Results: XCC Short Track - Albstadt World Cup XC 2019

May 17, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Emily Batty had her work cut out for her as she is recovering from a bad cold.

With the first round of the XC World Cup taking place in Albstadt this weekend that means the return of XCC, short track. The 20-minute pure power blast tends to favour strength instead of technical ability with riders like Annika Langvad normally taking the win. But current World Champion would show that she is carrying her speed from Lenzerheide last year as she took her first short track win in a photo finish with Jolanda Neff. Langvad would seem off the pace sitting back in fifth place, four seconds off Courtney.

In the Elite Men, Mathieu Van Der Poel would come from a successful offseason of CX and Road racing to take the win with Lars Forster right behind him. World Champion Nino Schurter would cross the line third followed quickly by Maxime Marotte and Henrique Avancini, all two seconds back from Van Der Poel.

Watch the replay on RedBull TV

Elite Men:

1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel: 20:28
2nd. Lars Forster: +0
3rd. Nino Schurter: +2
4th. Maxime Marotte: +2
5th. Henrique Avancini: +2

Elite Women:

1st. Kate Courtney: 21:05
2nd. Jolanda Neff: +0 (Photo finish)
3rd. Kathrin Stirnemann: +2
4th. Linda Indergand: +2
5th. Annika Langvad: +4

Full Results:

Elite Men

Elite Women


  • 38 0
 MvdP is back on the MTB for some off season recovery after winning 32 CX races over the winter and 4 road races this spring.
  • 16 0
 The guy just doesn't stop...literally the day after taking one of the greatest victories in the history of road cycling he was hanging out at his local BMX track talking to the kids and putting in a few laps.
  • 13 0
 MVDP is coming for all the podiums this year.
  • 36 4
 MVDP is the greatest cyclist on the planet.
  • 28 12
 Martin Maes is....
  • 6 3
 @jaydawg69: Martin Van Der Poel?
  • 19 4
 @jaydawg69: not even close to VDP
  • 26 18
 Sorry but for me he is a sign that cycling is not ready to be sober. Winning CX, big spring classics with a dominace that is ridiculous and now going over to xc and dominating there again? Even Lance and Jan needed an off season, he seems to be from marvel universe or whatever else... From the past we sadly know what that often meant.
  • 3 6
 @Chridel: you are trying to reason about sport on the wrong site. Try with what color is the fork and if there is data to confirm something they can't understand in the first place.
  • 5 5
 @Chridel: I worry too, about that exact same point. He never stops. It’s definitely is weird.
  • 4 12
flag jaydawg69 (May 17, 2019 at 10:31) (Below Threshold)
 @LavenderGooms: Maes has won way more than MVDP. What's the record for MVDP vs. Nino?
  • 4 0
 @RedRedRe: which color fork is the fastest? The blue SIDs didn’t really seem to help that much. Nino and Lars on yellow, Kate on pink.
  • 24 9
 @Chridel: You are in a sad place. How would you feel if someone accused you of something you cannot prove does not exist? That is the mindf*ck with doping accusations: It's easy to create doubts from your keyboard and no need to back them up. The vaguest circumstantial evidence or consipiracy theory is enough. On the other hand it's impossible to prove something does not exist.

For anyone feeling the same way: VdP has been winning since he's capable of riding a bike. There is no magical pill he seems to have taken this year - he has simply shown himself on world tour road races for the first time. He was a junior world champ on the road. He has got the most well rounded handling skillset, a racers' mind and his genes are a mix of one of the best road stage racers of his time (his grandfather on his mothers' side) and a great one day road racer (his father). *Innocent until proven guilty"

He's allready drawing mainstream media attention to mountainbiking, because of his road racing exploits. I think it's a good thing for the sport. And MvdP does not care - he simply does what he likes.
  • 15 7
 @jeroenk: Thats what Lance said
  • 10 2
 @Chridel: Not that there isn't doping, but 1-day races, hour long CX, and XC MTB are very different disciplines from 1-3 week tours over thousands of KM where doping is much more prevalent. You can succeed in these shorter races without all the EPO and it's little friends.
  • 5 4
 @surfct: Lance simply repeated he never tested positive so much (among other evading answers) it started to become really obvious he was hiding something :-P

Look, there's no guarantees. There's no point aguing doping does not exist - it clearly does and in recent times too. Personally I enjoy all forms of cycling more without the cynicism. Let the testers do their work, or what's left is to suspend anyone who's winning because clearly their are on something or they would not be winning.
  • 2 1
 @Chridel: but can he manual, cutty, stoppie , euro tab, whip or smash berms?
  • 3 0
 @jaydawg69: eddy merckx still is!
  • 7 1
 @Chridel: a lot of the women are racing and winning year round, why aren't you accusing Yolanda Neff of doping?
  • 3 2
 @jaydawg69: MVDP won every CX race he entered this year but one for mechanical.
  • 2 0
 @edreyes: He had one race with bad legs and crashed out of another.
  • 3 1
 Well, so many victories before XC season starts means he may be burned out soon. Nobody cleans full season when you have folks like Nino to beat. Sorry. I am ready to eat my humble pie in few months. Until then I will focus on Womens field
  • 7 1
 Lance didn't have a world class road racer for a grandad and dad. Lance didn't win everything as a junior. Lance didn't post all his data post race for everyone to see. If anyone is going to a legit mutant it's MvdP. That said Nino is absolutely flying. He's not exactly Mr Fast Twitch but MvdP couldn't gap him when he attacked. Plus Nino took about 10 bike lengths out of MvdP on one tiny descent. He's technically on another level to even MvdP
  • 1 1
 @Chridel: very well said
  • 2 1
 @jeroenk: to be fair endurance only comes from mothers and grandmother's, men don't contribute anything in regards to mitochondria.
  • 2 0
 @bohns1: I think he can, I'm not saying he isn't one of the most talented riders out there, he would smash most of us in whistler on his xc bike. And anyone who has done a cx race in the mud knows how much skill is needed to ride thouse courses without mistakes with a heart rate that makes it hard to concentrate. I'm just saying it's a bit to much when it comes to endurance.
  • 1 1
 @number44: sorry but have you done a road race with way more than 200km? The tour is a hard thing but there is a reason that for many riders robaix oder Flandres are the crown of cycling. I do not feel in the position to judge what is harder to do but must of my races where sub 150km before I swapt my road rig for a proper Parkbike.
  • 2 0
 @jeansebille: Impressive!
  • 5 1
 Could someone please explain this short track thing to me? Forgive the noob question; I mostly followed EWS/DH... It apparently determines the start order, so it's like qualifying, but there's not all that many entries and I didn't see some big names, so is it more like timed training, or a combination, or...?
  • 6 0
 You can watch the race here:

There are UCI points to be had towards the overall, and the top 24 riders in the short track are seeded in the first three rows in Sunday's XCO race. The field is limited to 40 so not everyone gets the chance to participate in it.
  • 12 0
 The track is short.
  • 1 1
 @sarahmoore: Ah, so everyone on the start list should start? (Obviously excluding something like injury)
  • 5 2
 "I mostly followed EWS/DH"... c'mon, change your nickname lol
  • 5 0
 @bicitechmtb: I wouldn’t blame him, this first race is pretty much a gravel race.
  • 7 1
 @bicitechmtb: hey man, there's a difference between following and doing. lol Am I a mtbikeaddict? Heck yes! If I'm honest with myself, excluding the constant opportunistic trials stuff whatever its called goofing off, most of my riding is "xc"/"trail". But the few times I've been able to ride park/freeride... Adrenaline junkie lol. That's my aspirational side. Get on Pinkbike, see coverage of Rampage/EWS/DH/CWX etc... Guys riding down and off crazy stuff, doing insane things... That's fun, partly because it's not my normal and I'll likely never be at that level lol. Xc just wasn't as captivating.
  • 3 0
 It's like a criterium prologue to a long road race...
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Facepalm Thumbs Down
lol elementary, dear watson
  • 1 1
 @clink83: Oh boy. Thanks for trying to help. Sorry I'm hopeless, but if there is one thing that i'd understand least, road racing is it. That was the worst possible help lol.
  • 2 0
 @mtbikeaddict: Hey man - just goofin on ya. No hard feelings
  • 2 2
 @endlessblockades: Oh absolutely not! Sorry if I came off that way, that's exactly the sort of goofy thing that I might post lol, I knew exactly what you were doing! I was just honestly at a loss as to what to reply, if at all... got a taste of my own medicine, well done. No hard feelings. Big Grin
  • 7 0
 UCI website sucks
  • 6 0
 Where’s the photo finish photo?
  • 4 0
 I seen footage from Kate Courtney's instagram story and was not a photo finish. She won by a bike length.
  • 1 0
 @femto505: just means they had the same time, so eyeballs had to be used to identify the winner
  • 5 0
 Launch Redbull Replay and FF to 28:00 to see Kate win the f'n race. Way to go KC! N-O-R-C-A-L
  • 5 0
 Neff looked like she was running at 100/100 and KC looked like she still had some left in the tank at the end.. What a season it's going to be..!
  • 4 0
 The Canadian women were just hanging back enjoying a group training pace ride, knowing full well it'll be an all-out hammer fest road race, errrr, XCO race on Sunday.
  • 4 0
 Alan Hatherly is going to dominate very soon. 12th for first time as an elite, what a machine!
  • 3 0
 I couldn't find him to select for my fantasy team which is a pity. He was solid in the Cape Epic. #ZA
  • 1 0
 Just a US thing here, but props to Stan's and Pivot for sponsoring the US talent. Not really massive brands like Specialized or Trek yet they have several of the top US finishers Male and Female.
  • 3 0
 Is Jaroslav Kulhavi racing XCO Sunday or should I update my Fantasy team
  • 2 0
 @captainderp: sweet. My dark horse is on track!
  • 1 1
 @frenchfriedfun: Well, as dark as he can be after you've announced him on Pinkbike. Wink Razz
  • 3 0
 That was bloody fun!!!! Missed the racing and so glad it's finally here!!!
  • 3 0
 Never seen so much red and white as when I looked at the women's results
  • 2 0
 Well done to all the Pinkbike Staff for showing results without using Scribd. This is appreciated by your readers.
  • 1 0
 Annie Last finished quite high up, she may do better this year than she did last year.
  • 1 0
 Remember that Nino Schurter tried once road cycling at pro level on Tour de Romandie. He was just rubbish...
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