Final Results from the Snowshoe XC World Cup 2021

Sep 19, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
The women start their charge through the streets of Snowshoe.


The results are in from the final XC World Cup of 2021. In the U23 racing, there was another big win for Mona Mitterwallner as she continues to be in a league of her own. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann took the top spot for the U23 Men as he rode ahead of Simone Avondetto by 11 seconds.

Evie Richards once again proved why she is the XC World Champion as she dominated the Elite Women's field and took the win in Snowshoe by one and a half minutes. This is her third big win in a row after taking the rainbow jersey and then winning in Lenzerheide. Evie Richards has also completed a perfect weekend as she also won Friday's XCC Short Track race. Rebecca McConnell was the only rider who looked like she could beat Evie today, but a front flat in the first laps took her out of contention for the win. Rebecca fought back and still took a well deserved second place.

A historic day in the Elite Men's race as Christopher Blevins takes his first Elite win and the first US Elite male XC World Cup winner since 1994. Vlad Dascalu also managed to take his best results with a second place, nine seconds back. Ondrej Cink completes the top three after a dramatic final lap that saw punctures from Nino Schurter and Henrique Avancini.

Check out the full results below.



Results:

Elite Women (6 Laps)

1st. Evie Richards: 1:14:53
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +1:31
3rd. Anne Tauber: +1:54
4th. Sina Frei: +2:10
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:31

Elite Men

1st. Christopher Blevins: 1:15:14
2nd. Vlad Dascalu: +9
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +20
4th. Nino Schurter: +34
5th. Luca Braidot: +39


U23 Women (5 Laps)

1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:03:58
2nd. Caroline Bohe: 1:06:47
3rd. Savilia Blunk: 1:07:18
4th. Gwendalyn Gibson: 1:08:01
5th. Jacqueline Schneebeli: 1:08:29

U23 Men (6 Laps)

1st. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:05:56
2nd. Simone Avondetto: 1:06:07
3rd. Joel Roth: 1:06:29
4th. Mathis Azzaro: 1:06:43
5th. David List: 1:06:49




Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


U23 Women


U23 Men




Live Race Updates:


13:05 pm PDT

Christopher Blevins wins in Snowshoe! Christopher becomes the first male US rider to win a World Cup XC race since 1994.



13:04 pm PDT

Christopher Blevins has gone, he leads the race by a huge margin!



13:03 pm PDT

A flat tire for Henrique Avancini!



13:02 pm PDT

Nino Schurter and Christopher Blevins are pushing ahead at the front, we are in for a wild sprint finish.



12:55 pm PDT

Going into the final lap the current top five are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 1:04:55
2nd. Christopher Blevins: +0
3rd. Luca Braidot: +0
4th. Ondrej Cink: +0
5th. Vlad Dascalu +0



12:54 pm PDT

Henrique Avancini slides out in the loose gravel, he is quickly back up on his bike but he has lost some time.



12:51 pm PDT

Nino Schurter is attacking with one and a half laps left, it doesn't seem to be enough to break up the leading group.



12:50 pm PDT

Amazingly after dropping far back in the race after a flat, Victor Koretzky is almost back inside the top 10.



12:45 pm PDT

After the fifth lap the current top six are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 54:15
2nd. Ondrej Cink: +0
3rd. Henrique Avancini: +0
4th. Christopher Blevins: +0
5th. Luca Braidot: +0
6th. Vlad Dascalu: +1



12:42 pm PDT

Victor Koretzky has ridden back to 16th place after his front flat.



12:37 pm PDT

Nino Schurter is attacking at the front and pushing at a very high pace.



12:34 pm PDT

After the fourth lap the current top five are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 43:31
2nd. Henrique Avancini: +0
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +0
4th. Christopher Blevins: +0
5th. Ondrej Cink: +0



12:31 pm PDT

Victor Koretzky and Mathias Flueckiger are now working together to make their way back to the front. They are currently in 23rd and 24th position.



12:30 pm PDT

A big group of eight riders has now formed at the front of the race. As we hit the halfway point in the race they will be looking to break up this group soon.



12:24 pm PDT

After the third lap the current top five are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 32:27
2nd. Henrique Avancini: +0
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +0
4th. Luca Braidot: +0
5th. Christopher Blevins: +0



12:16 pm PDT

Despite flat tires, Victor Koretzky sits in 26th place with Mathias Flueckiger in 28th.



12:13 pm PDT

Victor Koretzky has a front flat! The track is looking brutal for the bikes today. Victor does make the most of the flat tire and wheelies through the finish straight.



12:12 pm PDT

After the second lap the current top five are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 21:30
2nd. Henrique Avancini: +1
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +1
4th. Christopher Blevins: +1
5th. Luca Braidot: +2



12:08 pm PDT

Mathias Flueckiger is chasing his way back to the front after his rear flat put him right at the back of the race. Currently, he is sitting in 35th place.



12:05 pm PDT

The gap has already been closed with the top seven riders within four seconds of each other.



12:04 pm PDT

Victor Koretzky and Nino Schurter are starting to create a gap at the front of the race.



12:01 pm PDT

After the first lap the current top five are:

1st. Victor Koretzky: 11:01
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +0
4th. Henrique Avancini: +0
5th. Christopher Blevins: +1



11:58 am PDT

A flat rear tire for Mathias Flueckiger, luckily he already has the overall title wrapped up.



11:56 am PDT

Speeds are high as the Elite Men make their way around the first lap. Henrique Avancini is still leading with Christopher Blevins right on his rear wheel.



11:51 am PDT

The Elite Men are off with Henrique Avancini leading out the riders.



10:35 am PDT

Evie Richards wins her second Elite World Cup and makes it a perfect weekend in Snowshoe.



10:26 am PDT

Sina Frei is attacking in the fight for third place as she tries to build some time against Anne Tauber.



10:24 am PDT

Going into the final lap the current top five are:

1st. Evie Richards: 1:02:11
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +1:31
3rd. Sina Frei: +2:05
4th. Anne Tauber: +2:05
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:16



10:11 am PDT

After the fourth lap the current top five are:

1st. Evie Richards: 49:49
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +1:05
3rd. Sina Frei: +1:31
4th. Anne Tauber: +1:31
5th. Jenny Rissveds: +1:39



10:07 am PDT

It looks like Jenny Rissveds and Linda Indergand are closing in on Anne Tauber and Sina Frei.



10:04 am PDT

Evie Richards has nearly built a gap of a minute to Rebecca McConnell.



10:00 am PDT

Kate Courtney has pulled out of today's racing. Kate had a massive crash during the XCC Short Track race.



9:58 am PDT

After the third lap the current top five are:

1st. Evie Richards: 37:23
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +37
3rd. Anne Tauber: +1:03
4th. Sina Frei: +1:04
5th. Jenny Rissveds: +1:09



9:53 am PDT

Evie Richards is maintaining her lead as she stays around 30 seconds ahead of Rebecca McConnell. The next group of riders are 45 seconds off the pace.



9:47 am PDT

Rebecca McConnell is back in second place and is hunting down Evie Richards.



9:46 am PDT

After the second lap the current top five are:

1st. Evie Richards: 24:56
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +30
3rd. Sina Frei: +31
4th. Rebecca McConnell: +31
5th. Anne Tauber: +35



9:42 am PDT

Disaster for Rebecca McConnell as she gets a front flat! Rebecca now sits in fourth place, 17 seconds back.



9:38 am PDT

Rebecca McConnell is now pulling away from Evie Richards, she must be feeling good today to attack this early in the race.



9:35 am PDT

Rebecca McConnell is pushing hard and overtakes Evie Richards to take the lead.



9:34 am PDT

After the first lap the current top five are:

1st. Evie Richards: 12:43
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +0
3rd. Sina Frei: +0
4th. Jenny Rissveds: +1
5th. Linda Indergand: +1



9:26 am PDT

A breakaway group has already formed at the front of the race with about 7 seconds back to the chasing riders.



9:23 am PDT

Evie Richards currently leads the first lap with Linda Indergand in second and Jenny Rissveds in third.



9:21 am PDT

A huge crash at the start as the Elite Women make their way onto the first lap. It looks like it has taken out Laura Stigger.



The 2021 World Cup XC racing continues with the final round in Snowshoe.

The Women's racing kicks off on Red Bull TV at: PST 09:00 / EST 12:00 / BST 17:00 / CEST 18:00

The Men will start on Red Bull TV at: PST 11:30 / EST 14:30 / BST 19:30 / CEST 20:30






114 Comments

  • 64 0
 Blevins - Tremendous last lap!
  • 19 0
 Perfect attack. Thanks to R Warner for not being dismissive about Chris during the race. CB gave a great interview too. Durango will be buzzin' on this - very stoked! Another well earned victory - congrats!
  • 6 1
 @CarlMega: Why would he be dismissive? Blevins is XCC world champ.
  • 2 1
 I love xc racing and this was one of the best in the men's category today.

One thing though, what's with the podium placers being presented with a bouquet of flowers instead of a trophy?

Standing on the podium in XCO is unbelievably hard and an amazing achievement, something very few people at this elite level ever get to do, and not to be given a permanent momento for your trophy cabinet seems a bit hollow.
  • 7 0
 @mtb1101: Don't I know it. Felt like Rob was talking up the possibility but Bart Brentjens was being a poopy pants at the party.
  • 1 0
 @CarlMega: There was a tiny bit of steeki murrde on the course.
  • 9 0
 @mtb1101: Bart kept drawing commentary back to Nino (fair enough, he was leading until overtaken by Blevins and front flat) and Avancini, even when Blevins was about to enter the finish he was talking about them. Rob did an awesome job bringing focus back to where it should be and calling the finish.

Tremendous performance and last lap by Blevins, inspired interview after the win too, hats off.
  • 1 0
 @Ktron: they did give out trophies....
www.instagram.com/p/CUBK6kspH8s
  • 32 0
 Blevins!!!
  • 29 0
 Catherine Pendrel finishing up in style - 15th on the day!
  • 4 0
 Ya that is really crazy impressive! If not, the most impressive performance, it’s certainly up there!
  • 6 0
 She has been ridiculously consistent. I think she'd be a great coach/mentor for some of the younger ladies.
  • 5 0
 Imagine being able to be in the elite physical shape/fitness to be top 15 in world cup XCO at age 40. For me it's as impressive as Greg in DH (yes, Greg has better results, but in my opinion age impacts the fitness required for XC/road more than skills required for DH).
  • 1 0
 Catherine Pendrel is my hero!
  • 27 1
 Evie Richards, the one and only World Champion.
  • 1 0
 True that!
  • 3 0
 2022 is gonna be brutal. Evie, Loana and Moana among the young guns, Jolanda, Pauline, and Jenny representing the vets.
  • 4 0
 Evie looks awesome on the bike! Always has the outside pedal down in the corners weight inside steering with the hip. Posture on the bike reminds me of Tomac in his wc xc glory days
  • 5 0
 What do you mean? Every year someone is the one and only.
Evie had a superb race today.
  • 30 5
 Blevins is a beast! USA! USA!! USA!!!
  • 22 0
 Blevins!!!!!!!!
  • 19 0
 Jenny wins for most hi-fives!
  • 15 0
 When Blevins was born the US of A hadn't won a XCO World Cup for 3 years. Amazing!
  • 16 0
 God bless redbulltv!
  • 15 0
 Koretzky from 1st to last to 7th- ride of the day.
  • 3 0
 and he had 2 flats!
  • 14 0
 Hell Yeah Bec! Doing the Aussies proud!
  • 10 0
 I remember when American males never won any world cups and the Canadian Kirk Molday came into the scene and in Mountain Bike Action they would always have his picture after a World Cup where he would podium and have the caption “Top North American.” I guess we had to take our small victories how we could back then.
  • 9 0
 Havent heard that name in a minute. He def was a crusher.
PB should do a "where are they now" article
  • 2 0
 I still rock my Kirk Molday jersery with the cutoff sleeves!
  • 12 0
 Evie riding like a freight train today! Amazing to hear she was holding something back due to not hearing the splits.
  • 13 1
 Blevins timed that perfectly. Great race!
  • 12 0
 Blevins in almost heaven. Hell yes.
  • 11 0
 Lea Davison. 11th. Way to finish the season!
  • 11 1
 What an amazing race! Please more corses like this where we get close racing with tactics also being part of the game.
  • 10 0
 Koretzky wheeling with a front flat and Avancini crossing the finish line on the rim. A race to remember!
  • 1 0
 depo was before start line or after? Idk if he had flat or not when he was doing whelie
  • 3 0
 @Eddyjunior: I belive the tech zone was a few turns and bridges after the start/finish area. He was doing a wheelie on the cobble stones through the start/finish area on his way to the tech zone. It happened somewhere mid race.
  • 10 1
 The hound barking in the background of Rob and Bart's commentary is pleasing.
  • 8 0
 Dude, this! That damn dog was barking all day long.
  • 2 0
 I think it was a police K9 in a cruiser.
  • 3 1
 @extratalldirtrider: man, I love dogs but that was terrible
  • 6 0
 After rewatching the ending it appears like Nino's front tire was already flat when Blevins made the winning move around the switchback. Blevins and Dascalu must have seen the flat and knew it was the time to go. So many flats, I don't think riders were prepared for how brutal the rocks were.
  • 3 0
 Lots of Shale & Slate in that area. It tends to have very sharp edges because if the way it naturally cleaves.
  • 6 0
 Yes, Nino let them pass since his race was more or less over.
  • 3 0
 That's what I thought too. Nino was too easy to pass.
  • 8 0
 Move over, Tinker! I rarely pay attention to Men's XCO but dang that was pretty exciting racing! And congrats to Evie!
  • 7 0
 Whoop!!! BLEVINS. Brilliant race. right there the whole time and just crushed the last lap
  • 5 0
 Canadian u23 men all peaking moving up their rankings. Carter could wrap this up!! Super solid number of canucks. Pretty cool to see
  • 7 0
 Breakaway Blevins! Well done!!
  • 7 0
 Christopher! Amazing. The fam is so proud of you! Show me the money!
  • 7 0
 Go Evie!!!!
  • 7 0
 The drought has ended!
  • 7 0
 USA!
  • 3 0
 I wonder if Red Bull/Trek could get Evie Richards to do a video or two of her trying DH? Have a lovely day with Reece Wilson/Vali Höll or maybe Rachel Atherton to show her around Dyfi.
  • 6 1
 Anyone know what happened to Kate Courtney? Did she blow up or something? The heat maybe?
  • 2 1
 Rob mentioned her pulling out. I don't know if he gave details.
  • 6 1
 If I had to guess, lingering effects from Friday's crash.
  • 3 1
 Rough year for her, with the crashes, injury, etc. Let’s hope she’ll be back to full strength next year
  • 1 0
 @mtb1101: ah, good point. I forgot about her recent crash.
  • 4 0
 Does anyone know the elevation of one lap is?

Some of the climbs look steep af~
  • 3 0
 Short steep climb with almost all riders dismounting.
  • 5 0
 2.4 mile (3.9km) lap, 610 feet (186 meter) per lap elevation.
  • 3 0
 I should have mentioned the 2021 course is steeper than the 2019 course. The 2019 course had less climbing (528 feet) over a longer lap (2.6 miles).
  • 3 0
 @Jamminator: 16.8 miles with a total elevation of 4,270ft going full gas

these guys are absolute machines!
  • 2 0
 Evie Richards is definitely the favourite going into the first CX World Cups in America. Not sure if she plans on racing all three but gotta think she will be at the Trek World Cup. Going to be tough to beat
  • 3 0
 Worth watching the replay of the last lap of men’s even if you don’t follow XC (I don’t). Ridiculous fitness and skills on display.
  • 2 0
 I'm wondering what was the reason of that so many (mostly front) flats. Does anyone know if there was something particular somewhere on the track to get a front slow flat? That seems quite unusual.
  • 2 1
 Congrats to Blevins for the valiant effort, it was a well deserved victory. Although I don't think he would have taken it if all the top competitors wouldn't have suffered flats. With Schurter, Flückiger, Avancini and Koretzky still in the race, the sprint for the finish line would have been a much closer battle. Anyways, that's just racing and I always love to see an underdog take the win.
  • 3 0
 I think Blevins rode it smart and never got stressed. Nino risked too much by riding fast and making gaps down the rocky part.
  • 12 8
 Feel bad for Nino. So close to 33.
  • 23 1
 Meh. Let us finally have 1.
  • 10 2
 @extratalldirtrider: Blevins earned it all the way. That overtake was money!
  • 4 1
 @extratalldirtrider: It was even letting man, Blevins earned that win.
  • 2 29
flag pinkknip (Sep 19, 2021 at 14:02) (Below Threshold)
 Don’t mind who wins, but please not with a shitty roadie-way win.
  • 5 0
 @mtb1101: agreed. I meant let us enjoy this long awaited victory. It’s been since 1994!
  • 5 0
 @pinkknip: all of these elite riders train on the road.
  • 12 1
 @pinkknip: uh how was that a roadie win? He was w the lead group the whole race, positioned well, attacked and stayed away after navigating through all the tech w best guys. Avoided Avancini when he went down and passed Nino inside on a steep singletrack switchback? Not to mention he’s one of the best bike handlers in XC, former Natl BMX champ too I think
  • 2 0
 @MP-mtb: here here... put some respect on Blevins name.
  • 1 4
 @MP-mtb: You are right…and he never took the lead to save energy, as he confirmed afterwards. That’s the roadie part to me.
Schurter could have been smarter.
  • 3 3
 @pinkknip:

Such an absolute crap thing to say.

Tactics matter - and Blevins played it perfectly. “Roadie”… I’d wager 90%+ of the men’s XC field not only trains on the road, but at least occasionally races there too. At the speeds they were going in Snowshoe, pack dynamics and drafting are going to play a role. On a course with longer, steadier climbs – probably not quite as much. That being said, would you rather see someone ride like Cink - always the “fastest” guy in the middle of the race (when it doesn’t freaking matter), doing a ton of work, yet never winning a WC despite being acknowledged as one of the world’s best climbers?
  • 4 0
 @tommyrod74: Why on earth would you hate on Cink? If anyone deserves a win, it’s him! You have to play your cards right. Cink played his, Blevins his, and I belive also Nino played his cards right but got unlucky. This time it went Blevins way. Hopefully sometime soon it will go Cink’s way.

Nino have played a lot of road tactics himself through the years. Sitting on the wheel for the first 6 laps and then attack on the last lap.
  • 3 0
 @MP-mtb: How many times in the past have we seen Jenny R. play the stalking tiger only to pounce in the last couple laps? Answer, Lots.

Tactics, it's not just for the Road.
  • 2 0
 What was the deal with the Hawaii kit? I think it was #17 which looking made even less sense.
  • 6 0
 No 17 is Janika Loiv who rides for Estonia, where there is a big bike chain called Hawaii express...
  • 2 0
 Sorry - comes from Estonia and is sponsored by Hawaii Express.....
  • 3 0
 @disben: thanks makes more sense it was kind of weird to see a European rider with Hawaii on the kit.
  • 4 0
 Grande Martin ctm!!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 3 in a row for Martin Viduarre, grande chile mierda!!!
  • 2 0
 Nice to see Nash racing! Maybe she’s tuning up to go and win BCBR in Pemberton.
  • 1 0
 This year BCBR will be held in the south Okanagan region of BC, with Penticton hosting at least one stage.
  • 1 0
 Blevins was like a cat stalking his prey the whole race...never out of the top 5...waiting to pounce! So smart and controlled.
  • 3 0
 Monachine
  • 3 1
 Anyone know what happened to Kate Courtney? Mechanical?
  • 6 6
 She has an owie
  • 2 0
 Future world cup winner Dascalu. Congrats!
  • 3 1
 What happened to batty? Was doing the preview too much
  • 1 0
 Blevins the man! Way to go. Long gone are the days when he was known as bobblehead Blevins on the BMX track.
  • 1 0
 Stay for the end of the broadcast! blevins raps about the season wtf haha. I am now a huge fan
  • 1 0
 BLEVINS ::: THE NEW TOMAC
  • 3 5
 Flat tires played a huge role, taking out a significant proportion of the lead group. When are these guys going to choose thicker tires so they can make it through 60 minutes of riding?
  • 2 0
 They can swap wheels in the tech zone, so they all usually finish the race …
  • 1 0
  so strong
  • 1 2
 Laura Stinger knocked herself
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