[UPDATED] Elite XC Results & Overall Standings from the Andorra XC World Cup 2023

Aug 27, 2023 at 4:01
by Ed Spratt  
The fifth Elite XC World Cup of the year is now underway in Andorra.

Mona Mitterwallner finally takes her first Elite World Cup victory after being a constant race-winning threat. Mona Mittwerwallner powered her way to her first Elite win as she bested Alessandra Keller in the later laps to cross the line 34 seconds in the lead. Pauline Ferrand Prevot was given a big advantage in the initial lap as a crash slowed most of the field but the newly crowned World Champ didn't have the legs to match Mona and Alessandra as she dropped back to third, nearly a minute and a half back.

Mathias Flückiger once again proved he is tough to beat in tricky conditions as he stormed across the line after a dominant performance. The early stages of the race saw a battle between Luca Schwarzbauer and Mathias Flückiger but it was the Swiss rider who continued to push hard as he built a lead on lap two and never looked back. The closing stages of the race saw Thomas Griot ride into the race as the gap got down to 10 seconds. A final push from Mathias carried him across the line 23 seconds ahead. Following 2nd-placed Thomas Griot was the newly crowned World Champ Tom Pidcock who are came good in the second half of the race besting Jordan Sarrou in a final lap fight.

Check out the results below.


Elite Women

1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:14:09
2nd. Alessandra Keller: +34
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:28
4th. Loana Lecomte: +1:34
5th. Evie Richards: +1:40

Elite Men

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 1:28:03
2nd. Thomas Griot: +23
3rd. Tom Pidcock: +44
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +54
5th. Luca Schwarzbauer: +1:17

The Elite Women's Race as it Happened

4:00 am PDT: The Elite Women are Off
The Elites are off the line with Martina Berta leading into the first lap.

4:05 am PDT: A Crash for Puck Pieterse
Puck Pieterse has slid out on the wet rocks as she just started the first downhill of lap one. The course is looking greasy today.

4:08 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot has Pulled Away
Pauline Ferrand Prevot has already built a nine-second lead as the crash from Puck Pieterse caused havoc for everyone except Martina Berta and the race leader.

4:11 am PDT: The Chasing Group is Closing In
While the commentators seem to be already calling the race for Pauline looking at riders who aren't at the front the chasing group led by Evie Richards is beginning to close the gap. It is still very early in the race and as the gap was created by a crash we could see this close.

4:14 am PDT: After Lap 1 the Top 6 Are:
1st.Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 14:17
2nd. Martina Berta: +20
3rd. Evie Richards: +23
4th. Alessandra Keller: +23
5th. Puck Pieterse: +27
6th. Savilla Blunk: +27

4:15 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Attacks to Lead the Chasing Group
Alessandra Keller has moved into 2nd place as she is trying to close down the gap to Pauline Ferrand Prevot.

4:20 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Takes 5 Seconds Out of Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Pauline Ferrand Prevot's steady pace on the downhills is costing her as a charging Alessandra Keller is gaining on the race leader.

4:22 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot is Dropping Back
The advantage of the first lap carnage is over for the World Champion as Alessandra Keller is almost right on her wheel. The big chasing group have also pulled back a decent chunk of time. Pauline is strong on the climbs but she needs to take more risks on the downhills as she is losing a lot of time here.

4:28 am PDT: Alessandra Keller has Caught Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Alessandra Keller has made up 23 seconds in one lap as she closes the gap to the World Champion. The pair will want to keep the speed high as they have Mona Mitterwallner closing in fast in 3rd place.

4:29 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Now Leads
Alessandra Keller has moved into first place. If the Swiss rider can stay leading into the first technical downhill of lap three then she could do some real damage and build a strong lead.

4:30 am PDT: After Lap 2 the Top 7 Are:
1st. Alessandra Keller: 29:19
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +0
3rd. Mona Mitterwallner: +11
4th:. Evie Richards: +34
5th. Martina Berta: +35
6th. Puck Pieterse: +35
7th. Loana Lecomte: +35

4:32 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Builds a 4-Second Lead
Alessandra Keller pulls ahead of Pauline Ferrand Prevot by four seconds. Mona Mitterwallner is now just five seconds off the rear wheel of Pauline Ferrand Prevot.

4:33 am PDT: Puck Pieterse Moves into 4th
After a lap one crash Puck Pieterse has moved into 4th and has gapped Evie Richards by seven seconds.

4:35 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Catches Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Heading into the greasy and rocky downhill at the start of the lap Mona was on the rear wheel of Pauline. Alessandra Keller is putting the hurt on the chasing rider in the descents. While time can be made on the climbs it seems the race will be won in the descents today.

4:36 am PDT: Evie Richards & Loana Lecomte Pass Puck Pieterse
Despite looking strong at the start of the lap Evie Richards and Loana Lecomte have made a big move to pass the series leader up the lap's big climb.

4:38 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Speeds Pass Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Pauline Ferrand Prevot has caught Mona Mitterwallner after a big attack but she looks to be struggling to keep the pace of the young Austrian rider.

4:41 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Gaps Pauline Ferrand Prevot * Starts Closing in on the Race Leader
Mona Mitterwallner is now only seven seconds off Alessandra Keller as she pulls ahead of the 2023 World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot by seven seconds. Evie Richards is 49 seconds back in 4th but she is starting to close the gap to Pauline.

4:42 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Stalls in the Rocks
Alessandra Keller makes a small mistake on the greasy rocks allowing Mona Mitterwallner to fully close the gap.

4:45 am PDT: After Lap 3 the Top 5 Are:
1st. Alessandra Keller: 44:19
2nd. Mona Mitterwallner: +0
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +13
4th:. Loana Lecomte: +58
5th. Evie Richards: +58

4:47 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Pushing Hard on the Descents
Alessandra Keller is really pushing hard on the descents but Mona Mitterwallner is a powerful climber and can easily close the gap. The leading pair are having a great battle at the front of the race.

4:49 am PDT: Puck Pieterse Dropping Back from Evie Richards & Loana Lecomte
In the battle for the remaining podium spots Evie Richards and Loana Lecomte seem to be riding away from the overall series leader as begin to build a gap. Loana Lecomte looks to be the strongest of these three riders as she sits in fourth.

4:52 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot is Struggling
Pauline Ferrand Prevot looks to be really struggling as she loses around 30 seconds in the first part of lap four. The chasing riders of Loana Lecomte and Evie Richards are really not that far off her rear wheel anymore.

4:55 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Attacks to Take the Race Lead
Mona Mitterwallner has moved into the race lead as it looks like she wants to create some space to Alessandra Keller ahead of the final lap.

4:57 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Loses 13 Seconds to Mona Mitterwallner
Thanks to some less than helpful camera work we are not quite sure how the time was lost but Alessandra Keller was either caught out by a lapped rider blocking part of a descent or she made a mistake creating the large gap. From what we saw of Mona Mitterwallner's pass on the lapped rider she had to take a different line to avoid them, this could have thrown Alessandra off if she had done the same.

5:01 am PDT: Going into the Final Lap the Top 5 Are:
1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 59:08
2nd. Alessandra Keller: +15
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:13
4th:. Loana Lecomte: +1:30
5th. Evie Richards: +1:36

5:01 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Starts to Close the Gap
Mona Mitterwallner will need to keep the pace up as Alessandra Keller is closing in on the leader as she is pushing hard to catch up.

5:03 am PDT: Loana Lecomte Just 10 Seconds Off Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Loana Lecomte may just catch Pauline Ferrand Prevot as she finds seven seconds on the World Champion in the initial part of the final lap.

5:05 am PDT: A Mistake for Mona Mitterwallner
Mona Mitterwallner makes a small mistake on the greasy rocky descent, Alessandra Keller will still have to find some extra speed if she is going to catch up.

5:07 am PDT: Loana Lecomte Just 5 Seconds Off Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
Loana Lecomte is riding her way into third place as she is closing down on Pauline Ferrand Prevot. Evie Richards is also not far off the World Champ.

5:09 am PDT: Alessandra Keller is Now 20 Seconds Back
Alessandra Keller is looking less likely to catch the leader as she is dropping off the leading race pace.

5:13 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Wins in Andorra
Mona Mitterwallner has won her first Elite World Cup as she dominates the later stages of the race.

The Elite Men's Race as it Happened

6:30 am PDT: The Elite Men's Race is Off
The final race of the weekend in Andorra is now underway with Luca Schwarzbauer in the lead as riders start the first lap.

6:33 am PDT: Mathias Fluckiger is Making Moves to the Front
Mathias Flückiger has made his way through to 2nd place as he looks to be wanting to get quickly to the front of the race. Tom Pidcock has also made his way through the ranks to 7th.

6:37 am PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer is Pushing Hard
Luca Schwarzbauer hasn't slowed down since his XCC win on Friday as he is keeping the pace high on the first lap and is creating some big gaps at the front. So far only Mathias Flückiger can stay with him.

6:41 am PDT: Nino Schurter Takes Control of the Chasing Group
As the leading pair begin to pull away Nino Schurter heads to the front of the big chasing group to hopefully try and catch the leader. With a 19-second gap he will need to do some work.

6:42 am PDT: After Lap 1 the Top 5 Are:
1st.Luca Schwarzbauer: 12:09
2nd. Mathias Flückiger: +0
3rd. Nino Schurter: +20
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +20
5th. Luca Braidot: +21

6:46 am PDT: Martins Blums Leads the Chasing Group of 7
At the start of the second lap a big group of seven riders are chasing down the leaders. The gap is still around 20 seconds but they will not want this to grow as with more wet weather on the way the whole race could change very quickly.

6:47 am PDT: Mathias Flückiger Takes the Lead
Mathias Flückiger has moved to the front of the race as he wants to lead on the first descent. Mathias is strong downhill and this is the perfect place for him to pick up time on the powerhouse that is Luca Schwarzbauer.

6:48 am PDT: Mathias Flückiger Builds a 7-Second Lead After 1 Descent
Mathias Flückiger is very strong in the greasy conditions today as he manages to build a seven-second gap after just the first downhill of lap two.

6:51 am PDT: Rear Flat for Nino Schurter
It's a bad start to today's racing for Nino Schurter as he suffers from a rear flat. Luckily he was fairly close to the tech zone but he is now back in 17th. If any rider has proven they can come back from a puncture before it is Nino.

6:54 am PDT: Mathias Flückiger Increases his Lead to 11 Seconds
Mathias Flückiger continues to show his prowess in wet conditions as he builds his lead to 11 seconds. A mistake causes a stall in the chasing group dropping them further off the pace.

6:56 am PDT: After Lap 2 the Top 5 Are:
1st. Mathias Flückiger: 24:37
2nd. Luca Schwarzbauer: +14
3rd. Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo: +35
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +36
5th. Martins Blums: +39

6:59 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Falls Back to 11th
The World Champ is having a tough day so far as he sits almost at the back of the chasing group. Interestingly Nino Schurter only needs to make up around 25 seconds to make his way back into this collection of riders.

7:01 am PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer Falls Further Back
Luca Schwarzbauer is struggling to find grip on the downhills as he drops 25 seconds back. Luca is now at risk of being swallowed up by the riders leading the chasing pack.

7:08 am PDT: After Lap 3 the Top 5 Are:
1st. Mathias Flückiger: 37:17
2nd. Luca Schwarzbauer: +23
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +33
4th. Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo: +41
5th. Thomas Griot: +42

7:11 am PDT: Jordan Sarrou is Catching Luca Schwarzbauer
Jordan Sarrou has broken off the chasing group and is almost right on the rear wheel of the second-placed rider. If these two can work together it is still possible to catch the race leader.

7:14 am PDT: The Heavy Rain has Returned
As Jordan Sarrou makes his way into 2nd place the rain is really coming down in Andorra. The course is already pretty wet and greasy so the rain most likely won't change the conditions.

7:15 am PDT: Tom Pidcock is back inside the Top 10
The 2023 World Champ is still over a minute off the pace but he has passed a few riders to reach 7th place. After his puncture, Nino Schurter is in 14th.

7:18 am PDT: A Small Mistake for Luca Schwarzbauer
Luca Schwarzbauer makes a small mistake through a technical descent but he still remains the leader of the chasing group with Jordan Sarrou and Thomas Griot.

7:21 am PDT: After Lap 4 the Top 5 Are:
1st. Mathias Flückiger: 49:51
2nd. Luca Schwarzbauer: +43
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +44
4th. Thomas Griot: +44
5th. Tom Pidcock: +56

7:23 am PDT: The Chasing Group Need to Pick Up the Pace
If the chasing group wants to avoid being caught by World Champ Tom Pidcock they need to up the pace as the British rider is quickly hunting them down.

7:26 am PDT: Thomas Griot Takes 10 Seconds Out of the Lead
Thomas Griot is charging at the front of the chase group as in the first part of lap five he has taken 10 seconds back from Mathias Flückiger. The lead is now 33 seconds.

7:29 am PDT: Thomas Griot Cuts Another 10 Seconds Off the Gap to Flückiger
Thomas Griot looking unstoppable at the moment as the gap has shrunk again to 23 seconds. This is a very impressive ride from Griot.

7:34 am PDT: After Lap 5 the Top 5 Are:
1st. Mathias Flückiger: 1:02:42
2nd. Thomas Griot: +29
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +35
4th. Tom Pidcock: +50
5th. Luca Schwarzbauer: +50

7:38 am PDT: Thomas Griot is Strong in the First Part of the Course
Thomas Griot is once again making back time on the first half of the lap. Griot has taken seven seconds off the gap bringing it down to 22 seconds.

7:40 am PDT: The Gap is Now 15 Seconds
Thomas Griot is absolutely flying now as he takes another seven seconds away from Mathias Flückiger. If he can close the gap it remains to be seen if he will have anything left to take the lead and win.

7:43 am PDT: Thomas Griot is Only 8 Seconds Back
With just over a lap remaining the race is getting tight as Thomas Griot has ridden his way to the front and is within touching distance of catching the race leader.

7:46 am PDT: Going into the Last Lap the Top 5 Are:
1st. Mathias Flückiger: 1:15:38
2nd. Thomas Griot: +10
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +33
4th. Tom Pidcock: +47
5th. Luca Schwarzbauer: +57

7:51 am PDT: Thomas Griot is Dropping Back
After a huge effort to catch the leader Thomas Griot is falling off the pace as the gap extends to 18 seconds.

7:55 am PDT: Tom Pidcock Puts in a Big Effort Trying to Catch Jordan Sarrou
Tom Pidcock looks hungry for a third-place finish as he is sprinting to try and close the seven-second gap to Jordan Sarrou.

7:59 am PDT: Mathias Flückiger Wins the Andorra World Cup
Mathias Flückiger has fought hard through the mud and rocks to come out on top by 23 seconds.

Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


Overall Standings:

Elite Women


Elite Men

Elite Men's overall standings have not yet been updated.

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  • 27 2
 Glad to see Fluckiger back on top and win one after all of the drama from last year.
  • 14 4
 Came here just to say this. Nearly destroy the man's career, F the people responsible for it. I hope Fluckiger wins a whole lot more, just so when he pisses on their graves later it will have more gravitas.
  • 3 2
 Are you guys talking about his contact with Nino off camera during a race or something else?
  • 4 0
 Always going to be fan of the fastest overall+down the hill. His technichall superiority it´s unmatchable... would have been nice to have fight mathias nino again...
  • 6 3
 @lelandjt: I'm not into XC at all, but I'm pretty sure he tested positive to a banned substance, was suspended for a while, people talked shit about him and it ended up been a false positive/overturned.
  • 7 0
 @Brasher Sports governing bodies need to be better about how they release that information. They either need to make the testing process impossible for false positives or need to contain that information until they can get more conclusive results. But to put a person's career in jeopardy for what turned out to be an oopsie-daisy is bullshit.
  • 23 1
 Great job Mona. Wine geek by trade, great to see PFP check out the label and then take drink on the podium.
  • 9 1
 She let the F-word slip during the post race interview lol
  • 1 0
 @KingPooPing: which word?
  • 36 1
 @motdrawde: Fluckiger
  • 2 1
 Pretty amazing to see her take the win after narrowly missing the podium at the Worlds. Well deserved!
  • 2 3
 @motdrawde: It sounded like the f-bomb when she was talking about how cold it was.
  • 16 1
 Hey PB - when the race is done, the 'as it happened' section isn't that useful and just means more scrolling to find the results. Maybe it could be hidden behind an expand-y link after the race?
  • 13 0
 This coverage sucks. They show nothing but the leaders. At least have a long scroll like they do in motocross/supercross so you can see if your favorite riders are on the move. No idea Blunk & Courtney were in the top 10 until they came into the finish.
  • 12 0
 Some good racing happening, but it feels to me like the UCI don't really don't want to sell this. Coverage could have been a lot more exciting. Show us how steep and gnarly it is by positioning those cameras proper. Not behind a huge tree at the best crux would be a good start. Drone stuff just didn't work this time, looked like the pilot had enough to do keeping it out of the trees.

And I want to see more of the field! Apart from the top 4-5 we just got an occasional & random glimpse of Jolanda in the womens' race.

Also, rider interviews 8/
  • 8 0
 Nice Keller!
  • 3 0
 Such a shame to watch highlights that congratulates a world champion for doing so well starting so far back on the grid! I do love xc, these guys are incredible athletes and us mortals would be happy to clean 1 lap of their course, probably in the time these guys do 4 laps clean!
  • 1 1
 Yep! They do things that are truly spectacular
  • 6 3
 This week in the UCI: Adam Brayton withheld from DH race because of an obviously overlook when it came to the new rules wherein semi-final points are not counted for WC racing. Ironically withheld from a race where semis were cancelled.

Last week in the UCI: Piddock et al moved up start rows by way of a a rule made up about 8 hours earlier.

Seems right.
  • 7 2
 Yes Mona!! What a decisive victory in tough conditions.
  • 2 1
 Was some quality racing in both fields and I like how this season has hade many different winners. I think PFP must be regretting her decision to go for a hardtail for probably short track gains, definitely would have been a rough course and conditions to be on a HT.
  • 2 1
 What was the air temp during these elite XCO races? I watched most of both of them, and was really curious about that but never heard it mentioned.
  • 3 1
 I read it was 6C (48F), I'm guessing the real race was to the hot tub.
  • 3 0
 I just looked at Garmin data from a couple of athletes I coach that were in the U23 race. Avg temp of 5-6 Celsius
  • 3 0
 amazing weekend for Gunnar, top 20 XCO Top 10 XCC
  • 5 4
 Both of the full results are labeled as women
  • 3 2
 Not sure why you've been downvoted, but it seems to have been fixed now.
  • 13 0
 @vinay: people are negative on this site.
  • 2 1
 My man Dubau in 17th. Sad.
  • 2 1
 Nothing of note happened to Nino? Just not fast today?
  • 10 0
 He had a puncture early on, plus wet and cold is not his favourite conditions.

SRAM Transmission wheel changes do seem to be slow. Is the cassette narrow-wide and needs to be indexed with the chain?
  • 4 0
 @dougfs: The wheel change looked slow in comparison to others I've witnessed.
  • 4 0
 @dougfs: I was going to say "no that would be silly" but then... maybe on some of the sprockets? www.sram.com/globalassets/publicsites/eagle-transmission-series-pages/xx-sl/sram_xxsl_web_waterfall_tip_the_scales_1344x794.png

Also there's only one sprocket with an odd number of teeth on the transmission cassettes, which surprised me.
  • 3 1
 @boozed: It wouldn't make sense for 2 reasons: 1) It would be almost impossible to make the chain shift exactly onto the narrow or wide tooth combination each time, and 2) The ramps on the cassette cogs are made to make the chain easily jump off of one cog and onto the next cog, which is exactly the opposite of how a narrow-wide chainring works, which is meant to make it harder for the chain to come off.

It's the same reason why you couldn't have a 2x or 3x transmission with narrow-wide chainrings, you couldn't guarantee that the chain would land on the new chainring correctly, and the shifting would be horrible.
  • 2 0
 @njparider: I'm wondering if it has to do with the new T-Type Direct Mount Derailleur?
Could it actually be more difficult to do a wheel change with it as opposed to the older hangar mounted method?

I'd be interested to hear from someone who actually has it and some first hand experience.
  • 1 0
 @billreilly: That's what I thought, I don't know how it would work because you can't control whether the chain's going to hit an odd tooth or an even tooth, but there's clearly some kind of alternating profile to the teeth on the largest sprocket in that photo.
  • 2 0
 @boozed: In the image you linked, the pattern on the largest sprocket is not strictly alternating. On the right, above the middle, you can see a jump there.

What these cassettes are designed like, is that they are all links of the chain (the ones that cover the cassette) are properly engaged. No jumps, so you can apply full power during the shift. I think this is what determines the shape of the cassette.

Where I can see wheel installation be an issue is all the electronics stuff. I think on a mechanical system you always use a bit of feel when you engage a lever. Whether you can push or you need to wiggle a little because a gear is in the way. When I install a wheel, the chain rarely lands on the correct sprocket but I can hold the mech and guide it as I also aim to make the brake disc land in the brake caliper slot. Only after that, I can shove the wheel in place until the axle lands where it should. I don't know about that electronic stuff but I can imagine you can't just hold the mech and push it in place as you guide the brake rotor between the pads. So yeah, maybe that's where things go wrong. But again, that's me guessing. I have no experience with electronic shifting on a bike.
  • 1 0
 Despite the block capitals updated, mens overall is still out of date.
  • 2 0
 Good spot, weirdly these are the overall standings I received this morning and after checking the UCI World Series site it is the ones they have published. I will see if I can be sent the actual overall standings and get this fixed.
  • 1 0
 Men’s overall are old. No 5th round.
  • 2 0
 Thanks, these are the standings being published currently by the UCI World Series. You are right they are incorrect so I have removed them for the time being and will try and get the actual standings.
  • 2 0
 @edspratt: you're the man now, dog
  • 1 1
 Where’s Lauren Smith?
  • 13 0
 Back in 2022.
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