Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup

French and Swiss riders continue impressive form on tough French course and Hatherly grabs another podium.

Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Conditions for the Elite races were loose and wet.

France’s Loana Lecomte maintained her perfect start to the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCO season with a dominant win in the Elite Women’s race in Les Gets on Sunday, while the Elite Men’s race was won in equally commanding fashion by Swiss rider Mathias Flückiger. With new features adding an extra dimension to the Les Gets track and the rain falling heavily, the riders faced a tough challenge to tame the demanding course.


Elite Women

In the women’s race, Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez set the pace up the starting climb, quickly establishing a gap on the opening lap. Jenny Rissveds was leading the chase and soon overtook the Spanish rider, only to see Lecomte storm in front, just as she did in Albstadt, Nové Město and Leogang. The young French rider went on to dominate the race, securing a 21-second lead over the chasing duo of Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Bec McConnell by the end of lap three. Ferrand-Prevot had shown brilliant power to win the Short Track on Friday but was struggling a little in the conditions and began to slip back down the field, with Rissveds climbing into second and Evie Richards moving into third. Lecomte was managing the pressure and the conditions with confidence and maturity, posting the fastest time every lap. However, further back there was some late drama when Ferrand-Prevot and McConnell came together near the finish. Ferrand-Prevot managed to get out of the tangle ahead to take fourth place and McConnell took fifth. For Lecomte, it was four wins from four races this season, while Rissveds high-fived the crowd as she came in second and Richards recorded her best ever XCO result with third. South African Marikse Strauss came home in an impressive 27th place.

Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
P18 for Kate Courtney who was in the lead group early on.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Evie Richards kept charging forward and landed in P3 – despite a few crashes.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
It was a cocktail of off-cambers, rain and lots of mud.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Sina Frei rode outside of the top five for the entire race and ended the day 7th.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Rebecca Mcconnell moved into 3rd before letting Jenny Rissveds through and sliding back to P5.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Rissveds was in fine form and rode with confidence into P2.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot had a real go at Lecomte in the opening laps before dropping back.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
“It’s very special to race a World Cup in France and I’m very, very happy to win in front of my family and friends. Because of Friday’s race, I was a little anxious and stressed but we found the solution.” – Lecomte
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
From Left: Pauline, Jenny, Loana, Richards and Mcconnell.

Results: Elite Women

Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup

Women’s XCO standings
1. Loana Lecomte FRA 1330 points
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot FRA 955
3. Jenny Rissveds SWE 780
4. Haley Batten USA 755
5. Rebecca McConnell AUS 710


Elite Men

In the Men’s Elite, Flückiger came into the race full of confidence having excelled in Leogang and claimed victory in the Short Track on Friday. The Swiss rider didn’t get off to the best start as Ondrej Cink, Luca Braidot, Alan Hatherly, Vlad Descalu and Nino Schurter all looked to make their move on the opening lap. But when Flückiger attacked on the treacherous off-camber grass towards the end of the lap it was like he had found an extra gear and extra grip that no other rider had. World Champion Jordan Sarrou was riding on home soil and, buoyed by the French crowds, rode up into a podium position on lap two. Sarrou and Hatherly were separated by just a few seconds for most of the race, while Cink crept clear ahead and Schurter slipped a little way back, battling with Daniele Braidot for fifth. As the riders battled to stay upright and the conditions worsened, Flückiger secured his second consecutive perfect weekend of World Cup racing with a mix of fun whips and safe dismounts on the final lap. Cink was once again second, crossing the line 25-seconds back with the smile and clenched fist of a job well done, while a final lap attack from Sarrou secured third place and a huge cheer from the French supporters.

Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Hatherly and Cink lead the charge from the line.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Conditions were equally tricky for the Men’s race.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Hatherly and Sarrou battled each other from Lap 3 until the finish.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Nino gaps into the berm.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
P5 for Nino today.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Flückiger is very much the in-form rider and once he kicked and went, he was gone. Another P1 for the Swiss star.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Hey hey Mr Hatherly! Only 39secs off of the win and a well fought P4.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Reigning World Champ Sarrou slotted into 3rd for his home race.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Cink battled in the techy sections but was a power house on the climbs. P2 for Ondrej.
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
“I took a lot of confidence from the last World Cup and from this season. Today was special with the changed conditions. I’m really happy with my performance, everything came together again today.” – Flückiger
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
From Left: Alan, Ondrej, Mathias, Sarrou and Schurter.

Results: Elite Men

Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup
Results and photo story of Les Gets XC World Cup

Men’s XCO standings
1. Mathias Flueckiger SUI 1169 points
2. Ondrej Cink CZE 934
3. Jordan Sarrou FRA 790
4. Victor Koretzky FRA 745
5. Nino Schurter SUI 734

Next stop: Tokyo Olympics!

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