 1 210
  5. Rebecca MCCONNELL (AUS) 992
  6. Sina FREI (SUI) 984
  7. Anne TAUBER (NED) 970
  8. Elisabeth BRANDAU (SWE) 795
  9. Jenny RISSVEDS (SWE) 770
  10. Catharine PENDREL (CAN) 755


ELITE MEN’S RACE

 In the men’s race, Van der Poel started off strong after another short-track win on Friday with local hero Nino Schurter and Brazilian Henrique Avancini close behind. Home hope Schurter was soon joined by another Swiss favourite in Mathias Flueckiger, however they could not shake off Van der Poel who put the hammer down in the closing laps with a searing pace that Schurter could not the match as the Dutchman won by 25 seconds. It was his third win of 2019 and denied Schurter a record-equalling 33rd World Cup win, however the Swiss rider looks certain to win a seventh World Cup title as Van der Poel has opted not to race at the final USA stop to focus on the road cycling World Championship. Van der Poel, 24, said: “This is maybe one of the most difficult ones to win especially because Nino is super motivated to win here in front of his home crowd. I knew it was going to be a tough one and I am very happy to make it work. I will stick to my main plan. I am very happy with my (mountain bike) season.” Schurter, 33, added: “He was definitely stronger and it is no shame to get second. I think my only chance to beat him was to go hard from the beginning. It is not nice if someone is missing in a tight battle, but I am also looking forward to winning another overall.”

Competitors perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
The start of the men’s race.
Mathieu van der Poel performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Mathieu van der Poel moved to the front of the race from the start.
Nino Schurter and Mathieu van der Poel perform at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Mathieu van der Poel stretches the legs out and recovers as he rails behind Schurter.
Mathias Flueckiger was picking riders off one by one – here he lines up Henrique Avancini.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019 //
Held up in some traffic in the early stages of lap one, Gerhard Kerschbaumer put in another brilliant charge through the field for an eventual 5th place finish.
Mathieu van der Poel performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
The Schurter – van der Poel train was out front virtually all race and the two put in attack after attack to try get away.
Mathieu van der Poel performs at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
When van der Poel attacked on lap 4 he opened a 7second gap and then set about building on that.
Competitors stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 11th, 2019
Podium from left to right: Koretzky, Schurter, van der Poel, Flueckiger, Kerschbaumer.

RACE RESULTS

  1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL (NED) 1:17:50
  2. Nino SCHURTER (SUI) +0:25
  3. Mathias FLUECKIGER (SUI) +1:13
  4. Victor KORETZKY (FRA) +1:44
  5. Gerhard KERSCHBAUMER (ITA) +1:44

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6

  1. Nino SCHURTER (SUI) 1 670 points
  2. Mathieu VAN DER POEL (NED) 1 649
  3. Henrique AVANCINI (BRA) 1 360
  4. Mathias FLUECKIGER (SUI) 1 348
  5. Gerhard KERSCHBAUMER (ITA) 970
  6. Jordan SARROU (FRA) 907
  7. Maxime MAROTTE (FRA) 791
  8. Titouan CAROD (FRA) 753
  9. Stephane TEMPIER (FRA) 728
  10. Victor KORETZKY (FRA) 712


THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

THE GOOD: Rissveds! Rissveds! Rissveds! Overcoming the darkness and fighting back to the top of professional sports. Wow! Candice Lill with another top performance in 15th and Mariske Strauss in 30th too. MvdP is on another level but let’s not forget what a prodigious talent Schurter is too. Today Nino took the fight to MvdP.

THE BAD: Neff’s rear flat on the last lap which cost her valuable points. Alan Hatherly withdrawing from the race to rest and reset. We wish the Champ a speedy recovery.

THE UGLY: Form comes and goes. Being just 1% off of your best at this level often due to unknown reasons is so frustrating for these athletes. There are a few top men and women who are not placing where they should be right now and it’s just hard to watch.



FRIDAY’S SHORT TRACK RACE HIGHLIGHTS



NEXT UP: Final, Snowshoe USA, September 6-8

“Two years ago I didn’t want to be alive. I just want to say that it is possible. Never give up.” – Jenny Rissveds

Images: Courtesy Red Bull Bartek Wolinski. With thanks: Coolheat SA & Shimano



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