Snowshoe XC World Cup Recap | Presented by SHIMANO

The season’s XC finale in Snowshoe, West Virginia was held on a flat, fast and technical track. The action in the men’s and women’s race was bar-to-bar all the way to the line.



Course Preview with World Champ Pauline Ferrand-Prévot



ELITE WOMEN’S RACE

It was neck and neck between the 2018 world champion Courtney and four-time World Cup champion Jolanda Neff all season heading into the final 2019 stop, however, the Swiss rider was soon dropped as Courtney managed to stay in sight of the leading pack. Ferrand-Prévot had come into the race on the back of a superb 2019 World Championship display in Mont-Sainte-Anne where she held off Neff for her second career gold and she looked in great shape again chasing down the in-form Dutch rider Anne Terpstra. She pulled off an audacious uphill overtaking move on the final lap to pass Terpstra and held on to win by four seconds with Briton Annie Last a bold third and Courtney crossing the line fifth to win the title by just 30 points from Neff who could only finish 11th.

Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot runs through her pre-race warmup routine.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
This weekend was Pauline’s first outing in her latest rainbow jersey.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Jolanda sits Kate’s wheel in the early stages of the race. With only 20 points in it every single place gained or lost would potentially swing the overall in either one’s direction.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Anne Terpstra rode a brilliant race to place a strong 2nd. Here she leads Jenny Rissveds through one of the tight descents.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Annie Last rode at or near the front for most of the race to claim a season’s best 3rd place.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Rissveds rolls and boosts the rock garden inside the lead bunch. Up until a rear flat on the last lap, things were very much going her way for another topfour placing, or more.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Rissveds leads Ferrand-Prevot, McConnell and the two Americans.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Another not so great day for Emily Batty who has been underperforming of late. She will be looking forward to turning things around for 2020.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
The Aussie charger Rebecca McConnell continued her fine form, riding at the front for most of the race she finished 4th, less than a minute off of the win.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Kate admitted to charging hard early on in order to make a statement of intent on the overall. Her strategy worked, but she did battle to keep things rolling in the second half of the race.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
“In the last lap I was 10 seconds behind, but I never gave up and I came back. I was not so good in the first two races, so third in the overall ranking is a good result. I didn’t imagine to have such a good year and I am proud of myself.” – Ferrand-Prevot.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
A 5th on the day was enough to secure the title for Kate and the home crowd went mental.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Jolanda Neff takes a moment to contemplate losing the leader’s jersey and the title. The overall went down to the wire today and unfortunately, it was not Neff’s best day on the bike.
Competitors stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 201
Race podium from left: McConnell, Terpstra, Ferrand-Prevot, Last, Courtney.
Competitors stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 201
Overall podium from left: Terpstra, Neff, Courtney, Ferrand-Prevot, McConnell.


RACE RESULTS

  1. Pauline FERRAND-PREVOT (FRA) 1:17:51
  2. Anne TERPSTRA (NED) +0:04
  3. Annie LAST (GBR) +0:27
  4. Rebecca MCCONNELL (AUS) +0.57
  5. Kate COURTNEY (USA) +1:37

2019 WORLD CUP RESULTS

  1. Kate COURTNEY (USA) 1 772 points
  2. Jolanda NEFF (SUI) 1 742
  3. Pauline FERRAND-PREVOT (FRA) 1 575
  4. Anne TERPSTRA (NED) 1 480
  5. Rebecca MCCONNELL (AUS) 1 217
  6. Anne TAUBER (NED) 1 078
  7. Sina FREI (SUI) 1 067
  8. Jenny RISSVEDS (SWE) 1 015
  9. Chloe WOODRUFF (USA) 940
  10. Catharine PENDREL (CAN) 878


Kate Courtney seen at UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019
“I think it will sink in over time. Every race you can’t make a big mistake and you have to fight for every spot. Today was about going out as hard as I could and then holding it together hoping that it would be enough. This win means a lot to me.” – Kate


ELITE MEN’S RACE

After Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel decided not to contest the final men’s race, it was a formality for Schurter in his pursuit of a seventh title as he started strong before he punctured to leave Brazilian Henrique Avancini up front alone in the hot temperatures. Avancini was eventually reeled in as Schurter hit back to set up an exciting showdown with compatriot Lars Forster, who battled back from a knee injury to finish the season on a high by fending off Schurter for his first World Cup win with Frenchman Maxime Marotte third. Forster, 26, added: “I had the feeling yesterday about something good. Finishing with this win is amazing. I made my way up again after the crash in Albstadt.” Thirty-three-year-old Schurter, who won his eighth World Championship gold in Canada last weekend, enthused: “It was so cool to see Lars winning. He more than deserved it after a tough season. I am super happy winning overall. It was an insane season again.”

Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Avancini prepares the mind to deal with the pain the body is about to experience.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
The Brazilian champ leads a group through one of the descents.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Nino whittled the lead group down by continuously ramping up the pace in the technical sections.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Avancini and Schurter swopped the pacing duties multiple times in the first half of the race.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Midway through the race and eventual winner, Lars Forster sits comfortably inside the lead group.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Nino
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
The race came alive when Nino flatted and Avancini found himself out front on his own.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Nino was in control of the lead group until a flat on lap 6 of 9 where he lost over 30 seconds.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Manuel Fumic played the perfect team-mate, putting his body on the line as he tried his best to unsettle the Scott steam train which was chasing Avancini down.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Avancini comes under pressure from Tempier and Marotte on one of the punchy climbs.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Marotte, Tempier, Haegstad, Fumic and Sarrou drop into the rocks.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Another smart performance by Frenchmen Maxime Marotte who stayed out of the carnage and drama to finish 3rd.
Riders perform at the UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 2019.
Lars worked hard with Nino to reel Avancini in and when Nino went off the front for the final time Lars managed to stay with him. Onto the last climb and Lars rolled up the inside of Nino to open a small gap which he held to the line to claim his first World Cup win.
Competitors stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 201
Race podium from left: Avancini, Schurter, Forster, Marotte, Tempier.
Competitors stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 8th, 201
Overall podium: Avancini, Schurter and Sarrou. (Vdp and Flueckiger absent)


RACE RESULTS

  1. Lars FORSTER (SUI) 1:26:09
  2. Nino SCHURTER (SUI) +0.05
  3. Maxime MAROTTE (FRA) +0:07
  4. Henrique AVANCINI (BRA) +0:08
  5. Stephane TEMPIER (FRA) +0:10

2019 WORLD CUP RESULTS

  1. Nino SCHURTER (SUI) 1 995 points
  2. Mathieu VAN DER POEL (NED) 1 649
  3. Henrique AVANCINI (BRA) 1 565
  4. Mathias FLUECKIGER (SUI) 1 348
  5. Jordan SARROU (FRA) 1 097
  6. Gerhard KERSCHBAUMER (ITA) 1 060
  7. Maxime MAROTTE (FRA) 986
  8. Titouan CAROD (FRA) 933
  9. Stephane TEMPIER (FRA) 885
  10. Victor KORETZKY (FRA) 853


2019 World Cup Champion Nino Schurter.


| Images: Courtesy Red Bull Bartek Wolinski, Mondraker, UCI & Cannondale Factory Racing. With thanks: Coolheat SA & Shimano |



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