Final Results from the Val di Sole XC World Championships 2021

Aug 28, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
The women leave the start for a fast and frantic 20 minutes in the saddle.


The results are in from the 2021 XC World Championships in Val di Sole. In the U23 racing, Mona Mitterwallner took an incredibly dominant win to pull ahead of Laura Stigger by over two minutes. Crossing the line a further one and a half minutes back was Caroline Bohe in third place. The U23 Men also saw a big win as Martin Vidaurre Kossmann finished the race with just over a minute on Juri Zanotti.

In the Elite Women's racing, Evie Richards takes the rainbow stripes after an incredible performance. Evie leaves Val di Sole with the rainbow stripes and a silver medal in the XCC Short Track World Championships. Evie Richards has also become the first British woman to win the Elite XC World Championships. In second place, Anne Terpstra managed to fight her way to the front and crossed the line just over a minute back. After a close fight for third place, Sina Frei beat Jolanda Neff in a sprint finish for the bronze medal. Pauline Ferrand Prevot was very strong in the early stages of the race with a lead of 31 seconds after the first lap, but after falling back in the second half of the race, Pauline has to settle with sixth place.

Nino Schurter is back as he takes his ninth Elite XC World Championships title. Nino now holds the record for the youngest and oldest Elite Men's XC World Champion. Coming in second place was Mathias Flueckiger, who was wheel to wheel with Nino Schurter for the whole race. Mathias was bested to the line in a wild sprint that started just before the final downhill. Completing the top three was Victor Koretzky, the only rider to come within a minute and a half of the top two riders.

Check out the full results below.



Results:

Elite Women (5 Laps)

1st. Evie Richards: 1:23:52
2nd. Anne Terpstra: +1:03
3rd. Sina Frei: +1:08
4th. Jolanda Neff: +1:08
5th. Maja Wloszczowska: +1:47

Elite Men (6 Laps)

1st. Nino Schurter: 1:22:25
2nd. Mathias Flueckiger: +2
3rd. Victor Koretzky: +1:14
4th. Vlad Dascalu: +1:42
5th. Max Brandl: +1:49


U23 Women (4 Laps)

1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:06:57
2nd. Laura Stigger: +2:04
3rd. Caroline Bohe: +3:26
4th. Marika Tovo: +4:03
5th. Kata Blanka Vas: +4:10

U23 Men (5 Laps)

1st. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:10:31
2nd. Juri Zanotti: +1:03
3rd. Joel Roth: +1:38
4th. Luca Schaetti: +1:55
5th. Jofre Cullell Estape: +2:23




Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


U23 Women


U23 Men




Live Race Updates:


8:13 am PDT

Nino Schurter wins his ninth Elite World Championships title in Val di Sole!



8:12 am PDT

Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter are heading into the final downhill, it looks like we are in for a wild sprint finish between the two Swiss riders.



8:01 am PDT

Going into the final lap the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Mathias Flueckiger: 1:09:34
2nd. Nino Schurter: +1
3rd. Victor Koretzky: +44
4th. Max Brandl: +1:07
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +1:07



7:58 am PDT

A problem for Ondrej Cink as he runs up the climb on the second half of the lap. It looks like he may be having shifting problems.



7:51 am PDT

Mathias Flueckiger has launched an attack halfway up the first climb of lap five. Nino Schurter has been able to hold on so far but Mathias will lead into the next downhill.



7:49 am PDT

Victor Koretzky has now overtaken Ondrej Cink to hold the bronze medal position. Both riders are still around 40 seconds off the leading pair of Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter.



7:47 am PDT

After the fourth lap the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 56:23
2nd. Mathias Flueckiger: +0
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +41
4th. Victor Koretzky: +43
5th. Max Brandl: +58



7:44 am PDT

The leading Swiss riders can't seem to drop each other as they are still wheel to wheel at the front of the race. Ondrej Cink is slightly closing in on the pair as the gap drops to 47 seconds.



7:39 am PDT

Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter are still pushing a rapid pace at the front as the gap to Ondrej Cink builds to 54 seconds.



7:34 am PDT

After the third lap the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Mathias Flueckiger: 43:10
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +38
4th. Vlad Dascalu: +51
5th. Victor Koretzky: +51



7:20 am PDT

After the second lap the top six Elite Men are:

1st. Mathias Flueckiger: 30:12
2nd. Nino Schurter: +1
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +35
4th. Victor Koretzky: +36
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +36
6th. Henrique Avancini: +36



7:18 am PDT

The gap from Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter to the chasing group has grown to 25 seconds.



7:13 am PDT

At split one on lap two Nino Schurter and Mathias Flueckiger have built a 10 second lead on Victor Koretzky in third and 14 seconds on Ondrej Cink in fourth place.



7:11 am PDT

On the first big climb of lap two it is Nino Schurter and Mathias Flueckiger who are setting a blistering pace.



7:08 am PDT

After the first lap the top seven Elite Men are:

1st. Victor Koretzky: 17:35
2nd. Nino Schurter: +2
3rd. Ondrej Cink: +2
4th. Henrique Avancini: +2
5th. Mathias Flueckiger: +2
6th. Vlad Dascalu: +2
7th. Filippo Colombo: +2



7:05 am PDT

At the second split on lap one it looks like the chasing group has joined back up with Nino Schurter at the front to make a group of six riders at the front.



7:01 am PDT

Nino is back! It has been a while since we saw Nino Schurter pushing this hard at the front and he looks to be back on strong form today. Will he take another World Championships title?



7:00 am PDT

At the first split it is Nino Schurter and Ondrej Cink who lead the race with Henrique Avancini, Victor Koretzky and Mathias Flueckiger chasing them down.



6:54 am PDT

After the start loop the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Ondrej Cink: 4:32
2nd. Henrique Avancini: +1
3rd. Victor Koretzky: +1
4th. Mathias Flueckiger: +1
5th. Nino Schurter: +1



6:50 am PDT

The Elite Men's race is off, Henrique Avancini is leading the riders out on the short start loop.



5:24 am PDT

Evie Richards is the 2021 Elite Women's XC World Champion! Evie becomes the first British woman to take the Elite title.



5:20 am PDT

A huge mistake for Maja Wloszczowska has most likely taken her out of contention for the bronze medal today. Will it be Jolanda or Sina who takes third position?



5:09 am PDT

Going into the last lap the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Evie Richards: 1:07:58
2nd. Anne Terpstra: +56
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:41
4th. Maja Wloszczowska: +1:41
5th. Jolanda Neff: +1:41



5:06 am PDT

Evie Richards now sits nearly a minute ahead of Anne Terpstra with Sina Frei and Maja Wloszczowska passing Pauline Ferrand Prevot in the fight for a bronze medal.



4:56 am PDT

Anne Terpstra has passed Pauline Ferrand Prevot to take second place.



4:53 am PDT

After the third lap the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Evie Richards: 52:16
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +38
3rd. Anne Terpstra: +45
4th. Rebecca McConnell: +1:13
5th. Maja Wloszczowska: +1:13



4:49 am PDT

The gap between Evie Richards and Pauline Ferrand Prevot has grown to 28 seconds at the second split.



4:43 am PDT

Evie Richards is starting to ride away from Pauline Ferrand Prevot as the gap sits at 13 seconds after the first climb on lap three.



4:38 am PDT

After the second lap the top six Elite Women are:

1st. Evie Richards: 36:39
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +0
3rd. Jolanda Neff: +41
4th. Rebecca McConnell: +41
5th. Maja Wloszczowska: +41
6th. Anne Terpstra: +41



4:34 am PDT

Evie Richards is now in the lead, she has managed to close more than thirty seconds in just over half a lap.



4:32 am PDT

Evie Richards is flying today and has almost completely closed the gap to Pauline Ferrand Prevot.



4:27 am PDT

Evie Richards is closing in on Pauline Ferrand Prevot with the gap dropping from 31 to 18 seconds at the first split on lap two.



4:22 am PDT

After the first lap the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 20:36
2nd. Evie Richards: +31
3rd. Sina Frei: +31
4th. Anne Terpstra: +52
5th. Jolanda Neff: +52



4:18 am PDT

At the second split on lap one Pauline has built her lead to just over 30 seconds. Evie Richards is now the rider in second place chasing down Pauline with Sina Frei in third place. Jolanda Neff has dropped back to fifth.



4:12 am PDT

Pauline Ferrand Prevot has built an 18-second gap to Jolanda Neff at split one on the first lap. Following Jolanda is Sina Frei, 29 seconds off the leader.



4:10 am PDT

Pauline Ferrand Prevot looks to be back on form today as she is starting to pull away at the front of the race. Only Jolanda Neff is able to stay close to her up the first big climb on lap one.



4:06 am PDT

After the start loop the top six Elite Women are:

1st. Jolanda Neff: 5:33
2nd. Linda Indergand: +0
3rd. Evie Richards: +0
4th. Kate Courtney: +0
5th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +0
6th. Rebecca McConnell: +0



4:00 am PDT

The Elite Women are off with Rebecca McConnell leading out the start loop.



The Elite Women's racing kicks off at: PST 04:00 / EST 07:00 / BST 12:00 / CEST 13:00

The Elite Men will start at: PST 06:45 / EST 09:45 / BST 14:45 / CEST 15:45






128 Comments

  • 106 0
 What a performance by Evie Richards!
  • 14 0
 Took the lead and never looked back. That was an amazing race.
  • 11 0
 First UK woman to ever win, what an achievement!
  • 5 0
 @rich-2000: First UK woman or man to ever win!
  • 3 0
 @billreilly: good point - shame pinkbike article didn’t pick that up too. Even more of an achievement then!
  • 120 14
 Definetly time for Nino to retire. He barely even won.
  • 29 0
 Sometimes people dont get the jokes here.
  • 18 0
 @mountguitars: I'm pretty sure that's just Levys alt accounts.
  • 1 34
flag Skarhead89 (Aug 28, 2021 at 8:55) (Below Threshold)
 BS Nino won easy today, he was in perfect condition last lap and Flucki was in pain
  • 3 0
 @Skarhead89: inside line baby
  • 1 0
 Nino ripped you a new one momo, World Champ!
  • 1 0
 It’sa good job Tom didn’t turn up
  • 5 0
 @mountguitars: it's impossible to make a joke these days without someone taking offence
  • 1 0
 Bah, barely won by a second Wink
  • 76 0
 @mikelevy is going to brag about calling this forever.
  • 39 0
 In fairness, he calls Nino at every race. He had to be right eventually.
  • 16 1
 Nino is the XC GOAT! Seriously though, it's interesting to me how much experience seems to help in World Champs, across categories. When everyone is putting it out there experience seems to carry people like Nino and Minnaar through more consistently than the fast burners.
  • 111 1
 THE GOAT. No one listened when I said he was just tapering all year for this… Never doubt the Nino.
  • 2 0
 The king
  • 3 0
 Haha! I came to the comments to say this might be the best day in the life of @mikelevy.
  • 2 0
 @jwestenhoff: inb4 titi Daprela takes the win tomorrow, mark my words
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: I’m not crying…Levy is crying. Lol
  • 6 2
 @waldo-jpg: Pretty sure now that Nino has won the XC worlds, Gwin is going to win the DH tomorrow.
  • 2 0
 Good finish, MVDP & Pidcock would have loved that course
  • 5 0
 Flueckiger was salty enough about that finish to call out what he said was a "risky" pass by a teammate.
  • 6 0
 @aaronjb: boss coming through Jr - move
  • 1 0
 @vinay: bugger, he is injured.
  • 5 4
 @aaronjb: I think he’s got a right to be pissed after Nino sat on his wheel for the last three laps.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: that’s because Tom didn’t turn up
  • 6 0
 @jclnv: Should have out distance between them if he didn’t like it.
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: That's racing. Mathias can check back in a few years when his palmares look like Schurter's.
  • 3 0
 @jclnv: this isn’t road racing. The front position is a (slight) advantage, and if you can’t take advantage over 3 laps then you just weren’t the best that day.
  • 2 0
 @Blackhat: agreed, it's not like anyone can really draft in XCO. Frankly passing is a) risky, less line choices (see Jolanda Neff at the Olympics) and b) very difficult when they're already going so hard, the front is definitely where you want to be.
  • 2 0
 @jwestenhoff: and a bobble in a tricky section has radically different consequences. If you’re in front the other guy has to slow down or take a different line. It can be the end of the race if you’re second wheel.
  • 54 0
 Love the salute to Maja by the mechanics.
  • 9 0
 Chapeau Maja! What a career!!
  • 6 0
 Yes! That was a great moment and I’m glad Redbull caught it.
  • 2 0
 Yup that gave me chills, beautiful stuff
  • 2 0
 A very cool send off indeed. You could see she got a major league kick out of it too.
  • 25 0
 Glad to see Nino grabbed the rainbow
  • 24 0
 Even if you're not a Nino fan, this win probably made you think "wow, he did it again."
  • 20 0
 Nino’s interview was a tearjerker. To hear him admit that he had begun to doubt himself… hard not to root for him.

And Richards… she was an absolute machine but said she didn’t think she had that kind of performance in her. Bravo to both!
  • 22 0
 Really happy for Sam Gaze coming 6th after his troubles the last few seasons.
  • 5 0
 Great to see him back up his recent win!!
  • 4 0
 And he started in about 80th position @Artikay13:
  • 3 0
 Well done Sam. Congrats on that great result.
  • 17 0
 VAMOS CHILE GRANDE VIDAURRE UN ORGULLO NACIONAL, for perspective bois vidaurre won U23 with half the support of the rest of high profile racers such a proud moment for Chilean cycling cheers
  • 2 0
 Great result for sure, but 50% of support compared to other U23 riders? He lists support from scott, schwalbe, newmencomponents, malojaclothing, srsuntour and is riding for the
Lexware team.
  • 16 0
 Evie Richards you absolute legend. Enjoyed watching her Olympic race where she showed her skills for short periods and she's always done great at short track but today she has absolutely destroyed the field. Stunning. Incredible to think she's the first British XCO World champion too. Soo happy!
  • 17 1
 Nino is back!!
  • 15 1
 Stating the obvious, but, that was a great worlds XC race. Aren't they all? applause emoji.
  • 13 0
 Wow! Congrats Evie!! It was only a matter of time girl!
  • 16 0
 I'm so happy for Evie. The kid is a perpetual smile and laugh machine, and now a World Champion.
  • 10 0
 Mona Mitterwallner 2min in front of Laura Stigger. And she's only 19 yo!
  • 1 0
 THIS! Mona, Laura and Kata are all just one step behind Loana. Not to take away a single damn thing from Evie's display, but the future behind her looks bright.
  • 2 0
 Makes you think that Austria might have sent the wrong woman to the olympics.
  • 1 0
 Looking at the average speed and time per lap (www.tissottiming.com/File/0003130000020401FFFFFFFFFFFFFF05), Mona would have won the Elite race by nearly 2min. I know Elite have 1 more lap, but Mona just made the 2nd fastest time (Elite + U23) on her last lap. (The fastest seems to be PFP on her first lap)
  • 8 0
 Congrats to all of them!!! Special mention goes to Vlad Dascalu!!!
  • 1 0
 Is that the bloke from the PB academy?
  • 3 0
 @jaame: No no, Vlad Sherryuble is the guy from PB academy. He is from Russia.
  • 9 1
 Nino wins and Mike Levy has probably just exploded with happiness.
  • 8 0
 what happened to Ondrej's bike? that was f***ed up Frown
  • 5 0
 Hugely impressive win by Nino, especially given that he said at age 35, it's not so easy to compete with the young guns. What's happened to Emily Batty this season? She's struggling to make the top 10
  • 2 0
 I know, I keep waiting for a Batty resurgence, but it is nowhere to be found...
  • 4 1
 @MDW83: surely the low carb / keto whatever diet has something to do with this?
  • 7 0
 Nino saving his legs for World's.
  • 5 0
 Women's race was so good. What an amazing win from Evie Richards. Also nice to see Sam Gaze back in the mix. Hopefully he can hold it together mentally.
  • 3 0
 I wonder what Neff said to Maja (and Sina?) at the start of the final lap?
  • 19 0
 @notsofastoverfifty: "I'll get you girls a date with some hot downhillers if you can help me drop this Frenchie!"
  • 6 0
 Gooo Nino!!
  • 5 0
 Grande Martincito por la chucha!!!!!! Una máquina!!!!!
  • 4 0
 Nino still proving to us all how good he is!!! Great race! Youngest and now the oldest world champ!
  • 1 0
 @jespera you can spoof your location with a VPN client : the VPN app lets you select a server anywhere in the world where your VPN service has servers. I was able to watch through Red Bull all day from a geo-restricted area.
  • 4 0
 Levy is going to be insufferable...
  • 4 0
 Nino shuts up all the haters!
  • 4 0
 What has happened to Emily Batty? I keep waiting for a resurgence, but...
  • 15 0
 Incapable of firing Adam as her coach and hiring someone else.

Suspect this late into her career, she's already thinking about the switch to becoming a lifestyle brand ambassador (social media influencer).
  • 3 0
 @Jamminator: Yeah kind of seems like she's just mentoring Laurie now
  • 1 0
 Jonas Lindberg moving from 68 to 15th place in his first elite world champs. Why hasn't he been picked up by a team yet? Look at that guys IG @jonaslindberg1. He shreds trailbikes like a EWS pro as well.
  • 4 0
 Kinda sad for Mathias Flueckiger
  • 4 0
 What happened to Rissveds?
  • 4 1
 I hope Mona races WC Elites next season. She is a beast!
  • 2 0
 Fix the type in the Elite Men results:
2nd. Mathias Flueckiger: +2
Should be:
2nd. Mathias Flueckiger: +0:02
  • 3 0
 Evie Richards throwing down! What a bad ass, what an attack. Great racing
  • 3 1
 Wasn't able to watch, what the hell happened to Kate Courtney?
  • 8 1
 She was in touch with main group in early laps and then suddenly was gone. Not sure if she crashed, had mechanical or just went to hard to keep up and couldn't keep up. They didn't say anything on the broadcast.
  • 8 6
 This has not been the best few years for her. I kinda forget she races.
  • 3 5
 @mfoga: or if the course was too technical for her.
  • 2 0
 she just couldn't keep up and lost time every lap
  • 3 0
 Nino ain’t dead
  • 2 0
 Nice one Nino - the champ once again! Congrats to No 9
  • 3 0
 UK rise up! Evie did it!
  • 1 0
 What a great week of world championship racing! So happy to see all of the fans back and smiling faces!
  • 2 0
 Red Bull might have an open spot for a woman soon lol
  • 2 0
 So glad I got a VPN to watch this. Two amazing races!
  • 2 0
 Nine-o. Somebody had to say it…
  • 1 0
 Redbull's (desktop) website says "Available in Italy" ...with a VPN that worked perfect for me.
  • 1 0
 Is it just me or is there a direct correlation between social media presence and poor performance?
  • 1 0
 If you would like to name names I would be happy to respond..
  • 1 0
 @Willikers: you don't need names, let's just say there are certain ladies with lots of promo videos, updates, and hype, but no delivery
  • 1 0
 @mrkkbb: there are riders who are very active on social who do deliver.
You can see who is working on their weaknesses and who isn't.
I'm not going to name names in this comment section but if you would like a partial rundown on hype machines see comments, including my own, related to this story:
m.pinkbike.com/news/jolanda-neff-the-team-invested-in-skills-and-technical-training-and-it-paid-off.html#comment_wrap
  • 1 0
 Is there no stopping Nino
  • 5 4
 Not if the fastest riders in the world don't compete.
  • 2 0
 Swiss world domination!
  • 1 0
 Levy's smug must be immeasurable right now
  • 2 0
 Geo-restricted nonsense.
  • 1 0
 What’s up with Kate Courtney?
  • 4 17
flag SteepJobs (Aug 28, 2021 at 15:56) (Below Threshold)
 @Willikers reports she has the “Flu”. August Flu in WC athletes means bad vaxx or bad doping…

Hate me for sayin’ it…but I just did!
  • 3 2
 Oops… Rissveds not Courtney comments in merit here, wrong thread
  • 1 0
 @SteepJobs: but lecomte..
  • 1 0
 "Phaw!"
  • 1 0
 KING NINO
  • 2 2
 Redbull down?
  • 1 0
 Not for me but it is georestricted here in Sweden for some reason, have been able to watch this live for years on redbull.tv so, thats a shame
  • 2 0
 You can spoof your location with a VPN client : the VPN app lets you select a server anywhere in the world where your VPN service has servers. I was able to watch through Red Bull all day from a geo-restricted area.
  • 1 0
 @bigbadcrad: Odd that they only georestricted the main domain Wink Thanks, appreciate it
  • 1 2
 Evie Richards, you are amazeballs!
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