Results - Stellenbosch World Cup XCO Round 1

Mar 10, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  
Elite Men

1st. GAZE Samuel (NZL) — 1:30:14
2nd. SCHURTER Nino (SUI) — 1:30:15
3rd. MAROTTE Maxime (FRA) — 1:30:16
4th.VAN DER POEL Mathieu (NED) — 1:31:24
5th. CAROD Titouan (FRA) — 1:31:41



Elite Women

1st. LANGVAD Annika (DEN) — 1:33:14
2nd. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline (FRA) — 1:33:27
3rd. TAUBER Anne (NED) — 1:33:48
4th. GROBERT Helen (GER) — 1:34:29
5th. WLOSZCZOWSKA Maja (POL) — 1:34:30



U23 Men

1st. FAGERHAUG Petter (NOR) — 1:18:23
2nd. OLIVER Ben (NZL) — 1:19:29
3rd. PERRIN GANIER Neïlo (FRA) — 1:20:17
4th. ANDREASSEN Simon (DEN) — 1:20:53
5th. DE FROIDMONT Pierre (BEL) — 1:21:01



U23 Women

1st. DEGN Malene (DEN) — 1:18:52
2nd. FREI Sina (SUI) — 1:19:19
3rd. RICHARDS Evie (GBR) — 1:19:40
4th. CLAUZEL Hélène (FRA) — 1:20:11
5th. LECOMTE Loana (FRA) — 1:21:04




91 Comments

  • + 69
 When you watch downhill on tv its impressive, but live its just another level (probably, have never been to a wc dh event)... This was the same, the way these riders dispatch of rock gardens, and their sheer power and fitness is something that television cannot convey!
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 10, 2018 at 9:04) (Below Threshold)
 I think DH is super boring to watch on site. Have been to 3 and it was just meh. I’m not starstruck kind of person. If you manage to stay in the good spot it’s quite cool, like I had luck to stand under the steepest bit in VDS, where it was so gnarly everyone had a bit different technique to ride it, but in general, RedBull TV for the win.
  • + 8
 Yeah dh is better on tv. On site you just get to see a rider every 2 minutes for few seconds. Xc you can be at the start, then move around the course. It last longer and there are always riders going around and passing each other. Unless it is a close race, it is usually boring to watch on tv after a while.
  • + 14
 @WAKIdesigns: you've done everything, haven't you? Didn't you say you've been aboard the international space station? How was it up there? Only kidding WAKI????
  • - 3
 @Ryanrobinson1984: I’ve been in a Tesla roadster too but then I panicked.
  • + 29
 @WAKIdesigns: I think you are super boring.
  • + 9
 @WAKIdesigns: do you ever beer bro?
  • - 3
 I wish I knew one name on there honestly but nice win! Need to put my spandex on one of these days.
  • + 5
 If watching DH live is "meh" then your not drinking enough or you have no friends or both.
  • + 0
 You might be right,,, or a complete moron. Fortunately nobody cares either way,,,, see how that works. Feel the burning now you learning.
  • - 2
 The moment you cannot accept that someone thinks the thing you love is boring is the moment to take a break, just saying. Yes I’ve been in Hafjell on both World Cup and World Champs And didn’t have a tiniest moment of doubt whether to ride or watch. Stood there for a moment and went riding. Boring, boring as fk. The only thing worth looking at was Swedish fans performing inscenized anal sex in front of one of parkin bros. I remember very well people saying ooooh Peaty is coming, and I was like, kill me now. Boom boom rattle tattle and he’s gone, let’s masturbate for 2 minutes and wait for someone else to do exactly same thing. Val DiSole was different, it’s been cool to see so many different ways to approach a rock section, but Hafjell was boring.

And yeah I’m so boring. My work mates can’t stand me ruining every party. My boss hates me. Get a life people.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I like you, Waki.
  • + 54
 Van Der Poel started 47th.... finished 4th.
  • + 4
 Yet he still didn't seem to beat the 1 hour barrier from CX racing and started slipping somewhere after that mark.
  • + 34
 @xvire: He also raced in 39 CX races this winter. I think he'll be pressing the top 3 after he's taken a month off to let his body recover from a brutal season.
  • + 10
 and it was a very difficult course for the guys that started at the back, extra kudos to him for closing so fast the gap and staying there
  • + 2
 Did anyone else come through the field like that?
  • + 2
 @jclnv: Ondrej Cink started in 90th position and made it up to 40th by the end of the race
  • + 1
 @Wribit4567: Pretty good. Wonder if he regrets doing a road season?
  • + 4
 And his prior race he started 80th, and finished 8th. Once he gets points to start front row, holy shit will XC be good viewing.
  • + 1
 @Jvhowube: Pretty sure he WON 39 CX races this season, and raced more total
  • + 1
 Once he gets up nearer the front with more points from XC races, look the f@ck out!
  • + 1
 That'll be the next round.
  • + 49
 I've got huge respect for Nino but thankfully his winning streak came to an end. It will make the XC series more fun to watch with all the top guys battling it out
  • + 27
 I found this race riveting. I enjoy watching gravity races (DH, Enduro), but there's something about people going head-to-head that is difficult to match.

#bringbackdualslalom #and4crosstoo
  • + 3
 @sspiff: Oceania's was like this too. XC dominated, DH was a snooze fest, aside from Blinky's wild ride.
  • + 1
 @Otago: Perhaps I'll be there next year! You know where they'll be? My wife is half kiwi and the mother in law lives in Auckland. We're planning be in the Southern hemisphere that time next year for an extended visit and I was looking for an excuse to escape and ride the bike for a few days...
  • + 1
 @sspiff: I think's it's Aussie's turn to host it next year. oceania-mtb-championships.cyclingnewzealand.nz
  • + 36
 Top 3 within 2 seconds, decent finish!
  • - 37
flag IllestT (Mar 10, 2018 at 8:31) (Below Threshold)
 That's pretty standard in XC racing - there's usually a bunch of about 5 riders that ride as a bunch for most of the race up front. The last lap usually 2 or 3 of them will get dropped, then there's a sprint finish for whoever's left.
  • - 3
 Nino might have had a shot if he hadn't come unclipped. He woulda won if he were on flats.
  • - 6
flag IllestT (Mar 11, 2018 at 7:42) (Below Threshold)
 30 neg props, seriously?
I bet I've done more XC races that most of those 30
  • + 1
 @IllestT: That's just not how this one played out. It was really a two man race for the majority, with Van der poel and Marotte about 15 seconds back for multiple laps. Only near the end did Marotte close the gap and make it close.
  • - 2
 Yeah but a sprint finish, like I said, is why the top 3 finished very close - which like I said, is pretty normal for an XC race
  • + 35
 I thought Nino was Schurter win.
  • + 28
 Whaaaaaaaat.... Did Schurter lose a sprint on the line? Is hell freezing over too? Congrats to Gaze!
  • + 10
 As far as I can tell from IG he slipped a pedal during the finish line sprint...
  • + 69
 @kornbrot: his wifi drivetrain went all "404 error, this file not available" when it came time to put the hammer down???
  • + 6
 Nino came unclipped halfway down the last straight. What a last lap! Full-on, full-gas, full-throttle............these guys are in serious shape. The course was cool too. I just got done watching the Ladies, that was a good race too. I was expecting a little more out of Courtney but it being her first Elite Class race, it's alright. The class is alot deeper than the U23 class. Thanks Redbull TV!
  • + 15
 Yeh he slipped a pedal. Think gaze had it anyway. Surprised his pedal didn't snap with the amount of power he was putting down!! Properly good race!!
  • + 5
 @Dav82: Yeah from the video it looks like Nino wouldn't have won but the time difference says otherwise imo. I guess we'll never know!
  • + 17
 @Tmackstab: It looked to me like Nino was pulling it back until the pedal slipped, went from Gaze's rear axle to almost even and then the pedal ejected ...

that being said, putting down even power in an all out sprint is part of the game, Nino didn't lose the race, Gaze won it!
  • + 17
 Stellenbosch you really outdid yourself today... To be there when Nino's streak ended was bittersweet, but damn what a race it was!
  • + 17
 Nice work Sam Gaze, must have been holding back in NZ ! Great result for Ben Oliver and Anton Cooper too. MTB is strong in NZ at the moment. Time for the XC boys to shine
  • + 14
 While the men's final lap and sprint were exciting, I really liked the final sprint for 4th place in the elite women's XCO.Neff, Wloszczowksa, Grobert. Their sprint for the finish started further back than the mens, at the beginning of the tech station all the way until the line. Neff coming off her collarbone injury unfortunately got passed by both right at the line...
  • + 4
 That was great! Harsh to lose two spots but I'm sure Neff will be happy with a top ten coming back so soon from injury
  • + 2
 Yean, I think Neff and PFP crashed on a muddy downhill at CX worlds, Prevot got off without a broken bone, but man, it looked like a season ending crash for PFP right after it happened.
  • + 11
 Impressive for Marrot to pull so close and closing that huge gap in like 30 seconds must have been huuuuge effort.
  • + 5
 Definitely got helped by Gaze and Schurter playing games with eachother but he pulled back 13 seconds in half a lap. Came out of nowhere to almost win it!
  • + 8
 I kinda like the way that Cooper got all the attention for a little while with the whole 'he's gonna stir the pot & press for wins this season' & then Gaze is virtually forgotten & then comes out & breaks Nino's streak!
  • + 1
 Yeah I didn't even know he was in Elites this year.
  • + 10
 I'm a bit bummed for Nino but so stoked for Sam, this is an amazing accomplishment on his part, and so deep in the pain cave towards the end too.
  • + 2
 I’ve cramped like that, where your hamstring contracts...it’s excruciating. Crazy to have that kind of pain while being so pumped to pull off the win. Beating Nino is quite an accomplishment. It was thrilling to watch.
  • + 9
 I need a video of that finish! wow
  • + 1
 @nozes: Damnnnnnnn
  • + 6
 For a tiny country in the middle of nowhere NZ really does produce some world class cycling talent, road, track or dirt.
  • + 3
 Fantastic to watch Sam and Nino battling, and I was impressed by the technicality of the course. I haven't watched too many XC races so I'm not sure if Stellenbosch is like that every year. Nino making up a bit of ground at the end taking the treacherous inside line through the log section really showed his incredible skill.
  • + 4
 That was something to wake up to. I remember being lapped by Sam at Summerhill. From that point on I knew you had to be something special haha. Awesome ride mate
  • + 5
 Always amazes me that these races are within seconds of each other after a 1:30 race.
  • + 5
 Go Kiwi! Very proud, thanks for making my day Sam.
  • + 6
 On the Red Bull replay at 01:51:07 from the background announcer "It's not often you hear South Africans cheering for a Kiwi that loud!" LOL.
  • + 5
 Well done Sam Gaze! Lekker Stellies!
  • + 1
 I think Nino, let Gaze take the win, as now he can relax as he does not really need to win every race, more fun if you dont,
Any way he will be happy with competition and will win the next one!
I have been in a lesser but similar position, in 1984 I won ever round of BMX Scottish Championship17x, but in the last round
Stopped in last jump, to let my best friend take the win, to get 2nd in the series, The funny thing happed after the race, that an other rider wanded to fights be for doing that, Crazy times?
  • + 2
 The reaction of Nino after the finish, going immediately away...
Well, you lost to a rookie, you could at least cheer him. Ow, but you didn't win, so you don't want to cheer right ?
  • + 3
 Sam Gaze just shook up the world. Stopped history in its tracks to write his own.
  • + 1
 It´s hard to watch without wondering about doping - the likes of Floyd Landis and Michael Rasmussen and are forever burned into my critical mind and these top guys are massively ahead of the field.
  • + 4
 Breaking news! The woman's race was won by a dentist.
  • + 3
 Damn, that was an epic effort. You the man Sam! 2 Kiwis in the top 10 - awesome!!
  • + 2
 2 outta 6 aint bad.
  • + 4
 What the heck happened to Kate Courtney?
  • + 4
 She looked to be in massive oxygen debt every time she was on camera.
  • + 2
 Round 2 - Nino just sprints the entire 7 laps to remind everyone what's up! Amazing races, both men's and women's.
  • + 2
 Nice work Howard, good time among some legends, keep improving and you'll be up there!
  • + 1
 Cooper just missed the podium at 6th. Great start! Hope he stays healthy this season. On the hunt!
  • + 2
 So few spectators during the first half of woman's race Frown
  • + 2
 I was there in 97-98' for DH world cup, was not a lot of fans back then-which was odd for us, because we'd go to Europe, Japan, North America and get 30k-80k fans.
  • + 2
 It is sad to say, but nowadays women and U23 events are usually 1/4 of the crowds of the men. Still, xc women and u23 has way more crowds than women dh. I have been at few wc races where suddenly you hear the speaker “So and so is the winner!” and you are by the finish line and did not even realize there was a race going on.
  • + 2
 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 How many laps do the U23 do?
  • + 1
 Amazing race! Well done Sam!
  • + 2
 Nice work Sam killed it!
  • + 1
 Holy shit. Everyone within two minutes? We sure that this is XC?
  • + 2
 Woohooo Go Sam !
  • + 0
 Was this not on redbull tv?
  • + 4
 It was.
  • + 4
 You can watch the replay on Redbull TV.
  • + 1
 Wow tight racing
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