Mont-Sainte-Anne XC World Champs Race Recap | Presented by SHIMANO

The 30th UCI Mountain Bike XC World Championships was held at the iconic Mont-Sainte-Anne venue in Canada. This is the 3rd time the venue has hosted the World Championships and some 700 riders from 50 countries would compete.

Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot releases emotions after an eventful race.


ELITE WOMEN’S RACE

In the WOMEN’S RACE, Canadian Hayley Smith led the field off of the line with Rebecca McConnell, Jolanda Neff, Kate Courtney, South Africa’s Candice Lill and the two Dutchwomen Tauber and Terpstra in tow. A few minutes into the race and the defending champion Courtney moved with clear with Neff and McConnell and this trio held a small lead over the rest of the field for the opening laps. Neff and McConnell were showing their class on the technical descents and Courtney started to slip back through the pack. Meanwhile, Ferrand-Prevot was recovering from a crash on lap one and charging through the field. Halfway through the race, McConnell had an 18 second lead over Neff, Prevot was a further 12 seconds back in third and Tauber and Terpstra were sitting 53 seconds adrift of the leader. Neff faded a little bit, seeming to hit a rough patch and Ferrand-Prevot was charging forward. The Frenchwomen caught and passed McConnell at the one hour mark and continued to attack the climbs. Towards the end of the race, Neff began to find her rhythm and moved into second place ahead of McConnell. At the finish line, it was all Ferrand-Prevot who secured her second XC rainbow jersey with an emotional win. This is Ferrand-Prevot’s fourth world title. Neff and McConnell claimed silver and bronze. After a brilliant start, South African Candice Lill had mechanical issues which took her out of contention.

Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
The Elite Women sprint off of the start line to begin the opening lap.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Hayley Smith leads the pack whilst Neff, McConnell, Courtney, Terpstra and Lill sit slip.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Full tuck.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Into the technical La Beatrice.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot threads the needle and moves forward through the pack.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
In her inimitable style, Neff kept the saddle slammed and speeds high on every technical descent.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Anne Tauber stayed inside the top five for the entire race but just never had the extra watts to reel in the leaders.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Defending champ Kate Courtney grinds up the 23% gradient switchback climb.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot on La Beatrice.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Rebecca McConnell was out front for most of the race and at one stage there was a very good chance she was going to run away with the gold medal.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Neff on the charge late in the race.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Rebecca McConnell was matching Neff’s speed in the technical sections and MSA has plenty of them.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Heels down, eyes forward – that’s how it’s done.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Emily Batty leads Jenny Rissveds through the corkscrew.
Feeling a little more like myself was the highlight of this race. I’m a very competitive person, and I feel like I couldn’t tap into that all season. Once the track started to open up and gaps started to form, I was able to be smart and charge where I needed to and ride clean and smooth also where I needed to.” – Emily
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Ferrand-Prevot was losing a few seconds to McConnell and Neff in the technical descents but was untouchable on the climbs.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Ferrand-Prevot celebrates as she cross the line to take the win.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
What a comeback year it has been for Ferrand-Prevot. From surgery in January to correct an artery condition in both legs, to the rainbow jersey. Incredible.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Gold: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Silver: Jolanda Neff. Bronze: Rebecca McConnell.
Action from the 2019 uci mountain bike world championships in monte-sainte-anne, quebec, canada on the 31st august 2019.
Ferrand-Prévot said: “It is very emotional today as I had a bad start with a crash on the first lap and after that I was in 15th place. It was very far back but I gave everything I had and tried to come back step by step. I am super happy.”


RACE RESULTS

  1. Pauline FERRAND-PREVOT (FRA) 1:28:51
  2. Jolanda NEFF (SUI) +0:43
  3. Rebecca McCONNELL (AUS) +1:17
  4. Anne TERPSTRA (NED) +2:26
  5. Kate COURTNEY (USA) +2:42
  6. Annie LAST (GBR) +2:54
  7. Anne TAUBER (NED) +3:12
  8. Tanja ZAKELJ (SLO) +3:40
  9. Emily BATTY (CAN) +3:59
  10. Linda INDERGAND (SUI) +4:46

Saffa’s: Lill & Redecker +1 Lap



ELITE MEN’S RACE

In the ELITE MEN’S race, Henrique Avancini led the race in the early stages with Ondrej Cink, Nino Schurter, Jordan Sarrou, Victor Koretzky, Thomas Flueckiger bunched up behind him. Avancini’s strategy was clear, the Brazilian powerhouse would set the pace high on the run to the climbs so he could lead up the narrow singletrack at his pace. The surge then sit up strategy was working for the first 20 odd minutes but then Nino appeared to be ready to roll away and the Swiss rider attacked a couple times before eventually sustaining a gap over Avancini. A few minutes later the leaders of the race regrouped to form a pack of 10. Not long after that the two Swiss riders, Schurter and Flueckiger moved clear and began to pull away but then Flueckiger flatted and lost time and placings at the tech zone. Onto lap 5 and Nino was out front, Tempier had moved through to 2nd place some 4 seconds back, followed by Avancini, Cink, Carod and Koretzky about 30 seconds adrift. Into the final two laps and the action heated up, Tempier flatted and dropped to forth place whilst a signature late-charge from Kerschbaumer moved him into second. As Avancini faded, Flueckiger moved by Kerschbaumer who had flatted, as did Tempier. Out front though, it was all Nino, the Swiss rider was attacking the climbs and keeping it cool through the technical sections to avoid mistakes. Schurter was well on track for a fifth straight World’s win taking his tally to a record-breaking eight victories.

Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Avancini and Schurter get the main show on the go.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Avancini leads the race during the opening laps.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
The MSA track features steep single track climbs and rocky technical descents which demands a tactical approach to racing and pacing. Here, Avancini keeps the race rolling at his pace.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Ondrej Cink leads the French duo through the La Patriote section.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Avancini keeps it rolling up the steep switchbacks.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Lars Forster with recently crowned eBike World Champ Alan Hatherly riding shotgun.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Despite being a couple percentage points off of his best form Alan Hatherly hung in for a 35th place finish.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
A flat took Mathias Flueckiger out of contention for the win but his bad luck turned around as others also suffered flats and Mathias rallied for a silver medal.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
The wiseguy of XC racing, Schurter seemed to ride within his limits for the entire race and did exactly what was needed to win.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Henrique Avancini rails the righthander at the bottom of La Beatrice.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
A rear flat right at the end of the race robbed Gerhard Kerschbaumer of a silver medal.
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
I’ve been coming to race here for 10 years, and I knew one of the key factors would be to get through without any mechanicals. I think I was the only one without any mechanicals in the top four.” Nino
Riders at the UCI MTB XCO Elite Men World Championships Mont Saint Anne 2019
Schurter grabs another rainbow jersey and celebrates with Flueckiger and a jubilant Tempier.


RACE RESULTS

  1. Nino SCHURTER (SUI) 1:27:05
  2. Mathias FLUECKIGER (SUI) +0:30
  3. Stephane TEMPIER (FRA) +0:38
  4. Titouan CAROD (FRA) +0:56
  5. Gerhard KERSCHBAUMER (ITA) +1:02
  6. Ondrej CINK (CZE) +1:34
  7. Victor KORETZKY (FRA) +1:43
  8. Jordan SARROU (FRA) +1:57
  9. Andri FRISCHKNECHT (SUI) +2:00
  10. Henrique AVANCINI (BRA) +2:07

Saffa’s | Alan Hatherly 35th | Jan Withaar +1 Lap |



Images: Boris Beyer Red Bull Content Pool | UCI


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