Final Results: Val di Sole World Cup XC 2019

Aug 4, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
If you thought Mathieu van der Poel wasn t going to win in these conditions you are probably insane.

The results are in from a great day of racing on the tough Val di Sole track.


Elite Men

1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel: 1:20:47
2nd. Mathias Flueckiger: +18
3rd. Nino Schurter: +53
4th. Henrique Avancini: +1:46
5th. Luca Braidot: +2:01
6th. Milan Vader: +2:42
7th. Daniele Braidot: +2:47
8th. Thomas Litscher: +2:55
9th. Gerhard Kerschbaumer: +3:10
10th. Stephane Tempier: +3:13

Elite Women

1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:21:59
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1
3rd. Jenny Rissveds: +1:01
4th. Yana Belomoina: +1:29
5th. Anne Tauber: +1:56
6th. Chloe Woodruff: +2:44
7th. Rebecca Mcconnell: +3:00
8th. Tanja Zakelj: +3:21
9th. Catharine Pendrel: +3:35
10th. Eva Lechner: +3:42

Full Results
Elite Men

Elite Women

Race Analysis
Elite Men

Elite Women

Live Race Updates:

3:20 am PDT The Elite Women are off! Can Kate Courtney take another win today?

3:24 am PDT Kate Courtney started on the second row after Friday's short track race but has quickly caught up with the leading riders on the first climb.

3:26 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot leads after the start loop.

3:28 am PDT Kate Courtney, Jolanda Neff and Pauline Ferrand Prevot are starting to create a gap back to the rest of the leading group on the first climb of lap one.

3:30 am PDT Courtney makes a small mistake on a technical section and loses Neff and Ferrand Prevot.

3:34 am PDT Jolanda Neff is now leading with a five-second gap back to Pauline Ferrand Prevot. The chasing group is now a further ten seconds back from Ferrand Prevot.

3:36 am PDT Ferrand Prevot has caught Neff on the next climb and they are back together as they head into the second half of the lap.

3:40 am PDT Jolanda Neff and Pauline Ferrand Prevot has created a gap of ?? seconds after the second lap.

3:41 am PDT Top five Elite Women after lap one: 1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 2nd. Jolanda Neff // 3rd. Anne Tauber // 4th. Sina Frei // 5th. Rebecca Mcconnell //

3:46 am PDT Kate Courtney seems to be struggling to find speed today and is continuing to drop behind the leading riders.

3:47 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot has managed to build a 16 second lead over Jolanda Neff.

3:54 am PDT Ferrand Prevot now leads by over 30 seconds and it looks like the chasing group might close in on Neff.

3:57 am PDT Top five Elite Women after lap two: 1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 2nd. Jolanda Neff // 3rd. Jenny Rissveds // 4th. Rebecca Mcconnell // 5th. Sina Frei //

4:00 am PDT Jenny Rissveds and Rebecca Mcconnell have caught up with Neff.

4:04 am PDT The gap from the chasing group to Pauline Ferrand Prevot is now at nearly 50 seconds.

4:10 am PDT Jenny Rissveds has passed Jolanda Neff.

4:12 am PDT Top five Elite Women after lap three: 1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 2nd. Jenny Rissveds // 3rd. Jolanda Neff // 4th. Chloe Woodruff // 5th. Rebecca Mcconnell //

4:16 am PDT Jolanda Neff has pulled a gap on Jenny Rissveds, can she catch up with Pauline Ferrand Prevot?

4:21 am PDT Neff has closed the gap to just 25 seconds, we could see a sprint finish if she can keep closing down on Ferrand Prevot.

4:27 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot crosses the line for the last lap but Jolanda Neff is now just 14 seconds behind her after closing 37 seconds in a single lap.

4:29 am PDT Top five Elite Women going into the last lap: 1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot // 2nd. Jolanda Neff // 3rd. Jenny Rissveds // 4th. Anne Tauber // 5th. Yana Belomoina//

4:33 am PDT Jolanda Neff is only 10 seconds back at the first split.

4:35 am PDT Neff has gone by Ferrand Prevot!

4:35 am PDT As they head into the second half of the last lap it looks like we will be seeing a sprint finish.

4:36 am PDT Ferrand Prevot has overtaken Neff into the next downhill.

4:41 am PDT Ferrand Prevot leads into the final downhill, if they can't build a big gap here then it will definitely be a sprint to the line.

4:42 am PDT It's a sprint to the finish.

4:43 am PDT Pauline Ferrand Prevot wins after an incredible sprint that almost looked like Jolanda Neff was going to take the top spot.

4:46 am PDT The top five Elite Women in Val di Sole: 1st. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:21:59 // 2nd. Jolanda Neff: +1 // 3rd. Jenny Rissveds: +1:01 // 4th. Yana Belomoina: +1:29 // 5th. Anne Tauber: +1:56

6:05 am PDT The Elite Men are heading out on the start lap, it's going to be a hard race for all the riders today.

6:05 am PDT A huge crash in the middle of the pack.

6:09 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel (MDVP) and Henrique Avancini have created a huge gap back to the chasing group.

6:11 am PDT Nino Schurter has caught them and now leads up the first climb of the lap.

6:15 am PDT The leading three riders currently have an 11-second gap to the chasing group.

6:19 am PDT Mathias Flueckiger has now caught up with the leading group and Gerhard Kerschbaumer is close behind.

6:20 am PDT There is now a group of five riders at the front of the race as they near the end of the first lap.

6:21 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap one: 1st. Henrique Avancini // 2nd. MVDP // 3rd. Mathias Flueckiger // 4th. Nino Schurter // 5th. Gerhard Kerschbaumer //

6:24 am PDT Mathias Flueckiger is pushing hard up the first climb of the second lap.

6:26 am PDT Flueckiger, Schurter and Van Der Poel are setting a blistering pace at the front of the race.

6:27 am PDT Ondrej Cink has pulled out after being involved in the crash at the start of the race.

6:32 am PDT Kerschbaumer and Avancini have dropped 20 off the leading three riders.

6:35 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap two: 1st. MVDP // 2nd. Mathias Flueckiger // 3rd. Nino Schurter // 4th. Henrique Avancini // 5th. Stephane Tempier //

6:37 am PDT Disaster for Gerhard Kerchbaumer as he gets a front flat. He has now dropped back to ninth place, 50 seconds back from the leaders.

6:38 am PDT MVDP and Flueckiger are dropping Schurter.

6:47 am PDT The chasing group led by Tempier are closing in on the leaders.

6:50 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap three: 1st. Mathias Flueckiger // 2nd. MVDP // 3rd. Nino Schurter // 4th. Luca Braidot // 5th. Henrique Avancini //

6:53 am PDT Nino Schurter can't seem to match Mathias Flueckiger and MVDP on the climbs.

7:02 am PDT Top five Elite Men after lap four: 1st. MVDP // 2nd. Mathias Flueckiger // 3rd. Nino Schurter // 4th. Henrique Avancini // 5th. Luca Braidot //

7:15 am PDT Top five Elite Men going into the final lap: 1st. MVDP // 2nd. Mathias Flueckiger // 3rd. Nino Schurter // 4th. Luca Braidot // 5th. Henrique Avancini//

7:15 am PDT MVDP has attacked on the first climb of the last lap but both Flueckiger and Schurter have stayed with him.

7:16 am PDT Van Der Poel has attacked again and put 11 seconds into Flueckiger and Schurter!

7:26 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel takes the win after an impressive last lap attack.


  • 27 1
 Womens XC delivering the best racing... again. Loved the overtake by Rissveds up the biggest rock slab on the second lap. The fight for the win was as good as it gets. Lenzerheide will be awesome.
  • 6 0
 Great racing, ladies!
  • 18 0
 Jenny is back ????????
  • 7 0
 Great to see her making further progress back to her Olympic form. She keeps it up and she'll be back on the top step of the podium before long. It'll be very interesting to see how she follows up next weekend. Looking forward to it already.

Also great to see PFP back in great form after her surgery earlier this year and the struggle she's had for the past couple of years. First win in 2 or 3 years IINM.

Rough weekend for KC. Another item of interest will be to see how she bounces back next week on the course she got her stripes. ???

Great race Ladies. Enjoyed it throughly.
  • 7 0
 Jenny on the block
  • 8 0
 Stoked for Jenny - she used to have a little now she's got a lot.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: It was 2015 when PFP used to ride away from everyone
  • 1 0
 @MuddyFoxCourierComp: Longer than in initially thought. Her last UCI Series win was Windham, NY Aug. 9th 2015. So just a few days short of 4 years. She ended up 10th in the overall and won the World Championship.
  • 2 0
 Yes!! Jenny is back!
  • 11 0
 The women’s race was unbelievable! The final lap was epic! Jenny is an inspiration and has encouraged me by her fight to overcome her inner demons, which I too am struggling with too.
  • 4 0
 hope you win
  • 14 1
 That mvdp attack!
  • 11 1
 Van der Poeling a lot of watts!!!
  • 10 0
 congrats to Chloe Woodwruff !!
  • 10 1
 Van der Poel is the real deal, he made that look easy.
  • 7 0
 overall standings for the world cup would be a great addition to this post!
  • 7 0
 Both XCO winners on a Canyon. They must be relieved their bikes arrived on time in the post hahaha
  • 3 0
 Under 23 XCO Women was also won by a Canyon rider...
  • 2 0
 Tell me about it; ordered a Grail, and had about 3-4 e-mails about delays - in the end cancelled; have ordered a Grand Canyon and it's actually being packed.....
  • 5 0
 The silver bikes have been absolutely bad luck for KC at both Vallnord and now at Val Di Sol. Hard hitting race analysis, I know.
  • 8 1
 Yessss PFP!
  • 3 0
 PFP «c'est la classe», which in pro roadie cycling slang means power with a capital P. I really liked how PFP keep her head cool, she has more experience than Neff and did « le metier ». Perfect race craft but now Neff knows she should drop her off before the sprint at all cost!
  • 6 0
 Glad to see Rissveds again on the top
  • 3 0
 Nail biting stuff in the womens race! I was crossing my fingers for Pauline! Great race from her and Neff. VdP is a beast when he's on form. Shame about the flat tyre for Kirchbaumer
  • 3 0
 Hats off to PFP!!! On her days, if the track favours her, she is quite a threat, whipping the competition in both Cycle Cross, Road and Mountain Bike even before MVDP did it!
  • 1 0
 Let's take a moment to realize that MVDP is already within ONE short track win (exactly 116 points if I do the maths correctly) to pass Schurter in the overall in terms of points... I mean... Pffweeeeh....
Does someone knows wether he's gonna do Snowshoe or not?
  • 5 0
 He will not be in Snowshoe. He will be preparing the road World Champs.
  • 3 0
 The ladies overall changed a lot. Neff took the lead over Courtney after the short and main events. The finish to the season for the overall will be interesting.
  • 5 0
 neff strongest fighter
  • 5 1
 Have to lover her happy/bubbly personality also!
  • 2 0
 I don't really follow XC, but looking at the men's list I don't see one from we just suck at men's XC?
  • 2 0
 Keegan Swenson has been in some WC XCs this year. He just won the US Champs, so it's possible he's resting up for the North American rounds of the WC in Canada and the U.S.
  • 4 0
 One reason is culture. The US is much less Cyclocentric than Europe. Most of our best young athletes are much more focused on stick & ball sports. It is getting a bit better with High School Cycle Teams and such but we're still a very long way behind the youth programs I've read about in Europe.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: only have to watch 5min of Tour de France or any Belgium cyclocross event to see how much passion the public has for cycling. Quite bizzare to see young and old, male and female, screaming their liungs out in support of some, seemingly oblivious, bike racer.
Over here, its rugby, cricket and netball. Not much else gets any attention at all.
  • 2 0
 @Augustus-G: Will also add that when >98% of all the major cycling races/events are in Europe, it adds to the culture difference too. All the "spring classics" and "monuments" of Belgium/Holland are stuck in a region of Europe that is essentially the same geographic size as West Virginia! Similar for much of cyclocross season too. Bike racing is everywhere and unavoidable to locals.
  • 2 1
 My women’s fantasy team struggled today, but 1st and 2nd in men’s. Both races were great racing.
  • 3 0
 Well played, Pauline !
  • 2 0
 Just WOW, what a day of racing!
  • 1 1
 If nino came third, what on earth did I watch on Saturday before the dh? Where he won his sixth race of the season? Was that a 2018 re-run??
  • 1 0
 Most probably. They raced on sunday.
  • 2 0
 New cards on the table.
  • 4 3
 So we can have 75 women start a cross country but what is it 15 in DH?
  • 6 0
 They had an 11 second difference between 1st and 2nd at the last race. The field isn't competitive enough to have 75 racers.
  • 4 0
 @Someoldfart - You are confusing outcome (what you want) with opportunity (what we have). Every single elite woman in DH who entered a round this year has been allowed to have a qualifying run to try and participate on race day. In fact, there's a higher % of slots available for women than men, when comparing race day slots to the entrant field size.

@Adamrideshisbike - Couldn't even get 75 riders...right now only at 1/3 that figure (25 who showed up this weekend). There's definitely a shortage of female entrants every round, with the ability for more women to enter (just need 40 UCI points or to be submitted by national federation). I'm sure the UCI would love to have them, too.

Bottom line is it's not any qualifying limit causing it.
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