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Elite XCO Results from the Les Gets XC World Cup 2024

Jul 7, 2024
by Ed Spratt  
The results are in from the sixth round of the 2024 World Cup series in Les Gets.

Puck Pieterse wins in Les Gets as she heads towards the Olympic Games with a dominant performance in France. Pieterse was in the lead from the top of the first climb as she was unrivalled on the ascents and could speed through the muddy off-cambers. Candice Lill had enough career-best result as she crossed the line in second place, 2:37 back. Overall series leader Alessandra Keller held onto third place, a little over three minutes off the winning pace.

Alan Hatherly achieves the perfect weekend in Les Gets as he takes his first elite World Cup XCO win. Hatherly was strong from the start as he fought off multiple challenges to the lead to cross the line with a one-and-a-half-minute gap to Mathias Flückiger. Flückiger has a great ride as he is building fitness ahead of this month's Olympic games. Simon Andreassen made it two Cannondale riders in the top five, besting Luca Braidot to the finish in a sprint.

Check out the results below.


Elite Women

1st. Puck Pieterse: 1:29:12
2nd. Candice Lill: 1:31:49 / +2:37
3rd. Alessandra Keller: 1:32:19 / +3:07
4th. Jenny Rissveds: 1:32:50 / +3:38
5th. Anne Terpstra: 1:33:26 / +4:14

Elite Men

1st. Alan Hatherly: 1:23:14
2nd. Mathias Flückiger: 1:24:25 / +1:31
3rd. Simon Andreassen: 1:25:16 / +2:02
4th. Luca Braidot: 1:25:19 / +2:05
5th. Simone Avondetto: 1:25:33 / +2:19

Full Results:

Elite Women

Elite Men

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  • 20 0
 Quite a weekend for South African Cycling in France. 2 first places, one second place and one third place. Hatherley, Lill and Minnaar
  • 20 3
 Best race scenario for different categories

Elite DH Men: "Phew, luckily there is hero dirt on the trail today."

Elite XC Men: "Phew, luckily there is Tour de France today."
  • 12 0
 I deserve to eat my hat as I was making fun of Flückiger’s performances and questioning his Olympics nomination, but shame on me, he is getting into the right shape! Chapeau!
Swiss team looks well on track to get some MTB medals this year, let’s see whether it will be gold Smile
  • 13 1
 There’s a lady named Lill Candice, is that her stage name? Haha that’s kinda rad
  • 13 0
 Her rap name.
  • 29 20
 I don’t know how in hell all those riders did it without "game changing" transmission. Top three men and women were on that mechanical shifting XTR. Could it be all those media types that super hyped the electric shifting were full of shit?
  • 3 16
flag MDW83 (Jul 7, 2024 at 8:23) (Below Threshold)
 Pro racers are also notorious for being slow adopters.
  • 24 0
 @MDW83: they have drivetrain sponsors. The riders on XTR, if Shimano had wireless drivetrains they'd be running it
  • 1 4
 @Arierep: yes, this too of course. Lol.
  • 2 12
flag brance (Jul 7, 2024 at 10:00) (Below Threshold)
 @Arierep: While it's true pros ride what they're paid to ride, the top athletes are in good position to pick who they accept sponsorship from; they won't ride gear they feel gives a disadvantage.
  • 9 0
 @Someoldfart Bro... it is the riders, not the parts. As long as the parts are equally decent and reliable regardless of the brands, they would win. That said, I am well aware of quite a number of occasions where the slight mechanical glitch with the Transmission either almost costed the victory or outrightly responsible for their loses, notable examples being Specialised's Voretzsky in the early XCO WC and more recently Isabeau Courdurier in the latest EDR WC, which is undeniably very disappointing indeed given all the marketing hypes by SRAM.
  • 2 0
 @brance: Yes and no. Teams choose the primary sponsors and gear, not the riders. Riders could choose a team with the gear they want to ride, but if the team makes a switch to a different equipment sponsor, the riders are obligated to go along with the switch. Their only choice would be moving to a new team after their contract expires.
  • 2 6
flag billreilly (Jul 7, 2024 at 20:04) (Below Threshold)
 Shimano XTR is available in mechanical and electronic shifting (Di2), it's just not wireless. Most of the Shimano-sponsored riders are using the Di2.
  • 8 0
 @billreilly: Di2 was available in M9000 from 2015 to 2019, but was discontinued when M9100 was introduced in 2019. All current XTR is mechanical.

Soon though...
  • 2 0
 @dougfs: I didn't realise that... Thanks for the info.
  • 2 1
 @rtg9891: Koretzsky dropped his chain from the chainring, on an uphill. That had nothing to do with transmission
  • 3 0
 Gibson's wipeout on that ramp was spectacular
  • 4 0
 That was scary, knowing that collarbone isn’t fully healed yet.
  • 3 1
 Where the splendid Line Burquier ?
  • 1 0
 somewhere else.
  • 4 1
 Are there many top racers missing? I can't see PFP, Loana Lecomte etc either, not even as DNS. That said, cool to see Anne Terpstra still has it making it to an impressive fifth place. And American on here typically pay a lot of attention to Kate Courtney so they'd be happy seeing her right up there in 15th place, which is only one minute off 10th place. Must have been an exciting and tight race well beyond the top 20.
  • 7 0
 @vinay: They are all skipping this race to prepare themselves for the upcoming Olympics
  • 1 8
flag MDW83 (Jul 7, 2024 at 5:27) (Below Threshold)
 @rtg9891: There were a lot of Olympic contenders racing today. Very few skipped.
  • 2 16
flag vinay FL (Jul 7, 2024 at 5:33) (Below Threshold)
 @rtg9891: Ah, I see. They should really limit these Olympic Summer Games to the southern hemisphere if they insist on holding them in the first place. Just plan them in January or February. You may still lose a few who'd like to focus on CX competition as well but at least it won't clash as much with the majority of racers. Where do I submit my proposal? I'm sure they can't refuse.
  • 5 1
 @vinay: What kind of shit are you taking dude? Just top your brain is melting.
  • 3 4
 @higor: Yeah, much better to keep the brain flowy rather than have it solid, clogged and stuck.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: yes it's sad that all top French riders skipped this race : Sarrou, Koretzky, PFP, Lecomte..
  • 1 2
 @Whipperman: Yeah, I see my posts are being downvoted by anonymous experts on the matter, but as a certified fool I think it really is a bad thing happening for the sport. These WC teams, their sponsors are who support these athletes throughout the several races throughout several years. Then the Olympics is being planned in such a way that conflicts with these competitions (which undoubtedly goes for many more disciplines) that athletes skip these WC races and in turn go training for an event that pays no respect to those teams or sponsors whatsoever. This, when there are so many months throughout the year where there are no WC races at all. Sure Paris itself may be colder and wetter in fall (which suits most sports just fine except for maybe beach volleyball) but considering they have opted to destroy a remote, beautiful and protected island for the Olympic surfing competition as well, there sure must be ways to make things work.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: Fall? The XC races are the first week of August. Lucky if it will be less than 30C.

The Olympics are the Olympics. Maybe 10-100x the exposure for a sponsor if you win than a single World Cup. The teams and sponsors of these riders are supporting them at the Olympics, and have agreed for them to skip some races to prepare.

No matter when the Olympics is in the year it would conflict with other competitions. Most sports know in which 3-week window the Olympics is happening about eight years in advance.
  • 1 0
 The last time there was this many Cannondales on the podium, half the Pinkbike population couldn't ride bikes yet.
  • 1 0
 That was a lot of -1,-2 lap finishes in both races.
  • 1 0
 Yes, there was 8 laps in the mens race. Never seen that many
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