Results: XCC Short Track - Nove Mesto World Cup XC 2019

May 24, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

Mathieu Van Der Poel takes his second Short Track win of the year after an impressive performance. Maxime Marotte would sprint to the finish all but closing the big gap to Van Der Poel. Henrique Avancini, Nino Schurter and Carlos Coloma Nicolas would all finish in the same second placing third, fourth and fifth respectively.

In the Elite Women, Chloe Woodruff would dominate the race to take the win with an eight-second gap to Annie Last in 2nd place. Jolanda Neff would be right behind her with current World Champion and series leader Kate Courtney coming in nine seconds off the pace and into fourth. Pauline Ferrand Prevot would complete the top five women also nine seconds back from Woodruff.

Watch the replay on RedBull TV

Elite Men:

1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel: 20:49
2nd. Maxime Marotte: +0
3rd. Henrique Avancini +1
4th. Nino Schurter +1
5th. Carlos Coloma Nicolas +1

Elite Women:

1st. Chloe Woodruff: 22:08
2nd. Annie Last: +8
3rd. Jolanda Neff: +8
4th. Kate Courtney: +9
5th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +9

Full Results

Elite Men

Elite Women

World Cup Overall Standings After XCC

Elite Men

Elite Women


  • 63 1
 Hope that lad that chimed in last week about Kate being the only "respectable" American XC racer is enjoying his crow.
  • 11 0
 Corvid stew, indeed.
  • 3 0
 Big ups to Chloe and Kate, but don't you mean Raven, Noah? I'll leave...
  • 1 0
 Absolutely, I was doing what I usually do with XC results, scanning the bottom of the top twenty to look for the other American. It was only after a minute or so that I thought to look for a name besides Kate at the top of the results. Holy Cow, congratulations Chloe!
  • 2 1
 @endlessblockades: Latin AF Smile
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flag RedRedRe (May 25, 2019 at 4:41) (Below Threshold)
 Am i the only one that has some doubts after women xcc race yesterday? I mean, you never won anything and you drop everybody solo for several laps? Big sponsors are in, it reminds me of Armstrong style all over again. Or Froome / sky.... same thing. Afterall the us bike industry has been prioritizing selling bikes to women for the past few years. What is better than winning ladies with a USA jersey to make headlines and push women to try cycling? Just because spinning classes were so popular and the business/marketing people think spinning classes=riding bikes. Lol.
  • 8 1
 @RedRedRe: She is sponsored by Stans / Pivot which is a US based pro team. The team is also sponsored by TrainerRoad and she is on their training programme - you may or may not have heard of it, but it is basically structured interval training.

The reason she is in USA cycling outfit is that she paid HER OWN WAY to get to the race as Stans / Pivot is not a registered World Cup team, and she had assistance from USA cycling and must wear their outfit (as garish as it is!).

Chole has been riding for a long time and can handle herself with the Euro's - proven today (although a lot of that will have come from TR training programme too). Jolanda and Kate were matching each other and were not worried so much about Chloe, and going that early usually never sticks unless the pack doesn't chase, which is exactly what the pack did - no one moved to chase her, not Jolanda, not Kate, not Annie, Anne, or the other Annie. That is where tactics plays a part. Could she slide off the front again? I highly doubt it.

Don't spout conspiracy. There is none.
  • 2 6
flag RedRedRe (May 25, 2019 at 6:15) (Below Threshold)
 What is ovious is hard to see. Ritchie rude? Armstrong? Froome? Yates? Did you see what happened at the tour of california? Btw tour of ca sponsored by the conpany that produces epo? I mean hahah. No drug test either?

See the us cycling industry before and after armstrong. See the uk cycling industry before and after froome and wiggins.

And btw athetes that run under the national team jersey get paid, she did not pay out of her pocket to be there. Uless she told you otherwise lol.
  • 3 0
 @RedRedRe: chloe woodruff is a short track machine here in the states, and she races a lot of the Epic Rides series, which usually starts with a fat tire criterium. She knows what she's doing.
  • 1 5
flag RedRedRe (May 25, 2019 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 @clink83: maybe you are missing that best “here in the states” is b-league level compared to europe?
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flag RedRedRe (May 25, 2019 at 10:55) (Below Threshold)
 I am not accusing anybody, all i am saying is that is weird to me.
  • 3 0
When we see a good ride and go to a default position of "something weird" going on, we are doing nothing to help our sport. It was a fast paced race but also there were plenty of tactics at play. Kate and Jolanda watched each other and missed Chloe make a move, smart riding by Chloe. Annie Last is back after an illness and obviously fit based on recent results, no shock there. Emily Batty didn't get going and Langvad got caught up in some slow moving areas leaving her unable to move up as she would have liked.
Let's not tarnish a very good ride from Chloe. tup
  • 46 0
 Chloe!!! What a win - damn. American XC ladies are on fire!
  • 19 0
 Great ride for Keegan Swenson too! 13th today and a 2nd row start for Sunday!
  • 8 0
 Looks like that Mach 4 SL might be a race weapon after all.
  • 4 0
 @bwcyyc: Totally! Reviewers come in talking about trail bike this and that and Chloe is like, Hold my La Croix...
  • 24 0
 That's an excellent result for Peter Disera, attaining his first front row start for an XCO.
  • 13 1
 Am I the only one that thinks the women are way funner to watch and root for? I even watch all the content. As much as DH.
  • 2 0
 Me too but it's our secret, k
  • 4 1
 Nah i'm with you on this one, think thats why having female athletes on a team should be mandatory
  • 3 0
 They’re so much fun to watch! As with Kate at Worlds, I was yelling at my TV for Chloe. Same with the DH ladies.
  • 7 0
 Now that Nino's not a shoo in to win, the men's race is definitely more interesting, but the women's is still more competitive overall.
  • 14 2
 I’ll admit it, I ride my mountain bike on the road too.
  • 13 0
  • 2 0
 Chloe Woodruff turns on BEAST MODE 3 laps out!
  • 10 0
 I guess that new Pivot is pretty good
  • 6 0
 LOL - What a way to intro a new bike!
  • 2 0
 Heavy heavy interview, this is Must Watch, PB.
  • 8 0
 Cannondale team comin out strong
  • 6 0
 Damn did MVDP have some power on that climb! I almost wonder if he let off a bunch on the last lap, he had a pretty big gap on 2nd going into it.
  • 6 0
 That men's start was odd..
  • 6 0
 Way to go Chloe!!! The hometown Prescott, AZ racer.
  • 4 0
 It is quite close at the top in the mens. They should show the timing in thousands of a second.
  • 2 0
 Because? The field behind MvdP was closely stacked, that's true.
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: Oh sorry, I thought it showed seconds and hundred thereof. But it is minutes and seconds. I guess my perception of short track was a bit too short. Would be nice to see them show hundreds of a second then, to show the difference at the top.
  • 4 0
 Guess who just got rid of Annie Last on his Fantasy Team earlier today. I'm sorry I doubted you Annie
  • 1 0
 He'll yea, I ditched Jolanda for Kate Courtney and was able to add Annie last with the leftover money. I think the combo of Annie Kate and Anne Terpstra will wreck up the points.
  • 3 0
 @clink83: i had Kate since the start. I think she’s on a run.
  • 2 0
 no points for the short track in fantasy
  • 5 0
 UCI website sucks
  • 3 0
 So this event is basically who spends the most time smashing short hard efforts on repeat on a tiny course. What fun!
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 @chezotron: no drop bars allowed here
  • 2 1
 @goldencycle: negative rise stems?
  • 2 0
 @chezotron: haha yes negative rise stems in place of drop bars
  • 1 0
 Wait, are you taking about XCC or DH?
  • 4 0
 Holy Cow! Wow--Congrats Chloe you're the best too!
  • 3 0
 Not bad at all for Ferrand Prevot, considering she's recovering from a serious knee injury!
  • 2 3
 American women are finally representing and finding good results. But what is up with the American men or (man) in this case? Can't even tell you who and when last won a men's XC race for the USA. Its just mind boggling how we don't have but 1 kid racing in elite. Seems like XC is dead to us...probably because all of the races are in another country. What a shame. But least the women are killing my daughter a great example for motivation.
  • 20 1
 I'm sure your comment comes from goodwill and wanting to see more American riders up there, and I'm sure you didn't mean it as a slant, but it does read that way. Keegan Swenson is the rider who earned a 2nd row call up against the world's best with a 13th place finish, and I'd say that's really impressive. Right now, if you are an American XC racer, there is VERY little financial incentive to compete on the World Cup level. Conversely, you have Epic Rides races with big financial payouts, gravel races that raise your profile across more than just the XC audience, and even pro road teams offering contracts to mountain bikers like Sepp Kuss. That's not to say if our riders all went over to Europe instead of taking these opportunities that they would dominate or be at the front. World Cup racing is the best of the best in the XCO world, and learning to be successful at that level is totally unique. That said, it's not like our top guys aren't very good riders. Maybe not on Nino's level, but his level of dominance is almost unprecedented. We've had a long period where the cycling culture and infrastructure has not invested in XC racing in the US, but that is finally starting to change. The massive growth of NICA will surely add more riders on the results sheet in coming years, and USA Cycling will hopefully invest even more resources into supporting them.
  • 4 1
 @leejonathan47: Not trying to slight or insult Keegan or any of the other male US racers, they do an admirable job...I just want to see more of them in the field. It sucks the elite UCI level doesn't pay out enough to attract more of the top athletes US and globally. Its great to see at the high school level that US schools are starting XC teams and developing young talent across the country. I'm sure in the near future we will see more entries from the men and more success. I think if UCI looked at adding an XC race or 2 in the states that would really help.
  • 2 1
 @leejonathan47: meh, you sound like all the 'soccer' fans in the the US. "It's just around the corner". Sorry but all top athletes will continue to play football, basketball or baseball, and soccer and cycling will be fringe.
  • 3 0
 @leejonathan47: great to see your buddy gaining a 2nd row start, Jonathan... Must have been all those Baxter sessions? And Chloe did fantastic too. TR + hardwork = results! Hope that they both have a good ride on Sunday.
  • 2 0
 @motard5: It’s difficult to compare those sports to cycling/endurance/cardio sports being that they are much more “touch/game” related.

Soccer remains 2nd tier due to mediocre/flawed coaching/development at youth/teen levels.

I know that The USA loves champions, but we need to accept that we might not have the best athletes and development in every sport. I’d say we have already lost that race in baseball, no?
  • 1 0
 @ejj: I don't know. The talent level of athletes at the top tier collegiate american football programs cannot even be compared to the mountain biking programs. It's no disrespect to MTB of course, but as they say, there are 'levels to this game'.
  • 4 0
 Go Chloe!
  • 2 0
 8 second gap? That can't be right can it?
  • 4 0
 100% right. It's insane for a STXC, but that seems right from watching the live feed. Chloe had a ton of daylight behind her.
  • 3 0
 It was far more than that at the end before she showed some mercy on the field(18-20 sec) She didnt even seem all that winded when done. She is a very good short track racer.
  • 2 0
 This is so awesome! Go Chloe!
  • 1 0
 Anyone have the secret to get those links to actually show up instead of the scribd error every damn time?
  • 2 0
 I just go to roots and rain...they anyway do a much better job at presenting the results...check out the finish spread tab
  • 2 0
 Times tighter than lycra !
  • 2 0
 wow that was unexpected.
  • 4 4
 Would have been cool if Annie won Smile
  • 1 0
 Yes it would of been good to see Annie is feeling better,
  • 1 1
 And I certainly should have updated my men’s rooster...
  • 3 1
 XCC doesn't count for points. Just XCO
  • 1 0
 @goldencycle: Yep, for Pinkbike fantasy at least. Fantasy XC rosters are open for another 34 hours before the XCO race
  • 1 0
 @showmethemountains: but do you pick the winners from the xcc? Or did they just bury themselves and are now at a disadvantage come xco? Or is it more like a DH quali run? Ie strong indicator of speed and not something that necessarily drains a rider to achieve that 1st?
  • 1 0
 @freestyIAM: You can always look at last weekends results and figure it out yourself.
It's a 20m effort race vs a 1h30m race.
  • 2 4
 I love Emily batty but we can write her off at this point.
  • 1 0
 Worlds are at St Anne...
  • 1 0
 I wouldn't count her out based off two short track races and one XCO race. I wouldn't expect someone as tiny as her to spend as much effort to win short track.

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