Final Results: Lenzerheide World Cup XC 2019

Aug 11, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Jolanda Neff will be looking to take her first win of the season in front of the home crowd.

The results are in from Lenzerheide after a day of impressive racing.


Elite Men

1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel: 1:17.50
2nd. Nino Schurter: +25
3rd. Mathias Flueckiger: +1:13
4th. Victor Koretzky: +1:44
5th. Gerhard Kerschbaumer: +1:44
6th. Stephane Tempier: +2:10
7th. Titouan Carod: +2:29
8th. Manuel Fumic: +2:38
9th. Luca Braidot: +2:47
10th. Henrique Avancini: +3:11

Elite Women

1st. Jenny Rissveds: 1:21.09
2nd. Anne Terpstra: +25
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:19
4th. Sina Frei: +2:03
5th. Catharine Pendrel: +2:12
6th. Rebecca Mcconnell: +2:16
7th. Kate Courtney: +2:34
8th. Jolanda Neff: +2:48
9th. Chloe Woodruff: +2:59
10th. Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez: +4:00

Full Results:
Elite Men

Elite Women

Race Analysis:
Elite Men

Elite Women

Live Race Updates:


2:20 am PDT The Elite Women are off!

2:20 am PDT Jenny Rissveds leads going into the first climb.

2:23 am PDT Rissveds goes down in the first technical section, she has dropped to around fifth place.

2:26 am PDT Jolanda Neff has a lead of seven seconds halfway around the start lap.

2:30 am PDT Top five Elite Women after the start lap // 1st. Anne Terpstra // 2nd. Jolanda Neff // 3rd. Jenny Rissveds // 4th. Anne Tauber // 5th. Rocio Del Alba Garcia Martinez //

2:45 am PDT Anne Tauber has a seatpost issue and drops back to 25th place.

2:48 am PDT Top five Elite Women after lap one // 1st. Jenny Rissveds // 2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 3rd. Jolanda Neff // 4th. Anne Terpstra // 5th. Catharine Pendrel //

2:51 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Jolanda Neff and Jenny Rissveds have broken away at the front and lead the chasing group by ten seconds.

2:56 am PDT Terpstra has rejoined the leading three riders.

2:57 am PDT Kate Courtney is currently back in seventh, 46 seconds off the pace.

3:00 am PDT Top five Elite Women after lap two // 1st. Jolanda Neff // 2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 3rd. Jenny Rissveds // 4th. Anne Terpstra // 5th. Sina Frei //

3:09 am PDT Anne Terpstra and Jenny Rissveds have created a gap back to Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Jolanda Neff.

3:15 am PDT Top five Elite Women after lap three // 1st. Anne Terpstra // 2nd. Jenny Rissveds // 3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 4th. Jolanda Neff // 5th. Catharine Pendrel //

3:27 am PDT Nearly 50 seconds back it looks like Jolanda Neff will not be making a comeback to the front of the race this weekend.

3:29 am PDT Top five Elite Women going into the final lap // 1st. Anne Terpstra // 2nd. Jenny Rissveds // 3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 4th. Jolanda Neff // 5th. Catharine Pendrel //

3:30 am PDT Jenny Rissveds has attacked up the first climb of the final lap and pulled a sizable gap between her and Terpstra.

3:37 am PDT Terpstra is closing the gap to Rissveds as they enter the second half of the last lap.

3:39 am PDT Sina Frei has overtaken Jolanda Neff to take fourth place.

3:39 am PDT Neff has a flat rear tire.

3:40 am PDT Jolanda Neff rides off as Kate Courtney catches up.

3:41 am PDT Jenny Rissveds takes the win in Lenzerheide!

4:51 am PDT The Elite Men are out of the start and heading up the first climb of the start lap.

5:01 am PDT Top five Elite Men after the start lap // 1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel // 2nd. Nino Schurter // 3rd. Henrique Avancini // 4th. Victor Koretzky // 5th. Titouan Carod //

5:02 am PDT Nino Schurter has launched a big attack up the first big climb of lap one.

5:04 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel and Henrique Avancini are able to keep up with Schurtes pace but the chasing group have dropped nearly 20 seconds back.

5:07 am PDT Mathias Flueckiger has fought his way back to fourth position after being caught up in the bottleneck at the start of the race.

5:12 am PDT Flueckiger has now caught the front three riders.

5:13 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap one // 1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel // 2nd. Nino Schurter // 3rd. Henrique Avancini // 4th. Mathias Flueckiger // 5th. Titouan Carod //

5:14 am PDT Nino Schurter is sprinting again up the first climb of the lap. This is definitely an interesting tactic from Schurter.

5:20 am PDT Van Der Poel is going flat out past the tech feed zone.

5:21 am PDT He managed to pull a gap back to the other riders initially but it doesn't seem to have done any real damage.

5:24 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap two // 1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel // 2nd. Nino Schurter // 3rd. Mathias Flueckiger // 4th. Henrique Avancini // 5th. Stephane Tempier //

5:29 am PDT The chasing group of Henrique Avancini and Mathias Flueckiger are now around 20 seconds back from the leaders.

5:36 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap three // 1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel // 2nd. Nino Schurter // 3rd. Henrique Avancini // 4th. Mathias Flueckiger // 5th. Gerhard Kershbaumer //

5:42 am PDT The chasing group are dropping back with a 50-second gap now to the top two riders. The second chasing group led by Victory Koretzky is closing in on Flueckiger and Avancini with less than 20 seconds between them.

5:48 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap four // 1st. Nino Schurter // 2nd. Mathieu Van Der Poel // 3rd. Mathias Flueckiger // 4th. Henrique Avancini // 5th. Victor Koretzky //

5:48 am PDT Van Der Poel has launched an attack on the first climb and Schurter can't seem to find the power to keep up.

5:51 am PDT Nino Schurter is behind by seven seconds at the halfway point of lap five.

5:54 am PDT Van Der Poel is attacking again through the tech feed zone despite Schurter being nearly ten seconds back.

5:59 am PDT Top five Elite Men going into the final lap // 1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel // 2nd. Nino Schurter: +18 // 3rd. Mathias Flueckiger: +1:10 // 4th. Stephane Tempier: +1:52 // 5th. Titouan Carod: +1:52 //

6:08 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel takes the win after an incredible performance today.

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  • 59 0
 Jenny! ♥ unbelievable, I am so happy for you! Well who is cutting onions in here?? Big Grin
  • 20 1
 seems to be in various countries they are being chopped.
  • 18 0
 I think someone broke into my house and chopped some onions too.
  • 8 0
 International Day of the Onion!
  • 8 1
 comeback of they year right there. Yes!
  • 4 0
 You bet! That was the definition of Epic. The circle is complete indeed. Two thumbs up and a big smile here.

Bra jobbat Jenny. Jag visste att du kunde göra det.
  • 2 0
 I was so happy for her too. She's an incredible woman for coming back from that.
  • 22 0
 Jenny Rissveds you champion, what a massive comeback.
  • 14 1
 I though that once she finally qualified for XCC she could do something about starting in 50th place in the XCO every bloody time. If you can battle your way from 50th to 3rd, you can come from 8th to 1st. Jenny will be swapping that Swedish jersey for the Rainbow Stripes in a few weeks!
  • 17 0
 Well done Jenny!!
  • 14 0
 Congrats jenny, it's all this dust and my eyes just watery and all.. ????
  • 14 0
 Yes Jenny!!
  • 12 1
 Havnt watched an xc race in probably 15 years, but have to say this mens racing is dead impressive
  • 5 0
 @zyoungson If you like the men's racing, wait until you see the women.
  • 7 0
 Are we sure that Kate and Nino's bike frames aren't made of aluminum instead of carbon painted silver?

Hats off to Jenny Rissveds and Mathieu Van der Poel, who both are to me the story of the year in XCO MTB.
  • 9 0
 I’m not crying, you’re crying.
  • 7 0
 What a journey rissveds has endured to get back on the top step... Tokyo 2020 fave I’d her progress slowly builds?
and VDP just continues to shine
  • 10 0
 Nice work Catherine!!!
  • 1 0
 Great to see her in the top 5, never count her out. I feel she doesn't get the credit she deserves, well done! Also, awesome job Jenny, what a great story this season is for her.
  • 5 0
 For several years now Lenzerheide has had that backup issue on the first downhill during a start, and done nothing to fix it. I can understand if it's "you're in 70th place, too bad", but the backup actually starts forming around the 10th position, and key guys in 10-20th are getting caught out.
  • 8 0
 Incredible ride for Jenny! Well done!
  • 5 0
 After winning a battle of the mind and on the trails, Jenny Rissveds said: “Never give up!” Her story is truly inspiring! From wanting to die to overcoming and winning. Congratulations Jenny! Smile
  • 4 0
 Or, she has been training for a two peak season? Because, it’s near impossible to hold a peak all season, especially as a young rider in an endurance sport. She crushed it at the start of the season, let’s see how the season finishes out before we rate her season. That said, if she continues with “just” some top 15 finishes, it would be pretty dang successful for a pro in her second year.
  • 1 0
 Sorry meant as a reply to @thesharkman about Kate
  • 7 0
 Mathieu Thun Der Poel!! Impressive
  • 5 0
 Impressive power coming from MVDP. I hope he doesn't burn out with the schedule he's doing for the next 12 months.
  • 2 0
 I'm happy to see the conversation expand here but my point is we will send Kate and Chloe to the Olympics with a damn good chance of a good result. On the men's side who stands a chance of a top 10 result and would things be different if USAC were not so focused on road over MTB ?
  • 6 0
 Van Der Power!
  • 1 0
 He posted the numbers on instagram, 400w avg! impressive.
  • 1 0
 @t-stoff: normalized power... still super impressive.
  • 1 0
 @scissors888: yeap! you're right. my bad
Never measured on my xc, but on my road bike I feel really happy if avg 220 NP on a ride. That guy is a beast!
  • 3 0
 When I Saw Vander Poel´s Attack... I was Nino seeing hoy my Fantasy Rock Shox Reverb was flying away from me
  • 4 0
 What happened with Avencini in final laps?
  • 3 0
 he said on Instagram he slammed a bridge with he's head and was knocked out in the last laps.
  • 1 0
 He tried doing a 180 bar to fake downside out and got a bit to rowdy.
  • 4 0
 Yeeaah Isla!!
  • 3 0
 Thanks Rob for smacking the fly on Bart’s head
  • 4 0
 Go Jenny!!
  • 1 0
 Did anyone spot that Jolanda Neff's suspension had some kind of black rubber thing on it. Is that some new Trek design that she's keeping away from the cameras?
  • 3 0
 It's been like that all season Facepalm
  • 3 0
 My ass hurts already.
  • 14 1
 I gave you a safe word. No complaining. Put your mask back on and get in the cage.
  • 3 1
 Omg what's mvdp doing. I want some of that.
  • 6 17
flag martin737 (Aug 11, 2019 at 7:12) (Below Threshold)
 Try EPO Wink
  • 2 0
  • 5 4
 USA women in the top 10..... 2. USA men in the top 110....... 0. WTF ???
  • 11 4
 Yes. Hard to believe but American male athletes are not good at everything. That's the beauty of Racing, all nations have a shot!
  • 2 1
 It will be interesting to see how may USA racers will be in the field in the next 2 races that are in North America. Obviously, not many changes at the top (as those are all supported riders) but I would expect some more US and Canadian riders entered.
  • 2 1
 @RCederholm: all depends on how many were able to get enough UCi points through state/provincial/national events in Canada and the U.S

Now it is different come August 28 for world champs as there will inevitably be more north american riders as its each countries choice of who they send.

Snow shoe will be where we could see some new faces!
  • 1 0
 The top American men (namely Keegan Swenson who's a Top 30 WC rider) didn't travel to Lenzerheide.
  • 1 0
 @RCederholm: I wonder if Howard Grotts will make the trip. I've seen his name pop up a couple of times in Western US races but not much since he took ill right before the Cape epic.
  • 2 0
 @Jamminator: isn’t Swenson racing the Breck Epic? I
  • 2 0
 @TheBearDen: Well, IMPO most of that has to doing with culture. Most of the US's best athletes are more interested in Stick & Ball Sports. Compared to Europe, in general, cycling is a niche sport here.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: think so? Also Grotts just got the 3-peat at the Leadville100 this weekend
  • 1 0
 @Artikay13: Indeed I do, both from my travels as well as what I read.
8 of the Top 10 Bicycles per Capita Countries are in Europe.
The only 2 not in Europe are Japan & China.

Excellent news about HG, thank you.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: Here in the Northeast USA we are seeing racing programs aimed at young school aged children now where there wasn't any even a few year ago. Basically a club organization where all are welcome. Lot's of kids participating as early as 7 or 8 years of age (NEHSCA is the local organization).
  • 2 0
 @Augustus-G: While I agree about ball focused sports, I'd wager the bigger issue specific to XC MTB is that many of the up-and-coming young talent ends up getting pressured/converted into road racing by coaches, sponsors, development squads, etc, because the USAC is blood thirsty for top road talent. These younger guys just end up leaving the MTB discipline altogether when they see more opportunity in road and never develop past Juniors or U23 in Elite XC. The guys who end up staying in XC are those who truly love it and could never do something else, as evidence by the other MTB events they regularly do outside the UCI. In other disciplines we are still holding well, which backs my theory. Look at DH, we have some great riders like Gwin, Neko, Luca, Norton, etc. Or Enduro, with Rude and formerly Keene, with some new talent like Osborne.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: he's kind of stepped back from pro racing. He just won Leadville yesterday though.
  • 1 0
 @Raivkka: Earlier this week I was involved in a similar conversation and stated that it was getting better with the rise of High School Cycling Teams and such. I should have reiterated that here. I fully agree that we the situation is improving but we're still far behind the Europeans in youth cycling programs.
  • 4 0
 @Jamminator: I agree that MTB is second fiddle to Road Cycling where USAC is concerned but the bigger issue comes down to cycling not being a main stream sport in the US. Case in point, even with all of USAC's gyrations pushing Road cycling for decades the US only managed to field 4 riders in the Tour de France this year. Considering we have a population of just under 330 Million I'd say that's a pretty poor showing.

Yes, on the DH front we've done pretty well as of late. Not certain as to the causality of it but may come down to the "Thrill Seeker" element drawing more kids.

Years ago we had a much better men's XC showing but overall the country was in whole lot better physical shape. And, that brings us to another problem. Fitness, or better stated, the lack there of.

During the '80's the country was swept by a fitness craze. It was tsunami wave size in scope.
Cycling, running, gyms, aerobics and all sports in general benefited from it. It seemed like everyone was on the go. Since then the country, taken as a whole, has really gotten lazy and fat to put it bluntly. Just look at our obesity rates. They're really sickening. XC & Road Racing require a lot of effort, pain and suffering to be good at which is a real turn off to a lot of today's youth. It's quite evident right here on the PB, forums.
Half joking comments about those forms of cycling being masochistic are common place along with comments about disdaining pedaling too much. Then there's the issues of requiring a long (by today's standards) attention span and the lack of instant gratification. XC & Road cycling have those against them too. Gotta get a lot of kids off the X-Box and back outdoors to start with.

Time to get off the computer and put some miles down. Cheers.
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