Short Track Photo Epic: Going in Circles. - Les Gets XC World Cup 2021

Jul 3, 2021
by Andy Vathis  



This weekend's race in Les Gets has a little extra dash of importance - it's the racer's final chance to one-up their competition in the run-up to the coveted Olympic Games. There have been some clear and consistent contenders this season with Loana Lecomte and Pauline Ferrand Prevot doing battle in the women whilst Mathias Flueckiger and Ondrej Cink lock horns in the men's racing. Ferrand Prevot had a good day in the office taking the win after battling with Sina Frei and Jenny Rissveds, Lecomte could only manage 12th which meant Ferrand Prevot clawed back some useful overall points. It was a familiar story in the men - Flueckiger really is the man to beat, he's been at the front at every opportunity in 2021. The Swiss man managed to wriggle free from Jordan Sarrou and Ondrej Cink to take the top spot once again.


Pauline ready to go in front of the French crowd.
Pauline ready to go in front of the French crowd.

Sina Frei readies herself for battle.
Sina Frei readies herself for battle.

The usual figures at the front of the field.
The usual figures at the front of the field.

Top ten for Jitka Cabelicka.
Top ten for Jitka Cabelicka.

Laura Stigger looking stylish through one of the new technical sections.
Laura Stigger looking stylish through one of the new technical sections.

Sina Frei pushed hard for that second place. Nobody was giving up positions easy.
Sina Frei pushed hard for that second place. Nobody was giving up positions easy.

Greta Seiwald with a strong performance which gives her an equally strong starting point for Sunday.
Greta Seiwald with a strong performance which gives her an equally strong starting point for Sunday.

Not the day that Kate Courtney was looking for but then again she s back from injury and the 8th place earned has her lined up front row come Sunday.
Not the day that Kate Courtney was looking for but then again, she's back from injury and the 8th place earned has her lined up front row come Sunday.

Evie Richards was in the thick of it before misfortune struck and took her out the running.
Evie Richards was in the thick of it before misfortune struck and took her out the running.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Jenny Rissveds justle for position mid-race.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Jenny Rissveds justle for position mid-race.

12th for Loana today in what was a fast paced race.
12th for Loana today in what was a fast paced race.

Jenny Rissveds led them out on the bell lap but wouldn t be able to sustain the challenge of Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Sina Frei.
Jenny Rissveds led them out on the bell lap but wouldn't be able to sustain the challenge of Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Sina Frei.

Pauline timed her attack perfectly taking the lead as the laps dwindled down.
Pauline timed her attack perfectly, taking the lead as the laps dwindled down.

Linda Indergand has been a permanent fixture at the front of the women s field this year and today was no different.
Linda Indergand has been a permanent fixture at the front of the women's field this year and today was no different.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot eventually managed to break free and finish 4 seconds up on Sina Frei.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot eventually managed to break free and finish 4 seconds up on Sina Frei.

Ronja Eibl deep in the hurt after another intense short track.
Ronja Eibl deep in the hurt after another intense short track.

Your women s flower ceremony 1st Pauline Ferrand Prevot 2nd Sina Frei 3rd Jenny Rissveds
Your women's flower ceremony: 1st Pauline Ferrand Prevot, 2nd Sina Frei, 3rd Jenny Rissveds

Tom Pidcock was well in the mix for the win before a crash took him out of proceedings. He still fought back to 16th.
Tom Pidcock was well in the mix for the win before a crash took him out of proceedings. He still fought back to 16th.

Nino Schurter taking it easy before the big show begins.
Nino Schurter taking it easy before the big show begins.

Anton Cooper seems to have his starts dialled this season we ve seen him take the holeshot multiple times.
Anton Cooper seems to have his starts dialled this season, we've seen him take the holeshot multiple times.

Ondrej Cink ready for another good showing.
Ondrej Cink ready for another good showing.

We ve seen plenty of this so far in 2021. Ondrej Cink and Mathias Flueckiger pushing each other to the limit.
We've seen plenty of this so far in 2021. Ondrej Cink and Mathias Flueckiger pushing each other to the limit.

Max Brandl just missing the top five.
Max Brandl just missing the top five.

Victor Koretzky well into the top ten.
Victor Koretzky well into the top ten.

Jordan Sarrou goes bar to bar with Luca Bradiot.
Jordan Sarrou goes bar to bar with Luca Bradiot.

Mathias Flueckiger makes his bid for freedom.
Mathias Flueckiger makes his bid for freedom.

Alan Hatherly is having a consistent season 5th today and a front-row grid slot for Sunday.
Alan Hatherly is having a consistent season, 5th today and a front-row grid slot for Sunday.

Maxime Marotte smiling through the pain after finishing 8th.
Maxime Marotte smiling through the pain after finishing 8th.

Luca Braidot had a strong showing tonight and ended up in fourth.
Luca Braidot had a strong showing tonight and ended up in fourth.

the men s field charging up the zig-zags.
The men's field charging up the zig-zags.

Jordan Sarrou got within one spot from the top step showing good form.
Jordan Sarrou got within one spot from the top step, showing good form.

Into the final lap Flueckiger turned on the jets and never let off.
Into the final lap, Flueckiger turned on the jets and never let off.

Flueckiger seems unstoppable right now.
Flueckiger seems unstoppable right now.

Mathias Flueckiger is certainly the man to beat this season.
Mathias Flueckiger is certainly the man to beat this season.



25 Comments

  • 10 0
 Great shots. My top-three highlights from the XCC, Sina Frei yawning on the start line, Jenny Rissveds post-race interview was outstanding (usually is) and Tom Pidcock getting his front wheel swept only to somehow come back for a 2nd row start.

And yeah, no mullets, but there are some pretty bad mustaches if you look around.
  • 2 0
 I think someone at Oakley's sponsoring program received an angry phone call from their manager 'cause no athlete would wear their atrocious new model when it was released and now 1 month later everybody's having them !
  • 2 1
 Are you talking about the "Sutro"? If so you're right. They make 1980's Factory Pilots look elegant.
  • 8 3
 No Mullets?
  • 1 0
 Perhaps reverse mullets in the future?
  • 2 0
 It’s not allowed to race with different wheel size front and back.
  • 1 0
 @magnusc: Like I said, just maybe in the future?
  • 5 0
 No car? Les Gets Le Car
  • 1 0
 Nice kickoff to a great weekend of cycling action. 4 XC races, 2 DH Races and Le Tour. It doesn't get much better. Sina yawning on the start line is something I've done myself when I get amped up waiting to start a race.
  • 2 0
 Great short track course! Close fights and still spread out. Hoping for a lot more technical sections and more close fights and action on Sunday also.
  • 1 1
 Andrew....what makes you think I am a lemming and allowed t to be injected? Do not confuse hypothesis with facts (science, you know). You had it? Great, me, no reason at all, never was. I cannot wait for the many lawsuits from the results still unknown.

And yes, dozens and dozens sprayed in sinks...pesky HIPAA, eh?
  • 1 0
 Is Nino playing mind games to fool everyone for tokyo's race? or is he just out of pace?
  • 1 0
 Nino is super strong, and super technically skilled but never had the explosive speed that is neceary to win some races today.
Bad luck that the course in Tokio is almost flat and better suited for roadies and sprinters. If Nino dos not surprises the other riders with a very clever strategy his chances to win are very seldom.
I hope Nino and Matthias work togheter at least during the Olympics (should be great teammates too @scottmtbracing)
  • 2 0
 @entrecerros: I thought the Tokyo course is technical?
  • 1 0
 It is a pump track with mild rock gardens. I bet the races will be pure speculation until final sprint.
  • 1 0
 Did anyone else think for a moment there was someone in the background doing mad whips with a set of white Tuffs?
  • 2 0
 Bravo Pauline !
  • 1 0
 I need some lenses for my nose like Cink has...
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